Monday, May 4, 2015

Global Folklore

 Wanderlust Storybook

Legends and folklore, once the sole property of oral tradition, have evolved to also become the heart of folk literature around the world.  The advent of printing (and publishing) have made it possible for these folklore messages to travel from one language and culture to the next. And cyberspace allows us to do so more quickly than ever before.

One such example of the digital bridge is the Wanderlust Storybook. This beautifully illustrated ebook pulls together enchanting and educational stories that link people to their natural worlds. Sisters as mountains, turtles in lakes, men of steel and more remind us that, despite our diverse backgrounds, we all share similar hopes and dreams, and can find our way through the maze of obstacles and challenges we face.

Conrad Bird selected six stories from such countries and regions as Ghana, Vietnam, Andes, and Australia. These larger-than-life versions of how people find strength, true love, and higher purpose are illustrated by Orhi Draws.  

According to, this folklore collection is designed to whet your appetite for travel.  It does. Who wouldn’t want to know more about these folklore-rich places?
To learn more, click here.
Illustrations from The Lake of the Returned Sword –Vietnam and The Three Sisters - Australia

Monday, April 27, 2015

Folklore Books for Kids

For Young Readers

The beauty of folklore is its timeless relevance and nowhere is that more apparent than in books for children. Legends, fairy tales and folk tales continue to be kept alive by the writer and reader alike.
Here is a list of several books we thought were interesting:
Cloud Tea Monkeys -  This folk tale comes from an ancient legend about tea-picking monkeys. In it a brave girl, a sick mother and a royal tea taster have important decisions to make. Details.
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods - Mythology fills the pages of this book about twelve major Greek gods. Some of them mind their manners and others don’t. This overview also includes interesting facts about  Ancient Greece. Details.
Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales -  17 stories feature an African American woman or girl as the main character. True stories, ghost stories, folk legends, classic fairy tales, tall tales and more indicate the breadth of African American cultural traditions.  Details. Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart -  Dona Flor is a kind giant who helps the townspeople when a mountain lion appears. No harm comes to the lion when she resolves the situation.  Details.   

Monday, April 20, 2015

May/June Folk Festivals

It’s Folk Festival Time!

Here are some upcoming festivals you may want to check out:
2015 Skerries Traditional Music Weekend held in Ireland on May 15-17. It is the signature music festival of Ireland’s East Coast and is packed with folk music, song and dance of the country’s Fingal region. Details

Pierogi Fest: Polish festival held in Seattle Washington on May 16. Features a range of Polish foods, like dumplings, potato pancakes, a beer garden and folk music. There will be pierogi making booths and vendors will offer Polish cutout art, folk costumes and more.  Details.

Greek Festival held in Arlington, Virginia on June 5 – 7. Greek food, beer, wine, music, dancing, and more at one of Arlington’s largest cultural events. Details.   

Boston Dragon Boat Festival held in Boston on June 14. Details. This day-long event features Chinese arts & crafts, drumming, mask changing, martial arts, food, and dragon-boat races on the Charles River.  Details.