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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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  The Day Hans Got His Way: A Norwegian Folktale
David Lewis Atwell (Reteller), Debby Atwell (Illustrator)
A Norwegian folktale about a husband and wife switching roles for the day.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Diamond Tree: Jewish Tales from Around the World
Barbara Rush (Author), Howard Schwartz (Author), Uri Shulevitz (Illustrator)
Jewish fairy and folktales from as far back as the third century.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Dream Wolf
Written and Illustrated by
Paul Goble
Two Plains Indian children are lost and cared for by a friendly wolf.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans and Other Stories
Lynette Schmidt (Illustrator), Johnny Valentine (Author)
Fairy tales with a new twist, all are told from the underdog's perspective.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Dwarf Giant: A Japanese Folktale
Written by
Anita Lobel
A Japenese prince and princess meet a dwarf who enchants the prince and makes him do foolish things. This is a story that emphasizes the moral and truth to an old Japanese saying.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavez
Rudolfo A. Anaya (Adapter), Gaspar Enriquez (Illustrator)
Chicano novelist Rudolfo Anaya was greatly influenced by the heroic life of labor and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. This poem eulogizes Cesar and his work, expressing the grief of la gente and calling all peoples together to continue the nonviolent struggle for freedom and justice. Includes a chronology of Cesar's life.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  Elfwyn's Saga
Written by
David Wisniewski
The story of a girl who is the heroine of her people.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  The Emperor and the Nightingale
Shih-ming Chang (Illustrator), Kuang-ts’ai Hao (Reteller)
The story of an emperor who learns that some things are worth more than immortality.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  The Empty Pot
Written by
A Chinese tale of honesty rewarded.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Fairy Tales of Eastern Europe
Neil Philip (Author), Larry Wilkes (Illustrator)
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