World Folklore for Storytellers

World Folklore for Storytellers

Tales of Wonder, Wisdom, Fools, and Heroes

Book - 2009
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Here is a treasury of favorite and little known tales from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Oceania, gracefully retold and accompanied by fascinating, detailed information of their historic and cultural backgrounds. The introduction provides an informative overview of folklore, its purpose in world cultures and in contemporary society and popular culture. Following this, the main sections of the book are arranged by tale type, covering wonder tales, hero tales, tales of kindness repaid and hope and redemption, and finally tales of fools and wise people. Each section begins by comparing the tales cross-culturally, explaining similarities and differences in the folkloric narratives. Tales from diverse cultures are then presented, introduced, and retold in a highly readable fashion.

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Sherman, who is not otherwise identified, retells stories from folktale collections and literature around the world, removing any element that adults might think unsuitable for children of any age, and providing role models and cautionary tales for both boys and girls. The arrangement is first by the themes enumerated in the title. Subsections include Beauty and the Beast and other transformed males and females, dragon-slayers and monster-slayer, undersea kingdoms, legendary heroes, the master thief, kindness repaid, hope and redemption, fools, and wise people. In addition to story titles, the index includes topics that cut across the themes, and countries and cultures. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : Sharpe Reference, c2009
ISBN: 9780765681744
Branch Call Number: 398.09 WOR
Characteristics: xvi, 368 p. : col. ill., ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Sherman, Josepha


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