I don’t know how many times, we’ll stop and start this journey again, but for now I’m back on the Newbery path,and Jake has shown some interest in joining me. It might be a few weeks, before he is officially back though. After he reads Tales From SIlver Lands, and writes his review, I’ll add it to mine.
For now, here’s my review of Tales From Silver Lands, by Charles Finger the 1925 and 4th Newbery Medal winner.
I’ll just go ahead and say that I didn’t love this book by any means, but I do find myself wanting to defend it. I’ve read some harsh reviews from other Newbery travelers, and I honestly didn’t think it was THAT bad. Every place has its own set of folk and fairy tales, and honestly, I don’t think I had ever heard any from Central and South America. I think I’m better off now that I have. I know I’m probably not going to meet some guy from Brazil and strike up a conversation about the 400 dudes that killed those three giants any time soon, but I feel like I have a little better understanding or at the very least, a better appreciation for that culture now.
A lot of the tales, I had to labor through, but there were some bright spots (much like The Story of Mankind) I especially enjoyed the tale about the seal-like nose-less people. (It’s almost like Latin America has it’s own version of a Selkie, only a lot meaner) and the tale about the boy who only went outside at night, and the girl who only went outside at day. I also liked the Witch’s Magic Ball story.
For 1925, I think this was a decent Newbery pick. There wasn’t a whole lot else being published for children, I mean they couldn’t just give it to the new Dr. Dolittle book every year, could they? I think children of 1925, especially those obsessed with exploring, and adventure, would have found these tales intriguing. Kids and even adults today? Not so much
I give it 2 1/2 out of five Newbery pies.