Beginning Readers

Take a peek at the fun Jewish Folklore we have in the Children's Department!

Jewish and American folklore are combined in this witty and original collection of comic Jewish folk tales creatively retold and set on the western frontier of the 1870s. Part wild west sheriff, part old world rabbi. After finishing school in New York, Rabbi Harvey traveled west in search of adventure and, hopefully, work as a rabbi. Like any good collection of Jewish folktales, these stories contain layers of humor and timeless wisdom that will entertain both adults and young readers.

Abukacha's shoes by Tamar Tessler

In a Jewish folktale retold in the author's family, Abukacha, who has the largest feet in the world, has a new pair of shoes and tries to get rid of the old ones, only to find that is not as easy as he expects.

Is the only Irish folklore you are familiar with have rainbows, pots of gold, and four-leaf clovers? Be sure to check out these selections in the Children's Department for even more stories of the Irish people.

Features eight Irish folk tales, including "Butterfly Girl," "The Children of Lir," and "Labhra with the Horse's Ears.".

Too many fairies : a Celtic Tale by Margaret Read MacDonald

An old woman complains about all the housework she has to do, but when some fairies come to help her she finds that they are more trouble than they are worth.

There are many different types of cultures in the world, including our own Native American Tribal cultures here in America. Here are some titles to get you started on delving into their cultural tales and heritage.

During a hard winter, Rainbow Crow sets out to find the sun and bring warmth to the other animals, but during his journey he is changed in dramatic ways.

Hiawatha and the great peace by Virginia Schomp

"A Native American legend based in part on the true story of the founding of the Iroquois League by the hero Deganawidah and his companion Hiawatha"--Provided by publisher.

Explore India's cultural tales with these finds in the Children's Department collection!

Retells the Hindu tale of a heroic prince and his bride who are separated by the demon prince Ravana until the Monkey Army of Hanuman, god of the wind, helps them.

Brahma dreaming by John Jackson

Draws eight stories from well-known collections of Indian folktales--Hitopadesha tales, Jataka tales, and Panchantra tales--and presents them with cartoon-like illustrations.

There are so many great tales in the J398 collection, including ones from China and Japan! Be sure to check out these titles to become more familiar with these cultural tales.

An illustrated retelling of nineteen fables and tales from China, each of which features a nugget of ancient folk wisdom and introduces aspects of traditional Chinese culture and lore.

A poor farmer's youngest daughter agrees to marry a fierce dragon in order to save her father's life.

Ah Fu finds a white pony wandering the grassland, that develops a strange pattern on its back after jumping in the Yellow river.

Everyone has a To Read list, but what do we do with the scads of titles we finished? How do we keep track of them for ourselves, our kids, and to make recommendations to friends? Here are apps that can help you keep track of your titles in fun and accessible ways.

 

Goodreads

Available for free for both the iPhone and Google Android devices, Goodreads can be used as an app and on the computer as well, all with the same login information. Goodreads lets you track both titles you have read and titles you want to read, along with the ability to see what your friends are reading and to be a part of their yearly reading challenge, where you set a goal and try to meet it by the end of each calendar year. 

Google Android App--https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goodreads&hl=en

Apple Store--https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goodreads-book-recommendations-and-revie...

 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Did you know that the 19th Amendment, which granted American women the right to vote, wasn't passed until 1920? Read about the journey to women's suffrage in one of the following titles. 

Chronicles the history of women's suffrage, highlighting the contributions of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and such other reformers as Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucy Stone.

In 1869, a woman whose "can-do" attitude had shaped her life was instrumental in making Wyoming the first state to allow women to vote, then became the first woman to hold public office in the United States.

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