[ Read Online Tales from Silver Lands ó computation PDF ] by Charles J. Finger Ö This book has 19 folk and fairy tales from Finger s travels in South America I am a total sucker for fairy tales so about this book I loved it It took longer to read for a variety of reasons, all of them having to do with my life, not the book It was a real pleasure to read these stories.
According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History Culture, Charles J Finger traveled quite a bit as a young man Between 1890 and 1895, he traveled around South America, herding sheep and cattle, panning for gold, harvesting and selling sealskins, and working among the gauchos on the Argentine plains In 1893, he served as a guide for the Franco Russian Ornithological Expedition to Tierra del Fuego These stores are a collection of the folk tales he heard during those travels His prose is charming, and the respect for the people who told him these stories is undeniably real I found myself wondering if these people knew how much he loved them.
I m trying to think of which story I liked best As usual with me, it s always the one I just read There are a variety of stories some that are reminiscent of Rudyard Kipling s Just So stories one about how certain animals received their particular tails, another tells why hummingbirds are so brightly colored There are several cautionary tales of the be careful of what you wish for variety, and full of wisdom they are Only two or three times does he insert a small part of his own narrative, which I found very touching.
So, while I can t tell you which one I liked best, I will tell you of one that one that touched me deeply The Star Maiden Perhaps it s because he begins with the setting in which he heard the story, which is so believable and tragic I almost cried, or perhaps it s because the fable of Rairu and his beloved Star Maiden reminds me strongly of the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, which is one of my very favorites This one does have a happier ending, but not the one you re thinking of so you ll have to read it And you will not be sorry.
According to a Wikipedia entry I cannot verify, Finger s epitaph reads This voyage done, set and steer once to further landfall on some nobler shore I like that I hope it s true.
Actually, I m not sure I can put this on my read shelf.
since it went onto the very short list only the 2nd book of books that I absolutely couldn t finish I tried to skim through it, but it just was painful Each chapter is a little story folktale from other countries like how did the hummingbird get it s color, etc It started off ok, but it just got boring after a while It felt like each chapter was so similar I just couldnt do any Maybe you could get through it if you read a chapter or 2 a day in between reading other books I just can t read that way I have to do one book at a time Good luck with this one Tales from Silver Lands Is A Collection Of Nineteen Folktales, Which Finger Collected During His Travels In South America In Them An Assortment Of Animals, Magical Creatures, Witches, Giants, And Children Struggle For A Life In Which Good Overcomes Evil These Fast Moving And Adventuresome Fantasies Provide Insight Into The Values And Culture Of Native South American Peoples They Stress The Importance Of Close Relationships, Hard Work, Bravery, Gentleness, And Beauty, And Contain Colorful Explanations Of Natural PhenomenaA Tale Of Three Tails The Magic Dog The Calabash Man Na Ha The Fighter The Humming Bird And The Flower The Magic Ball El Enano The Hero Twins The Four Hundred The Killing Of Cabrakan The Tale Of The Gentle Folk The Tale That Cost A Dollar The Magic Knot The Bad Wishers The Hungry Old Witch The Wonderful Mirror The Tale Of The Lazy People Rairu And The Star Maiden The Cat And The Dream Man Less originally reviewed on my blog, books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.
Tales from Silver Lands by Charles J Finger won the John Newbery Award in 1925 I didn t know anything about the book when I picked it up other than it s Newbery, but I must say, I was quite pleasantly surprised by what I found.
I have always loved Fairy Tales Like, a lot If you remember, a few weeks ago I talked about my first experience reading Grimm s Fairy Tales, which helped cement my love for reading them as well If you are really interested, click here, and you can go back and read it So, imagine my delight when I realized this was a collection of 19 fairy tales recorded by Finger from South America Although I m not nearly as knowledgeable about other countries and their rich cultural histories as I d like to be, I m always open to learning And I think you can learn a lot about a society from their fairy tales and children s stories.
This was a real treat for me to read, and one I m definitely looking forward to adding to my shelves and rereading, not only for myself but also to read to kids I used to read some of the Grimm s fairy tales to my little brothers as a bedtime story, and I d love to be able to add these tales to stories I can read tell to young kids.
Although some of these stories might be classified as mythology than fairy tale, I felt the same way reading these as I did reading the classic fairy tales There s that sense of magic and possibility, where you know anything can happen, and although things might get a little rough along the way, and there probably won t be super happy ending, the good guys do win in the end.
I also noticed that the emphasis of each tale was placed on the struggles of each character rather than the resolution The ending is always over so quickly Normally, this is something that is a major no no in writing, I mean, seriously Who wants to read a 400 pg build up to a 4 paragraph resolution But it seems to work in fairy tales The stories aren t about what happens, it s about learning how to get there We see their struggles, know their challenges and then we get to know they end up relatively alright in the end.
This is definitely a book I would recommend The writing is a little older, but to anyone who is a fan of fairy tales in their original setting or people who want to write a fairy tale retelling but are wanting new material this is a great book to read and one that I strongly recommend.
