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Folk and Fairy Tales
Stories from many cultures for the youngest listeners. Also, check out Fairy Tales with New Twists for children who are familiar with the original stories.
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  Cover Art: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: a West African Tale Aardema, Verna
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: a West African Tale
West African legend of why the mosquito has a guilty conscience for all the trouble she caused by telling a lie. Stunning illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon, this is a good group read-aloud.
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Lion's Share: a Somali Folktale Ahmed, Said Salah
The Lion's Share: a Somali Folktale
After the animals hunt and kill a camel, the lion asks them how the meat will be shared.
Somali Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Thumbelina Alderson, Brian
Thumbelina
A tiny girl no bigger than a thumb is stolen by a great ugly toad and subsequently has many adventures and makes many animal friends, before finding the perfect mate in a warm and beautiful southern land.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Fox and the Hen Battut, Eric
The Fox and the Hen
Crafty Red Fox has taken Henrietta Hen's beautiful egg. Now Henrietta and her friends must come up with a cunning plan to trick Red Fox into giving it back.
Easy Picture Book
  Cover Art: The Mitten Brett, Jan
The Mitten
Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes.
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Cow-tail Switch and other West African Stories Courlander, Harold
The Cow-tail Switch and other West African Stories
"The stories of West Africa are about men and animals, about kings, warriors, and hunters. They tell about clever people and stupid people, about good ones and bad ones, about how things and animals got to be how they are. Sometimes they are just tall tales. There are stories about Frog, Rabbit, Turtle, Guinea Fowl, and all the other animals that West Africans know. Some of the stories make you think. Some make you laugh. Here are some of the stories of the people of the forests, the seacoast, the hills, and the plains"--P. [4] of cover.
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Pretty Salma: a Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa Daly, Niki
Pretty Salma: a Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa
In this version of Little Red Riding Hood, set in Ghana, a young girl fails to heed Granny's warning about the dangers of talking to strangers in the market.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Grandma and the Great Gourd : a Bengali Folk Tale Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
Grandma and the Great Gourd : a Bengali Folk Tale
On her way to visit her daughter on 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 all.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Rubia and the Three Osos Elya, Susan Middleton
Rubia and the Three Osos
Retells the story of Goldilocks and the three bears in rhyming text interspersed with Spanish words, which are defined in a glossary.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Chicken Little Emberley, Rebecca
Chicken Little
A retelling of the classic story of Chicken Little, who has an acorn fall on his head and runs in a panic to his friends Henny Penny, Lucky Ducky, and Loosey Goosey, to tell them the sky is falling.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Henny Penny : a Folk Tale Classic Galdone, Paul
Henny Penny : a Folk Tale Classic
In a cumulative tale, Henny Penny and her friends are on the way to tell the king that the sky is falling when they are met by a clever fox.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Three Bears Galdone, Paul
The Three Bears
Three bears return from a walk and find a little girl asleep in baby bear's bed.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Three Little Kittens Galdone, Paul
Three Little Kittens
Three little kittens lose, find, soil, and wash their mittens.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark Geist, Ken
The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark
In this spoof of The three little pigs, Mama tells her three little fish that it's time to seek their fortunes. Jim builds a house of seaweed and Tim builds a house of sand, but it's up to Kim to find the house that will stop the big bad shark's munching and crunching.
Easy Picture Book
  Cover Art: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood Grimm, Jacob
The Story of Little Red Riding Hood
A little girl meets a wolf in the forest on her way to visit her grandmother.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Three Little Pigs: an Architectural Tale Guarnaccia, Steven
The Three Little Pigs: an Architectural Tale
Once upon a time - as the famous opening goes - three little pigs decided to move out of their mother's house and build their own homes. But the big bad wolf lurks nearby and will do anything he can to have them for a meal! Yet something is different in this retelling of the classic story about the trio of pigs.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Michael Hagues's Treasured Classics Hague, Michael
Michael Hagues's Treasured Classics
A collection of fourteen classic stories beautifully illustrated with Hague's watercolors.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Ghost Catcher: a Bengali Folktale Hamilton, Martha
The Ghost Catcher: a Bengali Folktale
A retelling of a traditional Bengali tale in which a kind and generous Indian barber, pressed by his father then his wife to earn more money, cleverly persuades a ghost to bring him riches.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Senorita Gordita Ketteman, Helen
Senorita Gordita
Resets the tale of the Gingerbread boy in the southwest, where the scrumptious Gordita eludes her pursuers until she meets a clever owl. Includes glossary of Spanish terms and a gorditas recipe.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Joha Makes a Wish: a Middle Eastern Tale Kimmel, Eric A.
Joha Makes a Wish: a Middle Eastern Tale
An original story, based on the Joha tales of the Arabic-speaking world, in which a hapless man finds a wishing stick that brings him nothing but bad luck. Includes an author's note about the history of Joha tales.
Easy Nonfiction Book
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