Thursday, February 15, 2018

Storytelling World: Stor e Telling Spring 2017

Spring Flowers (Peonies)
William Merritt Chase, 1889 
Time to share my second Storytelling Magazine column from 2017. The theme for this issue was Storytelling World. Get ready to visit Ceylon, India, England, Africa, Wales and other ports of call.

The magazine is a membership benefit of the National Storytelling Network.  If you are interested in getting fabulous articles from around the world, featuring renowned storytellers and educators, along with my most recent column, join us at  I will not be sharing anything from the 2018 publications until 2019 rolls around. 

I would be delighted to know if you find something useful to add to your repertoire.


The Animal Story Book by Andrew Lang, 1914 – Among the stories you will find within are What Elephants Can Do, The Taming of an Otter, The Story of a Weasel, and more.
English Fairy and Other Folk Tales by Edwin Sidney Hartland, 1890 – A collection of historical and local tales, complemented by goblins, faeries, goblins, and drolls!

Eskimo Folktales
by Knud Rasmussen, 1921 – Fifty-two stories “collected in various parts of Greenland, taken down from the lips of the Eskimo story-tellers themselves.”

Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts and Ghost-Gods
collected and translated by W.D. Westervelt, 1916 – “The legends of the Hawaiian Islands are valuable…they reveal an understanding of the phenomena of nature and unveil their early history with its mythological setting.”

Myths and Legends of All Nations by Logan Marshall, 1914 - Stories from Greece, Germany, Scandinavia, Italy and more.

Tales of the Sun or Folktales from Southern India by Mrs. Howard Kingscote and Paṇḍit Naṭêsá Sástrî, 1890 – Twenty-six chapters filled with eclectic folktales.

Village Folktales of Ceylon by Henry Parker, 1914 – You will find The Turtle Prince, The Wax Horse, The Story of the Cobra’s Bite, and more within these pages.

Welsh Fairy-Tales and Other Stories by P.H. Emerson, 1891. Twenty four tales await. Come visit with The Old Man and the Fairies, meet Billy Duffy and the Devil, and many more.

March 21 is Tea for Two Tuesday. Legend tells us that tea was discovered in China in 2737 BC by the Emperor Shen Nung, when the leaves of a wild tea bush accidentally fell into a pot of boiling water.

The Accomplished and Lucky Tea-Kettle - Japan

The Ancestor of Tea – Chinese Folktale

The Ghost’s Tea Kettle – Yupik

Learning to Act - India

The Samurai and the Tea Master – Japan
You can listen to the audio or read the story at this link.

The Tea-Kettle – Japan
Verdant Tea – Legends associated with tea.

April 17 is National Bat Appreciation Day so start flapping your wings!

Bedfordshire Bat Group – Seventeen bat folktales from around the world.

April 14 is International Moment of Laughter Day; time to tickle your funny bone!

American Folklore: Funny Stories – Forty-nine folktales to make you smile.

Fools Cannot Count Themselves – Five variants of this Noodlehead tale.

The Fools of Spring

Hans, Who Made the Princess Laugh

Till Eulenspiegel in the Tower

Till Eulenspiegel Finds A Cure


In case you missed the first installment from 2017 you will find the link below.

Stor e Telling January/February/March 2017: Stories – Impacting Speaker and Listener

At the link below you will find the blog which lists all of the columns I wrote in 2016, each with a synopsis to help you find what you may be seeking. At the end of the blog you will also find links to all of the columns from 2002 – 2015. At the time they were posted all of the links were active. If you find a dead link please let me know and I will do my best to find the updated source.

1001 Nights to 2001 Story Resources IV: Stor e Telling 2016

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