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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Sheep Don't Go to School
by Andrew Fusek Peters
Age Range: 9-11
A wonderful collection of poems from eastern Europe, representing nearly two
dozen countries, and spanning cultures and generations, many translated into
English for the first time, by more than forty writers who have retained the
indigenous spirit of the originals. There are nursery rhymes, traditional tales
in verse, riddles and new poems, all of which show the readers the similarities
and differences between the stories and rhymes which exist in all human
experience, and which tell us, in the most entertaining ways, about life and
tradition in those countries.
An excellent collection for children from eastern Europe to share with their peers in British classrooms, and a powerful tool to use in emphasising the underlying interests and concerns which affect us all.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)