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10 Folktales to Read

    Rabbit's Gift

    Rabbit's Gift - George Shannon

    Woodland animals, each thinking of his neighbor, share a turnip left on their doorstep.

    CHILDREN 398.2 S528 2007                
    Seven Blind Mice

    Seven Blind Mice - Ed Young

    In this retelling of the Indian fable, seven blind mice discover different parts of an elephant and argue about its appearance.

    PICTURE BOOK Young, E.
    The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story

    The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story - Joseph Bruchac

    A quarrel between the first man and the first woman is reconciled when the Sun causes strawberries to grow out of the earth.

      CHILDREN 398.2 B887f3 1993
    Stone Soup

    Stone Soup - Marcia Brown

    When three hungry soldiers come to a town where all the food has been hidden, they set out to make soup of water and stones, and all the town enjoys a feast.

      CHILDREN 398 B879s 1947
    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears - Verna Aardema

    A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.

      CHILDREN 398 A113w 1975
    Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur! A Palestinian Folktale

    Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur! A Palestinian Folktale - Margaret Read MacDonald

    A childless woman's prayers are answered by the arrival of a talking pot, but the new mother knows that Little Pot must learn right from wrong just like any child.

      CHILDREN 398.2 M135t2 2006
    Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale

    Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale - Chitra Divakaruni

    On her way to the other side of the jungle, Grandma encounters a hungry fox, bear, and tiger, and although she convinces them to wait for her return trip, she still must find a way to outwit them.

      CHILDREN 398.2 D6181 2013
    Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill

    Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill - Tomie de Paola

    In this Irish folktale, Fin M'Coul's wife, Oonagh, helps him outwit his arch rival, Cucullin.

    PICTURE BOOK de Paola, T.
    Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

    Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale - Carmen Agra Deedy

    In this humorous retelling of a Cuban folktale, a cockroach interviews her suitors in order to decide whom to marry.

      CHILDREN 398.2 D311 2007
    The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South

    The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South - Robert D. San Souci

    Kind Blanche, following the instructions of an old witch, gains riches, while her greedy sister makes fun of the old woman and is duly rewarded.

    CHILDREN 398.2 S197t 1989
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