A World Full of Nature Stories

50 Folk Tales and Legends

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Pub Date 03 May 2022 | Archive Date 24 Mar 2022

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This beautiful book of stories takes readers on a journey with 50 tales, featuring themes of nature from all around the world.

Sit back, get comfortable, and delve into this beautifully-illustrated collection of beloved nature stories from every corner of the globe

This rich resource collects together folk tales from home and legends and myths from distant lands to commemorate the animals, plants, and the changing seasons that make planet Earth so beautiful.

The folktales and fables in this book will capture imaginations and take readers on a journey around the world. Learn about:

The Peruvian tale of Cuniraya and the Magic Fruit,  The story of how lightning began according to an ancient Khasi folk tale from India, From Ireland, the story of The Bee, the Mouse, and the Beetle,  The Master of the Winds in the ancient Iroquois story of The Four Winds,  Paul Bunyan, the giant lumberjack from North American folklore, and  Spain's Queen of the Flowers, who is brought to life one night by a magical fairy. 
Lively retellings from best-selling author Angela McAllister are brought to life with beautiful illustrations from Hannah Bess Ross, in this nature anthology to treasure for a lifetime. For story lovers young and old this is the perfect gift for all the family and nature lovers everywhere.

The World Full of… series is a collection of beautiful hardcover story treasuries. Discover folktales from all around the world or be introduced to some of the world’s best-loved writers with these stunning gift books, the perfection addition to any child’s library.

Also available from the series: A Year Full of Stories, A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories, A World Full of Dickens Stories, A World Full of Spooky StoriesA Year Full of Celebrations and Festivals, and A Bedtime Full of Stories.
This beautiful book of stories takes readers on a journey with 50 tales, featuring themes of nature from all around the world.

Sit back, get comfortable, and delve into this beautifully-illustrated...

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Thank you, Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Children's Books, for the advance reading copy.

This book is the best collection when it comes to folktales from around the world dedicated to nature and legends. My expectations were rather high when I got the book and I am not at all disappointed!

The highlights of this collection would be the cover (yes!), the easy to read folktales (short, accessible, diverse), the illustrations and the sections divided according to seasons/weather, the products of nature, the natural environment and its unique features.

I am thoroughly impressed with the book. It's beautiful inside out. Gift yourself this book; gift this book to anyone you know and gift this book to an educational place. You will feel blessed as much as I am now.

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Both my children and I really enjoyed this book! The illustrations are fantastic! There are many nature tales from around the world and each story indicates which continent and country (when applicable) it is derived from. They are short and sweet, but also fun to read. We really loved the diversity in this storybook!

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Thank you to the publisher, NetGalley, and the author/designer for a copy of this book to read in exchange for honest feedback. I was immediately drawn to this book due to its beautiful & appealing cover and the promise of nature stories. I am not familiar with natural stories from across the world, so I am approaching this book with an open mind hoping to learn more about cultural tales with a nature twist.

Like I said, the cover is gorgeous. I really like the thematic images. They're modern & have a cute color scheme. The inside contents are just the same. Very cute and the colors/images are enjoyable. The contents are separated into themes such as: Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds, Wind & Weather, Creatures Great and Small, Sun Moon & Stars, Leaf and Trees, etc. The tales under the categories show the country origin in parenthesis, so you can see that there is a good variety of origins. For example, the first category is Flowers, Fruits & Seeds and has stories from Spain, China, North America, France, Czech Republic, Peru, and Scandanavia. The stories range in length but most aren't very long. Each include images that I liked.

All in all, I think this would be a cool book to give to someone who 1) likes short stories, 2) likes cultural examples of stories from around the world.

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4.5 Stars
Quarto is back with another lovely collection of 50 tales from around the world, and this time it is Nature stories! The stories are categorized into different aspects of Nature:
• Flower, Fruit & Seed
• Wind & Weather
• Creatures Great & Small
• Sun, Moon & the Stars
• Lead and Tree
• Lake, River, Ocean
• Desert, Mountain, Stone
There are stories from many countries, and two from my own (India). How Lightning Began and The Tree God are Indian nature stories, though it makes me sad to admit that I haven’t read them before.
As with other folktales, most nature stories impart a moral lesson about vice and virtues. Themes like greed, jealousy, selfishness, acceptance, sharing, love, kindness, selfless sacrifice, etc., are common across the stories.
The Stone Soup (Portugal) and the Jack and Beanstalk were a part of my childhood. The last story, The Fire on the Mountain (Ethiopia), has been retold among the Akbar & Birbal Tales and Tenali Ramakrishna Tales and is a popular one in my country. The Six Brothers (New Zealand) has teeny similarities to an Indian folklore about the rainbow (though the sky and earth never get to marry or have kids in our version).
The illustrations are typical Quarto style, the kind I’ve come to appreciate in these collections. They complement the stories without taking the focus away from the theme or the moral of each story. Kids will enjoy reading the stories and using the illustrations to imagine the rest.
Listing a few of my favorites below:
• The Acorn and the Pumpkin (France),
• The Twelve Months (Czech),
• How Freshwater Mussel Brought Rain (Africa),
• Light Daughter of Snow (Russia),
• The Girl Who Helped Thunder (NA, Muskogee),
• The Honest Penny (Norway),
• Green Dragon Pond (China),
• A Garment for the Moon (East Europe),
To sum up, A World Full of Nature Stories is a great book for kids and adults who love folktales. The collection is assorted to keep every reader interested.
I received an ARC from NetGalley, Frances Lincoln Children's Books, and Quarto Publishing Group and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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This book is an absolutely beautiful collection of short stories and fables from around the world. Each story is nature themed and the book is split up into different sections, making it easier to find something specific. Every story tells you the country and continent it originated from. Some of these were familiar stories which I've heard before, while many were completely new to me. The illustrations in the book are gorgeous, bright and friendly but not too much, perfect for grabbing children's attention.

