Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Wayward Wind - Folktales for March

The Wind's Tale: Picking Flowers and Herbs
by Edmund Dulac, 1911

"A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine." ~ Anne Bronte

The calendar tells us it is spring, yet snow continues to fall in New England. The strong March winds blow through the trees, breaking their boughs and reminding us that Mother Nature is still in charge.

Patiently we wait for spring to appear. The old saying goes,"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." So until then, we will entertain ourselves with stories of the wind.

The Wind’s Tale
by Hans Christian Andersen

When the wind sweeps across a field of grass it makes little ripples in it like a lake; in a field of corn it makes great waves like the sea itself: this is the wind's frolic. Then listen to the stories it tells; it sings them aloud, one kind of song among the trees of the forest, and a very different one when it is pent up within walls with all their cracks and crannies. Do you see how the wind chases the white fleecy clouds as if they were a flock of sheep? Do you hear the wind down there, howling in the open doorway like a watchman winding his horn? Then, too, how he whistles in the chimneys, making the fire crackle and sparkle. How cosy it is to sit in the warm glow of the fire listening to the tales it has to tell! Let the wind tell its own story! It can tell you more adventures than all of us put together. Listen now:—

'Whew!—Whew!—Fare away!' That was the refrain of his song.

'Close to the Great Belt stands an old mansion with thick red walls,' says the wind. 'I know every stone of it; I knew them before when they formed part of Marsk Stig's Castle on the Ness. It had to come down. The stones were used again, and made a new wall of a new castle in another place—Borreby Hall as it now stands.

'I have watched the highborn men and women of all the various races who have lived there, and now I am going to tell you about Waldemar Daa and his daughters!For the rest of the story go to


The Boy Who Went to the North Wind – Norway

Chinook Wind – Native American/Yakima

Fearing the Wind

Michigan Winds - United States

The Origin of the Winds – Native American

The Story of the Wind – Hans Christian Andersen 

The Story of the Wind - Ukraine

The Wind and the Sun - Greece/Aesop

Sun, Moon and Wind Go Out to Dinner – India

The Warm Wind Brothers vs. The Cold Wind Brothers – Native American

The Wind and the Moon - India

Yaponcha the Wind God – Native American/Hopi


Traditional Stories About the Wind – 
Stories and lesson plans for grades K-4.  Unfortunately, this site is no longer active but you may still access it via the Wayback Machine here:

U.S. Department of Energy –
Wind Energy Curricula and Teaching Materials“This page provides a list of wind energy curricula and teaching materials for elementary, middle school, and high school students that can bring wind energy into the classroom, even for students at schools without a wind turbine installation.

Wonders of Wind Teacher’s Resource Guide
– Students learn about the wind through reading and activities; for grades K-8.   


Ladybug Wind Chime

Wind Sock

Cloud Wind Puppet



Music and Songs About Weather

The Wind Blows High – Jump Rope Song

Wind – Song for Teaching Rhyming Words


A Bed for the Wind by Roger B. Goodman – This was one of my son’s favorite books and the very first story I told in public during a storytelling workshop. It is a wonderful, gentle story.

Listen to the Wind

Willa and the Wind

Where Does the Wind Blow

Carol Hurst - Wind in Children’s Books

And if you are seeking some additional stories to celebrate the windy month of March, head over to the blog below.

March Comes In Like a Lion – Folktales That Roar!


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WorldofStories said...

As always a great place for resource.

Anonymous said...

What a great encourager your web-site is; Makes me want to develop a wind story!
Than k you
Muich good cheer

Joe Doolittle

Karen Chace said...

Thank you Joe. Let me know if you pick one of these; it would be fun to hear you tell it!


Carolyn Stearns said...

Just in time for a staff meeting to look at activities for after school, as always Thanks!

Karen Chace said...

Wonderful! Happy to know it will be useful for you Carolyn.