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Folktales, Fairy Tales and Myths

Folktales, Fairy Tales and Myths

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Age Level: 3-6 years old

Alone in the Forest

Alone in the Forest

By: Bhajju Shyam , Gita Wolf

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Musa ventures out alone for the first time to collect firewood, where a loud noise and the dark forest frighten him. A squirrel and a cow calm the panicky boy who returns home safely without any wood — but with a good story to tell. Highly stylized folk art effectively conveys Musa's emotions in a fast-paced story and introducing a tradition of central India.

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Anansi The Spider:  A Tale From the Ashanti

Anansi The Spider: A Tale From the Ashanti

By: Gerald McDermott

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Have you ever wondered how the moon got where it is? According to this Ashanti tale, Nyame, the god of all things, put it there when Anansi could not decide which of his sons deserved it. Brilliant illustrations accompany this classic retelling of a traditional tale.

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Borreguita and the Coyote

Borreguita and the Coyote

By: Verna Aardema | Illustrated by: Petra Mathers

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Left alone to graze, Borreguita outsmarts the fierce coyote who thinks the small lamb would be a tasty lunch. This tale from Ayutla, Mexico, is retold with sly humor and illustrated with dramatic, full color illustrations.

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Busy-Busy Little Chick

Busy-Busy Little Chick

By: Janice Harrington Janice Harrington | Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Little Chick is not distracted like his mother, Mama Nsoso. He only chases tasty treats after their ilome, a warm new home of grass and mud, for his family is complete. This lively telling based on a fable told by Nkundo people of Central Africa is illustrated with swirling, animated illustrations, complementing the alliterative, onomatopoeic language.

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Flossie and the Fox

Flossie and the Fox

By: Patricia McKissack | Illustrated by: Rachel Isadora

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Flossie and the Fox is an African American variant of the tale, "Little Red Riding Hood." In this version, the fox is after Flossie's basket of eggs. In this version, however, it's Flossie herself who is brave enough and smart enough to outfox the fox!

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Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale

Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale

By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni | Illustrated by: Susy Waters

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

An old woman left her small village to visit her daughter and granddaughter, telling three hungry predators to wait to eat her until she is plumped up on her way back. How the women outwit the bear, fox and tiger is satisfyingly told and handsomely illustrated in saturated color illustrations in this Indian folktale that the author recalls from her childhood.

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How Chipmunk Got His Stripes

How Chipmunk Got His Stripes

By: James Bruchac, Joseph Bruchac | Illustrated by: Ariane Dewey

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Bear brags and Chipmunk teases, the results are an angry bear and a striped chipmunk. Animated language and colorful illustrations tell a porquoi story — a tale that explains — that's perfect for sharing aloud.

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John Henry

John Henry

By: Julius Lester | Illustrated by: Jerry Pinkney

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Pre-Reader

John Henry's talent was evident at an early age when he helped his daddy, but was cemented in American folklore when he took on the steam drill. His place among American tall tale heroes is chronicled in richly detailed watercolors and language.

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Master Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria

Master Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria

By: Aaron Shephard | Illustrated by: David Wisniewski

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Even the strongest man of all can be outmatched, as Shadusa learns. This retelling of a Nigerian tale is told with cut paper illustrations carefully placed in comic book-like panels, which emphasize the humor and lesson of this super-sized tall tale.

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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

By: John Steptoe

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

While both are beautiful, only one of Mufaro's daughters can marry the prince. The impact of each girl's dispositions on their external beauty is explored in this handsomely illustrated story, which draws on the lush landscape of Zimbabwe.

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Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan

By: Steven Kellogg

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Paul Bunyan and his ox named Babe are larger than life tall tale heroes — who quite literally helped shape the American landscape. The huge lumberjack is introduced through animated illustrations and lively language as he creates the Grand Canyon and more.

