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Mary Ziavras's collection puts us back in touch with folktales in all their playful, mischievous, and occasionally tragic suggestiveness. With artfully contrived artlessness, she reanimates the tales for modern audiences, connecting readers, viscerally, to 'once upon a time'.
Maria Tatar, Professor Chair: Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology, Harvard University

"...enjoyed the manuscript.... I love this stuff, but, then, I'm Greek!"

Michael Dukakis, Former Governor of Massachusetts

"Mary Ziavras' tales are, like all good folk stories, woven with wonder, whimsy and magic, and the wealth of her Greek heritage...rich as baklava!"
Amy Friedman, author of syndicated column Timeless Folktales from Around the World

"These humorous and touching tales are part of a long and rich Greek tradition. Mary Ziavras renders them in a clever and elegant manner using vivid lanuage. They are both interesting and enjoyable because they portray rich human expression- suffering and full of abundant love and beauty.
Demosthenes Kontos, Ph.D, Author & Professor of History, SUNY Orange

...A delightful collection of stories for young and old..."

Dr. Charles Stewart, Dept. of Anthropology, University College, London

"These Greek folk stories are simply delightful - pithy, dry, engaging, funny, sad - with no wasted words and neat little stings in the ... tale!"
Professor Roderick Beaton, author: The Oral Traditions of Modern Greece: A Survey & Folk Poetry of Modern Greece,
Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, King's College London, UK

I can't wait to share Mary's tales with my girls...

George Stephanopoulos
, Greek-American author, journalist, chief political correspondent for ABC News

"Superb! Heart touching! A blend of creation and recreation. Tale of Love
and Honor is a classic narration representing the moral dilemma. Greek stories and Indian stories are as ancient as the earth and as modern as today.

Dr Mahendra Kumar Mishra, Folklorist, Author of Oral Epics of Kalahandi, State Indigenous and Minority Education Coordinator,
Department of School and Mass Education, Govt. of Orissa, India

"Ziavras will delight you, reaffirming the truths folktales have imparted since Aesop's Fables."
Chris Farlekas, Times Herald Record

D&H Canvas Magazine, March 2013

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Copyright 2011 Mary Ziavras
ISBN-13: 978-0-615-40612-1