Friday, November 29, 2013

Slow and Steady: Stor e Telling April May 2011

Tortoise and Hare
from Children's Illustrations, 1880
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 . 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.


Since this issue’s theme is Storytelling World I have put together a number of eclectic sites from around the globe. So pack your bags, find your passport and hit the storytelling road!

Danish Fairy Tales – Forty-six tales collected by J. Christian Bay, 1899 –  “May this train of Danish Kings and queens, wise men and fools, princes and beggars…may they all be kindly welcomed…”

The Fairy Books of Andrew Lang – Step onto the rainbow of colored Fairy Books by this prolific author. All twelve colorful volumes are right here at your fingertips.

The Golden Mountain by Meyer Levin, 1932 -  “A collection of tales of the Eastern European Hassidic Jews, centering on the holy men Baal Shem Tov and Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlaw…these magical realist stories of the Hassidic rabbis are encoded with deeper levels of meaning similar to Buddhist, Sufi, Celtic, and other spiritual traditions.”

Green Willow and other Japanese Fairy Tales by Grace Adams, 1910 – Thirty eight stories from the Land of the Rising Sun, complemented by the gorgeous illustrations of Warwick Goble.

Mongolian Folktales - “The Mongolian folktales can be roughly divided into four groups: legends, animal tales, tales about everyday life, magical and riddle tales. In the following you will find a few words about each of these groups and a folktale as an example.”

Old Hungarian Fairy Tales – Eight tales collected by Baroness Orczy and offered by The Baldwin Project.

Persian Tales by David Lockhard Roertson Lorimer, 1910 - Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God…so begins many of these wonderful stories from Persia. There is also a section vocabulary and pronunciation section at the end of the book.

Spring is here and the earth is waking up, offering us gorgeous flower and delicious vegetables to add to our table. Here are a few tales to add to your story garden.

The Gardener and the Manor by Hans Christian Anderson

Petrosinella (Parsley) – Italian Fairy tale by written by Giambattista Basile.

The Spring Beauty – Chippewa Legend

The Sprig of Rosemary from the Rose Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. – Jackie Baldwin always has a crop of stories to share.

Tenali Rama and the Brinjal – Folktale from India

The Tulip Bed English Folktale

Fools, Tricksters, Festivals and Spring - April and May are full of interesting holidays and celebrations: April Fool’s Day, Earth Day and Children’s Day in Japan are just a few. Back in April of 2009 I offered a blog post with stories and curriculum resources to help you celebrate any or all of these special days.

Flowers, Fairytales and Folklore - April and May also bring back the flowers of spring. After a long harsh winter in the northeast of the United States they are always a welcome site. In May of 2010 I put together a blog post with stories and activities to welcome our colorful friends and celebrate spring.

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




April May 2010
July August 2010
September October 2010
November December 2010


January February 2011

Karen Chace 2013 ©

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