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Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale

Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale

By: Steven Kellogg | Illustrated by: Laura Robb

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Pecos Bill could tame 'most anything in the Wild West — at least until he came up against a gal called Slewfoot Sue and a horse named Lightning. Steven Kellogg's signature style is ideal for this funny glimpse of a tall tale hero in the pioneer days of the old West.

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Pirate vs. Pirate: The Terrific Tale of a Big, Blustery Maritime Match

Pirate vs. Pirate: The Terrific Tale of a Big, Blustery Maritime Match

By: Mary Quattlebaum | Illustrated by: Alexandra Boiger

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Bad Bart who was the "biggest, burliest pirate this side of the Atlantic" meets Mean Mo, "maddest, mightiest pirate this side of the Pacific," an unwinnable competition ensues that ends in romance. The rollicking pirate adventures are told with verve and humor.

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Prairie Chicken Little

Prairie Chicken Little

By: Jackie Mims Hopkins | Illustrated by: Henry Cole

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A prairie chicken named Mary McBlinken, "heard a rumbling and a grumbling and a tumbling" fearing that "a stampede's a comin'!" Others join her to alert Cowboy Stan and Red Dog Dan to the impending danger. Almost sidetracked by a tricky coyote, Stan and Dan save the day and stop the rumbling of Mary's tummy. A take-off of "Chicken Little" is made even more humorous by rib-tickling illustrations.

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Sungura and Leopard: A Swahili Trickster Tale

Sungura and Leopard: A Swahili Trickster Tale

By: Barbara Knutson

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Sungura, a resourceful hare, and grouchy Leopard decide to build their homes in the same spot. How Sungura outwits Leopard to get him out is told in lively language with boldly lined illustrations that suggest the place in which the animals live and work.

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The Crocodile and the Scorpion

The Crocodile and the Scorpion

By: Rebecca Emberley | Illustrated by: Ed Emberley

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Two friendless creatures with "brains no bigger than a pebble" vow not to hurt the other. But when the crocodile takes the scorpion to the other side of the river, there is little doubt that they both wind up at the bottom of the "big, brilliant blue river." A brief telling of a little known fable combines with abstract, angular and brilliantly colored illustrations for a memorable tale.

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The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote

The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote

By: Tony Johnston | Illustrated by: Tomie dePaola

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Coyote howls at the moon because of a small, smart, and very tricky rabbit. This lively retelling of an Oaxacan (Mexico) tale has familiar elements like rabbit becoming stuck on a farmer made of sticky beeswax. The energetic tale is complemented by illustrations reminiscent of folk art.

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The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf

By: Mark Teague

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Two of three pigs, paid for their work by the Florida-bound farmer, enjoy chips and "sody-pop" more than a sturdy home. Only one is smart enough to grow healthy food and with her pay build a brick house with a pool. This funny, nonviolent riff on a familiar tale makes a gentle comment about healthy food and hygiene and its impact on huffing and puffing!

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The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare

By: Jerry Pinkney

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The familiar fable of competition between a speedy, arrogant hare and a plodding, persevering tortoise is retold in dramatic, highly detailed illustrations by the artist of the Caldecott winner, The Lion and the Mouse. Here, too, few words are needed to reveal the setting and different personalities of the main characters and the animals who watch the race, in this altogether handsome telling.

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What's the Hurry Fox? And Other Animal Tales

What's the Hurry Fox? And Other Animal Tales

By: Zora Neale Hurston | Illustrated by: Bryan Collier

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Folktales collected in the 1930s have been adapted, retold, and freshly illustrated for contemporary readers. Find out why dogs hate cats, why waves wear whitecaps, and more.This clever collection is ideal for sharing aloud.

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Yeh-Shen:  A Cinderella Story from China

Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

By: Ai-Ling Louie | Illustrated by: Ed Young

Age Level: 3-6 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Based on an ancient Chinese story (which pre-dates European versions), a girl overcomes her wicked stepmother to marry the prince. Jewel-like illustrations by Caldecott medalist Ed Young bring this variation of the classic tale to life.
Country of origin: China

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

American Tall Tales

American Tall Tales

By: Mary Pope Osborne | Illustrated by: Michael McCurdy

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Meet heroes (and heroines) in these well-told tales of fictitious and actual characters from American folklore. These tales are ideal for reading aloud, and are illustrated with strong-lined wood engravings.

