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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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1.   Brothers: A Hebrew Legend
Florence Freedman (Author), Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator)
Two brothers live on opposite sides of a hill and are brought together during a crop shortage. This book stresses the importance of friendship and love.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
2.   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]
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]
4.   My First Book of Proverbs/ Mi primer libro de dichos
Ralfka Gonzalez (Author), Ana Ruiz (Illustrator)
Humorous contemporary illustrations of traditional Mexican-American proverbs.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
5.   Song of Sedna
Daniel San Souci (Illustrator), Robert D. San Souci (Author)
Retells one of many versions of how an Eskimo maiden became goddess of the sea.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
6.   Spotted Eagle and Black Crow: A Lakota Legend
Durga Bernhard (Illustrator), Emery Bernhard (Reteller)
A Lakota legend about betrayal and salvation.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
7.   Story of the Chinese Zodiac
Monica Chang (Reteller), Arthur Lee (Illustrator)
The legend of the Chinese Zodiac and how the twelve animals were chosen.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
8.   The Brothers' Promise
Frances Harber (Author), Thor Wickstrom (Illustrator)
A retelling of a story found in the Talmud where two brothers keep a promise to their father and always take care of one another.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
9.   The Ghost and Lone Warrior: An Arapaho Legend
Written and Illustrated by
C. J. Taylor
This Arapaho Indian legend tells the story of Lone Warrior who courageously leads a hunting expedition, but is hurt by an accident that occurs during the expedition. Lone Warrior is left behind by the hunting party and must overcome many different obstacles to survive.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
10.   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]
11.   The Old African
Julius Lester (Author), Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
Based on an Ybo slave legend and infused with magical realism, this is the story of an elderly slave, Jaja, who can draw the pain of others into his mind and hones this skill when captured in Africa, dragged into a slave ship, and carted to Georgia. Jaja uses the power of his mind to ease the suffering of his fellow slaves and eventually lead them back to Africa. The graphic text and illustrations depict the horror and brutality of slavery.
[Grade Level: 4 - 8]
12.   The Woman Who Outshone the Sun: The Legend of Lucia Zenteno
Alejandro Cruz Martinez (Author), Fernando Olivera (Illustrator)
A Zapotec legend from Mexico about jealousy.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
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