Traditionally-told, fantastical stories from across the globe.
Armenian Folk Arts, Culture, and Identity / Levon Abrahamian, Nancy Sweezy
A rich exploration of the history of Armenian culture as seen through arts and artifacts.
Polish Customs, Traditions and Folklore / Sophie Hodorowicz Knab
Polish Customs, Traditions, & Folklore is organized by months beginning with December and Advent, St. Nicholas Day, the Wigilia (Christmas Eve) nativity plays, caroling and then New Year celebrations. It proceeds from the Shrovetide period to Ash Wednesday, Lent, the celebration of spring, Holy Week customs then superstitions, beliefs and rituals associated with farming, Pentecost, Corpus Christi, midsummer celebrations, harvest festivities, wedding rites, nameday celebrations, birth and death rituals.
American Indian Myths and Legends / selected and edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz
Combines a bounty of unpublished tales related to the authors by living storytellers with the best of folklore sources to provide 160 myths and legends of more than 80 tribal groups across the continent
A comprehensive, expanded collection of classic fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm features unabridged, faithful translations of more than two hundred stories, including a number of rare tales that have never before appeared in English.
Folk tales & fables of Asia & Australia / Robert Ingpen & Barbara Hayes
Presents seventeen stories from the peoples of Asia as well as from the Australian aborigines and the Maori, including “Baba Yaga and the Stepdaughter,” “The Bridge of Magpies,” “Rainbow Serpent,” and “Maui, the Fisherman.”
A collection of traditional tales from Europe, including “Lazy Jack,” “The Lambton Worm,” and “The Legend of the Lorelei.”
Over 150 fables selected from 5,000 years of literature.
Living Our Language : Ojibwe Tales & Oral Histories / Anton Treuer
A language carries a people’s memories, whether they are recounted as individual reminiscences, as communal history, or as humorous tales. This collection of stories from Anishinaabe elders offers a history of a people at the same time that it seeks to preserve the language of that people.
Legends of Japan / Hiroshi Naito
These twenty-two Japanese tales open to Western readers the world of fantasy in the legendary literature of Japan–a world of ogres, monkeys, goblins, and priest, of spelling-casting and rescuing people.
Northern Tales: Traditional Stories of Eskimo and Indian Peoples / Howard Norman
With tales from the tribal peoples of Greenland, Canada, Siberia, Alaska, Japan, and the polar region, told and retold during months-long winter nights, Northern Tales gathers together a rich diversity of traditions and cultures, spanning the Way-Back Time through the coming of the first white explorers. By turns tragic and comic, fantastic and earthy, frivolous and profound, this collection transports the reader to the haunting, little-known world of the far North, with all its fragile majesty and power.
This is a compendium of oral legends and tales passed down by various Native American tribes, with an emphasis on the famous myth of Hiawatha.
Selections from the richly varied lore of the Jewish people.
Yiddish Folktales / Beatrice Silverman Weinreich
Filled with princesses and witches, dybbuks and wonder-working rebbes, the two hundred tales that make up this delightful compendium were gathered during the 1920s and 1930s by ethnographers in the small towns and villages of Eastern Europe. Collected from people of all walks of life, they include parables and allegories about life, luck, and wisdom; tales of magic and wonder; poignant encounters between rabbis and their disciples; and stories whose only purpose is to entertain.
Aesop’s Fables / Jacob Lawrence
Originally published in 1970, an edition of Aesop’s unsparing morality tales features expressive pen-and-ink illustrations by a renowned African-American artist, including five that were left out of the original edition.
The Raven Tales / Peter Goodchild
Gathers and compares raven tales from around the world, starting with Tlingits of the Pacific Northwest.
Favorite African Folktales / edited by Nelson Mandela
Presents thirty-two favorite African folktales as selected by the Nobel Laureate, complemented by specially commissioned paintings, in a collection that includes the tales of Simba the Kenyan lion, Zulu tricksters, and the Khoi fable about how animals acquired their tails and horns.
Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature / edited by Mary Ellen Brown, Bruce A. Rosenberg
Contains entries for authors, titles, national literatures, themes, and motifs in literature and folklore.
Selected Fables / Jean de La Fontaine
La Fontaine’s verse fables turned the traditional folktales derived from Aesop and a range of Oriental sources into some of the greatest, and best-loved, poetic works in French. His versions of stories such as The Hare and the Tortoise and The Wolf and the Lamb are witty and sophisticated, satirizing human nature in miniature dramas in which the outcome is always unpredictable. The behavior of both animals and humans is usually centered on deception and cooperation (or the lack of it), as they cheat and fight each other, arguing about life and death, property and food, in an astonishing variety of narrative styles. The fables have long been popular with all ages, though their ironic take on contemporary society in French aristocratic circles is best appreciated by adults.