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Steven Kellogg Traditional Literature: American Tall Tale
Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crocket -1
New York: A Mulberry Paperback Book, 1995.
Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crocket is an intriguing Americans Tall Tale. She was born into a family of nine brothers. She was stronger and faster than all of them and at the end finally proved to them.
1. Sally Ann always used her power for good not evil.
2. You always need to dare to be different.
This was an inspiring Tall Tale to read. Sally Ann used her abilities and extra power for good. Her brothers finally learned to accept her for who she was and what she could do.
1. What is an American Tall Tale?
2. How did Sally Ann change the eagles into bold eagles?
3. How many brothers did Sally Ann have?
Maria Brown Traditional Literature: Fable
Once a Mouse
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1961. -1
A hermit was thinking of big and little when a mouse ran by. He changed the mouse into several different creators to project him. The hermit found the creator was not grateful and sent the mouse back into the forest in its original form.
1. Be grateful for what you receive.
2. Gifts can be taken back.
The moral of the story was a great aspect. A lot of us take what we have or what is given to us for granite. Hopefully the mouse will live long enough to learn his lesson.
1. Why did the hermit change the mouse into a cat?
2. Why did the hermit change the tiger back into a mouse?
3. What thoughts do you have about big and little?
Ed Young Traditional Literature: Fable
Seven Blind Mice
New York: Jacket Art, 1992. -1
Seven Blind Mice is a Chinese Fable. It is about seven blind mice seeing different aspects because they do not look at the entire picture.
1. Look at all aspects of a picture.
2. Something very small could be part of something larger.
This was written in a very simple but clever way. Each mouse only saw a part of the elephant and due to that saw something other than an elephant.
1. What did all seven mice see?
2. How did the white mouse know it was an elephant?
3. Why couldn’t the first six mice see what the object was?
Gabriela Mistral Traditional Literature: Fable
Crickets and Frogs
Athenaeum, New York: A Margaret K. McElderry Book, 1977. -1
There was an old Cricket by himself in the gully. Soon the old Crickets singing gather several other crickets and frogs. The cricket and frogs competed night after night with their singing. They never could agree and the old Cricket was never alone again.
1. It is always good to come to some kind of an agreement.
2. The crickets and frogs will be in forever battles with singing.
Crickets and Frogs did show the conflict of disagreement and that it could happen if you can not reach an agreement. I do not like how the message was sent due to I am not sue a younger child will pick up on the moral of the story.
1. Who sang louder the crickets or the frogs?
2. Where were the crickets chirping from?
3. Why didn’t the frogs just eat the crickets?
Donna Rosenberg (Illustrator) Traditional Literature: Myth
The Creation of Human Beings
Lincolnwood, Illinois USA: NTC Publishing Group, 1997. -1
This is an African Myth about the creation of human beings from the area of the Sudan Republic that is south of Khartoum, along the White and Blue Nile rivers.
1. All people were made as perfect human beings.
2. Juok’s heart was happy with all he had created.
The Creation of Human Beings was a very interesting perspective, depending on what or who you believe in. We all have a different idea of how we were made. I really enjoyed this story and would think that 5th-6th graders would like this book.
1. How do you think humans were created?
2. What was Juok a creator of?
3. How did Juok create men and woman?
Gerald McDermott Traditional Literature: Myth
Arrow to the Sun
New York: The Viking Press, 1974. -1
This myth is about the Sun’s child that seeks out to find him. Once the child finds his father he returns back to the pueblo to share his father’s spirit.
1. At times you will need to pass tests in life to prove who you are.
2. If you know who you are you can accomplish anything.
The child of the Sun was very brave and willing to do anything to find were he came from.
1. How did the boy come into the world of men?
2. Why did the boy leave home?
3. Who turned the boy into an arrow and why?
Norma Faber Traditional Literature: Myth
The World Treasury of Children’s Literature -1
“As I Was Crossing Boston Common”
Canada: By Little Brown and Company (Inc.), 1984.
A man crossing Boston Common passed another man with several different animals. He found this very uncommon.
1. Even though you are walking down Boston Common does not mean
everything will be common.
2. You will come across several uncommon events in life.
The only good adventure I received out of this myth is the knowledge of the different animals that were crossing Boston Market.
1. What is an Angwantibo?
2. Where was the man crossing?
3. What were all the animals doing crossing Boston Common?
Joe Hayes Traditional Literature: Legend
Vicki Trego Hill and Mona Pennypacker
La Llorona the Weeping Woman-1
El Paso, Texas: Cinco Puntos Press, 1999.
La Llorona is a Spanish Legend that leaves the mystery of what happened to Maria and her two children.
1. Pain and sorrow can drive you to do horrible things.
2. Do not ever settle for less.
This was an intriguing story. La Llorona was a great legend. It really leaves the question as to what happened to Maria and her children. This would be an interesting book for 4th-5th graders to read.
1. What is a Comanche?
2. Why was Maria mad at her children?
3. At the end of the story who was walking by the river?
Verna Aardema Traditional Literature: Legend
Nancy L. Clouse
Sebgugugu the Glutton
Trenton, New Jersey: African World Press, 1993. -1
Sebgugugu the Glutton an African Legend is a great description of how life is in parts of the World. Sebgugugu was greedy and disobedient and due to this lost everything.
1. Listen to your wife.
2. Greed can take everything close to you.
Unfortunately this story is very real in many people’s lives. I thought there were great morals in this story and it would be a story to share with my students.
1. Why were Sebgugugu’s family taken away from him?
2. Why wouldn’t Sebgugugu listen to his wife?
3. What have you done even though someone in your family told you not to?
Richard Erdoes Traditional Literature: Legend
Legends and Tales of the American West
“The Skeleton Bride” -1
New York: Pantheon Books, 1991.
Travis Smith loved a woman named Estrellita. Before marrying her he had to go to war. After several years he returned to his Skeleton Bride.
1. Never forget what is important to you.
2. Travis wasted to long to return to his fist bride.
This was a very eye opening story. Travis wasted some time on getting back to his bride RO due to this he now can never see or marry her. She is dead.
1. Where was Travis Smith from?
2. What did Travis have to do before he married Estrellita?
3. What had happened to Estrellita?
Gerald McDermott (Illustrator) Traditional Literature: Trickster Tale
San Diego, New York, London: Harcourt Brace @ Company, 1993. -1
Raven, a Native American Trickster Tale, tells a story of a Raven searching for light. At the end Raven finds a ball of light and gave it to the men and woman.
1. Raven did everything in his power to get light for the people.
2. Most good deeds do not get overseen.
This was a great aspect of unselfishness. Tells a good story on how you need to do what you can for others. My children loved this book.
1. What was the ball of light?
2. What was the 1st thing Raven changed into?
3. What was in the box?
Gerald McDermott Traditional Literature: Trickster Tale
Zomo the Rabbit
San Diego, New York, London: Voyager Books-Harcourt, Inc., 1992. -1
Zomo, an African American Trickster Tale, was a rabbit who wanted wisdom. The shy God told him to earn his wisdom he needed three things. Zomo went and gathered his three things; scales of Big Fish, milk of Wild Cow, and a tooth of Leopard. Sky God gave Zomo wisdom.
1. Zomo had 2 things worth having, his courage and good sense.
2. The Sky God was very powerful.
My reaction was that Zomo was very brave to do the dangerous things he did. He wanted his wisdom, which the Shy God gave to him, but now needs to watch out for his angry friends.
1. What would you ask the Sky God for?
2. Zomo was brave and clever, RO what qualities do you have?
3. How big do you think Big Fish was?