Theme: fable

The Race For The Chinese Zodiac

With gorgeous illustrations based on Chinese painting techniques, a lively retelling of the legendary animals’ race that led to the twelve signs on the Chinese Zodiac.

Descriptors: China, Early Years (ages 2-6), Folklore, Picture Book » Other Themes: , , » Leave a comment

School for Princes: Stories from the Panchatantra

How can a king knock some sense into his silly sons so that they grow up sensible young men? A wise man tells the king that he can do the job in six weeks. Every time one of the boys says or does something rash, the sage will put him back on the straight and […]

Descriptors: Folklore, India, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Other Themes: , , , , , » Leave a comment

Rabbit’s Snow Dance

A hip and hilarious fable perfect for wintertime Rabbit loves the winter. He knows a dance, using a traditional Iroquois drum and song, to make it snow–even in springtime! The other animals of the forest don’t want early snow, but Rabbit doesn’t listen to them. Instead, he sings and dances until more and more snow […]

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Fox Tails

Four of Aesop’s fables are combined in this tale about three animal friends who outsmart a tricky fox.

Descriptors: Europe, Folklore, Greece, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Other Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

Town Mouse Country Mouse

A town mouse and a country mouse exchange visits and discover each is suited to his own home. Peep-holes in some of the pages allow the reader to guess at what happens next.

Descriptors: Australia, Folklore, Intermediate (ages 9-14), Oceania, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Other Themes: , , » Leave a comment

Feathers and Fools

Long ago and far away, in a rambling garden beside a clear blue lake, two flocks of birds began to fear each other for their differences.  The fear grew, and soon the birds became enemies, hoarding great quantities of weapons for protection–until panic struck and the chance for peace seemed lost forever.

Descriptors: Australia, Early Years (ages 2-6), Fiction, Oceania, Picture Book » Other Themes: , , , , , , , » Leave a comment

Mouse & Lion

On a ridge above the Kalihari, Lion naps, until Mouse bumbles into him, willy-nilly, startling him awake. After a show of teeth, Lion is softened by Mouse’s pledge of loyalty and sets him free. When a cold moon brings a humbling lesson, Lion comes to recognize Mouse’s keen skill, and deeper kindness.

Descriptors: Europe, Folklore, Greece, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Other Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

Once in a Wood: Ten Tales from Aesop

A retelling of ten fables by Aesop, including “The Fox and the Crow,” “The Crow and the Water Jug,” and “The Lion and the Mouse.”

Descriptors: Europe, Folklore, Greece, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Other Themes: , , » Leave a comment

How the Leopard Got His Claws

In the beginning, all the animals lived as friends.  The leopard, their king was strong but gentle and wise.  Only the dog had sharp teeth, and only the dog scoffed at the animals plan to build a common shelter for gathering out of the rain.  but when the dog was flooded out of his own […]

Descriptors: Africa, Fantasy, Nigeria, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Other Themes: , , » Leave a comment

Aesop’s Fables

A little mouse saves the life of a great lion; hungry Grasshopper, too lazy to store food, gets no mercy from the industrious ants; crafty Jackal tricks Klipspringer to escape death – but is himself tricked by the cock and the dog…. Here are 16 of Aesop’s wise, witty and timeless fables, portrayed for the […]

Descriptors: Africa, Folklore, Intermediate (ages 9-14), Picture Book » Other Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment
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