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Tales & Stories Around the World

Tales & Stories Around the World

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Yeh Shen a Cinderella Story from China

There are lots of stories most kids can rattle off without even thinking much – The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, Cinderella, etc. Some of these stories are so commonly told that children all over the world know them. When the stories are told in different places though, they take on interesting differences that reflect the land and culture where the story is being told.

Sometimes, storytellers like to just have fun with a traditional story. For example a storyteller might think, “what if Sleeping Beauty was a boy?” or “What if Cinderella wanted to play in a hockey game instead of go to a ball?” or “What if we heard the Big Bad Wolf’s side of the story?”

This page is a list of classic fairy tales and traditional stories from around the world. You might also like looking at the IndyPL Kids’ Blog List: Fractured Fairy Tales, when traditional stories are told with a funny twist.

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast (West Africa)
Beauty and the Beast Stories Around the World: 3 Beloved Tales
Dragon Prince (China)
Snowbear Whittington (Appalachia)


Cinderella

IndyPL Kids’ Blog: Cinderella Around the World


The Gingerbread Boy

IndyPL Kids’ Blog: The Gingerbread Boy Around the World


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (China)
Leola and the Honeybears (African-American)
Rubia and the Three Osos (Hispanic)
The Three Snow Bears (Inuit)


Hansel and Gretel

It’s Not About the Crumbs! (Africa, Japan)


Jack and the Beanstalk

Jacques and the Beanstalk a Cajun Tale (Cajun)
Jack and the Giant a Story Full of Beans (Southwestern)
Paco and the Giant Chile Plant (Mexico)
Waynetta and the Cornstalk (Texas)


The Little Red Hen

IndyPL Kids’ Blog: The Little Red Hen Around the World


Little Red Riding Hood

Auntie Tiger (China)
Isabel and the Hungry Coyote (Desert)
Little Red Riding Boots: a Once Upon the West Fairy Tale (American West)
Lon Po Po: a Red Riding Hood Story from China (China)
Petite Rouge : a Cajun Red Riding Hood (Cajun)
Pretty Salma : a Little Red Riding Hood story from Africa (Africa)


The Princess and the Pea

The Cowboy and the Black Eyed Pea (American West)
The Princesa and the Pea (Hispanic)


Rapunzel

Petrosinella: a Neapolitan Rapunzel (Italy)
Rapunzel (Africa)
Sugar Cane : a Caribbean Rapunzel (Caribbean)


Rumpelstiltskin

The Girl Who Spun Gold (Africa)


The Shoemaker and the Elves

The Bootmaker and the Elves (American West)


Snow White

Rimonah of the Flashing Sword (Egypt)
Snow White: an Islamic Tale (Islamic)


Stone Soup

IndyPL Kids’ Blog: Stone Soup Around the World


The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Chivos & Chovones (Spain)
Los Tres Cabritos (American Southwest)
Three Armadillies Tuff (American Southwest)


The Three Little Pigs

Hogg, Hogg and Hog (City)
The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday (Appalachia)
The Three Little Dassies (Africa)
The Three Little Gators (Texas)
Three Little Javelinas (Desert)
The Three Little Rabbits: a Balkan Tale (Balkans)
The Three Little Tamales (Southwest)


Twelve Dancing Princesses

Brothers of the Knight (African-American)
The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Africa)


Books:

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A World Full of Animal StoriesNot One Damsel in DistressPrincess Tales Around the WorldAround the World in 80 TalesBarefoot Book of Animal TalesBarefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts, and GoblinsAsk the Bones: Scary Stories from Around the WorldIllustrated Stories from Around the WorldNursery Tales Around the WorldAll My Shining SilverTuck Me In TalesWonder Tales from Around the World

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Holidays

Holidays

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Choose a topic below to see books, articles & websites to do research and help you find diverse books.

Use your IndyPL library card to check out books at one of our locations or to view a database or check out an e-book or e-audiobook at home right to your device. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Holiday Booklists:

What is a Booklist? A booklist is a list of resources about a topic, The booklists here include books, websites, videos and more.

History & Social Studies Databases:

What is a database? A database is a collection of information. Enter a search term to see a list of articles, images, or stories you can read and/or print for homework.

