Myths, Legends and Traditional Stories @@ Myths, legends, folk and fairy tales that are set in a particular cultural context. The Folklore theme introduces readers to traditions, activities, languages and experiences, and includes all types of retellings and adaptations of traditional folktales.
This timeless ballad has been part of American folklore for over a century. Born with a hammer in his hand, John Henry discovers his true calling as a steel-driving man but he inevitably meets his match in a race against a steam drill that provides a powerful metaphor for the disruption and loss of innocence created by the industrial age. Thorne's soft charcoal drawings deftly capture the triumphal spirit of this cautionary tale
Sundari, the daughter of the Chief Mahout in Mysore, and the elephant calf Lakshmi were born on the same day and remain close, and when Lakshmi's father gets too old to lead the procession for Dussehra, Sundari suggests Lakshmi take his place
Based on a South African tale, this story tells what happens when a giant who had been banished from a town by a magician thirty years earlier is called back to save the town from flooding. The little town that was once threatened by the giant Abiyoyo has grown by leaps and bounds. But now that the townspeople have chopped down all their trees, every year they have floods and droughts. Worse yet, there's a giant boulder blocking up the site of their new dam! Something has to be done. Well, the young boy who helped make Abiyoyo disappear way back when now has a little girl of his own. And she knows the only way to save the town: Bring back Abiyoyo to help move the boulder. "Bring back Abiyoyo?" the townspeople cry. "The giant that eats people up?" But the little girl has a plan for that, too. Fifteen years after Pete Seeger's storysong "Abiyoyo" came to life as a picture book, his beloved giant is back in a wonderful new story. With Michael Hays's brilliant illustrations and a sing-along score included, Abiyoyo Returns is destined to become a family favorite
Billy Brown, having failed to heed his mother's warning to stay covered while he sleeps, awakens one morning to find his perfectly round brown belly button gone, and then tries to trick the Belly Button Beastie into giving it back