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Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam

Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam

By: Sherry Garland | Illustrated by: Trina Schart Hyman

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Learn why the tiger has stripes, what happens to those who behave badly, and much more in this rich collection. The lore of Southeast Asia comes to life in strong retellings complemented by jewel-toned illustrations.

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Cut from the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend and Tall Tale

Cut from the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend and Tall Tale

By: Robert San Souci | Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

From the Northeast to the West, the United States is filled with stories of wise, strong, and just plain amazing women. American tall tales about resilient women from many backgrounds are presented in the text of this book and depicted by the robust lines of scratchboard illustration.

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Davy Crockett Saves the World

Davy Crockett Saves the World

By: Rosalyn Schanzer

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Every word in this book is true; that is, of course, "unless it's false." Outrageous stories about this larger-than-life guy were inspired by the Crockett almanacs and are retold here with verve and laugh-out-loud humor in words and pictures.

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Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods and Heroes Pop-Up

Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods and Heroes Pop-Up

By: Matthew Reinhart, Robert Sabuda | Illustrated by: Robert Sabuda

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Six beautifully illustrated full-page spreads, each including a dramatic paper-sculpture centerpiece and additional fold-out booklets, showcase gods and heroes from around the world, including the gods of ancient Egypt, Greek gods and mortal heroes, Norse gods and goddesses, Asian and Polynesian gods, and the "Great Spirits of the New World."

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Fables

Fables

By: Arnold Lobel

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Fables are short tales of animals with an explicit (though gentle) moral. Lobel has written original fables which are sure to delight young readers. Each tale is accompanied by a large illustration to create humor, character, place, and pleasure.

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Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve

Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve

By: Mary Pope Osborne | Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Annie and Jack go back in time to Camelot to a haunted castle to find the Stone of Destiny. Their quest involves lots of spooky things as well as an apprentice wizard, Morgan LeFay's nephew. (Magic Tree House #30)

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How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend

How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend

By: Jerrie Oughton | Illustrated by: Lisa Desimini

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Richly hued illustrations are used to show how First Woman tried to guide humans by providing the "laws of the world" by writing them in the sky with her jewels (the stars). Things change, however, when trickster Coyote tries to help, tires of the task, and then tosses the rest of the jewels into the night sky with beautiful if chaotic results.

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Iktomi Loses His Eyes: A Plains Indian Story

Iktomi Loses His Eyes: A Plains Indian Story

By: Paul Goble

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Iktomi, the Lakota trickster, is himself tricked into losing his eyes. He then tricks Mouse and Buffalo into giving him one each of their eyes, but seeing the world through their eyes isn't quite what he expected. This tale is tricky, authentic — and very funny!

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Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane

Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane

By: Jan Day | Illustrated by: Janeen Mason

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Kissimmee Pete, the cracker cow hunter, is back for another wild adventure. After rounding up a herd of cattle to send to Cuba, Pete and his trusty dog Mud load the herd onto a steamship and watch the ship leave the dock. But only seconds later, there's trouble in store for Pete. A hurricane has blown in, and it's up to the larger than-life cow hunter to save his cattle and stop the storm before it's too late. [Amazon review]

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Knock on Wood: Poems about Superstitions

Knock on Wood: Poems about Superstitions

By: Janet Wong | Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Original poems combine with stunning illustrations reminiscent of folk art, to explore superstitions and superstitious beliefs from black cats to knocking on wood — and lots more. An author's note with a bit of information about superstitions concludes this engaging book.

