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Favorite Folktales from Around the World

by Jane Yolen

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This collection of folktales drawn from over forty cultures and traditions includes classic tales from the Brothers Grimm, as well as lesser-known stories.

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Favorite folktales from around the world is a great source for people to learn and understand the myths, legends, and stories of many different cultures around the world. This brings a sense of connection and diversity to the persons language development because they are learning about many different stories related to different traditions and cultures. ( )
  nrortega3 | Mar 7, 2024 |
A fine addition to my folk and faerie tale collection. ( )
  MarysGirl | Aug 8, 2019 |
This book has many different tales from around the world. It has different themes which are in each tale. I would use this book to show children how different cultures used to tell stories. I would recommend this book to children in grades 4 and up. ( )
  JaclynPoe | Oct 24, 2012 |
This is a superb effort to collect the origins of the world... A book of books, an edition or children that there are just a few...
  flaguna | Dec 2, 2008 |
The title says it all. It is a book made up of lots of tales from all over the world. Divided by theme, it is great for casual reading or just to broaden your knowledge of fairytales. ( )
  snapdragongirl | Jul 17, 2008 |
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This collection of folktales drawn from over forty cultures and traditions includes classic tales from the Brothers Grimm, as well as lesser-known stories.

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Here between two covers you will find an inexhaustible source of delight for children and adults alike: the world's best folktales, chosen by the internationally known storyteller Jane Yolen. Over 150 tales are compiled from Iceland to Syria, Cuba to Papua. Contents:
  • The man who had no story (Ireland)
  • How Spider obtained the Sky God's stories (Africa)
  • Helping to lie (Germany)
  • The ash lad who made the princess say "You're a liar!" (Norway)
  • The parson and the sexton (Norway)
  • The tall tales (Burma)
  • Catherine, sly country lass (Italy)
  • The wise little girl (Russia)
  • Clever answers (Russia)
  • A dispute in sign language (Israel)
  • Leopard, goat, and yam (Africa)
  • An endless story (Japan)
  • Glooscap and the baby (American Indian)
  • The brewery of eggshells (Ireland)
  • Father of eighteen elves (Iceland)
  • The fly (Vietnam)
  • The two pickpockets (England)
  • The seventh father of the house (Norway)
  • The king's favorite (China)
  • Wagging my tail in the mud (China)
  • When one man has two wives (Syria)
  • The old man and his grandson (Germany)
  • Half a blanket (Ireland)
  • How men and women got together (American Indian)
  • The little old woman with five cows (Siberia)
  • The prayer that was answered (Tibet)
  • The merchant's daughter and the slanderer (Russia)
  • What happened to Hadji (Turkey)
  • Mr. Fox (England)
  • The waiting maid's parrot (China)
  • The white cat (France)
  • Sedna (Eskimo)
  • Urashima the fisherman (Japan)
  • The spirit of the Van (Wales)
  • The toad-bridegroom (Korea)
  • Taken (Ireland)
  • The girl at the shieling (Iceland)
  • Deer Hunter and White Corn Maiden (American Indian)
  • Tyll Ulenspiegel's merry prank (Germany)
  • The hodja and the cauldron (Turkey)
  • Being greedy chokes Anansi (Jamaica)
  • Quevedo and the king (Mexico)
  • Why the hare runs away (Africa)
  • Coyote fights a lump of pitch (American Indian)
  • Crack and crook (Italy)
  • The master thief (Germany)
  • Peik (Norway)
  • The monkey and the crocodile (India)
  • The race between Toad and Donkey (Jamaica)
  • The king's son goes bear hunting (Finland)
  • John Brodison and the policeman (Ireland)
