Lore of the Wild: Folklore and Wisdom from Nature
by Claire Cock-Starkey
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Pub Date 21 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 16 Sep 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – Wide Eyed Editions, Wide Eyed Editions
Did you know that people used to believe that rabbits’ ears would twitch in the direction of a thunderstorm? That lily of the valley flowers were formed from fairies’ drinking cups? And that taking dandelions into the house would make you wet the bed?
Traditional nature folklore can help us understand how our ancestors interacted with the world around them and allows us to view nature from a new perspective. Stunningly delicate and magical illustrations capture the magic and strangeness inherent in natural folklore, and cultures from around the world are represented in this comprehensive compendium.
In this book, discover the lore of:An array of different animals, birds and insectsAll types of flowers, plants and treesThe weather, sun, moon and starsGood and bad omens, and lucky charmsLore of the Wild inspires appreciation of different cultures, as well as an engagement with the beauty of the natural environment, and is a treasure trove of superstitions, ancient wisdom, and enchanting folktales.
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Average rating from 20 members
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. I absolutely LOVED the illustrations and beautiful pages in this book. I definitely learned a ton from this book. It had a lot of great information. I really enjoyed how it had information from other countries as well and not just the United States. Definitely recommend.
This book is super cool! The illustrations were fantastic and the information was really interesting. The book is divided into sections based on different types of animals and each section is prefaced with a short myth or fable. The next pages contain beautiful illustrations of the different animals with little captions about its significance in various cultures. I really liked how seamlessly the book integrated myths and fables from a variety of different cultures. This book would be especially great for curious elementary schoolers who want to learn about different cultures in a fun way!
GUYS I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK! I love the graphics and the stories! It is great little bits of information and my daughter really loved the pictures! I would totally buy this to have in our library! I just seriously can't get over the beautiful illustrations in this book!
A great mixture of Animal and Plant life folklore/fairy tales, old wives tales, and superstitions from all over the world. As an adult reader I was in love with both the anecdotes, stories, and facts as well as the GORGEOUS illustrations by Aitch. With references from classical mythology all the way up to Harry Potter, this collection of natures wonders covers just about everything: domestic and wild animals, birds, insects, trees, flowers, crops, as well as seasons and weather. Young readers are sure to love the blend of fantasy/the supernatural with the real animals and plants around them. A great must have addition to both school and home libraries, or the perfect gift for the young one in your life. Definitely shortlisting this one for Fall/Winter gift promo. Thank you to both Netgalley and Wide Eyed Editions for my eARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
A fascinating book about all different species of animals. The illustrations are stunning, breathtaking and flamboyant! I enjoyed reading the book, it’s very well written.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me a copy of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review. The art of this book is gorgeous! I had a great time flicking through this long after I finished reading. The facts were interesting but overall I think this would make a great coffee table book that you pick up from time to time for some cute art and an interesting fact.
I love the idea of introducing children/young readers to the natural world through the lens of folklore and nature magic. The book is separated in sections, and each section features vibrant, detailed illustrations and brief vignette-style stories. My only qualm about this book is the font. I received the e-book via NetGalley (thank you! This is my honest review), and I had a challenging time getting used to the font. If I were reading this to students, id probably find it challenging to see the font unless the book was close to my face.
This is the perfect bedtime book. Something to dive in and out of in parts rather than in one go. The facts are short and snappy, but knows when to throw in a longer story to balance out the facts. The beautiful illustrations balance out and tie together facts seamlessly. Young ones are sure to be fascinated by stories of lore, folklore and myths will be glued to this book.
Beautiful and colorfully illustrated, this marvelous book tells of the beliefs of many peoples which center around the natural world. It is divided into logical groupings and relates the good and bad luck properties and origin stories of much of the world. I think it would be very affirming to those learning ESL and would also strengthen their vocabularies. In the home or school it is a great Read Together vehicle. BUT. I did find the print rather small in the ebook. Some of us who are accustomed to reading things at angles (and upside down!) at work will be very comfortable with this aspect of the positioning of paragraphs on pages with multiple tales. I LOVED IT! I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Quarto Publishing Group – Wide Eyed Editions, via NetGalley. Thank you!
Visually stunning, and fascinating look at folklore, this will appeal to children and adults alike. It’s yet another beautiful book from this outstanding publisher. A worthy addition to any collector of books of folklore too.
Thank you to Netgalley and Quarto- Wide Eyed for the ARC of this in exchange for my honest review This was gorgeous! The exact kind of art style I love in children’s non-fiction, there was tons of artwork on every page and it was lovely to look at. There were nicely organized, small tidbits of information with a few longer tales, a nice length to read a couple pages a day.
The artwork in this book is gorgeous… some of the best I’ve seen, very vibrant. As far as content it had a lot of interesting facts about folklore and superstition, nicely told on a child’s level. Awesome book.
This book was really lovely! I would totally have loved this as a kid. The illustrations are pretty without being cutesy, and it covers a truly impressive range of subjects and beliefs. Of course the text part consists of what can only be called snippets, which I found a bit unfortunate at times as things can get *very* brief (a little bit more depth would have been nice, but then again that's obviously not the approach the author intended, as this is not supposed to be scholarly), but it should help rope in more reluctant readers, and of course it's pretty easy to look up more information on the internet if you're curious about particular topics. One thing I had an issue with was the lettering; the font, while undoubtedly handsome, is set so that there's a bit of space between the letter F and the following consonant, which means that "often" has a tendency to read "of ten" -- it happened to me all the time, and my daughter noticed it too. What makes this so annoying is the fact that a lot of the time, it doesn't immediately register as a mistake while reading it, e.g. "Dogs of ten guard the underworld in mythology". For a beginning reader this is certainly less than ideal. Another thing that irked me a bit was the author's use of "Feldgeist" when in fact it should have been "Korngeist" or "Kornmuhme"; I've never heard of this particular kind of nature spirit referred to as a Feldgeist. Also, the illustration is off as well, showing what looks like a fiery demon kind of being when the spirit in question usually presents as an evil crone or, more rarely, a dog or wolf. But there are really just minor complaints (and I'm a world-class complainer when it comes to books), and I'm really glad I got the chance to review "Lore of the Wild", so a heartfelt thanks to the publisher and Netgalley; in fact I'll probably buy a physical copy when it comes out just because it was so beautiful.
I love how this book is formatted. The illustrations are beautiful, and the little snippets of text are perfect for inspiring curiosity (and more research) in children. My favorite part are the full page stories that begin each section. These are the perfect length for a quick read aloud with my children. I'm also thrilled with how diverse the folklore is. Other cultures are mentioned, which again could inspire more research in. kids. My only complaint is that some of the pages might be overwhelming for a child picking this book up on their own. Even though each text section is only a sentence of two, the amount on some pages might be a deterrent to reading for a kid who just sees a lot of words and feels intimidated. As a jumping off point for homeschool studies of folklore and nature, this is an absolute winner!
5/5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Wide Eyed Editions for providing this e-arc! This book features a variety of myths and folktales from various places in the world. I very much adore the art style which alone is convincing enough for me to reccomend everyone to buy it. A huge plus to the book for featuring various indigenous american tales and beliefs
Such a beautiful book. The pictures are adorable I enjoyed reading all the cool mythology facts and learnt some cool things along the way. This was a fun read and very appealing to the eye.
What an absolutely gorgeous book! The illustrations are incredible and it was really interesting to read these folklore tales from all over the world. I really appreciate that the stories give voice to a wide variety of folklore. Kids will love these facts- I myself have told a few of these as "fun facts" to friends.