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Lies & Other Tall Tales

Lies & Other Tall Tales

By: Zora Neale Hurston | Illustrated by: Christopher Myers

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Can a lie be so good that you don't want to know the truth? Well, you may think so as you read these entertaining, outlandish and sometimes irreverent tales adapted and splendidly illustrated for younger readers.

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Ol' Clip-Clop: A Ghost Story

Ol' Clip-Clop: A Ghost Story

By: Patricia McKissack | Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

In 1741, mean-hearted John Leep set out to evict a tenant on Friday, October 13th on a cold and very dark evening. As Leep clip-clops to the widow's house on his horse, hoof beats are matched by an unseen rider to and from the house. Dark, dramatic illustrations enhance the truly spooky story with an unexpected ending sure to make readers or listeners jump.

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Once Upon a Time: Traditional Latin American Tales/Habia una vez: Cuentos tradicionales Latino Americanos

Once Upon a Time: Traditional Latin American Tales/Habia una vez: Cuentos tradicionales Latino Americanos

By: Reuben Martinez | Illustrated by: Raul Colon

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Animals and people wise and foolish are presented in these tales retold. Their origins, from a range of Spanish-speaking countries including Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Spain, are retold and handsomely illustrated — just right for reading aloud.

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Pandora

Pandora

By: Robert Burleigh | Illustrated by: Raul Colon

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Elegant illustrations decorate this free verse retelling of the young woman whose curiosity about the contents of a forbidden jar brought trouble into the world. A large format and limited text make this sophisticated telling more accessible.

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Please, Malese! A Trickster Tale from Haiti

Please, Malese! A Trickster Tale from Haiti

By: Amy MacDonald | Illustrated by: Emily Lisker

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Malese, a clever lazybones, sets out to get new shoes and he briefly winds up in jail — that is, until he convinces his jailers that it's more trouble than it's worth to hold him there. Bold illustrations evoke the Haitian setting and the humor of one trickster.

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Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters & Other Wily Characters

Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters & Other Wily Characters

By: Patricia McKissack | Illustrated by: Andre Carrilho

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Inspired by stories she heard as a child, the author presents original tales steeped in oral tradition and imbued with the African American experience. Rich language and memorable characters create a collection to be shared aloud time and time again on front porches or anywhere else.

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Princess Tales: Once Upon a Time in Rhyme with Seek-and-Find Pictures

Princess Tales: Once Upon a Time in Rhyme with Seek-and-Find Pictures

By: Grace Maccarone | Illustrated by: Gail de Marcken

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ten princess tales are retold in verse accompanied by highly detailed illustrations that encourage close examination. The lush illustrations place princesses in unique settings, affirming their universal appeal. "The Princess and the Frog", for example, is set in China; the princess whose sleep is disturbed by a single pea under many mattresses appears in an African county.

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Roadrunner's Dance (El baile del correcaminos)

Roadrunner's Dance (El baile del correcaminos)

By: Rudolfo Anaya | Illustrated by: David Diaz

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Snake terrifies children and their parents. He claims to be the "king of the road." But with gifts from the animals, Desert Woman fashions Roadrunner to defeat Snake. In the tradition of a folktale, this original story explains why rattlesnakes have their rattle and how cooperation can save the day.

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The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greeks Myths, Retold

The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greeks Myths, Retold

By: Cynthia Rylant | Illustrated by: Carson Ellis

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Why there are seasons, how trouble came into the world, and more stories about nature and human beings are eloquently retold through the stories of Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus, and Psyche. Delicate illustrations and rich language make these myths — and the characterization of the Greek gods and goddesses — just right to read aloud to sophisticated listeners.

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The Mighty 12: Superheroes of Greek Myth

The Mighty 12: Superheroes of Greek Myth

By: Charles Smith | Illustrated by: P. Craig Russell

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Greek gods and goddesses are the stuff of contemporary superheroes. Dramatic full-color, exaggerated comic book illustrations are used to present a dozen of the ancient heroes, sure to thrill contemporary, more experienced readers.

