Friday’s Tale: The Story of Tuan Mac Cairill told by James Stephens

This is actually a fascinating tale of the history of early Ireland, told by James Stephens in Irish Fairy Tales. Tuan Mac Cairill is visited at his home by a monk, St. Finnian, who converts Tuan to Christianity. After spending time with Tuan, the monk asks him to tell him …

Friday’s Tale: The Boy Who Wanted the Moon retold by Donna L. Washington

“The Boy Who Wanted the Moon” retold by Donna L. Washington This tale from the Congo starts with a very spoiled little boy. He is a prince, the son of a great king who gives him everything he wants. At 6, he has his own house, gorgeous clothes and is …

Friday’s Tale: Vasilissa the Beautiful

“Vasilissa the Beautiful” Baba Yaga is a witch-like character from Slavic folklore that I don’t remember from the fairy tales I heard as a child. Actually the first picture I have in my mind is from when I was watching the PBS cartoon Arthur with Amber a few years ago. …

The Ballad of Belle Dorcas by William H. Hooks

The Ballad of Belle Dorcas by William H. Hooks, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Suggested reading level: Grades 2 – 4) This is a wonderful re-telling of a traditional American story, but one I’ve never heard before. According to the author, this is one of the many “conjure” tales he was …