Thursday’s Tale: Please, Malese! by Amy MacDonald

Today’s Tale is a retelling of a story from Haiti. The back of the book explains that in Haiti, the trickster is known as Malese, derived from the French “malice”. Sometimes Malese is evil and sometimes he is mischievous, but above all, he enjoys taking advantage of people, including his …

Thursday’s Tale: Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman

Love, love, love this Halloween kids book! We read our copy so many times when Amber was young that it started falling apart. We went to the pumpkin patch this Sunday and while we were picking out our pumpkins, we had to repeat the catch phrase – “It’s big and …

Thursday’s Tale: The Flying Witch by Jane Yolen

The Flying Witch is not a traditional Baba Yaga story, but it’s still entertaining. The witch is after a tasty, plump child to eat, but the girl she finds is brave and clever. She has “two good feet, a fine sense of direction, two strong arms, and a clever mind.” …

Thursday’s Tale: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

In his introduction to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was first published in 1900, Baum wrote that the story “aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heart-aches and nightmares are left out.” It has been considered the first American …