Bob and I are thrilled to launch this new "best-of" multicultural folktale collection, Fifty Favorite Read-Aloud Folktales, as an ebook. Over the past thirty years, we have published over a hundred stories for young children, both as picture books and in anthologies. As some these books went out of print, we asked for reversion of rights, which publishers generously gave us. Now we've put our fifty favorites on Kindle (Kobo and other platforms coming soon).
Some of these folktales are old favorites, others are less well-known. Many are variants of classics like "Hansel and Gretel" or "Rumpelstiltskin." They work equally well as read-alouds and stories told without the book. They make great audience participation pieces—children just can't seem to keep themselves from joining in.
You can download three stories as a free preview on Kindle here.
Table of Contents
The Elephant's Wrestling Match (Cameroon)
Magical Mice (Japan)
The Beautiful Butterfly (Spain)
Johnny Cake (United States)
Roly-Poly Bug (Italy)
Mr. Bear Squash-You-All-Flat (Russia)
The Rooster and the Sun (Mexico)
The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean (Germany)
The Rat's Daughter (Japan)
The Toontoony Bird (Pakistan)
The Wonderful Pancake (Ireland)
One Good Turn (Mexico)
The Three Little Piggies and Old Mr. Fox (Scotland)
Henny Penny (England)
The Gunniwolf (United States)
The Three Billy Goats (Norway)
Uwungelema (South Africa)
The Three Bears (England)
Peace and Quiet (Yiddish)
The Singing Pumpkin (Iraq)
Juan Bobo (Argentina)
Tengu's Magic Nose Fan (Japan)
The Deer, the Fox and the Tiger (China)
The Monkey and the Crocodile (India)
The Coyote and the Lizard (Native American, Pueblo)
Soup from a Nail (Sweden)
The Three Wishes (England)
How Ijapa Tricked the Hippopotamus (Nigeria)
The Bremen Town Musicians (Germany)
A Bridge of Crocodiles (Indonesia)
Silly and Sillier (England)
Jabuti Tricks Mr. Jaguar (Brazil)
The Fearsome Beast (Kenya)
The Tortoise and the Iroko Man (Nigeria)
Too Many Fish (Borneo)
Taily-po (United States)
The Black Velvet Ribbon (United States)
The Sprightly Tailor (Scotland)
The Hairy Toe (United States)
The Nung Gwa Ma (China)
Tasty Baby Belly Buttons (Japan)
Clever Mandy (Bahamas)
Jean and Jeannette (France)
The Cake Tree (Sri Lanka)
Master Thumb (Myanmar)
Wiley and the Hairy Man (African American)
The Zim (South Africa)
Jack and the Beanstalk (England)
I am a children's book author and folklorist based in Portland, Oregon.
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