Canadian Wonder Tales by Cyrus MacMillan.
The author's has taken down from the lips of living people, pretty much as they were given to him, a series of stories which obviously contain many elements... More > that have been handed down by oral tradition from some far-off past. They are mostly animal stories, with all the usual features of magic and transformation, articulate speech on the part of the animals, and interchange of more or less kindly offices between man and beast.
The result is a collection of fables which—especially as illustrated by an eminent artist—will provide a book for children, and will give their elders also some food for reflection. Not that there is, so far as I have been able to discover, any moral about some at least of the tales. They are not "stories with a purpose." But they suggest to the adult reader the essential identity of many of the methods by which in a more or less remote antiquity the human race expressed itself in various parts of the world.< Less