Folktales for Grown-ups

A Wolf at the Door: And Other Retold Fairy Tales

By Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

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What ever happened to the seven dwarfs after Snow White ditched them? What was life like for the giant above the beanstalk? Readers need wonder no more. Authors include Jane Yolen, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cadnum, Nancy Farmer, Tanith Lee, Garth Nix, and Patricia A. McKillip.

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Black Thorn, White Rose

By Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

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Eighteen tales that remold favorite childhood stories into things darker and sexier, more resonant and appealing to adults. Tattercoats, the Goose Girl, Sleeping Beauty, Rumplestiltskin, and the Bremen Town Musicians are among the characters whose stories get a revision in this collection.
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Earth Song, Sky Spirit: Short Stories of the Contemporary Native American Experience

By Clifford Trafzer, editor

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"A vibrant, vital anthology of stories that portray the lives of Native Americans today, featuring the work of N. Scott Momaday, Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, and more than two dozen other gifted, authentic voices."
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Mules and Men

By Zora Neale Hurston

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Mules and Men is the first great collection of black America's folk world. In the 1930's, Zora Neale Hurston returned to her native village of Eatonville, Florida to record the oral histories, sermons and songs, dating back to the time of slavery, which she remembered hearing as a child. In her quest, she found herself and her history throughout these highly metaphorical folk-tales, big old lies, and the lyrical language of song. With this collection, Zora Neale Hurston has come to reveal and preserve a beautiful and important part of American culture.Zora Neale Hurston (1901-1960) was a novelist, folklorist, anthropologist and playwright whose fictional and factual accounts of black heritage are unparalleled. She is also the author of Tell My Horse, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Dust Tracks on a Road, and Mule Bone.

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Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood

By Maria Tatar

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This is a study of the literary transformation of European folklore into cautionary and exemplary tales for children by such writers as the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. Examining these fairy tales from a feminist point of view the author brings a new perspective to the familiar tales.

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Rachel the Clever and Other Jewish Folktales

By Josepha Sherman

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This is a wonderful collection of 46 short folktales that share the themes of doing the right thing, surviving by cleverness and kindness and always maintaining a good sense of humor. They come from Poland, Central Asia, Iran, Morocco and many other places where Jews have settled. They are excellent choices for reading aloud or telling to a group.

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The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa

By Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith retells forty African folk tales, some that he has collected since his childhood in Zimbabwe and some that he learned from a friend in Botswana. His wonderful character Mma Ramotswe writes an introductory letter as a preface to the collection.
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The Hero with a Thousand Faces

By Joseph Campbell

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This influential study traces the story of the hero's journey and transformation through virtually all the mythologies of the world. Originally published in 1949, it has inspired generations of students and artists and sold nearly one million copies in various editions.

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The Moon in the Well: Wisdom Tales to Transform Your Life, Family, and Community

By Erica Helm Meade

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This collection of 63 folktales from around the world is accompanied with suggestions on using the stories in counseling situations. The introduction includes information on the origins, importance, and "how-to's" of storytelling. The tales are short and easy to tell.

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The Mythology of Horses: Horse Legend and Lore throughout the Ages

By Gerald and Loretta Hausman

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An extraordinary collection of myths and facts about horses, their honored place in human history, and the mystique that has surrounded them in cultures around the globe. Horses have always held a mystical sway over the human imagination; no other creature has inspired the same reverence or cross-cultural fascination. The Mythology of Horses offers a comprehensive look at horse breeds around the world, exploring their heritage, physical attributes, and place in human society, as well as the folklore, popular mythology, and true stories surrounding each breed.

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