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Like most young girls, Aree likes fine clothes and jewellery. But she is just a bit spoilt and has more dresses than she needs. So when there is a dance in the next village Aree cant decide which one to wear, so she wears them all. Ages 4-8 years.


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Like most young girls, Aree likes fine clothes and jewellery. But she is just a bit spoilt and has more dresses than she needs. So when there is a dance in the next village Aree cant decide which one to wear, so she wears them all. Ages 4-8 years.

30 review for The Girl Who Wore Too Much: A Folktale from Thailand

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Charming adaptation, with a very good author's note. The Thai text is small, and is in its original script (not transcribed into Roman phonetics), but is pretty to look at. The illustrations are exuberant and expressive. I *love* the birds in the endpapers - nothing to do with the story, but they do establish context and are gorgeous. I really like how the adults, introduced right away on the copyright and title page, understand their role in encouraging the girl's vanity. I will look for more Charming adaptation, with a very good author's note. The Thai text is small, and is in its original script (not transcribed into Roman phonetics), but is pretty to look at. The illustrations are exuberant and expressive. I *love* the birds in the endpapers - nothing to do with the story, but they do establish context and are gorgeous. I really like how the adults, introduced right away on the copyright and title page, understand their role in encouraging the girl's vanity. I will look for more by MacDonald; whether I find original stories or adaptations I'm sure I'd enjoy them. And I will definitely look for more art by Davis; maybe she sells prints of birds or something.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Goedert

    When I think of a successful traditional folktale, I think of how the students will relate to the characters and conflict. For example, in Abiyoyo the main characters are 'ostracized' by the townspeople, but the family of two has redeeming qualities that are illuminated by the presence of the scary giant. The father and son protect the community with the very talents that irritated the townspeople. Maybe Abiyoyo was Americanized in such a way to be pleasant to my American sensibilities. The Girl When I think of a successful traditional folktale, I think of how the students will relate to the characters and conflict. For example, in Abiyoyo the main characters are 'ostracized' by the townspeople, but the family of two has redeeming qualities that are illuminated by the presence of the scary giant. The father and son protect the community with the very talents that irritated the townspeople. Maybe Abiyoyo was Americanized in such a way to be pleasant to my American sensibilities. The Girl Who Wore Too Much story line is not as relatable to me. I love the idea of clothing playing a big part in a folktale, like shoes in The Elves and The Shoemaker. There is something so tactile and relatable for young students who might be just beginning to pick out their own clothes. But I am not sure my students living in poverty will connect with the girl who learns she does not need to wear every dress and bangle. It is not that they cannot relate to making a misguided choice, but the story comes off a bit cartoon-like. The author has a great suggestion in her afterward to read the story and put on the clothes and jewelry to make the story come alive. Although I love that idea, perhaps the words should stand on their own to delight the child reader. I do like the Thai writing and and Thai design that frames the pictures. I might use the book to begin a discussion on a comparison of traditional folktales, but I do not think that this book would be one students would ask me to read over and over. Since we only have so many books to read during the course of a year and only so many opportunities to assist in representing other cultures, I might pick a different Thai story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie H.

    Aree, a girl from Thailand, is given every beautiful thing encountered by her family and friends. Soon she has so many things she doesn't know what to do. When she is invited to a party, she can't decided what to wear, so she wears every single dress she owns plus all the jewelry she has. Walking to the party with her friends, Aree can't keep up because she is weighed down by her clothes and jewelry. Eventually she has to just stop. She calls for help and when her parents show up, her father tel Aree, a girl from Thailand, is given every beautiful thing encountered by her family and friends. Soon she has so many things she doesn't know what to do. When she is invited to a party, she can't decided what to wear, so she wears every single dress she owns plus all the jewelry she has. Walking to the party with her friends, Aree can't keep up because she is weighed down by her clothes and jewelry. Eventually she has to just stop. She calls for help and when her parents show up, her father tells her that they wrongly taught her to value things and she now needs to learn to live with less. Aree immediately adopts this way of thinking and begins giving away her things to those people around her.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This book is about a girl that is given everything by her parents. When it comes time to go to a dance in their town she cannot decide what to wear. She wears all the dresses she has because she cannot decide on a color and she wears all the jewelry she owns since she wants to show off her wealth and how many things she has. The book continues to show the consequences she faces as a result of wearing too much. I really enjoyed the message of this story. I think it can speak to children of all ag This book is about a girl that is given everything by her parents. When it comes time to go to a dance in their town she cannot decide what to wear. She wears all the dresses she has because she cannot decide on a color and she wears all the jewelry she owns since she wants to show off her wealth and how many things she has. The book continues to show the consequences she faces as a result of wearing too much. I really enjoyed the message of this story. I think it can speak to children of all ages. It is beautifully illustrated. I really liked the way the story developed and we saw how the character changed. I think the ideas in this story share a good lesson not only for children, but for adults as well.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    This was a fable from Thailand that taught parents not to spoil their children and children to not be greedy and vain.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Loved this retelling of the this Thai folktale. The illustrations were bright and brought the story to life.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Greed and vanity will always come back to haunt you in the end. It is a lesson learned in this wonderfully illustrated folktale from Thailand.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aryehl

