Can Kanchil, the little mouse deer, trick a few crafty crocodiles with giant teeth? This Malaysian trickster tale gives a humorous insight into the difference between right and wrong.
Cowboy hero Pecos Bill has one true love and that is Sluefoot Sue. He first sees her when she is riding a catfish down the Rio Grande.
What happens when two gods from Greek mythology want to rule a town? The townspeople are afraid of a fight between two powerful gods. A contest is set to decide the winner.
Have you ever seen a fluffy bunny tail? They are puffy like cotton balls. Did you know rabbits used to have long tails like squirrels?
In this Nigerian pourquoi tale, long ago people could take bites of the delicious sky whenever they wanted to. People gobbled and gobbled and gobbled the sky. Soon the sky had to make some changes.
This is a Lakota Indian tale about Iktomi, a lazy trickster who cannot be bothered to hunt for himself. Instead, he plays tricks and steals rather than earn an honest living. Will Muskrat teach him a lesson?
Medusa brags and brags about her beauty. She loves to look in the mirror. She loves to tell others that she is the prettiest. Find out what happens when a young lady spends all of her time bragging.
This African American tall tale tells of John Henry, who was as big as an oak tree in overalls! He is famous as the strongest railroad worker in the East, West, North, and South. Read about the hardest worker that ever was!
A poor, hungry man has to pay for simply smelling soup! Here comes the wise Turkish folk hero Hodja to the rescue. What will he do to help?
Paul Bunyan was the biggest baby boy ever born! At one week old he had to wear his father's clothes! And he continued to grow!
Do you know why all chipmunks have three stripes down their backs? This pourquoi tale gives a creative explanation as to how this happened. This tale originated with the Seneca Indians.
Grasshopper thinks Ant should stop working so hardbut what will happen when winter comes?
The shepherd boy shouts "Wolf!" when he gets bored. What will happen when a real wolf comes?
When Mouse wakes up Lion he's in big trouble! But one day, Lion might need Mouse's help
Camel is the laziest animal on Earth. And he's also very rude! Can the desert god teach him a lesson he'll never forget?
Elephant's child never stops asking questions. And when he asks what Crocodile eats for dinner, he gets a big surprise!
¿Por qué los cuervos son negros? ¿Por qué los ojos de los búhos (megascops) se ven rojos en la luz? ¿Como llegó el fuego a la Tierra? Tú encontrarás las respuestas a esas preguntas en este relato de una leyenda popular Chéroqui . La tierra era fría y obscura pero los animales podían ver fuego proveniente de un árbol en la isla. Ellos intentaron volar o nadar hacia la isla para traer el calor y la luz del fuego. ¿Qué fue lo que les pasó a algunos de los animales? ¿Cuál animal fue por el fuego, lo trajo y cómo lo hizo?
Why are ravens black? Why do screech owl eyes look red in light? How did we get fire? You'll find the answers to those questions in this retelling of a Cherokee "pour quoi" folktale. The earth was cold and dark but the animals could see fire coming from the tree on the island. They tried to fly or swim to the island to bring back the fire heat and light. What happened to some of the animals? Which animal brought it back and how?
In this delightful story of perseverance and survival from Russia, two frog sisters learn the truth of that old saying, "It ain't over til it's over," or, "The opera isn't over until the fat frog sinks."
In this story from India, a poor boy's dream of having a drum takes him on an unlikely journey of discovery. He meets several people who guide him along the way. In time, he learns to make his own "magic" in this world.
In this chain story from Cuba, Rooster learns that he needs a lot of help from his friends to get cleaned up in time for Heron's party. Then the real fun begins.
In this story from Peru, we meet a baker who is so stingy that he wants to charge people just for smelling his baked goods. When the baker takes his case to court, the wise judge decides to teach the greedy man a well-deserved lesson.
In this story from China, when a woodcutter finds a magic pot that makes two of everything that he puts inside of it, he thinks all of his troubles have disappeared! Or have his troubles merely doubled?
In this story, a farmer and his wife match wits with a large, mean-spirited ogre. If they cant outwit him, they will end up with no crops of their own to eat or sell. This whimsically drawn story is based on an old Swedish folktale.
Many years ago, the proudest animal in the jungle was not the peacock. The proudest animal was the tiger. In this timeless folktale from Vietnam, we see how Tiger's pride leads him to covet wisdom and, with the help of a wise farmer, earn his stripes.