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Story of the Mongolian Tent House
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Story of the Mongolian Tent House
Story of the Mongolian Tent House
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Price:  $16.95

ISBN:  978-1-937786-81-6
Book Size:  10.5" × 8"
# of Pages:  40
Language:  English



Description: “Story of the Mongolian Tent House”
Based on an original tale by award-winning Mongolian author, Dashdondog Jamba, and retold by distinguished international author, Anne Pellowski, find out how the traditional Mongolian tent house (called a ger in Mongolian and a yurt in Turkish), was created in the ancient past by drawing on the example of nature, and how it later became a beloved symbol of friendship and harmony. With stunning illustrations of Mongolian culture by renowned artist, Beatriz Vidal, young readers can experience first-hand the wide-open steppes of this vast and wild land bordering on Russia to the north and China to the south.
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Based on an original tale by award-winning Mongolian author, Dashdondog Jamba, and retold by distinguished international author, Anne Pellowski, find out how the traditional Mongolian tent house (called a ger in Mongolian and a yurt in Turkish), was created in the ancient past by drawing on the example of nature, and how it later became a beloved symbol of friendship and harmony. With stunning illustrations of Mongolian culture by renowned artist, Beatriz Vidal, young readers can experience first-hand the wide-open steppes of this vast and wild land bordering on Russia to the north and China to the south.

Anne Pellowski is a distinguished Polish-American storyteller and authority on international literature for children. From 1966-1981 she worked for the U.S. Committee to UNICEF as the founding director of the Information Center on Children’s Cultures. The recipient of several awards, including a National Storytelling Network Lifetime Achievement Award, she was a nominee for the prestigious 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Anne’s writings include The World of Children’s Literature and The Storytelling Handbook. She lives in Winona, Wisconsin.

Beatriz Vidal is an award-winning Argentinean painter, illustrator, and teacher. Her work has appeared in well-known magazines such as The New York Times, Woman’s Day, and The New Yorker. Beatriz won the prestigious Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award for her title A Library for Juana, while her books Rainbow Crow and Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain were Reading Rainbow selections. The previous Wisdom Tales books illustrated by Ms. Vidal are Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep (an award-winning Finalist in the 2016 USA “Best Book” Awards) and Pine and the Winter Sparrow (winner of a Gold Medal in the “Illustration – Graphic” category of the 2015 Midwest Book Awards). Beatriz divides her time between Cόrdoba in Argentina and New York City in the USA. Anne Pellowski is a distinguished Polish-American storyteller and authority on international literature for children. From 1966-1981 she worked for the U.S. Committee to UNICEF as the founding director of the Information Center on Children’s Cultures. The recipient of several awards, including a National Storytelling Network Lifetime Achievement Award, she was a nominee for the prestigious 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Anne’s writings include The World of Children’s Literature and The Storytelling Handbook. She lives in Winona, Wisconsin.


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Beatriz Vidal

Beatriz Vidal is an internationally known artist and prize-winning illustrator of children’s books. Her most recent book for Wisdom Tales Press (World Wisdom’s children’s books imprint) is Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep, which was written by Bette Killion. Little Lek Longtail was an award-winning Finalist in the 2016 USA “Best Book” Awards. For her first book for Wisdom Tales, Ms. Vidal collaborated with author Alexis York Lumbard on Pine and the Winter Sparrow, a retelling of an American Indian tale.

Among Ms. Vidal’s best-known previous books are the best-selling Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, A Library for Juana (winner of the prestigious Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award), Federico and the Magi’s Gift (which she both wrote and illustrated), and A Gift of Gracias. Beatriz Vidal’s work has appeared on several PBS programs and she has given design and illustration workshops in Argentina, Cyprus, China and Mongolia. There have been many exhibitions of her paintings in the United States and abroad.

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Anne Pellowski

Anne Pellowski is an author, an educator, a librarian, and a storyteller, for which she has won numerous honors and awards. Ms. Pellowski is the author of the Wisdom Tales book Story of the Mongolian Tent House, which was illustrated by Beatriz Vidal.

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Reviews of “Story of the Mongolian Tent House”

 
“A prolific Mongolian storyteller’s original legend of how the distinctive dwelling known as the ger came to be invented. Adapted into spare and stately English by renowned storyteller Pellowski, the story is punctuated by quarrels. Once, all living things lived peaceably in ‘a big house called the earth.’ But fights began, and all went to find homes of their own — including a man who, being ‘very old’ and ‘very intelligent,’ instructs his seven sons to gather willow branches, rope, and fleeces to construct a sturdy round shelter. But the house blows down after the old man dies because his sons have ignored his command to ‘work together and tighten the ropes that keep our home on the ground.…’”
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“Inherently interesting, informative and entertaining, Story of the Mongolian Tent House is especially and unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library Multicultural Literature & Picture Book collections.”
MBR Bookwatch (Midwest Book Review)



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