Folklore Collections – Book of British Fairy Tales & Tales From the Rain Forest

Garner, Alan. Alan Garner’s Book of British Fairy Tales. Delacorte, 1984. 160 pages. Grades 4th – 8th. (British Isles Folktales inc. Welsh)

fairyComplied by renowned children’s fantasy author, Alan Garner, Alan Garner’s Book of British Fairy Tales is composed of 21 traditional tales including: Molly Whuppy, Mossycoat, and The Castle of Melvales. These stories are kept in the tradition they were created and are best read aloud. They incorporate rhymes and rhythmic language. Garner also utilizes language of the past and includes unusual dialects and expressions, which adds to the authenticity of the tales. The woodcut illustrations that preface each story are gorgeous and intricate and add to the mystery of the tales. Many of the stories are of poor peasants who become wealthy and marry a beautiful woman, if not a beautiful princess. Witches, magic, and all sorts of supernatural figures abound throughout these stories. Sources are given for the tales at the end of the book. This is an excellent choice for a read aloud or for general enjoyment. Highly recommended.

Dorson, Mercedes. Tales from the Rain Forest: Myths and Legends from the Amazonian Indians of Brazil. Edited by Jeanne Wilmot. Eco, 1997. 133 Pages. Grades 4th – 9th (Brazilian Native Indian Folktales)

downloadTen compiled myths and legends from the Amazonian Native Indians share the wonder and world views of the Amazonian people. The stories give the reader glimpses of village life, and how the Amazonian people considered the world around them, most specifically animals. At the end of each story the authors included their own interpretations of the tale. The bibliography at the end of the book is lengthy and adds to the scholarly feel of the book. The illustrations used throughout the book are primarily 19th century lithographs and engravings of regional plant life, people (some are nude), and animals, which add to the authenticity and bring life to the tales. These stories are perfect to be read aloud or to be poured over by oneself. They are rich in detail and focus on a culture that is not often found in larger folklore collections. A must for any teacher or librarian.

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