Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Stor e Telling January February 2009

Tortoise and Hare
Jean Grandville, 19th century
I have penned the Stor E Telling column since January of 2002 and the articles from 2002-2006 are the publications page of my website found here http://www.storybug.net/stor-e-telling.html. I will be adding the columns from 2007 to 2012 to that page as well. However, I am in the process of checking what link URL's have changed or are now defunct. It is a time consuming process so I am taking the “slow and steady” approach via Aesop and will post the individual columns on my blog for now.

I will not be adding current columns until the following year, so if you want immediate access to the newest websites, consider becoming a member of the
National Storytelling Network.

Please feel free to comment on the blog and let me know if you find this useful.


Ring in the New Year with international folktales, myths and legends!

19th Century German Stories
A number of dual language folktales.

Dutch Folktales, Fairytales and Myths
Ten Dutch tales from 1918.

Filipino Native Songs, Poems and Legends
Although the title states song and poems there are none. However, there are seven delightful   legends.

 Tibetan Folktales
Visit with The Three Hunters, The Frugal Woman and more characters from the land of Tibet.

Legends and Stories of Italy
Sixteen stories from this 1909 publication, along with beautiful illustrations.

Maori Myths, Legends and Contemporary Stories
An interesting collection of tales along with teaching resources.

Oriental Myths and Legends
From Sacred Texts “an anthology of tales from several widely separated Asian story-telling traditions, with the center of gravity somewhere in Persia.”

Scottish Folktales
Thirty-three folktales from 1899.

West African Folktales
From Gateway to the Classics a number of Anansi, pourquoi and miscellaneous folktales from the African continent.

Many celebrations will be taking place during the winter months. Here are a few sites to add to the festivities.

The Chinese New Year - Gung Hay Fat Choy! (Wishing you prosperity)

The Chinese New Year falls on January 26, 2009. It is the year of the Ox. Read the legend behind the animals of the Chinese Zodiac here: http://www.legendinc.com/Pages/MiscellaneousPages/Zodiak/ChineseZodiakLegend.html
then click over to a terrific lesson plan on the Chinese New Year. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/chinese-inventions-and-chinese-new-year

Chinese Legends, Or, The Porcelain Tower
There are many wonderful myths, folktales and legends from China is this 1848 book by Thomas Henry Sealy, now in the public domain. You can even download a copy for free for your own files.

For more story links on China visit my Storytelling Links page on my website at http://tinyurl.com/47cgge

We couldn’t leave February without some love stories to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day.

Chien Nang
A beautiful adaptation of a Chinese love story from Texas storyteller Mary Grace Ketner found in Charms and Changelings by Ruth Manning-Sanders.

Immortal Love Legends
From About.com timeless Hindu love stories.

The Lady of Stavoren
A Dutch legend retold and adapted by Aaron Shepherd.

Love Legends of the Punjab

Love, Lore and Legends
Brief particulars associated with Cupid’s arrow.

February also ushers in Mardi Gras. Laissez les bons rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

American Folklore: Louisiana
Meet Foolish John, a riverboat captain and opossum in these three delightful tales.

Louisiana Folk-tales
From Google books, a downloadable book of public domain folktales by Alcée Fortier shared in both French Dialect and English Translation.

History of Mardi Gras
Interesting facts so you can celebrate with the best of them!

After the fun of Mardi Gras it’s time to raise a pint, and revel with the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

Celtic Fairy Tales
Twenty-seven stories from Joseph Jacobs.

Irish Folk Songs
A collection of Irish folk songs with lyrics and chords.

And if you missed any of the pervious “Slow and Steady…” blog posts here are the links to the series so far.



January February 2008
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May June 2008
Summer 2008
Fall 2008

Karen Chace 2013 ©

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