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|Ask the bones : scary stories from around the world|
A collection of scary folktales from countries around the world including China, Russia, Spain, and the United States.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.60
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 36528
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 46654
Common Core Standards
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
School Library Journal (04/99)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (04/99)
The Hornbook (05/99)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/1999 Gr 4-7-A collection of 22 stories, 6 from the United States, and others from Russia, Persia, Mexico, Germany, Iceland, England, Uzbekistan, and Spain, among other places. The retellings are spare, with little description, explanation, or enhancement to the bare bones of the tales. Although the selections do not read aloud well, there is the potential for storytellers to create more tellable versions by embellishing upon them with their own style. The strength of this book is in the tales included. Many are hard to find in print, especially for this age group. Source notes appear at the end. The black-and-white charcoal drawings scattered throughout do little to add to the mood of the text. This title will not have the appeal of Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories books (HarperCollins). However, if your scary-story readers have exhausted your current titles, you may want to consider this one.-Molly S. Kinney, Office of Public Library Services, Atlanta, GA - Copyright 1999 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 04/01/1999 Twenty-two traditional tales of vengeful ghosts, murderous magicians, and evil witches are presented here with the sensational air of modern urban legend. The stories come from Russia, China, the United States, Iraq, Germany, and Eastern Europe, but they have an unfortunate sameness of language and style. They are also structurally repetitive in that, with the exception of a simplified version of Lafcadio Hearn’s “The Boy Who Drew Cats,” each ends in death or living horror for the protagonists or with the promise of more horror to come. Olson and Schwartz’s retellings are sometimes abrupt and often unsubtle, but they are sure to grab the attention of middle grade and reluctant readers and enjoy the same success as Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (BCCB 6/82) et al. With a cover design featuring a shrouded, grinning skeleton holding an open box apparently filled only with darkness, you’ll have trouble keeping this one on the shelf. Detailed source notes are appended. - Copyright 1999 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Booklist - 05/01/1999 This varied collection of scary tales includes 22 stories from around the world, ranging from ghost stories to tales about witches and voodoo spells. In most of the selections good triumphs over evil. The title piece tells of young Yusef's outwitting his evil employer who has left his workers to starve to death atop a mountain. Other tales feature merchants, servants, travelers, pirates, and even a young boy studying for his bar mitzvah. More haunting than the stories themselves are David Linn's bone-chilling black-and-white illustrations, which will stay with the reader long after the book is closed. Excellent for reading aloud, this collection will satisfy even jaded genre fans. Sources are included. (Reviewed May 1, 1999) - Copyright 1999 Booklist.