Best Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths Books for 7 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 fairy tales, folk tales & myths books for 7 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. The Mystery of Dragon Bridge: A Peach Blossom Village Story

by: Ann Howard
Release date: Aug 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 40
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When Peach Blossom Village’s bridge disappears, Master Chen must solve the mystery! The Mystery of Dragon Bridge is an English-Chinese bilingual children’s fantasy story. The tale revolves around the inhabitants of Peach Blossom Village and the mysterious Dragon Bridge—the villagers’ only connection to the outside world—which suddenly vanishes in the middle of the night. The astonished villagers appoint a retired soldier, Master Chen, to investigate what has happened to their missing bridge. What he finds will surprise readers as much as it did the perplexed villagers! Both a satisfying mystery story and a lesson in working together for the community, preserving the environment, and appreciating what is often taken for granted, The Mystery of Dragon Bridge can be enjoyed by younger children and intermediate readers alike. The short, easy-to-read story is presented in both English and simplified Chinese, with vocabulary suitable for students aged 7 to 10, and features 12 beautiful watercolors painted by the author.
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2. Sophie and Crystal Carter and the Unexpected Secret

by: kelly cairns
Release date: Jul 30, 2013
Number of Pages: 84
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Are you ready to go on a magical adventure with twins Sophie and Crystal Carter? Will they be able to save their mum in time from the ultimate evil?

Sophie and Crystal think that they are ordinary girls until one day, completely out of the blue, they discover a huge secret that their mum has kept from them. Not only do they have a granddad that they never knew existed, but they also have to go up against the ultimate evil who killed their dad when they were babies.

They are taken to their granddad’s house by their mum who is acting very scared and worried about ‘something important’ that she must take care of. At their granddad’s house they discover the whole amazing truth, the huge secret that their mum never wanted them to find out about.

They embark on a big adventure full of danger, magic and uncertainty, and see the most amazing things that they could only even dream of, as they experience a race against time to save the ones that they love the most.

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Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic

3. #05 Tricky Spider Tales (Tricky Journeys TM)

by: Chris SchweizerCourtney Huddleston
Release date: Nov 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 64
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Spider wants to be a police captain! Can he capture the evil Blacksnake and show the town he’s a hero? Maybe he can stop Lion from stealing the other animals’ food—but if he’s not careful, he might wind up in Lion’s belly! In these West African Spider tales, YOU decide what happens next! Six journeys to follow! Which will YOU take?

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4. Arabian Nights: Three Tales (Trophy Chapter Books)

by: Deborah Nourse LattimoreDeborah Nourse Lattimore
Release date: Nov 07, 2000
Number of Pages: 80
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Travel to ancient Cathay and meet young Aladdin as he engages in a battle of wits with an evil sorcerer.

Enter an underground cave and come face-to-face with the Queen of the Serpents.

Journey across a boundless desert to find the Lost City of Brass–and discover for yourself the horrible fate that befell its inhabitants.

Many years ago, the stars twinkled in the desert sky as a beautiful woman entertained a sultan for one thousand and one nights with tales of demons and jinns, sultans and sailors, glittering jewels and lost lands. In this lively and accessible retelling, Deborah Nourse Lattimore brings to wondrous life all the adventure and magic of three of those special tales–tales so amazing, they can’t be true.

Or can they?

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5. Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion (Rabbit Ears: A Classic Tale (Spotlight))

by: Brad KesslerBill Mayer
Release date: May 24, 2012
Number of Pages: 42
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In this hilarious southern folktale, mean old Boss Lion threatens the peaceful folk of Brer Village, and Brer Rabbit is forced to teach the carnivorous trouble-maker a lesson he’ll never forget. Brer Rabbit outsmarts the baddest fella in the forest—then saunters back to town as the local hero. This witty, playful adaptation is just the kind of fun your family will enjoy again and again. Ages 5 and up
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Children’s Books > Animals > Lions, Tigers & Leopards