    This folktale focuses it’s teaching on greed. The main character, for the sake of vanity, wears far more jewelry and clothing than she needs, explaining the concept of greed in a way that is easily understood by young children. Our main character decides to be less vain and greedy for intrinsic reasons rather than because of the criticism or needs of others. Usually, a story concerting greed will have the main character experience change based on pity for other characters. I think it is better t This folktale focuses it’s teaching on greed. The main character, for the sake of vanity, wears far more jewelry and clothing than she needs, explaining the concept of greed in a way that is easily understood by young children. Our main character decides to be less vain and greedy for intrinsic reasons rather than because of the criticism or needs of others. Usually, a story concerting greed will have the main character experience change based on pity for other characters. I think it is better that this character finds the motivation to change from within rather than from external motivators. While the characters are limited in the way they express their feelings about Aree (main character), children may consider Aree’s behavior from the perspectives of the other characters such as her parents or her friends who were hindered by Aree’s choices by taking longer to get to the party. The illustrations are clear and attractive.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marigold Bookhound

    Young Aree’s parents have doted on her all her life. Now she has so many fine silk clothes and precious jewelry she can’t decide what to wear to the dance! So she puts on at least a dozen dresses, one on top of the other, and weighs down her neck and arms with too many bracelets, ring, and necklaces. After struggling for hours to even walk up the hill to the dance, Aree and her parents realize how her true beauty isn’t visible when she is spoiled with too many material things. I like that this s Young Aree’s parents have doted on her all her life. Now she has so many fine silk clothes and precious jewelry she can’t decide what to wear to the dance! So she puts on at least a dozen dresses, one on top of the other, and weighs down her neck and arms with too many bracelets, ring, and necklaces. After struggling for hours to even walk up the hill to the dance, Aree and her parents realize how her true beauty isn’t visible when she is spoiled with too many material things. I like that this story is simple, but the exaggerated quality makes this important lesson feel better than exciting to listen to and learn, rather than too didactic. The illustrations are gorgeous and fun.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Aree wears all her beautiful jewels and dresses, expensive as they are. She seems to be spoiled, and materialistic, until she realizes that all those clothes and jewels will never get her anywhere- to the dance, or in life. There is a lesson learned in the end, and the story could be a fun read to any elementary class. It portrays the lesson that one should be happy with what one has, instead of wanting more expensive and valuable things in life.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Just a Girl Fighting Censorship

    This folktale from Thailand has bright bold illustrations and a great message about greed and pride and vanity. Another cool aspect of this book is that it is bilingual. The story is told in English but along the bottom of the pages is the story in its original language, Thai. This book would be a great interactive opportunity for a storytime, possibly picking one child and weighing them down with layer after layer of clothing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ally Lybbert

    I really want to have a multicultural library. I love that this book teaches not only the folktale but also about the Thai culture. The moral of the story is about humility. This would be great in my classroom

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    A cute story that could be used to help a child learn the difference between need and want, as well as the idea of vanity. It's a Thai story so it makes a nice little geography stepping stone. A cute story that could be used to help a child learn the difference between need and want, as well as the idea of vanity. It's a Thai story so it makes a nice little geography stepping stone.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    My 4 yo daughter loves this book as the girl wore all of her clothes, and jewelry and was not able to goto the dance, but still felt she was the most beautiful girl.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Renee Brown

    Nice for storytelling -- Thailand.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael Fitzgerald

    Dull.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Moira loved this, but I'm not sure she really understood the moral of the story because she really wants to try this sometime. Moira loved this, but I'm not sure she really understood the moral of the story because she really wants to try this sometime.

  18. 5 out of 5

    April

    I love this folktale from Thailand that teaches us to be grateful. The illustrations are vivid and beautiful. A wonderful piece of traditional literature!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This book fits my two year old daughter to a T. She'll wear two or three play princess dresses at a time, so this book is one she connects to rather easily. Fun read with a great lesson on vanity. This book fits my two year old daughter to a T. She'll wear two or three play princess dresses at a time, so this book is one she connects to rather easily. Fun read with a great lesson on vanity.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Andrikus

    This Thai folktale teaches us that greed (and ultimately, today's consumerism) could only does not necessarily beget admiration or happiness. This Thai folktale teaches us that greed (and ultimately, today's consumerism) could only does not necessarily beget admiration or happiness.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christine Turner

    Spoiled and vain, Aree cannot decide which of her many silken dresses and lavish jewels to wear to the dance, so she wears them all. Folklore -- Thailand

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Benedict

    Fun story with moral.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  25. 5 out of 5

    AReader

  26. 4 out of 5

    Venecia Proctor

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stella_bee

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sleepninja

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