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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 Golden Bracelet
Nonny Hogrogian (Illustrator), David Kherdian (Reteller)
Based on an Armenian tale, an indolent prince learns to weave beautiful golden cloth, a craft that later saves his life.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
  The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story
Rebecca Hickox (Author), Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator)
An Iraqi version of the Cinderella story.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  The Greatest of All: A Japanese Folktale
Giora Carmi (Illustrator), Eric A. Kimmel (Reteller)
A folktale that teaches modesty and patience.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
  Hanukkah!
Marilyn Hafner (Illustrator), Roni Schotter (Author)
Five children and their family celebrate the holiday.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems
Diane Dillon (Illustrator), Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Eloise Greenfield (Author)
Poems that speak of the simple joys of everyday life.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  How Animals Saved the People
James Ransome (Illustrator), J. J. Reneaux (Reteller)
A collection of folktales from people in the South, including Cajun, Creole, Native American, African American, English and German.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
  How Snowshoe Hare Rescued the Sun: A Tale from the Arctic
Durga Bernhard (Illustrator), Emery Bernhard (Reteller)
A tale from the Yuit people of northeast Siberia that tells how snowshoe hare rescued the sun and changed the sky forever.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  How Stories Came into the World: A Folk Tale from West Africa
Retold and Illustrated by
Joanna Troughton
The myth of Mouse and her children, from the Ekoi people of Nigeria.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  How the Birds Changed Their Feathers: A South American Indian Folk Tale
Retold and Illustrated by
Joanna Troughton
This tale, told by the Arawak people of Guyana, explains how there came to be such brightly colored birds on Earth.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  How the Rooster Got His Crown
Written by
Amy Lowry Poole
The retelling of a Miao folktale from Western China about the day the sun refused to come out for fear of a skillful archer's arrows.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
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