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The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
The People Could Fly
American Black Folktales
Hardcover      ISBN: 0394869257

The well-known author retells 24 black American folk tales in sure storytelling voice: animal tales, supernatural tales, fanciful and cautionary tales, and slave tales of freedom. All are beautifully readable. With the added attraction of 40 wonderfully expressive paintings by the Dillons, this collection should be snapped up.--(starred) School Library Journal.

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards text Exemplar (Grade 6-8, Stories) in Appendix B.
Pushing Up the Sky: Seven Native American Plays for Children
Pushing Up the Sky
Seven Native American Plays for Children
Hardcover      ISBN: 0803721684

From acclaimed Native American storyteller Joseph Bruchac comes a collection of seven lively plays for children to perform, each one adapted from a different traditional Native tale. Filled with heroes and tricksters, comedy and drama, these entertaining plays are a wonderful way to bring Native cultures to life for young people. Each play has multiple parts that can be adjusted to suit the size of a particular group and includes simple, informative suggestions for props, scenery, and costumes that children can help to create. Introductory notes and beautiful, detailed illustrations add to young readers' understanding of the seven Native nations whose traditions have inspired the plays.

The Nutcracker Ballet
The Nutcracker Ballet
Paperback      ISBN: 0679823859
A Step 3 early reader retelling of the classic story of the Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker.
From the opening Christmas Eve party scene to the closing scene in which Marie and her Nutcracker prince bid farewell to the Land of the Sweets, young readers will be enchanted while enjoying a successful reading experience.

Step 3 Readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics--for children who are ready to read on their own.
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
An African Tale
Hardcover      ISBN: 0688040454

A Caldecott Honor and Reading Rainbow book, this memorable retelling of Cinderella is perfect for introducing children to the fairy tale as well as the history, culture, and geography of the African nation of Zimbabwe.

Inspired by a traditional African folktale, this is the story of Mufaro, who is proud of his two beautiful daughters. Nyasha is kind and considerate, but everyone--except Mufaro--knows that Manyara is selfish and bad-tempered.

When the Great King decides to take a wife and invites the most worthy and beautiful daughters in the land to appear before him, Mufaro brings both of his daughters--but only one can be queen. Who will the king choose?

Award-winning artist John Steptoe's rich cultural imagery of Africa earned him the Coretta Scott King Award for Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters. The book also went on to win the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. This stunning story is a timeless treasure that readers will enjoy for generations.

  • Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration
  • Caledcott Honor
  • Reading Rainbow Book
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book
The Crane Wife
The Crane Wife
Paperback      ISBN: 0688070485

This tale centers on a kind man who saves a wounded crane and is rewarded with a beautiful, mysterious bride

How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head
How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head
Hardcover      ISBN: 1591430216

The magical story of how Ganesh, the son of Shiva and Parvati, was brought back to life with the head of an elephant

- The story of one of the most beloved characters in Indian lore, made accessible for Western children

- Illustrated throughout with paintings from the classic Indian tradition

Any Indian child can tell you how the beloved god Ganesh got his elephant's head--now American children can know as well. For centuries Indian children have grown up hearing Ganesh's story--how his mother, Parvati (an incarnation of the great mother goddess), created a small boy from sandalwood soap and commanded that he guard the palace against all intruders while she took her bath. How her husband, Shiva (the fearsome god of destruction), didn't take kindly to being barred from his own home. How Shiva beheaded the boy during the cosmic war that followed, but then, when he realized that the balance of the entire universe was at stake, brought the boy back to life by grafting an elephant's head onto his body and made him the people's intercessor against the powers of destruction.

Ganesh's timeless story teaches children about the steadfast power of dedication to duty, the awe-inspiring power of a mother's love for her child, and the gentle power of compassion, which holds the world together. Accompanied by rich, color illustrations prepared according to the traditional Hindu canon, How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head will transport children to a magical world filled with ancient wisdom.
Brundibar
Brundibar
Hardcover      ISBN: 0786809043

When Aninku and Pepicek discover one morning that their mother is sick, they rush to town for milk to make her better. Their attempt to earn money by singing is thwarted by a bullying, bellowing hurdy-gurdy grinder, Brundibar, who tyrannizes the town square and chases all other street musicians away. Befriended by three intelligent talking animals and three hundred helpful schoolkids, brother and sister sing for the money to buy the milk, defeat the bully, and triumphantly return home. Brundibar is based on a Czech opera for children that was performed fifty-five times by the children of Terezin, the Nazi concentration camp

King Arthur and His Knights
King Arthur and His Knights
Hardcover      ISBN: 0517618850

Recounts the tales of King Arthur and his knights, from the early prophecies of Merlin and Arthur's birth to the destruction of Camelot

Rootabaga Stories
Rootabaga Stories
Paperback      ISBN: 155709490x

Originally published in 1922, Rootabaga Stories was written by one of America's most beloved folk chroniclers. He wrote these stories for "people from 5 to 105." This reproduction of the first edition includes the illustrations of Maud and Miska Petersham.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Library      ISBN: 0871919486

In words and illustrations, these classic tales are presented as never before. The unabridged texts are elegantly designed and interpreted by world renowned illustrators. Roberto Innocenti, Michael Hague, Etienne Delessert and many others have contributed to this lasting collection.

As Graphis magazine said of these books, "They are gifts of love from the creators. And without a doubt give new life to children's literature".