Folklore and Fairy Tales
A Handful of Beans: Six Fairy Tales, by William Steig
Rumplestiltskin, The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, and Beauty and the Beast are retold in this fairy tale collection.
The Candlewick Book of Fairy Tales, by Sarah M. Hayes
These are ten tales of our memories, the classic fairy tales told to children throughout history. Exquisitely illustrated and simply told, these tales will take children and adults to a world of mystery and folklore.
The Classic Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen The everlasting tales of a favorite storyteller are celebrated in this colorful collection. Eight stories are illustrated by a different artist in full color
Aesop's Fables, by Aesop
While scholars are uncertain about the identity of Aesop or whether he was even an actual person, there is no doubt that the stories originally collected under his name over 2.000 years ago in Greece are among the world's most beloved tales. Combining a moral lesson with an entertaining story, the fables still retain their power to charm and instruct.
Cuckoo Cucu: A Mexican Folktale, by Lois Ehlert
Cuckoo is beautiful, but lazy. She never does her share of work--that is, until a field fire threatens the season's seed crop and Cuckoo is the only one who can save it. Will she risk her lovely feathers by flying through the flames?
The Angel's Mistake: Stories of Chelm, by Francine Prose
There's never been another town like Chelm, where the people wore their hats upside down to keep them dry when it rained and went barefoot in the snow so their shoes would not get wet. Here is an irresistibly funny picture book about the famous town where only fools lived.
The Hunterman and the Crocodile, by Baba W. Diakite
After traveling across land on a pilgrimage to Mecca, Bamba the Crocodile and his family need the help of a hunter to return to the river. Bamba has promised not to bite, but once they are halfway across the river the crocodile traps the hunter's hand between his jaws. Only through a clever bargain and the wise words of the many creatures who stop to fault the hunter for his treatment of them does he escape and in the process learns the necessity of cooperating and living in harmony with others
Mouse Match, by Ed Young
When a father mouse goes to the sun, cloud, wind, and wall in search of the strongest husband for his daughter, he is surprised to find that a mouse is the best match.
One Grain of Rice A Mathematical Folktale, by Demi
Long ago in India, there lived a raja who believed that he was wise and fair. But every year he kept nearly all the people's rice for himself. Then a village girl named Rani devises a clever plan, using the surprising power of doubling to win more than one billion grains of rice from the raja.
Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter, by Diane Stanley Rumpelstiltskin's daughter may not be able to spin straw into gold, but she is more than a match for a monarch whose greed has blighted an entire kingdom.
Cinderella's Rat, by Susan Meddaugh
This is the story of one of the rats that was turned into a coachman by Cinderella's fairy godmother.
Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor, by John Yeoman Originally a part of the Arabian Nights stories, the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor are set in the historic lands of the Middle East. On each of Sinbad's journeys there is some disaster and Sinbad must call upon his last ounce of strength to escape the many dangers he finds.