Thursday, February 4, 2021

Celebrating the Country of Germany

Aschenbroedel (Cinderella)
Hermann Vogel, 1900
"We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color."  Maya Angelou

This is the fourth in my series, highlighting the rich diversity of folktales, fairy tales, legends, and myths from around the world. I hope it will make it easier for you to find new and unique tales to add to your repertoire, and in the process, learn more about our global neighbors.

There are 16 Federal States that make up the Republic of Germany. I encourage you to conduct further research on the specific region and/or culture behind the stories.
I also offer some curriculum and crafts resources, with articles for additional reading on the beautiful country of Germany.

At the end of this blog, you will find links to my previous journeys to the continent of Africa, and the countries of India and Turkey. While we may not be able to travel safely just yet we can still explore the world with our imaginations! I hope you find something useful and fun to add to your storytelling work or classroom.

STORIES

Cat and Mouse in Partnership
http://tinyurl.com/c8uzndv

Gaffer Death
http://tinyurl.com/ot437wm

The Golden Goose
https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/68/fairy-tales-and-other-traditional-stories/5085/the-golden-goose/

The Kind Stepdaughter and the Frog
http://tinyurl.com/mawshhe

The Little Farmer
https://tinyurl.com/yckuo8zf

Mother Holle
http://tinyurl.com/be7fejr

The Old Grandfather and His Grandson
http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm078.html

The Pied Piper of Hamelin
https://tinyurl.com/yxy3z52o 

Poverty and Humility Lead to Heaven
https://www.grimmstories.com/en/grimm_fairy-tales/poverty_and_humility_lead_to_heaven

The Three Dogs 
http://tinyurl.com/qbxjnmj

The Winter Ross
http://tinyurl.com/ybgk8j4y 

COLLECTIONS

Bechstein Fairy Tales You may download this public domain book in several formats, you may also read it online. When you open your selected format, it will appear in German. If you do not read German select ‘translate to English’ in the upper right-hand corner, select ‘translate to English.’
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/63465


Fairy Tales from the German Forests by Frau Arndt Meet the Witch’s Granddaughter, visit Nixey Lake, but beware of the Dragon’s Tail in this public domain book filled with ten delightful tales.
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/30834/30834-h/30834-h.htm

Folk-Lore and Legends by Charles Tibbets, 1892
https://fairytalez.com/author/folk-lore-and-legends-german/

Folk-lore and Legends of Germany by Anonymous, 1892. Water-sprites, dancers, elves, and more are found between the virtual covers of this book.
http://tinyurl.com/zrgykdm

German Folktales and Legends Thirty-three stories await.
http://oaks.nvg.org/german-tales.html

The Grimm Brothers’ Children’s and Household Tales compiled and translated by D. L. Ashliman. The collection offers 210 stories, most with direct links to the stories themselves, along with the Aarne-Thompson-Uther Type, which can be helpful to storytellers.
https://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimmtales.html This is another site that offers links to all the stories from the book. https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~spok/grimmtmp/

CRAFTS

DLTK-kids.com – Crafts connected to the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales, coloring pages, jig saw puzzles, origami, and lots more fun to delight the children at home or in the classroom.
https://www.dltk-kids.com/World/germany/index.htm

CURRICULUM

Home School Den – German curriculum for kids. Lots to unpack her with useful additions for the classroom.
http://homeschoolden.com/2015/08/21/german-curriculum-for-kids/

Teacher Planet: Germany – This site offers worksheets, activities, lesson plans and more.
https://www.teacherplanet.com/content/germany

SOMETHING EXTRA

Seven Myths and Legends You’ll Only Hear in Germany – While the full stories are not in the article there is background information to help with further research.
https://theculturetrip.com/europe/germany/articles/7-myths-and-legends-youll-only-hear-in-germany/

13 Twisted Tales By the Brothers Grimm
https://theculturetrip.com/europe/germany/articles/13-intriguing-fairy-tales-by-the-brothers-grimm/

JSTOR: The Fairytale Language of the Brothers Grimm - How the Brothers Grimm went hunting for fairytales, accidentally changed the course of historical linguistics, and kickstarted a new field of scholarship in folklore.
https://daily.jstor.org/the-fairytale-language-of-the-brothers-grimm/

National Endowment of the Humanities: How the Brothers Grimm Saved the Fairy-Tale
https://www.neh.gov/humanities/2015/marchapril/feature/how-the-grimm-brothers-saved-the-fairy-tale

ADDITIONAL CULTURAL RESOURCES

Celebrating the Continent of Africa
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrating-continent-of-africa.html

Celebrating the Country of India
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrate-country-of-india.html

Celebrating the Country of Turkey
https://karenchace.blogspot.com/2017/11/celebrating-country-of-turkey.html


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Karen Chace 2021 ©

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