"She succeeds in integrating tales, tellers, and audience into a cultural pattern rare in books of this kind. The native background and language, rich in poetic idiom and imagery of mountain speech uncluttered by dialect spelling—add a whole new dimension and a local or modern twist to the Old World originals. . . . Books like [this] will be the chief repositories of the old ways and the olden, golden, and silver tales that once made the 'main figure of the pattern.'"
—New York Times Book Review
"One needs to look no further than the titles . . . of many of these stories for a glimmer of the pleasure they provide. [The] tales . . . sparkle with what we might call "native wisdom."
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