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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.