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.
Ratings and Other Matters
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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.