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Ely Library at Westfield State University
This is a guide to some of our Multicultural Folktales. These books include stories from many different cultures around the world. This is just a sampling, so be sure to check out the many other great titles in the ERC.
Native American/ Indian Tales
Arrow to the Sun
Call Number: PZ400 M159 Ar 1874
Publication Date: 1977-02-24
Gerald McDermott's version of the Pueblo Native American tale is strikingly illustrated with bold, warm colors and unique geometric figures in the style of Southwestern Native American art.
Call Number: PZ400 M159 Mon 2011
Publication Date: 2014-11-18
Monkey is hungry for the delicious mangoes on the island in the river, but he can't swim! How will he get there? Crocodile offers to carry Monkey across the water on his back, so Monkey hops aboard. Trouble is, Crocodile is hungry, too--for Monkey! - An Indian Folktale.
Musicians of the Sun
Call Number: PZ400 M159 Mu 1997
Publication Date: 1997-09-01
In this retelling of an Aztec myth, Lord of the Night sends Wind to free the four musicians that the Sun is holding prisoner so they can bring joy to the world.
Once a Mouse...
Call Number: PZ400 H58 On 1961
Publication Date: 1989-09-30
A hermit knows the magic to change a small mouse into a cat, a dog, and a majestic tiger -- and Marcia Brown's magical woodcuts bring this Indian fable to life with the mastery that won her her second Caldecott Medal.
Spirit of the Cedar People
Call Number: PZ400 L443 Sp 1998
Publication Date: 1998-09-15
Spirit of the Cedar People is a second volume of myths and legends drawn from the oral tradition of the Northwest Coast Indians. A companion audio CD features the voice of the chief reading these powerful stories.
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
Call Number: PZ400 D43 Leg 1988
Publication Date: 1996-04-16
In spring, the hills and meadows of Texas and Wyoming are ablaze with the reds, oranges, and yellows of the Indian Paintbrush. How this striking plant received its name is told in an old Indian legend.
The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales
Call Number: PZ400 B819 Gi 2008
Publication Date: 2008-11-04
Tthese legends come from Native American peoples across the U.S. Richly illustrated with original art, they capture a wide range of belief systems and wisdom from the Cherokee, Cheyenne, Hopi, Lenape, Maidu, Seminole, Seneca, and other tribes.
At the Wish of a Fish
Call Number: PZ400 L48 At 1999
Publication Date: 1999-05-01
In this adaptation of a traditional Russian tale, a lazy fool catches an enchanted fish which promises him that every wish he ever makes will come true."
Baba Yaga and the Stolen Baby
Call Number: PZ400 L974 Bl1999
Publication Date: 1999-03-15
In this Russian folktale, black geese are flying over little Elena's village, looking for children to snatch up for the witch Baba Yaga to feast upon.
A Tiger by the Tail and Other Stories from the Heart of Korea
Call Number: PZ400.C87 Ti 1999
Publication Date: 1999-05-15
The power of love within families; the complexities of relationships; the rites of passage for birth, coming of age, marriage, and death-these are some of the themes covered in this wonderful volume.
The Girl Who Wore Too Much
Call Number: PZ400.M15924 Gi 1998
Publication Date: 2015-06-07
In this Thai folklore, a girl cannot decide which of her many silken dresses and lavish jewels to wear to the dance, so she wears them all. Like most young girls, Aree likes fine clothing and jewelry. But she is just a wee bit spoiled and has more fine dresses and accessories than she needs.
Tales From a Mix of Cultures
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal
Call Number: PZ400 F5766 Gl 2007
Publication Date: 2007-09-04
Once upon a time, in Mexico . . . in Ireland . . . in Zimbabwe . . . there lived a girl who worked all day in the rice fields . . . then spent the night by the hearth, sleeping among the cinders. Her name is Ashpet, Sootface, Cendrillon . . . Cinderella. Her story has been passed down the centuries and across continents. Now Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis craft its many versions into one hymn to the rich variety and the enduring constants of our cultures.
Children's Book Help and Information
Tales from Africa
Call Number: PZ400.T34 Ta 2000
Publication Date: 2000-04-15
This anthology of stories and folktales from contemporary African writers captures the rich storytelling tradition of the continent.
Traveling to Tondo
Call Number: PZ400 A213 Tr 1991
Publication Date: 1993-12-28
A tale from the Congo. Bowane, the cat, has asked for the hand of a beautiful feline and is returning to his future wife's village with a basket of copper and trinkets. On the way, he invites one friend after another to accompany him. But delays stall the wedding party--for years--and when the entourage finally reaches Tondo, they are not welcome.
Tales from Old Ireland
Call Number: PZ400.D79 Ta 2000
Publication Date: 2006-03-15
Celebrate the wonder of Ireland with the seven enchanting stories in this captivating collection. The rich traditions of Irish storytelling are honored with larger-than-life characters, myths and legends around every bend, and plenty of magic.