6. Juan the Bear and the Water of Life: La Acequia de Juan del Oso (Paso Por Aqui Series on the Nuevomexicano Literary Heritage) (English and Spanish … in the Nuevomexicano Literary Heritage)

by: Enrique R. LamadridJuan Estevan ArellanoAmy Córdova
Release date: Nov 16, 2008
Number of Pages: 48
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La Acequia del Rito y la Sierra in the Mora Valley is the highest and most famous traditional irrigation system in New Mexico. It carries water up and over a mountain ridge and across a sub-continental divide, from the tributaries of the Río Grande to the immense watershed of the Mora, Canadian, Arkansas, and Mississippi Rivers. The names and stories of those who created this acequia to sustain their communities have mostly been lost and replaced by myths and legends. Now, when children ask, some parents attribute the task of moving mountains and changing the course of rivers to Juan del Oso, the stouthearted man whose father was a bear.

From the mountains of northern Spain to the Andes in South America, Spanish-speaking people have told ancient legends of Juan del Oso and his friends. In this children’s tale, agriculturalist Juan Estevan Arellano and folklorist Enrique Lamadrid share a unique version of a celebrated story that has been told in northern New Mexico for centuries.

Reading level: age 10 years and up

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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Foreign Language Learning > Spanish

7. The Lion’s Drum – a retelling of an African folk tale

by: Steven (RTL) GregoryClaudia Obata
Release date: Oct 23, 2007
Number of Pages: 32
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In this colorfully illustrated retelling of an African folktale, a young hunter, Ajani, discovers a lion playing a magical tree stump. When he tells the people of his village what he has seen and heard, they don’t believe him. Can Ajani make the villagers believe him?
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8. Marriage of the Rain Goddess: A South African Myth

by: Wolfson
Release date: Apr 28, 1996
Number of Pages: 29
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Mbaba Mwana Waresa, the rain goddess who lives in a round hut of rainbow arches in the clouds, embarks on a quest for companionship among the mortals and puts the young cattle-herder who has captured her heart to the test to determine whether he can see beyond her appearance and into her deepest soul.
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9. Ricky and The Black Monster: Hero Animal Children

by: Esteban R. Turcios
Release date: May 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 5
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“Let me stay here and see who will jump from the cliff into the lake to save the princess” shouted Annie as she wadded into the water to encourage her two princes.
Both boys got scared when they got to the top of the rock and none of them wanted to jump first. It was here that Ron got an idea that turned out to be a bad one. He pushed Ricky off the cliff as a joke but things didn’t go as he thought. Ricky hit his head on the side of the cliff and fell into the lake… lifeless! Ron panicked and he was just turning to run down the cliff back to where Annie was when suddenly a big black barking bush burst from behind the bushes and rushed by him at a very high speed and followed Ricky over the cliff. Large masses of swinging matted hair and a long red wagging tongue behind large white canines was all Ron saw. It fell into the lake with a big splash and disappeared for like a second before it came back up pulling something… it was Ricky, unconscious.
“Over here! Over here!” Annie and Ron called out together as the giant mass of black hair bit Ricky’s shirt and swam for the shore.
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10. Way Up and Over Everything

by: Alice McGillJude Daly
Release date: Mar 21, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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My great-grandmama’s mama told her and she told me this story about a long time ago . . .

So begins this account of the author’s great-great-grandmother Jane, and how she meets a slave new to the plantation, a slave who would prove to have magical powers . . . created by the wish for freedom. Alice McGill remembers this story, passed down in her family through the generations, from her childhood and how her greatgrandmother told it to her “as if unveiling a great, wonderful secret. My siblings and I believed that certain Africans shared this gift of taking to the air—’way up and over everything.’”

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

11. The Woman Who Married a Bear

by: Elizabeth JamesAtanas
Release date: Mar 10, 2017
Number of Pages: 44
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An arrogant young girl who insults the bears must face the consequences: punishment from the bears themselves. This retelling of an ancient West Coast First Nations’ tale about a young woman’s intimate encounter with the bears chronicles her transformative experiences. Detailed watercolor illustrations convey the spectacular natural beauty of the Pacific West Coast, from its misty seashores to its wildflower-filled meadows and icy mountain peaks. Both story and pictures teach children the importance of respecting and honoring nature and animals.
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12. #01 Tricky Coyote Tales (Tricky Journeys TM)

