A Japanese tale about a brave and loving girl who was so admired by her people that they named Tokoyo in her honor.
In my family, my sisters and I would make Swedish pancakes every Saturday night while listening to "A Prairie Home Companion." Josie would pour the batter, I would flip, and Abbey must've been the taste-tester. Our dog waited for the first one that was always too greasy with butter.
A Norwegian gem.
A classic trickster tale about Coyote. From Mexico.
This is a Native American story found in a number of tribes. Thanks to Dovie Thompson for sharing.
A "pourquois" tale from Africa. Thanks to the Wonder Weavers for teaching it to me.
A Swedish story about love.
One of my favorite H. C. Andersen tales from Denmark.
A Swedish folktale with possibilities for many adaptations.
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.