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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Plesant DeSpain  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1943 in Denver, Colorado


-- Website -- http://www.storypro.com/
-- Plesant DeSpain on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=plesant+despain


Illinois Connection

Plesant recieved a BS and MS from Southern Illinois University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Pleasant DeSpain has taught speech, literature, and drama at university and in public schools, has written, produced, and hosted an award-winning television program on KING-TV in Seattle, and was officially proclaimed "Seattle's Resident Storyteller" by the mayor.


Published Works

    Eleven Nature Tales, August House, 1996Sweet Land of Story, August House, 2000Tales of Tricksters, August House, 2001Tales of Heroes, August House, 2002Tales of Insects, August House, 2002Tales of Holidays, August House, 2002Tales of Enchantment, August House, 2003Tales of Cats, August House, 2003


Selected Titles At Your Library

Eleven nature tales :
ISBN: 0874834589. OCLC Number:

August House Publishers,. Little Rock, Ark. :. 1996.

Herein are eleven ancient stories that address the natural elements and their relationships to each other.

Sweet land of story :
ISBN: 087483600x. OCLC Number:

August House,. Little Rock, AR :. 2000.

Thirty-six true, tall, and traditional tales, primarily from the nineteenth century or earlier, selected by a professional storyteller and divided by the region of the United States from which they originated.

Tales of tricksters /
ISBN: 0874836441. OCLC Number:

August House,. Little Rock :. 2001.

These folktales from around the world feature the character known as the trickster, used to inspire the reader to outwit the bullies of the world while creating fun in the process.

Tales of heroes /
ISBN: 0874836662. OCLC Number:

August House,. Little Rock, Ark. :. 2002.

A collection of folktales from around the world that brings local heroes to life.

Tales of insects /
ISBN: 0874836689. OCLC Number:

August House,. Little Rock, Ark. :. 2002.

A collection of nine traditional tales about insects from various parts of the world, including Mexico, Japan, Jamaica, and Fiji.

Tales of holidays /
ISBN: 0874836670. OCLC Number:

August House,. Little Rock, Ark. :. ©2002.

Contains a collection of folktales from around the world that depicts how various holidays are celebrated.

Tales of enchantment /
ISBN: 0874837111. OCLC Number:

August House Publishers,. Little Rock, Ark. :. 2003.

Contains a magical collection of folktales from around the world.

Tales of cats /
ISBN: 0874837138. OCLC Number:

August House Publishers,. Little Rock, Ark. :. 2003.

Contains a 'catty' collection of folktales from around the world.


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