  • The rabbi and the inquisitor (Jewish)
  • The ugly son (Japan)
  • Dividing the goose (Russia)
  • The men who wouldn't stay dead (France)
  • The story of Campriano (Italy)
  • The three sillies (England)
  • Nasr-ed-Din Hodja in the pulpit (Turkey)
  • Lazy Jack (England)
  • Chelm justice (Jewish)
  • Those stubborn souls, the Biellese (Italy)
  • The drovers who lost their feet (Mexico)
  • The old man and woman who switched jobs (Sweden)
  • The two old women's bet (United States)
  • A stroke of luck (Hungary)
  • The sausage (Sweden)
  • Nail soup (Sweden)
  • Old dry Frye (United States)
  • "Bye-bye" (Haiti)
  • The barn is burning (Afro-American)
  • The birth of Finn MacCumhail (Ireland)
  • Li Chi slays the serpent (China)
  • The devil with the three golden hairs (Germany)
  • The Longwitton dragon (England)
  • The orphan boy and the elk dog (American Indian)
  • Molly Whuppie (England)
  • The beginning of the Narran Lake (Australian Aboriginal)
  • The flying head (American Indian)
  • The story of the youth who went forth to learn what fear was (Germany)
  • Talk (Africa)
  • The King of Ireland's son (Ireland)
  • The goose girl (Germany)
  • The princess on the glass hill (Norway)
  • The promises of the three sisters (Egypt)
  • The magic mirror of Rabbi Adam (Jewish)
  • The old woman who lived in a vinegar bottle (England)
  • The magic pear tree (China)
  • Faithful John (Germany)
  • Found hound-dog stories (Ireland and United States)
  • The doctor and his pupil (France)
  • The swan-maiden (Sweden)
  • Sister Alionushka, Brother Ivanushka (Russia)
  • The blacksmith's wife of Yarrowfoot (Scotland)
  • The seal's skin (Iceland)
  • The wounded seal (Scotland)
  • The cat-woman (France)
  • The serpent-woman (Spain)
  • The snake's lover (Peru)
  • The well-baked man (American Indian)
  • The Finn messenger (Norway)
  • Vasilisa the beautiful (Russia)
  • Bridge and the Lurikeen (Ireland)
  • The two hunchbacks (Italy)
  • Then the merman laughed (Iceland)
  • Pergrin and the mermaid (Wales)
  • The ash lad who had an eating match with the troll (Norway)
  • How mosquitoes came to be (American Indian)
  • The departure of the giants (Africa)
  • The peasant and the Devil Germany
  • Wicked John and the Devil (United States)
  • The bad wife (Russia)
  • Katcha and the Devil (Czechoslovakia)
  • The lawyer and the Devil (Ireland)
  • Coals on the Devil's hearth (Ireland)
  • The Devil's hide (Finland)
  • How El Bizarrón fooled the devil (Cuba)
  • Bearskin (Germany)
  • The lad and the devil (Norway)
  • Wiley and the hairy man (United States)
  • Truth and falsehood (Greece)
  • Getting common sense (Jamaica)
  • Rich man, poor man (Africa)
  • The lost horse (China)
  • It could always be worse (Jewish)
  • His just reward (Sweden)
  • Djuha's sleeve (Syria)
  • King Mátyás and his scholars (Hungary)
  • The missing axe (China)
  • What melody is the sweetest? (Afghanistan)
  • The peddler of Swaffham (England)
  • The Beduin's gazelle (Saudi Arabia)
  • The happy man's shirt (Italy)
  • Orpheus and Euridice (Greece)
  • The spirit-wife (American Indian)
  • One night in paradise (Italy)
  • A pretty girl in the road (United States)
  • The dream house (Ireland)
  • The peasant and the fiend (Estonia)
  • The tinker and the ghost (Spain)
  • Hold him, Tabb (Afro-American)
  • Drinking companions (China)
  • The ostler and the grave robbers (Scotland)
  • The duartion of life (Germany)
  • Woman chooses death (American Indian)
  • Jump into my sack (Italy)
  • Youth without age and life without death (Turkey)
  • Goha on the deathbed (Egypt)
  • Death of a miser (Russia)
  • Godfather Death (Germany)
  • The hungry peasant, God, and death (Mexico)
  • The word the Devil made up (Afro-American)
  • A paddock in heaven (England)
  • How a man found his wife in the Land of the Dead (Papua)
  • The end of the world (American Indian).
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