by: Chris SchweizerChad Allen Thomas
Release date: Nov 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 64
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Coyote is awfully hungry! Can he trick Bear into giving him his lunch? Or fool the prairie dogs into inviting him to their feast? But if Coyote’s not careful, HE could end up on the menu! In these Native American Coyote tales, YOU decide what happens next! Six journeys to follow! Which will YOU take?
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13. #03 Tricky Fox Tales (Tricky Journeys TM)

by: Chris SchweizerMichelle Paroline
Release date: Nov 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 64
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Fox is enjoying a nice day at the marketplace, until her big cousin Roxy starts causing trouble. How can a little fox beat a giant bully? She’ll need to plan the perfect prank! In these Japanese Fox tales, YOU get to decide who the trickster tricks next! Six journeys to follow! Which will YOU take?

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14. 20 fabulas de La Fontaine (Ya Leo) (Spanish Edition)

by: Jean de La FontaineInc. Susaeta Publishing
Release date: Mar 19, 2012
Number of Pages: 126
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With bold illustrations that will capture the attention of children, this collection gathers 20 of famous French fabulist La Fontaine’s most well-known tales, including “The Milkmaid and Her Pail,” “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” “The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs,” and “The Tortoise and the Hare.”

 Con ilustraciones vivas que captarán la atención de los niños, esta colección reúne 20 de los cuentos mejores conocidos del fabulista famoso francés La Fontaine, incluyendo “La lechera,” “La cigarra y la hormiga,” “La gallina de los huevos de oro” y “La liebre y la tortuga.”

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Story Collections

15. The Demon King and Other Festival Folktales of China (Kolowalu Books)

by: Carolyn HanJi LiJay Han
Release date: Nov 01, 1995
Number of Pages: 80
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The festival folktales in this collection take readers of all ages on a fascinating journey to the remote villages of the Dai, Xizang, Miao, and Hani, four minority groups of southwest China. In addition to the Han (ethnic Chinese) majority, 55 national minority groups live within China’s borders, each with its own language, beliefs, festivals, and folktales. The delightful and entertaining legends behind the Dai Water Splashing Festival, the Xizang Bathing Festival, the Miao Lusheng Fair, and the Hani New Year celebration reflect the values and customs of these diverse nationalities. A retelling of each legend is followed by a colorful description of the festival and how it is celebrated today and accompanied by stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Li Ji.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

16. Best Fairy Stories of the World (Macmillan Collector’s Library Book 102)

by: Marcus Clapham
Release date: Oct 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 528
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Fairy tales are the simplest and purest expressions of the collective unconscious and so a study of the world’s best fairy stories offers a wealth of insights into the human mind, from a multitude of nations and cultures. Folk tales and fairy stories were originally intended for both adults and children – Grimms’ Household Tales, for instance – and this international anthology brings together ‘The Frog Who Became an Emperor’ from China, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ from Norway and ‘Pinocchio’ from Italy, as well as the classic stories of Aesop, Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault and Oscar Wilde, among many others.

Accompanying artwork by the masters of children’s book illustration, including Arthur Rackham, Charles Robinson, Walter Crane and Howard Pyle, will appeal to readers of all ages.

Designed to appeal to the booklover, Macmillan Collector’s Library is a series of beautifully bound hardback gift editions of much loved classic titles. Bound in real cloth, printed on high quality paper, and featuring ribbon markers and gilt edges, Macmillan Collector’s Library are books to love and treasure.

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17. The Broom-Riding Kitty

by: M. E. Logan
Release date: Feb 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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The Broom-Riding Kitty was a mean little kitty who was not liked by the royal people in the kingdom. Learn what she did to be liked by everyone. Also included is a secret message written by the Broom-riding Kitty. She wants you to know how to get people to like you!
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18. Dragon Legends

by: David Passes
Release date: Oct 31, 2012
Number of Pages: 46
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A new edition of a popular classicStunning illustrations from Wayne Anderson, one of the leading fantasy artists of the last 20 yearsStories about dragons from all around the worldPerfect for children (8+) and adults alikeGreat Price! In this sumptuous anthology, David Passes invites us inside the mythical and fantastical world of dragons. He has selected a magnificent mixture of heroic myths, stories and folktales from the storytelling traditions of India, Greece, England, Wales, Sweden and China. Marduck and Tiamat – Babylon, Indra and Vritia India, Heracles and the Hydra Greek, Cadmus and the Golden Dragon Greek, Beowulf and the Fire Dragon Scandanavia, Saint George England, The Lambton Worm England, The Gaoliang Bridge China, The Chinese Dragon’s Pearl China, The Mordiford Wyvern Wales. Age range: 8+ years onwards
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19. Famous American Folktales

