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Instead of having your students buy individual author volumes (e.g. Grimm or Andersen folktales), your students will have access in one single volume to a variety of short pieces from different collections and authors. This scrupulously researched anthology of traditional literature is a useful tool for making stories from diverse cultures, sometimes difficult to find, accessible to both students and professors by giving the cultural contexts of international fables, folktales, myths, and legends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801330971
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 710,971
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

*Asterisked items have full introduction in Anthology and stories on Web at




1. Fables.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Aesop Fables.


The Ant and the Cricket [Aesop].

The Bundle of Sticks [Aesop].

The Fox and the Crow [Aesop].

The Frogs Desiring a King [Aesop].

The Jay and the Peacock [Aesop].*

The Lion and the Mouse [Aesop].

The Milkmaid and Her Pail [Aesop].*

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse [Aesop].*

The Tree and the Reed [Aesop].*

The Wind and the Sun [Aesop].

1.3 African Fables.


All for Vanity [Kenya - Luo].

The Goats Who Killed the Leopard [Ethiopia].

Fire and Water, Truth and Falsehood [Ethiopia].

The Magic Tree [Malawi].

What Spider Learned from Frog [Ghana - Adengeme].

Two Dilemma Tales:

The Girl and the Python [Togo-Grushi].

Mirror, Airplane, and Ivory Trumpet [Zaire—Nkundo].

1.4 Indian Fables.

The Panchatantra.


The Jackal and the War Drum*.

Plan Ahead, Quick Thinker, Wait-and-See*.

The Blue Jackal.

The Mice That Set the Elephants Free How the Rabbit Fooled the Elephant.

Jataka Tales.


The Banyan Deer.

The Jackal and the Crow.

The Merchant of Seri*.

The Quarrel of the Quails.

1.5 Fables from Other Traditions.

The Grasshopper and the Ant [La Fontaine].

My Own Self [England]*.

The Nail [Germany].

The Old Man and His Grandson [Germany].

The Shoemaker and the Snake [Turkey].

The Heron and the Hummingbird [Native American-Muskogee].

1.6 Fables—References.

2. Folktales.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Cumulative tales.


The Cat and the Mouse [England].

The Pancake [Sweden]*.

The Carrot [Eastern Europe]*.

Talk [Ghana - Ashanti].

The Young Gentleman and the Tiger [Korea].

2.3 Fairy Tales / Wonder Tales.



Kumba the Orphan Girl [Gambia - Wolof].

Mshayandlela—The Striker of the Road [South Africa - Zulu].

The Suitor [Malawi].


The Faithful Prince [India - Punjab]*.

Princess Pepperina [India - Punjab].

Issun Boshi [Japan].

The Old Man Who Made Flowers Bloom [Japan].

The Mason Wins the Prize [China].

The Two Stepdaughters [Turkey].

The Stepdaughter and the Black Serpent [Turkey].


The City of Luz [Eastern Europe—Jewish].

The Goose Girl [Germany]*.

Mother Holle [Germany].

The Red Bull of Norroway [Scotland].

Tattercoats [England].

The Princess on the Glass Hill [Scandinavia]*.

The Ship that Sailed on Land [France].

Toads and Diamonds [France]*.

The Sky-High Tree [Hungary].

Twelve Months [Czech Republic].

The Tale of Ivan Tsarevich, the Bird of Light, and the Grey Wolf [Russia]*.

Vasilisa the Fair [Russia].

North America.

The Little Old Rusty Cook Stove in the Woods [Appalachian].

La Estrellita [Little Star] [United States—Hispanic].

2.4 Noodlehead Tales, Tall Tales, and Other Humorous Tales.



Goha and the King [Egypt].

Gratitude [Nigeria - Nupe].

How the Animals Kept the Lions Away [Algeria].

The Storyteller [Ethiopia].

The Talking Skull [Nigeria - Nupe].


An Exaggeration [Japan].

The Golden Fan and the Silver Fan [Japan].

The Silence Match [Japan].

The Tiger and the Persimmon [Korea].


Get Up and Bar the Door [Scotland].

Lazy Jack [England].*

The Golden Arm [England].

Teeny Tiny [England].

The Wise Men of Gotham [England].

Bastianelo and the Three Fools [Italy].*

Hans in Luck [Germany].*

North America.

Paul Bunyan [United States].

Wiley and the Hairy Man [United States - African American].*

South and Central American and the Caribbean.

Bye-Bye [Haiti].

Juan Bobo [Puerto Rico].

The Dance of the Animals [Puerto Rico].

2.5 Trickster Tales.



The Fantastic Lying Contest [Ghana - Ashanti].

How Chakide Rode the Lion [South Africa - Zulu].

The Master Trickster [Nigeria - Hausa].

The Peas Thief [Kenya - Giriama].


The Rat and the Ox [China].

The Clever Little Hedgehog [Mongolia].

