I hope you are having a great week. I wanted to share some of my favorite books for teaching units on Folk Tales. We do a huge unit on folk tales in second grade at my school and these are some of my favorites that go way back! I've included YouTube links when I could find them so you have some media to share with your students.
The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop and Kurt Wiese
This story has to be at least 35 years old! I can vividly remember our mean librarian (well...she wouldn't let me talk and went around ssshhhhing me!) sitting on her desk (which we were not allowed to do) and reading this book to us. She had me hook, line, and sinker. This is definitely one of my favorites!
The Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber and Marc Simont
This is what it looks like on the inside.
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy and Michael Austin Kipling
This is one of my favorites, too! I had never seen it until it came with a set of folktales that I had bought and my son pulled it out to read. It is sort of the Skippy Jon Jones of the folk tale world!
I also love The Village of Round and Square Houses. This book reminds me of Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain....this would be a great book to compare the culture and all too! You can also watch this book being read aloud on YouTube!
The Lost Horse: A Chinese Folktale by Ed Young and Tracey Adams--you can click here for a read aloud on YouTube for this book also! The reader gives a lot of great background knowledge about China and the author.
If you have any favorite folk tales that you use, leave me the titles below so I can take a look at them!
Have a good one friends!