Books featuring tales, proverbs, songs, legends, and/or myths that transmit the knowledge, traditions, practices and rituals, mythologies, and values of a particular group of people. These do not include religious, foundational, or origin stories, or indigenous traditional or sacred stories (see Beautiful Life).
"When Zahra's parents die and she is left in the care of her cruel stepmother and selfish stepsisters, her strong faith and fair character lead a mystical old woman to aid her in attending the 'Eid party at the palace...Cinderella is one of the oldest, best-known, and most loved stories worldwide, with hundreds of cultural variants and re-tellings from ancient Egypt and China to the present day. In this version we follow the trials and tribulations of the sweet, gentle, and pious Zahra when her parents die and she is left at the mercy of an uncaring stepmother and stepsisters. This is a well-crafted Islamic version of the classic tale in which faith, goodness, and prayer are rewarded in the end. The charming, richly detailed illustrations of Shireen Adams, set in medieval Andalusia, help bring the text to life." -- publisher
When Jessie loses his soccer ball in his grandmother's pear tree, even though he promised to stay away from it, he asks other members of his busy farm family for help, but their suggestions only make matters worse
An original story, based on the Joha tales of the Arabic- speaking world, in which a hapless man finds a wishing stick that brings him nothing but bad luck. Includes an author's note about the history of Joha tales
Sivu, an African stonecarver, is not paid well for his work, but through his wishes to become more powerful and live as different people, like the mayor, and things, like the wind, he discovers where real power lies
"Meet Churki and Burki, the rhyming sisters, and spend a day with them in their village, playing and singing songs. Adapted from the Gond artist Durga Bai's rendering of her own childhood in her village Patangahr, this is a merry tale of fun and rhyme"--Back cover
After showing kindness to a strange old woman, Shiraz receives the gift of beauty but her lazy and unkind stepsister, Nargues, suffers a less pleasant fate in this adaptation of the Grimm's fairy tale, Mother Hulda, reset in Tehran, Iran