World Tales for Family Storytelling II

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World Tales for Family Storytelling II: 44 Traditional Stories for Children aged 6-8 years

“I wish you and your children much enjoyment from this splendid collection. May the stories grow wings in your mind and spread joy on the trill of your tongue!” — Georgiana Keable (from the foreword)

“In this collection for home use, we focus on tales for children aged 6 to 8. The stories may be read, told, and retold, and then explored within the family. They offer a rich vein of world heritage, giving your family a doorway into the wonderful world of traditional tales. Enjoy!” — Chris Smith

Gathered here are retellings of traditional tales, told in the voice of a storyteller and perfect for 6– to 8-year-olds. They are short, simple, and quick to learn. Parents can read and tell the stories, so children can then tell them themselves. This is not just a handy and fun activity for bedtime, family occasions, car journeys, and parties; oral storytelling in the home also builds children’s confidence in their own unique voices. It helps them to better understand themselves, one another, and the world around them, and learn to speak so that others listen.

These world tales are all selected from the highly acclaimed 147 Traditional Stories for Primary School Children to Retell, a reference book used by teachers around the world. In 2020 to 2021, during COVID lockdown, more than four million online lessons were downloaded that use these stories as the starting point for learning language, communication, and creativity.

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Georgiana Keable


1. Lacy Jack (England)
2. Cap of Rushes (England)
3. The Marriage of Ganesh (India)
4. Baba Jaga’s Black Geese (Russia)
5. Three Brothers and the Polar Bear (India/Arctic)
6. Three Dolls (India)
7. The Lighthouse Keeper and the Selkie (Scotland)
8. Death in a Nutshell (Scotland)
9. The Fox and the Healer (Native American)
10. Jack and the Dancing Trees (England)
11. Little Burnt Face (Native American)
12. The Monk and the Thieves (Chile)
13. The Story Bag (Korea)
14. How a Boy Learned to be Wise (Uganda)
15. Persephone (Greece)
16. The Wooden Horse (Greece)
17. Half a Blanket (Scotland)
18. Fruit of Love (Native American)
19. One Wish (Ireland)
20. Birth of Athena (Greece)
21. The Lode Stone (England)
22. The Scorpion and the Frog (India)
23. Three Wishes (France)
24. The Blind Man and the Hunter (West Africa)
25. The Birth of Osiris (Egypt)
26. Prometheus (Greece)
27. The Eagle Who Thought He Was a Chicken (Native American)
28. How Butterflies Came to be (Native American)
29. The Shepherd’s Dream (Ireland)
30. The Piper’s Boots (Scotland)
31. Midas’s Wish (Greece)
32. Midas and Apollo (Greece)
33. Theseus and the Minotaur (Greece)
34. Icarus (Greece)
35. The Woman of the Sea (Scotland)
36. How Jerusalem Began (Palestine and Jewish)
37. Odysseus and the Cyclops (Greece)
38. The Four Dragons (China)
39. The Land of the Deep Ocean (Japan)
40. Rama and Sita (India)
41. The Building of St. Paul’s Cathedral (England)
42. Feathers in the Wind (Jewish)
43. Heaven and Hell 1 (Japan)
44. Heaven and Hell 2 (European)

Sources and Resources

About the Author

Chris Smith, PhD, is an Oxford-based storyteller, musician, teacher, and founding director of Storytelling Schools, the fruit of ten years’ research and development experience. He has a passion for Arab folktales, myths, and legends, developed while living in Palestine. He takes storytelling into a variety of institutions including schools, universities, museums and prisons, working with adults and children alike.

Additional information

Weight 19 oz
Dimensions 7.5 × 0.75 × 9 in


Georgiana Keable




November 2022






Hawthorn Press


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