Tall Tales from the Small Folk Clan

Small Folk Tales

Children - Grade K-3rd
46 Pages
Reviewed on 09/06/2013
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Author Biography

Christine Larsen is an ex-secretary, wife, mother, grandmother – and a farmer for more than 40 years, now living on a retirement farm in beautiful Australia. Finally she is a self-published author of a series of e-books, after shelving her written creations decades ago, believing that editors' rejections equalled no talent. Christine concentrated instead on raising a family and meeting the various needs of farming, including successfully raising a myriad of animals, nine of which were kangaroos. She seems to have been rescuing something or someone ever since – on Lifeline telephones; adopting three 'special needs' children; in the community as a Careworker; animals from shelters; and from the Charity shops – abandoned small knitted folk. Throughout these years she has remained an avid reader and wannabe author, constantly 'moodling' about this – until, like a volcano, Christine's creative writing skills had no choice but to erupt, and here she is.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Tall Tales from the Small Folk Clan (Small Folk Tales) by Christine Larsen is a set of stories and rhymes for our little readers. The stories and rhymes, along with the illustrations, are absolutely delightful and endearing. The author has kept the child audience in mind when writing. The characters and stories are full of mirth and imagination, and the illustrations complement the text beautifully. No children's story book is complete without pictures. Children are always attracted to vivid colors and bright pictures.

Apart from being a story book, this publication has educational themes. The children learn something from each story. 'Jesse the Rocker' is a funny, rhyming, lyrical poem that would be interesting for a child reader. To make it more understandable, the author has also given the meanings of the words which children might not understand. 'Unforgettable' is a lovely story on flowers. The symbolism and beauty of flowers are discussed and children are introduced to the names of many flowers. It's a beautiful and delicate story. 'Saxon the Skid Kid' is an interesting and humorous rhyming poem.

The author definitely knows the pulse of the child audience. The book also helps us to connect to the child within us. A read-aloud session with parent and child will be enjoyed with the stories and rhymes.