Sharing tales across cultures

5th December 2003 at 00:00
Many teachers will get no further than working out that Zlatokosa means Goldilocks in Serbo-Croatian, but some children in their classes who are native speakers of the language will readily devour the entire fairytale.

Thanks to Mantra many traditional stories and other tales are now available in more than 20 community languages, with accompanying English text. As well as highly attractive books in Albanian and Arabic, Hindi and Somali, Vietnamese and Yoruba, there are CDs and props. Try Handa's Surprise in Chinese and Farsi, or The Pied Piper in Gujarati and Russian. Most of the books cost around pound;7.50, with reductions for bulk purchase. Mantra, 5 Alexandra Grove, London N12 8NU.Tel: 020 8445 5123

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