Three Tales of Mouse-Deer (Tale 3) [Indonesia].

The Hoca and the Dessert [Turkey].


The Clever Peasant Girl [Italy].

The Three Aunts [Scandinavian].*

How Till Owlyglass Caused an Innkeeper to Be Terrified by a Dead, Frozen Wolf [Germany].

Reynard and the Wolf [France].

North America.

Jack and the Varmints [Appalachian].

Brer Tiger and the Big Wind [African American].

The Moon in the Pond [African American].

The Signifying Monkey [African American, by Tony Bolden].

Rabbit Escapes from the Wolves [Cherokee].

Napi and the Mice [Blackfeet].

A Satisfying Meal [Hopi].

South and Central America and the Caribbean.

Toad and Donkey [Jamaica].

The King of the Leaves [Nicaragua].

Coyote Rings the Wrong Bell [Mexico].

2.6 Pourquoi or Why tales.



How Crab Got His Shell [Ghana, Northern].

Why Bats Fly by Night and Birds by Day [South Africa - Zulu].

Why Hens Scratch the Ground [South Africa - Zulu].


The Ear of Corn [Germany].

North America.

The Birds and Animals Stickball Game [Cherokee].

How the Possum Lost His Tail [Cherokee].

First Man and First Woman [Cherokee].

The Origin of Strawberries [Cherokee].

How Turtle Got His Tail [Okanogan].*

Why the Chicken Can't Fly [African American].

South and Central America.

Cat and Dog and the Return of the Dead [Haiti].

Why Fowl Catch Cockroach [Antigua].

Why the Fox Has a Huge Mouth [Peru].

2.7 Folktales—References.

3. Myths.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Divine Beings and Their Realms.


Isis and Osiris [Egypt].


The Birth of Ganesha, the Elephant-Headed God [India].


Minerva (Athena) [Greece].

Thrym Steals Mjollnir [Norse].

Death of Balder [Norse].

3.3 Origin and Creation Myths.


How the World Was Created from a Drop of Milk [Mali - Fulani].


Why the Sun Rises When the Rooster Crows [China-Hani].

The Great Deeds of King Yü [China - Han].

Why the Sun Forsook the Tundra [Russian Federation - Koryak].


Echo and Narcissus [Greece].*

Demeter (Ceres) or the Origin of the Seasons [Greece].

North America.

Iroquois [Hodenosaunee] Creation Stories.

The Creation or Age of Beginning [Navajo/Diné].*

Ga-do-waas, His Star Belt, the Milky Way [Iroquois/Hodenosaunee].*

The Hunting of the Great Bear [Iroquois/Hodenosaunee].

3.4 Origins of the Animals, Humans, and the Human Condition.


Death [Kenya - Luo].

The Revolt Against God [Gabon - Fong].


Prometheus [Greece].

Orpheus [Greece].

Cupid and Psyche [Greeco-Roman].*

Icarus and Daedalus [Greece].*

How Happiness Came [Russian Federation - Saami].

North America.

The Spirit Chief Names the Animal People [Okanogan].

Coyote Fights Some Monsters [Okanogan].*

The Theft of Fire [Hitchiti].

South America.

The Origin of the Caduveo [Brazil-Caduveo Indian].

The Obtaining of Fire [Brazil-Gé Indian].


The Theft of Fire [Tonga].

3.5 Myths—References.

4. Legends, Hero Tales, and Epics.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Hero Tales and Epics.


Sundiata [Mali]: The Lion's Awakening.


The Epic of Gilgamesh [Mesopotamia]: Gilgamesh.

The Epic of Gilgamesh [Mesopotamia]: The Story of the Flood.

The Ramayana [India]: The March to Lanka.


The Odyssey [Greece].

The Children of Lir [Ireland].

Finn McCoul - The Chase of the Gilla Dacar [Ireland].*

King Arthur - The Sword in the Stone - Great Britain.

Gawain and the Lady Ragnell - Great Britain.

Robin Hood.

The Kalevala [Finland]: The Singing Contest (The Kalevala).

4.3 Legends about People, Places, Animals, and Plants.


The Golden Earth [Ethiopia].

Sassabonsam's Match [Ghana - Sefwi].


A Merry Prank of Pa-Leng-Ts'ang [Mongolia].

Vasistha's Ardhangini [India].


St. Bridget [Ireland].

North America.

The Legend of the Corn Beads [Cherokee].

The Great Gambler [Navajo].*

Legend of the Swift Wind (The Roadrunner) [Apache].

A Woman's Fight [Crow].

Seeds of Faith [New Mexico - Hispanic].

4.4 Legends of the Supernatural.

North America.

La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) [Hispanic].

Spearfinger [Cherokee].

White House Ghosts.

4.5 Legends—References.

5. Classroom and Library Applications.

5.1 Resources of Activities Using Traditional Literature in the Classroom and Library.

6. Web-Based Resources of Fables, Folktales, Myths, and Legends.



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