This isn t as bad as you would assume it to be considering it s South American tales written down by a person not of the culture Overall, these read like a mix of Aesop and Grimm I actually enjoyed reading a lot of this and do recommend it for people who enjoy folktales.
A collection of stories told to children and among adults in South America The author collected them from the locals as he traveled among them I had great fun reading the book and delighted in how different the stories were from the ones I learned as a child My favorite was the story of Nasca and the fox faced man But I won t tell you which one that is To find out, you will have to read the stories.
Spooky wooden block printed illustrations and the most boring collection of folk lore short stories I ve ever read.
I question the accuracy and agenda of Western authors who write books about other cultures, even so when they are being written as far back as 1924 That being said, I enjoyed Tales from Silver Lands than I expected to, and I think anyone who enjoys Grimm or Aesop would enjoy it too I wish reading aloud to children was still a thing, because these tales probably would have captured my imagination as a child, though I think my children now would be bored sitting and listening when they could be watching Youtube instead.

Felt like I was falling down a mountain I liked each short story less and less as the book went on I tried to read them faster and faster.
This was another Newbery winner that I found difficult to get my hands on It s not great, but it s not terrible No, strike that After writing out the quotations I marked I realized there are than a handful of useful observations of the human experience to file away The stories are a little odd remember, this coming from a North American , but I thought they were much engaging than the Shen of the Sea stories evil, though it may touch the good, cannot for ever bind it if it should come to pass that you are offered the choice of things, see to it that you choose the simplest This sounds a little like the way I imagine Holly sees the world He was rumbling and grumbling and peering here and there in a queer way The boys noticed that he did not turn his head to look with a sweep of the eyes as they did, or as you do, turning to see in a semi circle or over a greater extent his way was different He would turn his head in a certain direction with his eyes closed, then open them and look From the place where his glance lit he could not turn if he wanted to look somewhere else, he had to close his eyes and begin again, so that his looking was like shooting a bullet at a mark than anything, and if he missed he missed, and had to begin again And of course he often missed Yet it was his way, and he must have been very satisfied with it to judge by the song he sang in the morning they were well rested and strong, for as they had lived well and cleanly and none having a darkened window in his breast, their sinews were as steel, and every day was a new life in which to enter with eyes bright and shining So at last came the light between day and night when neither was afraid, she brave at heart because of the passing of the burning light of day and he fearless because the night of sorrow had not yet come Hand in hand they went towards a great plain all flower spangled and smiling From The Magic Knot as Borac grew, he saw beauty in common things and pointed out to the others the colours in the sunset sky, the pure blue of the lake water, the sun sparkle on the stream, and the fresh green of the hill grass Then, too, there were the songs of the birds That music they had grown up with, had heard so often that they had forgotten the beauty of it all, until one day Borac began to call like a bird and from every tree and bush came a chorus so rich and so wonderful that the joy in their hearts was like a sweet pain You know how that is From The Bad Wishers Then he went on to tell of other witches that he knew, saying that there were many who were not all bad, but like men, were a mixture True, they sometimes kept children, but that was not to be laid to their meanness but rather to their love of beauty For, he said, it is no wrong to keep a child to look at than it is to pluck a flower or to cage a bird Or, to put it another way, it is as wrong to cage a bird as it is to steal a child There was a moment when she wanted to lose all that she had gained so that she could tell her brother that she shared his grief, but she remembered that being strong she could help him in his pain, so she went to him and took him by the hand and kissed his cheek From The Hungry Old Witch It is not right, he said, that we should give away for nothing that which we have grown and tended and learned to love, nor is it right that we should feed and fatten the evil thing that destroys us From The Wonderful Mirror Thus it was that Suso crept to quiet places and told her tale to the whispering leaves and to the evening breeze, and thus it was that in the midst of all that beauty of golden sunlight and silver glinted waters and flower twined forest she could not but be sad For there were tears in her heart, and everything that her father did for her was as nothing and like a crumbling tower Then Huathia took his flute and played sweet music until the world seemed full of peace, and gripping grief had vanished Suso, too, sang sweetly, so that for a moment the father thought that the shadow that was upon him was but a dream and might pass From The Tale of the Lazy People everywhere were little figures hurrying one after the other, going to and fro, busy about nothing, quarreling about nothing, fighting about nothing From Rairu and the Star Maiden Perhaps my friend Pedro of Brazil told me the story of Rairu and the Star Maiden for much the same reason that hungry men fall to talk of meals that they have eaten When I say hungry men I do not mean men with an appetite, but men who have long been on the verge of starvation shipwrecked sailors, men lost in the desert, and such like The truth is that what the heart hungers for, the tongue talks of mind well that a little toil, a little striving, and thou shalt find me again In the darkness lean on me, the because thou knowest thyself to be weak Under the shadow of death, dear Rairu, a fainting love is revived From The Cat and the Dream Man the brave one is not he that does not fear, but rather he that fears and yet does the thing that he has set out to do.