The Elephant's Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India (Hardcover)

By Marcia Williams (Retold by), Marcia Williams (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763659165, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 28, 2012

List Price: 16.99*
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Step back into ancient India as Marcia Williams brings her inviting comic-book style to eight animal folktales that continue to enchant children today.
Have you heard about the elephant and the dog who became not just unlikely companions, but the best of friends? Or the traveler whose greed for gold lures him straight into the scrawny tiger's trap? How about the talkative tortoise who can t keep his mouth closed to save his life? Drawing from three books of best-loved Indian folktales Hitopadesha Tales, Jataka Tales, and Panchantra Tales this graphic storybook collection, alive with kid-friendly illustrations, is infused with humor and warmth.

About the Author

Marcia Williams has written and illustrated many books in her highly successful and entertaining comic strip style. Among her many retellings are "Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs," "Greek Myths, Tales from Shakespeare, " and "More Tales from Shakespeare." Marcia Williams lives in London.

Praise For The Elephant's Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India

Whimsical, illustrated retellings of eight folktales... By breaking the plots down into comic booklike panels and relying on the symbols of sequential art, Williams makes these potentially unfamiliar tales accessible and fun for young readers... Matching the comic-book format, a sly thread of humor consistently runs through these tales... An enchanting addition to any folktale collection.
—School Library Journal

Funny, wise, and entertaining from first page to last.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)