Monday, December 19, 2016

Stor e Telling: October November December 2015: Fairytales

The Princess Imprisioned in
the Summerhouse
H. J. Ford, 1892

This year is almost over and I just barely making it under the wire with the last 2015 Stor e Telling column from the National Storytelling Magazine. Next month, when we ring in 2017, I will begin sharing my columns from 2016. Until then, I hope you enjoy the stories below and find one, two, or maybe more to add to your storytelling repertoire.

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“Fairy tales have positive uses in education...They convey knowledge of the world, shrewd lessons of virtue and vice, of common sense and sense of humour…they foster sympathy with nature…They cultivate the Imagination…” - Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing

The theme of this issue was fairytales and I offered stories sprinkled with a bit of fairy tale magic.

The Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbit, 1899. Stop by and visit with the Ice Dragon, travel to the Island of the Nine Whirlpools, then continue on to meet other intriguing creatures.

Hauff’s FairytalesEleven tales including Fatima’s Rescue, The Story of the False Prince and more.

Old Fashioned Fairy Tales by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing, 1841-1885. Eighteen tales including The Magician’s Gift, The Cobbler and the Ghost, and The Magic Jar.

November 13 is World Kindness Day. Below are a few folktales and additional resources.

The Ape, the Snake and the Lion - Africa

The Crystal Heart - Vietnam

The Jester - Jewish

Native – Four Native American legends about kindness to animals.  

The Princess Mouse - Finland 

The Shield of Kindness - Ethiopia

Toads and Diamonds - France

Wisdom Commons Seven stories of kindness from around the world.

Coffee Cups and Crayons -Acts of Kindness Books for Kids

Four Scientifically Proven Ways to Teach Kindness – Lovely to note that the second way they specify is to ‘use folktales.’


Fairy Tale of the Month – Since 2010 storyteller Charles Kiernan has been reflecting and discussing a wide variety of fairy tales. He encourages his readers to offer their thoughts and add to the discussion.

Here’s to Fairy Tales and Happily Ever After!  A blog I wrote in January of 2015. The first half contains fun for the little ones, finger plays, etc., and the second half offers hundreds of public domain folktales to ensure that we live “Happily ever after!

Simla Village or, Folk tales from the Himalayas - Twenty-four tales collected by Alice Elizabeth Dracott, published in 1906.

Autumn brings us fresh, crisp apples. Below are a few folktales to help you take a bite out of the season!

The Golden Bird -From the Brothers Grimm

The Laughing Apple and the Weeping Apple - Turkey

Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard by Eleanor Farjeon. 1921

The Silver Plate and the Transparent Apple - Russia

The Tale of the Three Apples - From the Arabian Nights

It’s Harvest Time! Apple and Pumpkin Fun for the Wee Ones – Fingerplays, songs and more to make your lapsit program shine.

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