Tag Archives: folktales

Use our Passport programs to see the world!

Julie and Ruth pull out the enormous turnip from Dedushka’s garden in Passport to the World : Russia (Nov. 9, 2013). Snow and gray skies getting you down?  Take a virtual vacation in Hawai’i with us on Saturday, Feb. 15, … Continue reading

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Can he guess his name? Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

“My mother named me after a cow’s rear end.” How’s that for a first line?

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Nature Detectives: All about Nests

What happens when you have inquisitive children, one nest cam, several nest specimens, and an old English folk tale?  The answer is one lively program that explores how and why birds build so many different types of nests! The Magpie’s Nest is a folk tale about … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tales: The Storytelling and Folk & Fairy Collection

The Storytelling and Folk& Fairytale Collection in the Children’s Department contains both circulating and historic reference books that beckon children, parents, caregivers, students, and educators.  It is a vast resource for anyone interested in a fascinating story.  Our department has … Continue reading

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Review: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, edited by Philip Pullman

Two hundred years ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their tales. Two hundred years later, their stories are still being told and retold. With their simplicity, archetypal characters and symbolic meanings, the tales are open to modernizing, parodying, fleshing out … Continue reading

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A Scheherazade thing

Sometimes I wish dearly that I had more formal education in linguistics. Storytelling is one of those times. Not only does folklore have history and common elements, but it sparks a desire to engage in folk etymology and/or pseudolinguistics.

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Joe Magarac stories with Alan Irvine

You’ve heard of Paul Bunyan, but have you heard tales of legendary Pittsburgh super steelworker Joe Magarac?

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Flip-Flopped Folktale Foolery and Fun

A big bad….                                     Pig?  Is this some kind of an April Fool’s Day Joke? Everyone knows it’s the big bad WOLF, right? Not necessarily…

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Woolgathering

If you happen to be captured by a three-headed dev, knowing how to weave and write could save your life.

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The Tellin’ o’ the Tale

We celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with “the wearin’ o’ the green” and “the tellin’ o’ the tale.”

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