Folktales

The Serpent Slayer : and Other Stories of Strong Women

By Katrin Tchana

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A collection of twenty traditional tales from various parts of the world, each of whose main character is a strong and resourceful woman. Suggested for ages 6-12.
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The Girl Who Married the Moon :

By Joseph Bruchac

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16 stories featuring strong Native American heroines. Suggested for ages 10-12.
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Swamp Angel

By Ann Isaacs

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Along with other amazing feats, Angelica Longrider, also known as Swamp Angel, wrestles a huge bear, known as Thundering Tarnation, to save the winter supplies of the settlers in Tennessee. Suggested for ages 7-12.
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Steam-Boat Annie and the Thousand Pound Catfish

By Catherine Wright

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An ornery giant catfish that does not like singing causes trouble for the residents of a little town called Pleasant, until Steamboat Annie teaches him a lesson. Suggested for ages 8-12.
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Not One Damsel in Distress : World folktales for Strong Girls

By Jane Yolen

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A collection of thirteen traditional tales from various parts of the world, with the main character of each being a fearless, strong, heroic, and resourceful woman. Suggested for ages 8-12.
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Asian Tales and Tellers

By Cathy Spagnoli

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More than 30 stories from the rich Asian cultural panorama illuminate the wisdom and humor of Eastern cultures. In her search for stories, Cathy Spagnoli has slid through Indian rice fields, sipped sake with Japanese epic singers, met with monks in Thailand and Korea, and hiked the Himalayas with Tibetan dancers.

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The Robber Bridegroom by Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer hailing from Mississippi’s Delta region, authored The Robber Bridegroom, a steamy and chaotic story set during her home state’s antebellum years. Although loosely based on a fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, this Robber Bridegroom is no murderous Bluebeard. Jamie Lockhart is, however, a handsome scoundrel with no more compunction against relieving pretty ladies of their virtue than their jewels. He meets his match in beautiful Rosamond Musgrove, who goes on everyday errands wearing her one silk gown while singing love ballads.

The Robber Bridegroom is the kind of yarn that gifted story-spinners can make out of loose threads of myth and folk tale wound together with a peculiar variety of language-rich Southern humor. She somehow binds together a jealous and mildly-murderous stepmother, a band of untrustworthy robbers (imagine that!), true love—with flaws, and raucous Mike Fink, legendary bully and “King of the Keel-boaters.”  The story is larger than life—a fantasy, really—and made it onto the Broadway stage as a musical in the 1970s. It’s still showing on the playbills of colleges and dinner theaters around the country.

One Fine Day with Nonny Hogrogian

Two-time Caldecott medalist Nonny Hogrogrian grew up in a stone house in the Bronx, New York which had belonged to her family for three generations. She came from a hard-working and artistic family with strong Armenian roots. When very young she would settle into a big chair in the home library and page through books of beautifully illustrated children’s stories dreaming about one day drawing such pictures herself.

The Beautiful Butterfly: a Folktale from Spain

By Judy Sierra (Reteller) and Victoria Chess (Illustrator)

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A beautiful butterfly is courted by many suitors. She finally finds a husband who has a singing voice soft and sweet enough to please her, but no sooner does the honeymoon begin than he is swallowed by a giant fish! All of nature joins her in mourning, setting off a comical chain of events that results in a second chance for the beautiful butterfly and her devoted husband. J398.0946 Si
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The Little Rooster and the Diamond Button: A Hungarian Folktale

By Celia Barker Lottridge

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A little rooster lives with a kindly, impoverished old woman. One day, while he is scratching for bugs and worms, he finds a diamond button. Before he can pick it up, it is snatched from under his beak by the greedy imperial sultan. The thwarted rooster chases the ruler to his palace to demand its return.
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