Thursday, January 16, 2014

'50 Indian Moral Stories for Children' by Morris Fenris

This is Book 1 in the Series "Indian Moral Stories for Children". Book 2 in the Series is entitled "Sacred Tales: 60 Indian Moral Stories for Children".

Folktales are stories that have been handed down through the ages, bonding the past with the present. These stories were written to entertain; to create awe and wonder; to provide answers to unanswerable questions and to instill a sense of morality.

This book provides a glimpse into the Indian culture, one of the oldest societies on earth and one with a rich, diverse and extraordinary history. These eternal legends were written at the beginning of human civilization and are rife with the messages and stories of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, but they still bear significance today and can be read and enjoyed with any religion and culture in mind.

"What a treasure trove of short stories for kids, tweens and teens to explore cultural education in a fun, memorable way. Adding a few children's books on Kindle are a great way to make sure you have stories around for free moments or focused exploration, and this is a great addition to your family's library of myths and short stories. The diversity is rich and varied, allowing for both cultural and historical education.

The book's organization in fabulous. Each starts with a paragraph describing the story's origin, history and significance. Then the story unfolds in clear, engaging writing--storytelling at it's best. These work great for read alouds to young children 4 to 8 or independent reading for children up to 9-12. Then each story wraps up with a one paragraph moral to bring home the point of the allegory, myth or tale. This means they can prompt lots of family discussion. Or, if siblings are fighting, have them read "The Judge Monkey" to each other to talk about cooperation!

This book holds lots of wonderful storytelling for young readers, families, teachers and homeschoolers alike."

"This is a wonderful book of short stories for kids, although it is certainly appropriate for teens and adults as well. The book has 50 short stories, each with an introduction explaining its origin as well as a moral at the end. Since it is organized in this fashion, it is easy to read one story at a time and then discuss it. There is also a helpful color map of India at the beginning of the book, so you can see where the stories came from. This is one of the better children's books on Kindle, and it would be perfect for bedtime story reading."

"My 9 year old daughter and I have been enjoying these stories a lot. This is her first time heading Indian folk tales so she is extremely attentive when I read them to her. I have only heard a couple of Indian folk tales from friends so it is nice to have stories to read that are new to me as well.

Since the book includes 50 stories I have no trouble finding a tale with a moral that I really want her to listen to and remember (my favorites are team work and sharing). What I love most about this book is that the moral of the story is clearly defined at the end of each folk tale. That is very helpful to a parent who wants their child to read the book without aid but still understand the moral."

"It's a wonderful, timeless book enjoyable to both reader and listener. While it is advertised as a children's storybook, I found it enjoyable myself and have read past where I've read to my children."

Author Bio:

Morris Fenris is Fiji-born Australian author and publisher.

Morris has been writing since childhood, drawing on his experiences in life and emulating the styles of his favorite authors. Morris enjoys reading and writing in a wide range of genres and has plans for writing many books.

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