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Little Johnny Small and Other Stories Review

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Little Johnny Small and Other Stories

Max Tell

Little Johnny Small and Other Stories. (ISBN: 978-0-9692300-7-6) (CD) approx. 58 min. with paperback book. Max Tell Publications, White Rock, British Columbia, 2008. $23; Also available with Spanish translations, tel 604-538-9466. PreS-Gr 3

"Four stories, told first in English and then in Spanish, explore the imaginative lives of children. The first two tales by Max Tell were originally written in English and have been translated into Spanish by Silvana Goldemberg. The other stories were written by Goldemberg and "interpreted" by Tell, rendering the English and Spanish versions subtly different. "Johnny Small" concerns friendship built on an act of kindness between a very small boy and an enormous boy. "Rodney Scribble" is reminiscent of Louis Sachar's Wayside School in the wackiness of a society built around the idea that legible writing is a menace. "Martin, the Brave Prince" shows his aunt what he wants to be when he grows up. In "The Smile Plant," a little girl copes creatively with the loss of a tooth. The narration by Tell (English) and Goldemberg (Spanish) adds a magical quality to these tales. The pacing and variation of tone is excellent. The paperback book includes the English and Spanish versions of the tales. These stories could be used in elementary classes, especially in areas where there is a large bilingual population, or at home."

- Ann Welton, Helen B. Stafford Elementary School, Tacoma, WA

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