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Women’s History: Adventurers & Daredevils

Women’s History: Adventurers & Daredevils

More Homework Help: Women’s History

The Flying Girl

The Flying Girl is a biography of Aída de Acosta. She was the woman to fly a powered aircraft, and she even did it before the Wright brothers! This page includes biographies of several other women who broke ground being the first. They dared and they went on adventures and became role models for persistence and determination.

“Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.”

~National Women’s History Project


Books

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Kate Warne Pinkerton DetectiveAmelia Earheart Built a Roller CoasterAnything But Ordinary AddieFearless FlyerLighter Than AirThe Flying GirlSoar ElinorBrave HarrietBarreling Over Niagara FallsMrs Harkness and the PandaFly HighAmelia LostDaredevilFlying SoloUncommon TravelerSky High
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Author Spotlight: John David Anderson

Author Spotlight: John David Anderson

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Indianapolis’s own John David Anderson has been named the 2017 Indiana Author Award Genre Indy Author Award SealExcellence Winner for Middle Grade Fiction. That’s a long way to say he won an award for writing great books – books kids like – for middle school students. Mr. Anderson is the author of several favorites, including Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, Sidekicked, Minion, Standard Hero Behavior, and The Dungeoneers. A self-proclaimed lover of root beer and chocolate, he lives right here in Indianapolis. You can learn more at www.johndavidanderson.org.Posted

Mr. Anderson’s book Posted is the story about what happens when kids go old-school after having their cell phones taken away. Instead of using texts or social media to communicate with each other they use post-it notes!

Here are some of the many awards Mr. Anderson’s books have received:

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day

  • The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
  • NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children 2017, Honor
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2016, Middle Grade
  • The New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2016, Middle Grade
  • New York Public Library 2016 Best Books for Kids, Fiction
  • Booklist 2016 Editors’ Choice, Books for Youth, Middle Readers, Fiction
  • ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2017, Middle Readers
  • 2016 Cybils Finalist, Middle Grade Fiction

The Dungeoneers

  • 2015 Cybils Award Finalist

Sidekicked

  • 2013 Cybils Award Finalist

Standard Hero Behavior

  • 2010-2011 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee
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Science Fiction

Science Fiction

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Cosmic

Science fiction is a story that imagines what life might be like experiencing future advances in science and technology. In Cosmic the main characters are kids who win a trip into space!

Liam is taller than average. Much taller. In fact he’s so tall he often gets mistaken for an adult, which can be annoying when you’re only twelve. Liam gets really tired of hearing, “You should know better, big lad like you.”

On the other hand, it can come in really handy, like when you need a chaperone. Liam enters a contest to win a trip to a new amusement park in China. To claim the prize he wins, Liam has to impersonate his own father and takes along his friend Florida as his “kid.”

At the amusement park Liam has to act like a dad. What does that mean? Florida, for one, thinks he needs a few tips. “Get me presents, and ice cream; don’t sit there telling me about history and stuff.” And don’t even try telling her what to do, afterall, Liam isn’t a REAL Dad! When the ultimate thrill ride at the park turns out to be a real rocket, Florida and the other kid contest winners are trained for the inaugural flight. Liam is chosen to be the one adult chaperone allowed on the rocket. Why is Liam chosen? For his “kid like qualities” of course! When an accident sends the rocket hurtling through space, the kids turn to the onlygrownup they’ve got, Liam, to lead them back to earth. The situation sends Liam scrambling to answer the question “what would a dad do?” Liam gets a crash course in “dadliness”. It turns out it isn’t much about buying presents and supplying ice cream and telling kids when to go to bed!

 

Listed below are more science fiction stories that make this leap of imagination. These stories often involve space travel, time travel, artificial intelligence or extraterrestrial life.


Books:

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A Problematic ParadoxAliens on VacationA Wrinkle in TimeCaptain Raptor and the Perious PlanetThe City of EmberFoundLarklightLucy and the Rocket DogThe Dead GentlemanThe House of the ScorpionThe Search for WondlaThe Tomorrow CodeThe True Meaning of SmekdayTransformers Dark of the MoonWhen the Tripods CameWhen You Reach Me
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