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Book Title: Tiddler: The Story-Telling Fish|
The author of the book: Julia Donaldson
Date of issue: May 3rd 2010
ISBN 13: 9781407116631
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.65 MB
Read full description of the books Tiddler: The Story-Telling Fish:This book doesn't seem very popular in Iowa, neither among libraries or book stores, so I had to borrow it through an interlibrary loan (read: for a very short time). And that's disappointing, because the book is spectacular! I count it as one of the best books by the author. We read it at bedtime all nine evenings we had it.
As seems customary, this British book suffered being "translated" for the American audience. I really don't get this translations from English to English. The first time I noticed it was in the first book I read in English, and it was Harry Potter. There are whole paragraphs changed in Harry Potter! And I still can't get why. What exactly was the purpose of those changes? It didn't make the book any better. Some words maybe more British than American, but I'm sure Americans know them, even if don't use them very often (and if they don't, isn't it a good reason to enrich one's vocabulary?) Anyway, for Tiddler: The story-telling fish the main problem is the title. I wonder whose fevered imagination generated the idea that this story is a version of a very old one about a boy who cried wolf. This someone was apparently so impressed with this idea, the book changed the title under its influence. The problem is, the moral here is complete opposite! Besides, it's kinda hard to explain to a toddler, why a book called "The Fish Who Cried Wolf" doesn't contain any wolves or any fishes talking about wolves. Just try it.
The illustrations are as good as ever. Both my son and I were delighted by a Gruffalo Fish. Look for it in the book! I think it's a very nice touch (though my husband thinks the authors have overdone it a bit). The Gruffalo Fish is not the only peculiar fish to look for in this book. It's full of wonderfull illustrations you can make into a biology lesson for a toddler, they are that good. I hope Tiddler: The Story-Telling Fish will find a wider recognition some day.
Read information about the authorGrowing up
I grew up in a tall Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).
Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Chopin waltzes.
I studied Drama and French at Bristol University, where I met Malcolm, a guitar-playing medic to whom I’m now married.
Busking and books
Before Malcolm and I had our three sons we used to go busking together and I would write special songs for each country; the best one was in Italian about pasta.
The busking led to a career in singing and songwriting, mainly for children’s television. I became an expert at writing to order on such subjects as guinea pigs, window-cleaning and horrible smells. “We want a song about throwing crumpled-up wrapping paper into the bin” was a typical request from the BBC.
I also continued to write “grown-up” songs and perform them in folk clubs and on the radio, and have recently released two CDs of these songs.
One of my television songs, A SQUASH AND A SQUEEZE, was made into a book in 1993, with illustrations by the wonderful Axel Scheffler. It was great to hold the book in my hand without it vanishing in the air the way the songs did. This prompted me to unearth some plays I’d written for a school reading group, and since then I’ve had 20 plays published. Most children love acting and it’s a tremendous way to improve their reading.
My real breakthrough was THE GRUFFALO, again illustrated by Axel. We work separately - he’s in London and I’m in Glasgow - but he sends me letters with lovely funny pictures on the envelopes.
I really enjoy writing verse, even though it can be fiendishly difficult. I used to memorise poems as a child and it means a lot to me when parents tell me their child can recite one of my books.
Funnily enough, I find it harder to write not in verse, though I feel I am now getting the hang of it! My novel THE GIANTS AND THE JONESES is going to be made into a film by the same team who made the Harry Potter movies, and I have written three books of stories about the anarchic PRINCESS MIRROR-BELLE who appears from the mirror and disrupts the life of an otherwise ordinary eight-year-old. I have just finished writing a novel for teenagers.
When I’m not writing I am often performing, at book festivals and in theatres. I really enjoy getting the children in the audience to help me act out the stories and sing the songs. When Malcolm can take time off from the hospital he and his guitar come too. and it feels as if we’ve come full circle - back to busking.
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