English Folktales

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This enchanting collection of traditional English folktales reflects the depth and diversity of the folk heritage of Britain, and illustrates the ties between stories, land, and people. The editors present an enticing assortment of more than 50 tales, gathered from practicing storytellers and organized into sections based on broad themes—The Fool in All His Glory, Wily Wagers and Tall Tales, Holy Days and Days of Heroes, and so forth. There's a story for every listener—from Teeny Tiny and The Pixies' Beds for young children to spooky ghost stories and witch tales, such as Wild Edric and Jenny Greenteeth for older readers and listeners. For each tale, the authors cite a region of origin. Like other titles in the series, the book contains background information: notes on the tales, a brief history of England, a map, photographs, a glossary, and a bibliography of sources. Brief biographies of the tellers are also included. All of these elements combine to form an apt resource for read-alouds and programs, an indispensable source for storytellers, and a great research tool for students. All grade levels.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The work of 22 storytellers is represented and their tellings are lively and inflected with the rhythms and speech of the regions from which their stories emanate. It is a delightful compendium for storytellers."


School Library Journal

School Library Journal
This collection of more than 50 English folktales contains a variety of stories arranged by common themes: "The Fool in All His Glory," "Wily Wagers and Tall Tales," "Dragons and Devils," etc. The work of 22 storytellers is represented and their tellings are lively and inflected with the rhythms and speech of the regions from which their stories emanate. It is a delightful compendium for storytellers.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591582601
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 10/30/2005
  • Series: World Folklore Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

DAN KEDING has a master's degree in folklore and has written a storytelling column for Sing Out: The Folk Music Magazine for almost twenty years. He has been a professional storyteller and ballad singer for thirty years and has traveled throughout the United States and England telling tales at festivals, concert halls, schools, libraries, and coffeehouses. His recordings have won numerous awards including the American Library Association Notable Recording for Children and Storytelling World Winner and Honor Awards. In 2000 he was inducted into the National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence. For more details about Dan's work and award winning recordings, please visit his Web site at dankeding.com.

AMY DOUGLAS is a young Englishwoman with a passion for traditional stories and riddles. Although only 29 she already has 14 years of experience working in diverse venues with all ages: from nursery tales and schools to year long reminiscence projects; from arts centers to arts consultancy. She has performed at storytelling, literature, and folk festivals throughout Britain, Canada, and the United States. She is a founder member of "Tales at the Edge," one of the first modern-day storytelling clubs in England and the associated "Festival at the Edge," the first storytelling festival of its kind, as well as having served two years on the board of the "Society for Storytelling." For more details about her work and publications please visit Amy's Web site at amydouglas.com.

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Table of Contents

A brief history of England 1
Start and finish 16
The farmer and the cheeses 18
The pottle of brains 20
Jack Turnip 26
Lazy Jack 27
The vinegars 35
The old woman who lived in a vinegar bottle 37
The mare's egg 40
The most unfortunate man 43
The old woman and her pig 48
The dog that talked 50
The horse who knew about cars 51
Old lightowler 53
The hole stone 54
White ram night 60
The wrestlers of Carn Kenidjack 62
The Lambton worm 66
The Laidly worm 71
Pollard and the brawn 75
Recipe for stotty cake 77
The devil and the coracle 79
The devil in Wem 83
The devil and the stiperstones 85
Lightening the load 90
A story of Zennor 92
The stars in the sky 95
The pixies' bed 98
The old woman and the fairy folk 99
Wild Edric 102
Tattercoats 105
Kate Crackernuts 108
A wedding toast 114
Molly Whuppie 115
The glass house 120
The white cow of Mitchell's fold 125
The elder tree witch 128
The first simnel cake 132
A recipe for Shrewsbury simnel cake 134
Golden shoes 137
Oranges and lemons 141
The great bell of Bosham 143
Brother Jucundus 145
Little John and the Nottingham Fair 151
Robin Hood and the monk 154
Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnall 160
The Alderley legend 165
A rhyme 170
Teeny tiny 171
The dead moon 173
The golden ball 177
Jenny Greenteeth 182
The standing stones 184
The girl and the anorak 186
Mr. Fox 188
Gytha of the mill 192
Riddles 199
Answers to riddles 203
A parting song 205
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