Folktales

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories

By Alvin Schwartz

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Seven scary stories to tell at night in front of a fire or in the dark, based on traditional stories and folktales from various countries. Suggested for ages 6-8. JBR Sch.
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Under the Cherry Blossom Tree

By Allen Say

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A cherry tree growing from the top of the wicked landlord's head is the beginning of his misfortunes and a better life for the poor villagers.

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The Queen Bee

By Jacob Grimm

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After saving some ants, ducks, and bees from being killed by his two older brothers, the youngest prince is rewarded when the animals help him break the spell cast on a castle and its inhabitants.

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The Adventures of High John the Conqueror

By Steve Sanfield

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A collection of sixteen tales about High John the Conqueror, the traditional trickster hero of blacks during and immediately after the time of slavery.

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Stories from the Days of Christopher Columbus: A Multicultural Collection for Young Readers

By Richard Alan Young and Judy Dockrey Young

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A collection of traditional tales, fables, and legends from the cultures brought together or affected by the voyages of Columbus, including those of Spain, Portugal, Italy, and the mainland and island Indian tribes he encountered. Part of the American Storytelling series.

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Brer Tiger and the Big Wind

By William Faulkner

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Greedily protecting his pear tree and spring from the other animals, Brer Tiger refuses to share until clever Brer Rabbit devises a plan to create a "big wind" that will blow in a lesson about generosity.
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Tiger Soup: An Anansi Story from Jamaica

By Frances Temple

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After tricking Tiger into leaving the coconut-mango soup he has been cooking, Anansi the spider eats the soup himself and manages to put the blame on the monkeys.
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Stories to Solve: Folktales from Around the World

By George Shannon

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Brief folktales in which there is a mystery or problem that the reader is invited to solve before the resolution is presented.

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A Pride of African Tales

By Donna Washington and James Ransome (Illustrator)

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A collection of African folktales originating in the storytelling tradition.

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