Thursday, December 12, 2013

Slow and Steady: Stor e Telling November December 2011

Tortoise and Hare
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.


I offer you some sites to complement this issues theme.


Chinese Wonder Book - Meet The Nodding Tiger, The Man Who Would Not Scold, among others in these fifteen stories from Norman Hinsdale Pitman, c. 1919.

Chinese Fables and Folk Stories – Download this free book by Mary Hayes Davis, Chow-Leung, published in 1908. – This link will lead to a blog post I wrote in 2008 to Celebrate the Chinese New Year. You will find additional stories and resources there.


Kid’s Web Japan - “Folk Legends of Japan… boy heroes, terrible ogres, animal antics, and more.”

Children of the Camps – Internment History – From the Public Broadcast System (PBS)

Smithsonian Education: Letters from the Japanese American Internment –A children’s librarian in San Diego gave stamped, self-addressed postcards to Japanese American’s sent away. She urged them to write to her. In 1993 more than 250 postcards and letters were donated to the museum.

Smithsonian Education – A set of lesson plans for grades K–12. Historical documents, information on the camps and a timeline tell this tragic tale.

Tales of Japan: Sharing Their Stories – A blog post I wrote in reaction to the devastating earthquake in Japan, containing seven public domain books of Japanese folktales. Each book is a free download.


Ali Cogia & the Merchant of Baghdad – A folktale from Iraq.

The Bronze Ring – From the Middle East or Central Asia.

The Enchanted Storks: A Tale of Bagdad - Retold by Aaron Shepard

The Gifts of Wali Dad – A Tale of India and Pakistan retold Aaron Shepard.

The Three Princes – Saudi Arabia

Kashmiri Folktales -Folktales and information on culture, religion, customs and music of the Kashmir people.

Nasreddin Hodja - A collection of stories from the Middle East would not be complete without Hodja! Contains a historical introduction and bibliography.

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. Below are four sites filled with legends and myths from many nations.

The Algonquin Legends of New England by Charles G. Leland, c. 1894.  “This work contains a
collection of the myths, legends, and folk-lore of the principal Wabanaki, or Northeastern Algonquin,

The Encyclopedia of Hotcâk (Winnebago) Mythology - The most comprehensive site I have found on Native American folktales.  There is an extensive index of stories by subject matter, myths, maps, and legends.

Myths and Legends for American Indian Youth
An extensive list of Native American tales from various tribes that "represent large themes of human existence: where we came from, how we should live, reconciliation to the tragedies of life. There are smaller stories: teaching, humorous, answering "Why?" questions about natural phenomena and behavior."

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


Karen Chace 2013 ©

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