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The Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale

The Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale

By: Joseph Bruchac, Gayle Ross

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Have you ever wondered how the Milky Way came to be? According to a Cherokee legend, it started when an old couple learned that their corn was being stolen by a Great Spirit dog. To get away, the spirit dog jumps into the sky, spilling the corn. And we can still see the results today in the night sky.

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The Rough-Face Girl

The Rough-Face Girl

By: Rafe Martin | Illustrated by: David Shannon

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

When her older sisters try to convince the Invisible Being's sister that they can see him, they are rebuffed. Only the youngest, whose face and hair is badly scarred from feeding the fires, can answer his questions correctly and see him everywhere. Sophisticated and hauntingly illustrated, experienced readers will see similarities between this Algonquin tale and its familiar European counterpart, "Cinderella".

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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

By: Jon Scieszka | Illustrated by: Lane Smith

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

The incomparable author and illustrator team retells traditional tales such as the "Gingerbread Man" and the "Little Red Hen" in inventive and hilarious ways, sure to make readers familiar with the originals laugh out loud. Even the traditional format of the book is changed to suit the absurdity of the new versions, for a memorable reading experience.

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Treasury of Greek Mythology

Treasury of Greek Mythology

By: Donna Jo Napoli | Illustrated by: Christina Balit

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Vivid retellings and luminous illustrations reinvigorate Greek myths. The tales of gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, and Athena and heroes and monsters such as Helen of Troy, Perseus, and Medusa will fascinate and engage children’s imaginations. [Amazon review]

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Tuko and the Birds: A Tale from the Philippines

Tuko and the Birds: A Tale from the Philippines

By: Shirley Climo | Illustrated by: Francisco Mora

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Birds sing the people of Maynilad on the Philippine island of Luzon to sleep at night — until Tuko the haughty gecko prevents the birds from doing their job. Repetition and onomatopoeic animal sounds make this a lively, memorable folktale to share aloud. Tagalog is sprinkled throughout and is included in a glossary.

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Whiskers, Tails and Wings: Animal Folktales from Mexico

Whiskers, Tails and Wings: Animal Folktales from Mexico

By: Judy Goldman | Illustrated by: Fabricio Vanden Broeck

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

What do a cricket, a turtle, an opossum, a flea and a frog have in common? Each are featured in a story that comes from one of the indigenous people that live in Mexico. Fluid retellings combine with information about the natives from whose culture the tales were drawn. A glossary, where to go for additional information and sources are included in this attractively illustrated book.

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Who's In Rabbit's House? A Masai Tale

Who's In Rabbit's House? A Masai Tale

By: Verna Aardema | Illustrated by: Diane Dillon

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Rabbit cannot go into her own house for fear of the ferocious-sounding animal inside. Told as a play with masked actors, this cumulative tale gradually unfolds to a surprising and very satisfying conclusion.

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Wiley and the Hairy Man

Wiley and the Hairy Man

By: Judy Sierra | Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Wiley and his mama live near the swamp; together, they trick the scary ol' hairy man three times, getting rid of him forever. A traditional southern tale has been retold for newly independent readers but loses nothing of the original's energy and suspense.

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Wings

Wings

By: Christopher Myers

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Stunning, bold collage illustrations carry the action in this reworking of the traditional Greek myth. Here, Icarus becomes Ikarus, a boy of color, who learns to fly in spite of the society in which he lives.

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Young Zeus

Young Zeus

By: G. Brian Karas

Age Level: 6-9 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Young Zeus — the Greek god who grew up to rule on Mount Olympus — is introduced with contemporary language and lighthearted illustrations. The large format effectively supports the myth's grand proportions.

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 9-12 years old | Reading Level: Independent Reader

Join Minli as she journeys to save her village and her family from a dreary fate by seeking out the Old Man of the Moon, who holds everyone's destiny. A storyteller's voice effectively brings to life this unforgettable award-winning novel, illustrated with exquisite Chinese paintings.

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