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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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  How the Stars Fell from the Sky: A Navajo Legend
Lisa Desimini (Illustrator), Jerrie Oughton (Reteller)
A Navajo folktale that explains the patterns of stars in the sky.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  How Two-Feather Was Saved From Loneliness
Written and Illustrated by
C. J. Taylor
The Abenaki legend of how fire and corn came into the world.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  I Like Being Me: Poems for Children About Feeling Special, Appreciating Others, and Getting Along
Judy Lalli (Author), Douglas L. Mason-Fry (Photographer)
Rhyming poetry helps children think about cooperation, sharing, helping others and making positive choices.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
  I See the Rhythm
Toyomi Igus (Author), Michele Wood (Illustrator)
A visual and poetic introduction to the history of African-American music.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  In Daddy's Arms I am Tall
Written and Illustrated by
Javaka Steptoe
A collection of poems written by a number of poets celebrating African-American fathers.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Irish Piper
Jim Latimer (Author), John O’Brien (Illustrator)
The Pied Piper plays upon Irish pipes and travels from County Clare in Ireland to the village of Hamelin, Germany, to rid it of its rats.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folktale
Retold by
Margot Zemach
A Yiddish folktale that teaches us to appreciate what we have.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Jack the Giant Chaser: An Appalachian Tale
Joanne Compton (Adapter), Kenn Compton (Adapter and Illustrator)
A folktale from Appalachia about a modest fellow who chases away a troublesome giant.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Jade Stone: A Chinese Folktale
Ju-Hong Chen (Illustrator), Caryn Yacowitz (Author)
The Great Emperor of All China wants Chan Lo to carve a Dragon of Wind and Fire out of a perfect piece of jade. However, Chan Lo runs into some interesting problems with this task.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  James the Vine Puller: A Brazilian Folktale
Martha Bennett Stiles (Author), Larry Thomas (Illustrator)
A Brazilian folktale about cooperation and sharing.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
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