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Traditional Literature: An All American Tall Tale

Schlosser, S. E. Pecos Bill finds a Hard Outfit.
Place: S.E. Schlosser 1997 - 2006. -1

Summary: Pecos Bill claims Texas to be too tame for him now, so he sets off for New Mexico. Along the way he makes a rattler his pet and tames a wild cougar, which shows the tough guys in New Mexico that he is the boss now.

Concepts/values:
1.  The tougher you are the more people will respect you.
2.  This tale shows us, as a tall tale, how in the Wild West men were tough as nails and that was respected.

Reaction:  I really did like this Tale about Pecos Bill, a man that today would be called a man’s man. It really is silly to read through it and see all the things he “did” and how far fetched they really are. In the end though I find that it makes the reading of history interesting and fun which is defiantly a good thing for young kids.

Discussion questions:   1.  What is a tall tale?
2.  Do you think that other countries have tall tales also? -1
3.  What was the craziest thing Pecos Bill did?

Traditional Literature: Aesop’s Fable

Aesop                                     The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass. incomplete


Summary: The Lion, the Fox and the Ass agree to help each other in their chase, RO the Lion then asks the Ass to divide the portions. Doing as the Lion asked the Ass divided the portions evenly. This didn’t please the Lion and he ate the Ass. Next, the Lion asked the Fox to divide the portions, and the fox did this by taking a small portion for himself and leaving the Lion the rest. The Lion asked the Fox how he became so good at dividing the food and the Fox stats he learned from the Ass.

Concepts/values:
1.  Learn from others mistakes.
2.  This shows how the food chain is set up, with the Lion being at the top and the other creatures getting little while the Lion gets a lot.

Reaction:  I think that this Fable was witty and funny. It really does seem like life works that way sometimes, where you put in the same amount of work but the person in power gets all the credit (food). It is a good lesson for a kid to learn because later in life they will deal with situations like this one.

Discussion questions: 
1.  What did the Fox learn from the Ass?
2.  Which human qualities have been given to the animals in this story?
3.  Why does the Lion get the most food? Could this be why there is a saying The Lions Share? Great questions

Traditional Literature: English Fable

Scia, Sabatino.                                    The Tortoise and the Wolf.
Online.

Summary: One day a tortoise was drinking water and rolled down a hill onto its back. Knowing that it couldn’t get up after laying on its back it started to panic and think of what was going to happen to it. Then along comes a wolf who tries to eat the tortoise but only ends up turning him right side up again. This makes the tortoise happy that he has a shell.

Concepts/values:
1.  Be thankful for what you have been given it might help you later on in life.
2.  Try to look at the glass half full you might be better off in a way than someone else.

Reaction:  I enjoyed this story a lot. It really shows that even if you are down on your luck, you really might just be having a blessing in disguise. This will teach children that everyone in their own way is special. The tortoise’s shell was what caused his predicament, but just think of how far worse he would be without it.

Discussion questions:  
1.  What did the tortoise have that saved him?
2.  Why was the tortoise luckier than the blackbird?
3.  Why do you think the tortoise was so happy about his shell in the end?

Traditional Literature: Chinese Fable

Zhuo, Hao.                                    A Foolish Man Buys Shoes.
Online.

Summary: One day a foolish man measures his feet to get a pair of shoes. He leaves the house to go to the shoe store and when he gets there he finds that he had forgotten his measurement. So, he rushes back home as fast as he can but it is too late by the time he gets back to the store, it had already closed. Then a person asks him are you buying the shoes for someone else? When the man replies no the person said why didn’t you just try on the shoes?

Concepts/values:
1.  You should think before you act. 2.  Sometimes if you don’t think before you act you will have to do much more work than needed.

Reaction:  I enjoyed this story and I think it really did portray what the title said. He was a foolish man that didn’t think twice about things so he ended up doing more work than necessary.

Discussion questions:  
1.  What didn’t the foolish man think about before he went back home for the measurements?
2.  What do you think the foolish man thought when he realized he didn’t have to walk home? 3.  What do you think he will do different next time?

Traditional Literature: Native American Myth

Evans, Matt.                                    How the Coyote Stole Fire.
Online.

Summary: This story is about how the coyote who saw that man was cold in the winter stole fire so the man could be warm. The coyote was very clever and had all the animals in the forest help him steal the fire from the greedy fire beings.

Concepts/values:
1.  It is always nice to do a good deed. 2.  You should be thankful when someone does something nice for you.

Reaction:  This story was very fun to read. I loved how they added in why the squirrel has a curly tail and why the chipmunk has three strips down its back. It was a very clever story about how man discovered fire from wood.

Discussion questions:  
1.  How did man make fire?
2.  What did the coyote do for man that was nice?
3.  What did the fire beings do to the frog, squirrel, chipmunk and coyote?

Traditional Literature: African Myth

Evans, Matt.                                     Anansi and the Firefly.
Online.

Summary: This myth is about a greedy spider that goes egg hunting with a firefly. While the firefly lights the way the spiders claims he saw all the eggs first and took them and left the firefly with none. Soon the firefly says goodnight to the spider and leaves him in the dark. Not being able to see the spider gets to a tigers house and soon his eggs get eaten by the tiger and his family and the spider is left with nothing.

Concepts/values:
1.  Selfishness doesn’t always pay off.
2.  If you lie it could bite you in the butt.

Reaction:  This story was an enjoyable read. I really like how it shows that being selfish doesn’t lead down a good path and in the end you won’t receive anything. This is a good story for children and teaches them to be honest and share with others.