by: J. E. Bright
Release date: Dec 08, 2015
Number of Pages: 56
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Famous American Folktales gathers the most famous and shared folktales. Beautifully illustrated, it is a perfect book for bedtime. It will include: “The Phantom Train of Marshall Pass,”” Sasquatch,” “The Maid in the Mist,” “Paul Bunyan and the Hard Winter,” “Moll Pitcher the Fortune Teller,” “Guardian of Yosemite,” and “Jackalope.”

J. E. Bright lives in Washington Heights, New York. He has written more than ninety novels, novelizations, novelty books, storybook apps, and nonfiction books for young readers and young adults. This is his second book to be published with Auzou. The first one is American Fun Facts.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Intermediate Readers

20. The Ghost and Lone Warrior: An Arapaho Legend

by: C. J. Taylor
Release date: Jun 01, 1993
Number of Pages: 24
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Crippled in an accident and left behind by his hunting party, Lone Warrior must overcome hunger, cold, pain, and despair to survive. But most terrifying of all his trials is the appearance of a skeleton-ghost arisen from the grave. That Lone Warrior can still remember to express his gratitude to the animal he must kill to survive, and that he does not allow fear to diminish his dignity, makes him an ideal hero.
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Children’s Books > History

21. The Golden Goose and Other Grimm’s Fairy Tales

by: Anastasiya Archipova
Release date: Sep 01, 1992
Number of Pages: 102
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With colour illustrations by Anastasiya Archipova, a collection of some of the best known tales of the Brothers Grimm, published together with its sequel RAPUNZEL AND OTHER GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES.
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22. An Igloo on the Lake: A Woodland Fantasy for Those Who Love Secrets of the Forests

by: Marian Moore Lewis
Release date: Jul 06, 2006
Number of Pages: 64
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If you close your eyes and listen to the wind whisper in the trees or stand quietly when the snow is falling softly all around you, it is possible that you may become aware of small things that you have not noticed before. Perhaps your imagination will capture the image of a little golden-haired fairy, only two inches tall, who lives in a beautiful forest. Could it be that the flutter in a nearby tree that you thought at first was just a leaf shaking in the wind, could have been the little fairy? Her wings are gossamer clear – she would not be easy to see. Nature has many wonders and forests have secrets.

The little golden-haired fairy spends her days among the trees, flowers, and creatures of a beautiful forest. Once each year, the forest fairies gather in the middle of a frozen lake for a festival that lasts for days. Each fairy builds a small house of tiny packed snow bricks as a shelter. They also build a larger ice house, called a “Rainbow Igloo” that holds a special secret.

The little golden-haired fairy’s friends are lightening bugs, a mouse, a bear, and eventually a shorttail weasel. Hers is the heart of hope and love that sends a message of friendship into all the world. This simply illustrated, charming little story will very likely bring brightness to your day, a smile to your face and hope into your heart.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

23. The Mermaid of Cafur

by: Evelyn FosterOlwyn Whelan
Release date: Apr 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 32
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Far away to the west there is a magical underwater kingdom called Cafur, deep beneath the dark, emerald sea. The queen of Cafur is Arianne, a cruel mermaid, who likes to steal children. When she captures Ewan, his sister sets out to rescue him.
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24. Mr Aesop’s Story Shop

by: Bob HartmanJago Silver
Release date: Jun 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 48
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Ten of Aesop’s fables are given witty, fresh retellings by a modern storyteller
 
“My name is Aesop! Once I was a slave. Now I am a free man. I have refreshments to sell and stories to tell. Stop for a moment—and enjoy!”
   
