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World Folktales

Home | Table of Contents | Eastern Europe - Russian | Eastern Europe - Armenian | Eastern Europe - Jewish | Eastern Europe - Jewish | Europe - English | Europe - Spanish | Africa - West African | Africa - Malian | Africa - unspecified | Asia - Chinese | Asia - Japanese | Asia - Korean | Asia - Indian | Asia - Indian | Asia - Indonesian | Middle East - unspecified | North America - African American | North America - Hispanic | North America - Native American | North America - Native American | North America - Native American | North America - Regional | Central/South America - Cuban | Central/South America - Caribbean | Central/South America - Peruvian | Reflections


Welcome to my folktale collection website. A mature student, I am a graduate library science student at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. During the day, I work as a school librarian at a private PreK - 2nd grade school. I am preparing this website as part of a class in folktales.

How This Site is Organized
On this website, you will find folktales representing many cultures from all over the world. The tales are organized by geographical region or continent and then by culture. For example, under Eastern Europe, you will find a Russian tale, an Armenian tale, and two Jewish tales. I have included tales from the following regions: Africa, Asia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, Central/South America, and the Middle East.

Why did I decide to use a regional and cultural classification system? Always fascinated by other cultures, I briefly considered majoring in anthropology until my professor announced that majors might be jobless. As a college student and a graduate student working on an education degree, I had many friends from other countries, and I never tired of listening and learning.  I even lived in an International Living Center one summer. During my travels, I have visited much of the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, several European countries, and Israel. Although my traveling has slowed down, I am a foreign movie fan, and I often “visit” countries throughout the world while reading subtitles.


Folktales are such a wonderful way to learn about other cultures!  I hope you will enjoy "traveling" with me.


Barbara Katz
Dallas, Texas

Ratings and Other Matters   
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ (out of ♥♥♥♥♥)
All twenty-five tales are rated using a heart system. Five hearts means excellent, four hearts means very good, and three hearts means average. I also use some "1/2" signs to indicate that the book quality falls between two ratings. Near the bottom of each page, I provide a justification for the rating.
For each folktale, one finds a summary and an analysis of the characters, setting, plot, theme, and illustrations.  For a few books, I provide "Other Observations," notes about especially poetic or colorful language and ideas for curriculum.