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Folklore from around the World
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Pre-school • Schoolage
Beautiful blackbird by:Ashley Bryan
In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew."
Anansi and the magic stick by:Eric A. Kimmel
Anansi the Spider steals Hyena's magic stick so he won't have to do the chores, but when the stick's magic won't stop, he gets more than he bargained for.
Anansi and the talking melon by:Eric A. Kimmel
A clever spider tricks Elephant and some other animals into thinking the melon in which he is hiding can talk.
All the way to Lhasa : a tale from Tibet by:Barbara Helen Berger
A boy and his yak persevere along the difficult way to the holy city of Lhasa and succeed where others fail.
Notes: Based on a story told to the author by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.
The rumor : a Jataka tale from India by:Jan Thornhill
A small hare learns how words can be contagious. His rumor spreads throughout the land like a wild fire.
The monkey and the crocodile : a Jataka tale from India by:Paul Galdone
A retelling of one of the Indian fables relating to the former births of Buddha in which as a monkey he manages to outwit the crocodile who decides to capture him.
The Gingerbread man by:Carol Jones
A freshly baked gingerbread man escapes when he is taken out of the oven and eludes a series of nursery rhyme characters who hope to eat him until meeting up with a clever fox. Includes recipe.
Great Britain
The Enormous Turnip by:Alexei Tolstoy
A cumulative tale in which the turnip planted by an old man grows so enormous that everyone must help to pull it up.
The rumor: a Jataka tale from India, is the folktale that I am focusing on for our craft. However, you could take something from any one of these books and expand it to fit your needs.


Easy Tiger Craft
This site offers a template for the face of the tiger. Personally, like to offer the children a chance to use their creative abilities. So, I skip the template and offer paper for the children to cut out their own shapes. If you are working with younger students I would recommend that you discuss the parts of a tiger,s face before starting the project. This will offer them a visual foundation of what a tiger looks like but you are still allowing the child to make their own choices.
As for the craft, this can be a multi-day project. If you desire, you can have the children paint the plates and let them dry. The next day, have the children decorate their tigers. However, if time does not allow for a multi-day craft, I would encourage you to paint the plates ahead of time or opt to use the tissue paper. This will give the children time to decorate their projects within a half-hour time frame.
Suggestion: Use drama to expand reading comprehension.

Often children enjoy reading the same book over and over again. The tale of "The Enormous Turnip," from Russia is one of those stories. After the children have heard it a few times they then can help act it out. Children enjoy this process and it will expand their relationship with the book.