Oxford Reading Tree: Level 13: Treetops Myths and Legends: Why the Sea is Salty by David Calcutt

Oxford Reading Tree: Level 13: Treetops Myths and Legends: Why the Sea is Salty

Written by David Calcutt
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Oxford Reading Tree: Level 13: Treetops Myths and Legends: Why the Sea is Salty by David Calcutt

These exciting new TreeTops Myths and Legends are guaranteed to appeal to all your junior readers - whatever their cultural background, gender or enthusiasms. These are the oldest and most enduring stories in the world, retold by leading contemporary children's authors to bring out all of the action, drama, humour and depth of the original stories in a way that makes them as exciting and meaningful today as ever. The strand is comprised of 24 books, telling a total of around 65 traditional stories from around the world. All of the stories are fully illustrated with stunning, vibrant images. The stories are carefully levelled, making them accessible to the average 7-11 year old reader. A thought-provoking letter from the author explains something about the background of the stories and the process of writing or retelling them. The letter also encourages the reader to make links between stories in a collection - prompting a fascinating investigation of the similarities and differences between stories that have evolved from different cultures around the world.The stories are ideal for making links to other areas of curriculum. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

About the Author

David Calcutt

David Calcutt was born in Wednesbury, West Midlands, in 1950, and now lives in Walsall. He taught in schools for ten years, then was a Community Arts Director for three years. He is now a freelance playwright and storyteller. The main influences on his work are myth and folk-tale. "Those ancient myths have provided us with some of our greatest works of literature, art, music and theatre...."

Q & A on Shadow Bringer with David Calcutt

1. What inspired you to write Shadow Bringer?

2. Describe it in two lines?

3. How long did it take you to write?

4. What do you think people will say about this book?

5. Are you working on something else at the moment?

6. What is your favourite food?

7. What makes you laugh out loud?

8. What is your one luxury item you would take with you on to a Desert Island?

9. What is your most treasured memory?

10. What is your weakness?

11. What is the worst/most unusual job you have ever done?

12. What is your most embarrassing moment?

13. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

14. What is the best piece of advice you could give to someone?

15. Last album brought? First album ever brought?

The first that I bought myself was, I think, “The Times They Are A-Changin’” by Bob Dylan. The most recent is “Elegy of the Uprooting” by the Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou. The Greeks call her the tenth muse. She is.

“Njal’s Saga” by an anonymous and brilliant Icelandic writer, and “Light in August” by William Faulkner. Also Ted Hughes’ poetry - but then I’m always reading this.

The music from “The Third Man”. Orson Welles. In fact I’d rather be in that film.

The Greek island of Lesvos

Shakespeare, Ted Hughes, Dylan Thomas, William Golding, Nikos Kazantzakis, George Seferis, Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Flannery O’ Connor, Jorge Luis Borges, John Steinbeck, James Joyce.

“Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson

My bike, and whatever notebook I happen to be writing in.

I’m pretty happy in most places.

Chocolate digestives.

Too many to list. Stupidity’s probably at the top.

I’d be less quick to judge, and work harder

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56 pages


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Publication date

21st January 2010



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