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Stories from around the world

These are some of our suggestions for useful and exciting source material for stories and myths from around the world

This selection of titles is purely personal. These are books which we have found useful in some way or have been recommended to us or we just love. We hope you will enjoy and benefit from them too.

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coverThe Children's Illustrated Book of Myths
by Neil Philip, Nilesh Mistry (Illustrator)

This engaging and well-illustrated book aimed at 9-13 year olds, contains an excellent overview of world mythology. Everything from Greeks and Romans, through the stories of Native Americans and legends from Africa, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia. Great "who's who" section of all the major characters.
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coverMyths and Legends
by Anthony Horowitz (Editor), Francis Mosley (Illustrator)
A great volume from the Kingfisher Story Library relating 30 of the most important stories from all round the world. Included are familiar tales, such as St George and the Dragon from Britain and Theseus and the Minotaur from Greece, as well as less well-known stories from India, China, Japan, Africa, South America and elsewhere.
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Why the Sun and Moon Live in Sky
by Elphinstone Dayrell, Blair Lent (Illustrator)
An African folktale tells how the sun and water once lived on earth as friends, but because the sun failed to build his house large enough, he and his wife, the moon, were driven into the sky when the water came to visit them.
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Mansa Musa: The Lion of Mali
by Khephra Burns, et al
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North America

The Telling of the World: Native American Legends and Stories
by William S. Penn (Editor)
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Love Flute
by Paul Goble
A gift to a shy young man from the birds and animals helps him to express his love to a beautiful girl.
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South America

Land of the Five Suns: Looking at Aztec Myths and Legends
by Kay McManus
Retells a traditional Aztec tale in which a boy keeps his younger brother entertained and out of trouble by relating favorite legends of their people
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The Monkey's Haircut, and Other Stories Told by the Maya
by John Bierhorst (Editor), Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator)
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coverGreek Myths for Young Children
by Heather Amery, Linda Edwards (Illustrator)
Aimed at children of four years and older, this Usborne volume really brings to life the gods, mortals and monsters of Greek myth. Wonderfully illustrated and excellent for reading aloud, the tales in this volume will resonate in the memory for a lifetime.
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Russian Folk-tales
by James Riordan
In the Russian winter, in the depths of the forest, a whole village gathers together by a blazing fire. Then the storyteller arrives and the villagers listen with bated breath. James Riordan has collected and translated some of these stories and retells them for children.
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cover Parzival and the Stone from Heaven: A Grail Romance Retold for Our Time
by Lindsay Clarke
Lindsay Clarke's Parzival and the Stone from Heaven is a hypnotic retelling of the medieval romance of the quest for the Holy Grail. However, Clarke's book is not a novel in the conventional sense, but a free adaptation of Wolfram von Eschenbach's 13th-century story Parzival
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Middle East

Myths and Legends of Ancient Israel
by Angelo S. Rappoport
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The Winged Cat
by Deborah Nourse Lattimore
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Chinese Mythology
by Anthony Christie
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cover Rama and the Demon King: An Ancient Tale from India
by Jessica Souhami
The 3000-year-old tale of Rama, who rescues his wife, Sita, from the Demon King, is said to confer a blessing on all who hear it. Jessica Souhami's retelling with bold illustrations adapted from her own shadow puppets conveys the exuberance of a tale which is still very much alive.
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Coming Home: A Story About Divali
by Jamila Gavin
Weaves a modern story about Preeta who gets lost while out shopping for new clothes for Divali, with the traditional Prince Rama and Princess Sita myth, in which Sita is kidnapped by demons. The monkey God, Hanuman, comes to Rama's aid, but will they ever find Sita again? And will Preeta be found in time for the party? Introductory text explains the significance of the festival.
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coverWhat Made Tiddalik Laugh (Puffin Folk Tales of the World)
by Joanna Troughton (Illustrator)
An Aboriginal tale based upon natural history facts. The giant frog, Tiddalik, drank all the water in the world and the only way to stop the ensuing drought was to make him laugh and spill the water. However, all the animals cannot raise a giggle until Platypus comes out of her hole.
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coverGadi Mirrabooka: Australian Aboriginal Tales from the Dreaming
by Helen F. McKay (Editor)
A collection of 33 authentic Aboriginal tales that offers a fascinating view of traditional Australian Aboriginal culture and lore, retold by Aboriginal storytellers. As other titles in the World Folklore Series, this volume offers a historical overview and background information about the culture. The volume includes creation stories, pourquoi tales, animal stories, scary stories, and good vs. evil stories.
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