animal folktales from around the world

June 21, 2011

Folktails: Animal Legends from Around the World
Folktails by Jan Thornhill

I'm always on the lookout for stories from around the world (in particular stories from our Compassion kid's countries), so I was really excited to discover these two books recently.

Folktails is a collection of animal legends from around the world. Not surprisingly, many of the same stories are shared by people all over the world. Of course, there are some variances--animals change, endings change, etc, but the basic parts are the same.

The regions you can visit via these animal tales are: India, West Africa, China, Australia, the Middle East, Northern Europe, Western Canada, South America, and the American Southwest.

This is a really fun collection, but I would say it is more for elementary school-aged children rather than preschoolers.

The Rumor: A Jataka Tale from India
The Rumor: A Jataka Tale from India, also by Jan Thornhill is a fun read for preschoolers and up. The illustrations are gorgeous and the story is engaging. We loved this one.

Do you have any favorite animal tales to share?

I was provided with review copies of these books by Owlkids Books. The opinions expressed are completely my own. 

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