Anansi is a trickster. That means he can represent the best, but most often the worst in us. He is greedy, self-serving, and always hungry. I heard this African tale at Tellabration from Jerry Blue.
I married an Irishman and finally have more claim to the wonderful tales of the Emerald Isle. This classic leprechaun story of course has the leprechaun come out on top in the end. But I felt that there is always a silver lining and added my own warm and wooly twist.
This version is from Sweden; in many other forms of "Stone Soup" the traveler takes advantage of the local(s)' foolishness. I prefer the tramp's benevolence and transformation of the old woman's stinginess toward herself. This perhaps my most favorite story to tell.
A voyageur tale for the Arrowhead! Tante Odette is very like the old woman in "Nail Broth," though the stories are from different cultures and continents.
This Norwegian story of a fair trade and adventure is another of my top favorites. When the wind takes the last of his grain, the boy sets off to get it back and returns with much more than he lost.
Directions to create a story:
Spread a blanket in the yard on a warm Summer day.
Look at the sun in the leaves.
Take a nap with the dog.
Hum "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
This story came so easily I was surprised and very grateful. I always picture it happening at the farmhouse where I lived at the time.
This story was created with preschoolers and singalongs in mind. I like stories that put a new light on familiar things like nursery rhymes, and farm animals in the kitchen makes me smile.
Facing the “black dog” of depression.