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Books in this category include some traditional and some non-traditional versions of stories and poems from around the world. Some of these tales convey life lessons; others are intended to delight and amuse the reader or listener. Some of the poems were written by children.
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  Jerusalem Sky
Written by
Mark H. Podwal
According to legend, the Jerusalem sky held off the rains for seven years while King Solomon built his temple. In the Jerusalem sky, the Bible says, a rising star announced the birth of Jesus. Through that same sky, Islamic belief holds, Muhammad climbed to heaven. Now the Jerusalem sky fills with the sounds of worshippers praying for peace in the synagogues, churches, and mosques.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
  Just Enough Is Plenty: A Hanukkah Tale
Seymour Chwast (Illustrator), Barbara Diamond Goldin (Author)
A folktale about a poor family, a stranger and generosity.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story about St. Patrick.
Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator), Sheila MacGill-Callahan (Author)
Before he becomes a saint, Patrick drives all the snakes but one out of Ireland and that last one ends up in Scotland's Loch Ness.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Legend of Food Mountain
Graciela Carrillo (Illustrator), Harriet Rohmer (Author)
This story illustrates the creation of the people of earth and their source of food.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  The Legend of the Bluebonnet
Written and Illustrated by
Tomie DePaola
A Comanche legend that tells the story of the bluebonnet flower.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Legends of the Sun and Moon
Eric Hadley (Author), Tessa Hadley (Author)
This book consists of a collection of legends that have been gathered from many different people from various cultures. The legends explain the existence of the sun and the moon.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  Leprechaun Gold
Teresa Bateman (Author), Rosanne Litzinger (Illustrator)
A man saves the life of a leprechaun but refuses his offer of gold.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Maui and the Sun
Retold and Illustrated by
Gavin Bishop
An explanation of why the sun moves so slowly across the sky.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Moon Magic: Stories from Asia
Katherine Davison (Author), Thomas A. Rosborough (Illustrator)
From Siberia, Burma, Japan and Korea come four explanations of the moon.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  The Mouse Bride
Monica Chang (Author), Lesley Liu (Illustrator)
The Chinese folktale of a father who searches for the perfect mate for his daughter.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
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