The Dark Way: Stories From The Spirit World

Author Hamilton, Virginia
Language English
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich $19.95., 1990


A collection of folk tales, legends, and myths involving the supernatural, from cultures around the world.

Subjects :

  • Tales
  • Folklore
  • Folklore
  • Supernatural

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, Tenth Edition, 1993 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson

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Reviews :

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1990)
A collection of 24 myths and folk tales from a wide variety of traditions, plus one original story incorporating folk beliefs. A succession of magic creatures--some as familiar as Baba Yaga or the Golem, some as seldom-met in children's books as the Flying Dutchman or Fenris--rise from the dark place "between thought and unthinking" to change, menace, trick, or be tricked. Hamilton sometimes combines incidents from different versions; her clear, easy prose gives the whole collection a unity of voice, only occasionally broken by touches of dialect, but, unfortunately, the didacticism here is obtrusive: names are split for ease of pronunciation ("Me-du-sa"), while appended notes provide unsystematic snippets of background and pointless recaps of plot or theme ("This legend. . .has a double transformation motif within the beauty-and-the-beast theme. The prince becomes a boar, and the princess becomes a frog"). Though the bibliography is large, most of its entries are uncommon in children's collections. Advise pleasure-readers to skip the notes, and researchers to consult better-documented material. Illustrations not seen. 1990, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, $19.95. © 1990 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich $19.95., PUBLISHED: 1990)

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1990)
Twenty-five stories of supernatural beings from cultures around the world are retold in appropriately eerie tones by an expert storyteller. Hamilton's fine introduction and careful notes about each story intellectually link these diverse reflections of "an ancient need in humans to make order out of disorder and to control their environment." Fifty-five haunting full-color paintings provide the perfect complement to the tales. CCBC categories: Folklore, Mythology And Traditional Literature; History, People And Places; Fiction For Teenagers; New Editions. 1990, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 154 pages, $19.95. Ages 8 and older.
(PUBLISHER: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (San Diego:), PUBLISHED: c1990.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich $19.95., 1990

Media Type:

San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990

Media Type: Language Material
xiv 154 p.:
PZ8.1.H154 (398.2)

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