Discussion questions:  
1.  What does the spider take from the firefly?
2.  Do you think that the tiger did a good thing? Why?
3.  Why do you think the firefly doesn’t talk to the spider anymore?

Traditional Literature: Asia Myth

Evans, Matt.                                    Why the Pine is Green.
Online.

Summary: This story explains why pine needles never die. It is about a hunter that helps tiny little men by killing the beast that attacks them. In return he is told his village and he will be given water that will make them immortal. They wait and wait until they forget about the little men. Then one day they come to the village and the woman laugh at them for riding on rabbits so the little men pour the water onto the ground where the pine trees are.

Concepts/values:
1.  It is never nice to laugh at someone because they are different.
2.  It shows us how when you do a good deed for someone usually you get something good in return.

Reaction:  This story is a clever way on explaining why pine needles are always green unlike other trees. I think this story also teaches children that being kind to one another makes everyone happy. Also it shows that laughing at someone for being different can lead to consequences.

Discussion questions:  
1.  Why where the little men immortal?
2.  Why does the man kill the beast for the little men?
3.  Why do the little men pour the water out before they give it to the villagers?

Traditional Literature: Legend

Kirkpatrick, Jennifer.                                    Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea.
Online. National Geographic Society,1996-2006.

Summary: This Legend is about a fearless pirate named Blackbeard, and all the horrible things he did as a pirate. It goes through his life before he became a pirate and then tells us about how he would wear burning ropes under his hat in order to make himself scarier to others. In the end he isn’t the victor RO however it is a captain of a navy fleet who takes down old Blackbeard and uses his head to send a warning to other pirates.

Concepts/values: [2 points]
1.  Sooner or later you bad deeds will catch up with you.
2.  This legend shows us a time in Britain where there were pirates all around and how that hurt all the people of Britain.

Reaction:  I really enjoyed reading this legend RO it had a lot of descriptions about the time and place where things were happening. I think that any young child will be intrigued by this story, about all the dangerous men that sailed around on a pirate ship! It also teaches them a lesson at the end stating that even though it might seem exciting to be a pirate they don’t end up the victors.

Discussion questions:   [3 points]
1.  Do you think Blackbeard’s treasure is real? 2.  Who did you want to win in the end?
3.  What do you think about Blackbeard? Did he deserve his fate?

Traditional Literature: Legend

Schlosser, S.E.                                    Windigo.
S.E. Schlosser 1997 - 2006.

Summary: This legend is about a hero that killed a monster and fed his family during a wild winter storm. The Man finds himself attacked by the legendary creature he was told about as a child and faces it as a brave warrior, RO when defeating the creature he is rewarded with a fat old fox to kill and bring back to his family.

Concepts/values:
1.  Brave warriors survive through many threatening circumstances at once.
2.  This story gives kids a person to look up to that was strong and true.

Reaction:  I really enjoyed this story about a brave warrior that relies on his strength and wit to survive extreme circumstances. This story gives children a person to look up to and admire for being a strong and caring figure. This is a very good legend for a child to read and learn to be a strong and caring person.

Discussion questions: 
1.  Do you admire the man in the story? -1
2.  Why do you think the fox was waiting for the man in the end?
3.  Who do you know that reminds you of the man in the story?

Traditional Literature: Legend

McLaughlin, Marie.                                    Standing Rock.
Online.

Summary: This is a story of a woman that was sad that her husband took on a second wife, so she refused to move on with the camp. When the husband told two men to go and check on his first wife because he was afraid of her trying to kill herself. When they get back to her though they find she had turned to stone.

Concepts/values:
1.  Pouting and sitting around isn’t good for you. 2.  This gives a reason why Standing Rock is called what it is.

Reaction: This story was very interesting, a young woman turning into stone for being stubborn. This story will fascinate children and make them wonder if it is true that there was a woman that turned to stone because she was pouting for so long.

Discussion questions:  
1.  How do you think the woman was turned to stone?
2.  What do you think the woman should have done?
3.  Why do you think that people that saw the woman as a holy stone?

Traditional Literature: Trickster Tale

Nichols, K. L..                                    How the Coyote Stole Fire.
Online.

Summary: This story is about how the coyote who saw that man was cold in the winter stole fire so the man could be warm. The coyote was very clever and had all the animals in the forest help him steal the fire from the greedy fire beings.

Concepts/values:
1.  It is always nice to do a good deed. 2.  You should be thankful when someone does something nice for you.

Reaction:  This story was very fun to read. I loved how they added in why the squirrel has a curly tail and why the chipmunk has three strips down its back. It was a very clever story about how man discovered fire from wood.

Discussion questions:  
1.  How did man make fire?
2.  What did the coyote do for man that was nice?
3.  What did the fire beings do to the frog, squirrel, chipmunk and coyote?

Traditional Literature: Trickster Tale



Author Unknown                                    Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby.
Online.

Summary: Brer Fox tries and trick Brer Rabbit and almost gets him but in the end Brer Rabbit is the trickier one. Brer Fox creates a tar baby that catches the Brer rabbit and causes him to be stuck. The fox thinks he has the Brer rabbit now RO however the Brer rabbit tricks him into throwing him exactly where he wants to go.

Concepts/values:
1.  Having a hot head can get you into sticky situations.
2.  Trying to harm someone won’t pay out in the end.

Reaction:  I liked this story and the tale of these two characters will draw children into reading it. It reminds me of cartoons I watched as a kid like Itchy and Scratchy, Salverster and Tweety Bird. Children will bring from this story that trying to trick people will not pay out for them in the end.

Discussion questions: 
1.  Who is your favorite character?
2.  Why do you think that Brer Fox loses in this story?
3.  Would you have done anything different if you were the Fox?


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