Traditional Literature

Traditional Literature
Myths
From many regions
Greek
Roman
Norse
Native American
Asia
Elements
Explain the Natural World
Explain human emotions
Teach lessons
Folk Rhymes
Folktales
Fairy Tales
Elements
Magic
Snow White: Waking up from
long sleep
Sleeping Beauty: Putting
palace to sleep for 100
years
Sleeping Beauty: Magic Spindle
Rapunzel: Tears cure blindness
Rumplestiltskin: Amazing
powers (straw into gold)
Magical Characters
Fairy Godmother
Witches, Socerers
Talking animals
Elves
Transformation
Frog turns into Prince
Beast turns into Prince
Brothers into Ravens (Seven Ravens)
Rats into Coachman
"Once Upon a Time" beginning
& "Happily Ever After" ending
Authors
Hans Christian Anderson
Ugly Duckling
Little Match Girl
Tinderbox
Steadfast Tin Soldier
Thumbellina
The Little Mermaid
The Snow Queen
The Emperor's New Clothes
New node
The Brothers Grimm
Snow White
Sleeping Beauty
Cinderella
Beauty and the Beast
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Brave Little Tailor
Little Red Cap (Little Red
Riding Hood)
Rapunzel
Hansel and Gretel
The Seven Ravens
Trickster Tales
Elements
Celebrate cleverness needed to overcome strength
African roots
Animal Characters
Pattern of three tries
http://www.carolhurst.com/subjects/fools.html
World-wide
The Americas
Native American: http://members.cox.net/academia/coyote.html
Asia
Africa
Characters
Brer Rabbit
Uncle Remus:
http://xroads.virginia.edu/%7EUG97/remus/selections.html
Ananse
Tall Tales
Elements
Grain of truth
Paul Bunyan was a real woodcutter
Exaggeration in Paul Bunyan
The dog was sewn
together backwards
The ox was blue and was giant
PB was so huge that he was
bigger than the trees
PB knocked down trees when
he rolled over as a baby
PB got carried by seven storks
They had to deliver his
pancakes by train
The dinner table at his
logging camp was 10 miles
long
The river blocked up logs
with its hands
PB used blizzards to freeze the river
and used the ox to pull it straight
PB cried so loud as a baby he
had to be pulled by a ship,
frogs covered their ear with
earmuffs, and fish jumped
out of the water
They made a soup by putting
beans into the lake
The purple cow wore green
glasses to make the snow look
like grass, and in the winter
her milk came out like ice
cream
It was so cold that their words and
shadows froze and everything turned
blue
Characters
American Continent
Johnny Appleseed
John Henry
Paul Bunyan
Pecos Bill
Davy Crockett
African Continent
Legends
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