Bob Hartman uses all his skills as a storyteller to add humor, irony, action, and clever dialogue to these retellings of 10 of Aesop’s fables, which he has woven into an entertaining tale about a man who tells stories for a living. A rich mix of familiar and less well-known tales have been selected for their relevance to the life of children today. Streetwise tricksters get their comeuppance, virtue is rewarded, and readers are shown the benefits of good behavior—but these quirky stories are far from being typical morality tales. Animated, witty illustrations echo the fun flavor of the text.
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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Greek & Roman

25. The Secret of the White Buffalo (Native Legends)

by: C.J. Taylor
Release date: Sep 28, 1993
Number of Pages: 24
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When the buffalo herds fail to appear one spring, a village in the Black Hills of South Dakota finds itself in turmoil: the people grow selfish and the elders lose their authority. But a beautiful woman comes, bearing a message. Only if the people learn to cooperate in the building of a great tipi, will she return with the first peace pipe and the rules of how it must be offered to the earth. Her message delivered, she returns to the hills and is transformed into a white buffalo, which in turn becomes a grazing herd.
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26. Oh My Where’s The Pie: A Pie Is Missing And The Animals Of The Leftrightingon Want Answers!

by: Jason SchoolerWinfred Jennings
Release date: Dec 29, 2013
Number of Pages: 17
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The town of Leftrightington is in an uproar, a pie is missing and no one knows where to find it. A delightful list of who’s who characters answer to the charges. This picture story uses poetry and humor and is sure to delight young children everywhere. Unique ending makes for much fun and laughter.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Nursery Rhymes

27. Spirits, Fairies, and Merpeople: Native Stories of Other Worlds

by: C.J. Taylor
Release date: Jan 11, 2012
Number of Pages: 42
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From the heartbreaking Mi’kmaq story of Minnow, a mermaid in the Atlantic who must choose between two worlds to that of Water Lily and her five brothers, told by the Coos in British Columbia, creatures that inhabit fantastic realms appear in many First Nation stories. C. J. Taylor draws from those stories and from her own Mohawk heritage in this collection of haunting tales about some of the powerful spirits who touch the lives of human folk. The spirits of heaven and earth from the Ute help bring an understanding of the stars in the sky. The Cree story, “Souls in the Fog,” presents the battle between the good and the evil-minded. The Ojibwa “Fairy Village” is a unique and touching love story. Illustrated with her own powerful oil paintings, this is a collection to read and an excellent story-teller’s resource.

From the Hardcover edition.

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28. Stories of Africa

by: Gcina Mhlophe
Release date: Sep 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 53
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This folklore story collection offers a feast of enjoyment for young South African readers. It contains ten enchanting tales, steeped in the imaginative richness of African storytelling. Told with inimitable aplomb by South Africa’s most popular performance storyteller and illustrated by a lively selection of KwaZulu-Natal artistic talent, Stories of Africa is a classic to delight new readers across the multicultural spectrum.
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29. Stretch, Swallow and Stare

by: Veronika Martenova Charles
Release date: Jan 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 31
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Stretch was not like other people. She could stretch her body taller than the tallest tree. People didn’t trust her because she was different. That’s why she lived in the forest

Swallow could eat more food than anyone. The villagers made fun of her because she was short and fat. That’s why she left town.
Stare’s eyes were so strong they could burn through anything she looked at. Everyone was afraid of her. That’s why she stayed alone.
And then there was Ira – small, skinny, and short-sighted – with nobody in the world to help him search for his missing sister.

Somehow these four unlikely characters come together and overcome all obstacles – even the most evil magic in the land.

Veronika Martenova Charles has drawn upon an old Czech fairy tale to create her own contemporary story about the strength of friendship and the value of being different.

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30. Virtues and Values (Illustrated): Shravan Kumar and other Moral Stories

by: VyanstGurivi GPraful B
Release date: Mar 06, 2015
Number of Pages: 64
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“Virtues and Values – Shrawan Kumar and other Moral stories” contains a collection of delightful tales based on popular Indian Mythology, legends and folktales. The stories are re-written in simple, clear and lucid language for children and are also accompanied by colorful pictures. The stories will not only entertain but also educate your child.Reading good books that contain stories with profound meanings is essential for developing the minds of children in their formative years. This wonderfully illustrated book will make story-time the best time of the day.
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