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This is a cute book that would be perfect for the homeschooler's Morning Time Basket. Each story features nature and folklore, and the vast majority of them are little-known tales. A gentle way to introduce nature, geography, and culture through literature.

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The illustrations and stories are amazing. My six year old daughter loves the stories, we read them outside while having snacks. I have already pre ordered a hard copy of this book, it is too magical not to have it in person. Thank you for this advanced digital copy.

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This book was really special. My children absolutely loved all of the stories and we looked forward to reading them every night. This book was a really lovely introduction to stories from all over the world, most of which we weren’t already familiar with. I’m so glad I got to share these unique stories with my children. The artwork on the cover and throughout the book was really beautiful and fun to look at. I also loved that each story was divided into categories based on how they relate to different aspects of nature. I will have to buy a hard copy of this book because it’s something we definitely need on our shelves at home. Thank you to the publisher for this advanced digital copy!

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Spectacular Book!

I had so much fun reading and looking at the illustrations. Kudos to the author, publisher, and editor for creating this wonderful book. I can't get enough of the short stories that deal with nature and life.

Thanks NetGalley for giving me an opportunity to read this book.

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A world full of Nature Stories is beautifully illustrated with stories from all around the world. The book is divided into various sections, which cover stories about plants, creatures, water, celestial bodies, and various landforms. The stories are also short so they can be read as bedtime stories. Read this book to be kind to yourself, others, and all other beings on Planet Earth.

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My love for nature and nature related stories brought me to request for this delightful book!. I owe a big thanks to my dearest friend, Atul for informing me about this book.

As the title suggested, this book contains a collection of 50 short stories based on folktales and legends from around the world that centre on nature related themes. The book is categorized into various themes, such as flowers,fruits and seed, wind and weather, creatures great and small, sun, moon and stars,etc.

Most of the folktales and legends listed here i have never heard of before except for Jack And The Beanstalk, which i am quite surprised with this version as it came with a little twist and slightly different from the version that i am used to. However, there is this one story from the South Pacific title The Iron Tree,that reminds me of a local folktale from my own country, Malaysia known as Bawang Merah, Bawang Putih (can literally be translated as Red Shallot and White Garlic, a Malaysian version of Cinderella).

In The Iron Tree, the story tells about seven orphan sisters where the youngest sister was made to do the hardest chores of all by cutting firewoods in the forest every day, same as Bawang Putih who was forced to do all the housework by her step mother and step sister. Later on, the youngest sister befriended a fish and keep feeding the fish at the river, same as Bawang Putih who befriended a fish and fed it. But one day, the evil step sister and step mother caught and cooked the fish, same as the seventh's sister's sisters who caught and cooked the fish which later on its bone was dug into the earth and in it,grew a huge tree!. Later came a king who saved her from the ill-treatments.

All of the stories gave me a mixed of emotions. Some were tragic and very sad endings and some were warm and fuzzy but all of them came with their own valuable life lessons and wisdoms, covering many aspects of life;honesty,greed,love,conservation towards nature, sacrifice, etc .I can only say that i fell in love with almost all of the stories in this book and had a hard time in choosing my favourites as they all are very interesting indeed!. If i had to choose, some of my favourites are The Twelve Months (Czech Republic), The Magic Fruit (Peru), The Big Dipper Brothers (Korea), The Little Fir Tree (Germany),etc.

In short, this book makes a fantastic collection to our bookshelves or a perfect gift to someone,regardless young or old as all of the stories is timeless and priceless. I'd highly recommend this book if you are looking for a really nice ,short and very beautifully illustrated tales to read to rid of your slumps or if you're simply looking for something enjoyable to read.

Thank you to the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this heartwarming tales.

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What an Incredible collection of myths, legends and fairy tales all featuring different aspects of nature, including the wonderful gifts we receive from the earth and the plants and creatures that we encounter daily. This collection is beautifully written by Angela McAllister featuring beautiful illustrations by Hannah Bess Ross. What a dynamic duo! I had incredibly high expectations for this book and every last one of them has been met or exceeded by both individual tales and the collection as a whole.

Along with being beautifully written and illustrated this book was well thought out and designed, with the stories separated by natures various characteristics including:
Flower, Fruit & Seed
• Wind & Weather
• Creatures Great & Small
• Sun, Moon & the Stars
• Lead and Tree
• Lake, River, Ocean
• Desert, Mountain, Stone

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy on April 12 2022 for yourself, as well as a few extra copies to gift to those you love; In my opinion there is no better gift idea than this beautiful, inspirational and educational masterpiece.

Thank you to netgalley and publishers with gifting me an e-copy in advance. All opinions stated are my own honest thoughts and feelings.

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