Most of the fairy tales available in France at the beginning of the nineteenth century had been imported from foreign literary sources. There had been fairy tales in France before-they were drawn... More > upon by the collectors and writers from other countries.
There are many published versions nowadays but they don't seem to be drawn from a harmonious source. There are disjointed presentations in many volumes.
In this book there are some of the most popular tales without which the world of folk tales remains incomplete.< Less
Georgian folk tales have their unique features, for the element of dialogue is predominantly matched with the narration. For centuries these folk tales have been bequeathed to the following... More > generations, and even today they are very much there in the society. With the advent of print media, they got the exposure which enabled them to reach the people who were almost unaware about them.
Most of the tales in this book are very popular and they all have some or the other kind of moral in them. The readers remain glued to the story till the very last line. The caution has been taken to present the lines in the English which could be understood by even a layman, though some of the tales do have archaic vocabulary that was almost indispensible. I am sure that the readers will be entertained and informed through this collection of folktales from Georgia.< Less
Folklore in Ghana frequently revolves around a character who usually goes by the name Anansi, or “Spider”. Anansi typically plays the infamous trickster you love to hate. Anansi is mostly... More > admired for his cunning and for his ingenuity in solving problems that relate to his various appetites.
A common characteristic of Ghanaian folklore is the interactive nature of storytelling. At the beginning of the story the teller will recite a few common lines that will get a response from the listeners. Throughout the story any of the listeners may break in and sing a song by asserting that “they were there at the scene”. This serves to break the monotony of the spoken word and allows others to participate in the performance.
The stories in this book will inform, educate, and entertain the readers.< Less
Greek mythology teems with the stories of gods and goddesses. There are many tales about the adventures of gods and humans. Many of the present stories in different linguistic societies have their... More > roots in Greek mythology.
There is another aspect of Greek story telling, the tales with morals for the common people. In this book some of the least talked about folk tales have been included. These tales are sure to inform, delight, and educate the prospective readers.< Less
Folk tales happen to be inevitable parts of every human society, for the stories come from everyday life, their beliefs, gods, their rituals, their traditions, and even the superstitions which... More > included witches, demons, fairies, queens, and kings, etc. Likewise
Most of the folktales are mostly the shared folk tales with many other European countries. Even today, the elders in the Greenland happily tell the folk tales to their children and continue the tradition.
In this book we are publishing some of the best folk tales from Greenland.< Less
The folk tales from Iceland contain both firm sense and wisdom. They tell of enigmatic elves and different beings. Some such beings are horrible, others milder. Many folktale motifs of Norwegian... More > folklore may be found too. The somewhat darker tone of Icelandic tales presumably reflects the Icelandic way of life earlier. Folktales illustrate, explain, warn and entertain. Ghosts and fairies pop up to such ends, as do trolls and giants.
As it is, strange tales can instill respect for nature and creatures, or imagined spirits of many sorts. Values can be passed on to children to show them the ways of ancestors.
Some of the most popular of the Icelandic folk tales have been presented in this book. They will definitely entertain, inform, and educate the readers from different parts of the world.< Less
Every country has her proud possession of traditional folk tales; likewise, Armenia has her unique tradition of storytelling. Armenian folk tales have been bequeathed to posterity to passing... More > generations for thousands of years. The country shares many of these cultural tales with neighbouring countries.
In this book some of the most popular of the Armenian folk tales have been included.< Less
Albanian folklore has its own style and tradition. Though orally transmitted for ages, the folklore is still very much alive in the Albanian society. With the passage of time, collectors endeavoured... More > hard and gathered the folklores from the different parts of Albania and brought their collected versions. In this book, we have included some of the most popular Albanian folk tales which are an inevitable part of almost every Albanian house and family. Right from the very young age, children are told these folk tales by their elders and the tradition continues. This book is going to inform, educated, and entertain the readers of all age groups.< Less