Monday, December 16, 2013

Slow and Steady: Stor e Telling April May 2012

Hare and Tortoise
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.
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It is fitting that the theme of this issue is Storytelling World. Buckle up and get ready for a story and song filled trip around the globe!

The Children of Odin by Padraic Column, 1920. Retellings of the Norse Eddas and the Volsung Saga for young adults.
Gypsy Folk-Tales by Francis Hindes Groome, 1899 - Welsh, English, Slovak, Bohemia Gypsy Stories and more. “…fascinating reading for everyone interested in the Roma people. These are not watered down 'fairy tales,' but sophisticated and often earthy stories, with 'Adult situations.'”

Kaffir (Xhosa) Folk-Lore by George McCall Theal, 1886 - From the South African Xhosa people, a scholarly collection of Xhosa tales; part of the cultural heritage of South Africa .
Korean Tales: Being a Collection of Stories Translated from Korean Folk Lore, 1889. Legends of Rabbit and Other Animals, The Faithful Dancing Girl-Wife, The Enchanted Wine Jug and other lesser known tales can be found her.
Polish Legends, Folktales and Myths – “Many of these legends have been around for a thousand years or more. These legends, myths and stories recount the meaning behind Poland's national symbol and flag, about several of its early rulers and first king, and the dragon of Krakow.”

Portuguese folk-tales by Consiglieri Pedroso, 1882.  Meet The Enchanted Maiden, The Vain Queen, The Spell-bound Giant and more interesting characters among these thirty folktales.

Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales
-  “Art is not only a thing of bound volumes and of exhibitions; and the Scottish peasant has shown perhaps as keen a sense of it--of the story-teller's art…” Words shared by Sir George Douglas in the introduction to this lovely collection of Scottish fairy and folk tales. Printed in 1901 the work is now in the public domain.

Story-telling Ballads by Frances Scott Jenkins, 1920. Seventy-seven storytelling ballads and poems; mermaids, witches, sad maidens and fearless lovers await.

Tibetan Folk Tales by A.L. Shelton, 1925. “The little stories in this book are told as the people sit around their boiling tea made over a three stone camp-fire… through them all run a vein of humor and the teachings of a moral truth which is quite unexpected.”

West Irish folk-tales and Romances by William Larminie, 1893. County Mayo, Donegal, Galway are just a few of the places you will visit as you wind your way through the Irish countryside through story.

I wrote four blog posts in 2011 listing a wide variety of books, filled with legends, fairy tales, folklore, etc., that are now in the public domain. You may access them with a click of the keys, and in most cases, download the entire text directly to your computer.

Public Domain: Folktales, Fairytales, Myths and Legends

Public Domain III: Folktales, Fairytales, Legends and Myths

Public Domain II: Folktales, Myths and Legends Oh My!

Public Domain: Folktales, Myths and Legends Oh My!

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






April May 2011 
July August 2011
September October 2011
November December 2011


January, February, March 2012

Karen Chace 2013 ©

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