World Folklore For Storytellers: Tales of Wonder, Wisdom, Fools, and Heroes, 1st Edition

  • Josepha Sherman
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  • ISBN-10: 0765681757
  • ISBN-13: 9780765681751
  • DDC: 398.09
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 432 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released March 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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Unlike mythology's grand themes of creation, gods, and birth and death, folklore and fairytales celebrate the more fanciful adventures and experiences of magical creatures and larger than life figures. This companion volume to the popular Mythology for Storytellers is a treasury of favorite and little known tales from around the globe,from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Oceania. It is an engaging, informative, and captivating one stop source for the world's folklore and tales. The introduction provides an informative overview of folklore, its purpose in world cultures and in contemporary society and popular culture. The book is then divided into four main sections, including tales of wonder, heroes, kindness repaid and hope and redemption, and fools and wise people. Each tale type and the stories that follow are introduced with historical and cultural information as well as examples of yet other versions of the story. A bibliography follows each retelling so readers can find more information on the cultures and stories from each. A select master bibliography facilitates research and a general index rounds out this volume.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Wonder Tales.
2: Beauty and the Beast.
3: Cinderella and Cinderlad.
4: The Boy Who Knew No Fear.
5: Dragon-Slayers and Monster-Slayers.
6: The Fairy's Midwife.
7: Rumpelstiltskin.
8: Sleeping Beauty.
9: Snow White.
10: Transformation Folktales.
11: Undersea Kingdoms: Adventures in the Lands under the Waves.
12: Hero Tales.
13: Folklore Heroes.
14: Legendary Heroes.
15: Tall Tale Heroes.
16: Heroic Outlaws and Bold Antiheroes.
17: Tales of Kindness Repaid and Hope and Redemption.
18: Folktales of Kindness Repaid.
19: Tales of Hope and Redemption.
20: Tales of Fools and Wise People.
21: Tales of Fools.
22: Tales of Wise People.