World Folk Tales and Fables Week

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Each year World Folk Tales and Fables Week starts the first Monday of spring according to the web site Language Lizard. Their February 2011 newsletter states that March 21 – 27, 2011 “is a great time to encourage children to explore the cultural background and lessons learned from folk tales, fables, myths and legends from around the world”.

Merriam-Webster defines a folk tale as “a characteristically anonymous, timeless, and placeless tale circulated orally among a people”. A fable is defined as “a narration intended to enforce a useful truth; especially one in which animals speak and act like human beings”.

I love the internet. I wish it was around when I was a kid. Some days I’m still a kid, exploring and discovering different things. When I was young, I was always taking books from the bookmobile and then the library. Now, there are so many sites that have free stories. Many of these sites are for children and are also set up as an activity and learning centre. An example of that is Pitara.com which is aimed at children under 13. They want to give children a better world and the world better children and believe this can be accomplished when children are having fun while they learn.

Worldoftales.com have a variety of fables and their folk tales are from all the continents except for Antarctica. I guess the penguins aren’t sharing their tales just yet.

Don’t feel like reading a book? Websites such as  Learnoutloud.com have a variety of books that you can listen to for free.

Do you know some children who like to create stories? Would you like some tips on writing your own fable or fairy tale? Scholastic.com has an internet project section to help children learn how to write their own tales.

Some of the best times you can have with a story is by sharing it with someone. I hope you will share some of the fables and folk tales with the kids in your life. Or the big kid in you who is just as deserving.

 

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7 comments

  1. The kid in me will celebrate world folk tale week by visiting the sites you mention.
    Thanks for sharing this: I didn’t know such a week existed, and it’s one worth celebrating.

    1. I never knew it existed either. I found it on a site that has different holidays and observances. There’s actually a company that writes a book each year that lists them according to whether they are daily, weekly or monthly.

      The person/s who run the site I look uses the book and confirms that the holiday/observance is still done. It’s a neat little site.

  2. What a cool thing! I had no idea! But I will now regale my tired husband with my new-found knowledge and some folk tales at dinner! Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers,
    Headstrong

  3. Dear Sunshine and Chaos,

    Thanks for promoting Fables & Folk Tales Week! I hope that this celebration becomes better known with each passing year. I must add that my retelling of a folk tale — handed down orally in my family for generations and part of the greater Armenian oral tradition for centuries — is just debuting in print … The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale (Marshall Cavendish, April 2011).

    http://www.amazon.com/Greedy-Sparrow-Armenian-Tale/dp/0761458212

    1. Hi Lucine,

      I hope the week becomes more commonplace in schools and is even expanded throughout the year. One week a year is too little time. It was, and still is, exciting to learn something new about a different country and culture.

      And congratulations on having your own folk tale published. I wish you much success with it.

      Maureen

  4. Agreed and thank you, Maureen. There is a disconnect regarding folk tales. The children’s departments at the many libraries I’ve visited have extensive collections of folk, fable and fairy tales — both old and new titles. There are plenty of elementary schools that incorporate folk tales into their curricula (in fact, NY State has just mandated this concept this year). The grassroots demonstrate that they still enjoy these time-honored tales, and yet, many publishers say that the big box stores won’t carry this genre, which in turn influences what editors will acquire. Perhaps the shaky ground upon which the big box stores live nowadays, combined with commercial success of modern-day tales that modernize the old will change this? Just a few, fantastic new takes on the old that have hit the scene include: Interrupting Chicken, Fairly Fairy Tales and Other Goose: Re-Nursuried, Re-Rhymed.

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