Folk and Fairy Tales

 

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An Undone Fairy Tale [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]

by Lender, Iam, Illustrated by Martin, Whitney

Folk and Fairy Tales

Difficulty: Average

ACTIVATE & CONNECT

“When its illustrator cannot keep up with its reader, a story about a beautiful princess and a pie loving king takes numerous silly detours.”

The author talks directly to the reader: The story will be ruined if you turn the page right now. So please don’t.

Age Range: 6 – 10

Lexile 481

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Average
An Undone Fairy Tale

Epossumondas [INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Salley, Coleen. Illustrated by Stevens, Janet

Folk and Fairy Tales

Difficulty: Average

INFER & VISUALIZE

“A retelling of a classic tale in which a well-intentioned young possum continually takes his mother’s instructions much too literally.”

Age Range: 5 – 10

Lexile 600 AD

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Average
Epossumondas

Epossumondas Plays Possum [INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Salley, Coleen. Illustrated by Stevens, Janet

Folk and Fairy Tales

Difficulty: Average

INFER & VISUALIZE

Retelling of traditional folktale.

“Epossumondas is the silliest, most lovable possum south of the Mason-Dixon line. In his fourth book, will he still be his mama’s sweet little patootie if he heads into the swamp, just where Mama told him not to go? After all, the swamp is home to the fearsome and legendary loup-garou! Epossumondas isn’t a naughty possum, but he sure is forgetful, and into the swamp he goes. There he meets all manner of scary creatures – but are any of them the loup-garou? And will he ever make it home to Mama? Maybe he will, as long as he remembers to do what possums do best: play possum.”

Age Range: 3 – 8

Lexile 620 AD

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Average
Epossumondas Plays Possum

Epossumondas Saves the Day [INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Salley, Coleen. Illustrated by Stevens, Janet

Folk and Fairy Tales

Difficulty: Average

INFER & VISUALIZE

“Chubby, adorable Epossumondas returns in his third delightful folktale adventure. When he and his mama are preparing for his birthday party, Mama finds herself all out of the sody sallyraytus she needs to make the biscuits for the strawberry shortcake dessert. Since Baby Gator has arrived early, Mama asks him to fetch some from the store. Singing “Sody! Sody! Sody sallyraytus!” Baby Gator is returning from the store when he is confronted by a “GREAT, HUGE, UGLY LOUISIANA SNAPPING TURTLE,” who swallows him and the sody up. The same unfortunate thing happens when Auntie goes to find him, and to impatient Mama herself. Epossumondas decides it is time for him to discover what has happened. On his way back from the store, when he encounters the turtle, he not only saves himself but Mama, Auntie, and Baby Gator, with the magic of sody sallyraytus. Stevens eagerly visualizes these engaging characters in mixed media. At first Mama and the birthday boy are already celebrating; then Mama is stirring up the mixing bowl even before the text begins. The visual story leads us through the adventure along with the text, which includes repetitions for read-aloud fun. The endpapers even provide a romantically naturalistic setting for the more detailed actions inside. That turtle is quite a frightening contrast to the other appealing cast members. A note adds information on both “sody” and on the real setting of the tale.”

Age Range: 3 – 8

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Average
Epossumondas Saves the Day

 

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale [INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Deedy, Carmen Agra. Illustrated by Austin, Michael

Folk and Fairy Tales

Difficulty: Average

INFER & VISUALIZE

“Beauty and charm are not what we expect in a cockroach, but author Carmen Agra Deedy creates a sweet maiden in her re-telling of a Cuban folk tale about selecting a husband.”

“A friendly sprinkling of Spanish words, warmly drawn relationships and a lot of puns all widen the audience for this spirited story.”

Age Range: 4 – 8

Lexile 720 AD

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Average
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

The Grasshopper’s Song: An Aesop’s Fable Revisited [INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Giovanni, Nikki. Illustrated by Raschka, Chris

Folk and Fairy Tales

Difficulty: Average

INFER & VISUALIZE

“Every year the Grasshoppers sing and play their instruments and the Ants work in rhythm to the music. The crops come up smoothly, and the Ants bring in the harvest to the Grasshoppers’ beat. But when winter comes, the Ants turn their backs on the Grasshoppers, and Jimmy Grasshopper finds this unfair. He’s hired Robin, Robin, Robin, and Wren to sue Abigail and Nestor Ant for what he deserves: R-E-S-P-E-C-T and a one-half share of the harvest. But will a jury of his peers agree about the worth of art?”

Age Range: Preschool – 10

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Average
The Grasshopper's Song: An Aesop's Fable Revisited

The Lion and the Mouse [INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Pinkney, Jerry

Folk and Fairy Tales

Difficulty: Easy Reading

INFER & VISUALIZE

Wordless book.

“In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney’s wordless adaptation of one of Aesop’s most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he’d planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher’s trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.”

– 2010 Caldecott Medal Winner

– 2009 Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner

Age Range: 4 – 8

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Easy Reading
The Lion and the Mouse

The Magic Fish [ACTIVATE & CONNECT, ASK QUESTIONS]

by Littledale, Freya. Illustrated by Pels, Winslow Pinney

Folk and Fairy Tales

Difficulty: Average

ACTIVATE & CONNECT, ASK QUESTIONS

A poor fisherman catches a fish and then releases it when the fish asks him to put him back in the water because he is really a prince. His disgruntled wife, after finding out that her husband had let a magic fish go, demanded her husband go back and ask the fish to grant her a wish. This continues till finally, because of her greediness, they lose everything and end up as they were before, a poor fisherman and his wife, living in a little hut by the sea.

Age Range: 7 to 9

Lexile: 320L

Recommended by Michelle Faber:  My third and fourth graders read this book with a buddy and enjoyed sharing their thoughts with the whole group. They made predictions and easily made self-to-text and text-to-text connections while reading and writing written responses to the story. I highly recommend this book. It encourages the reader to ask questions and use his/her imagination, while relating to the story at the same time. 

Average
The Magic Fish

 

Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail [INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Salley, Coleen. Illustrated by Stevens, Janet

Folk and Fairy Tales

Difficulty: Average

INFER & VISUALIZE

“Epossumondas has a very important question: “Mama, why don’t I have hair on my tail?”

And wouldn’t you know it, Mama can tell him exactly why possum tails are all pink and naked and funny looking. Her story’s a doozy! It goes way back to Epossumondas’s great-great-grandpa, Papapossum. When hungry Papapossum and his growly ol’ stomach meet up with wily Hare, cranky Bear, and a persimmon tree . . . well, it’s one hair-raisin’ adventure!

Renowned storyteller Coleen Salley and Caldecott Honor illustrator Janet Stevens team up again, drawing on the Uncle Remus tradition and their own wild imaginations to expose a hilarious and important moment in possum history.”

Age Range: 3 – 8

Lexile 720 AD

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Average
Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tai