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Some of my favorite stories are animal tales from around the world. I generally try to get one such story in each week; although I must admit that I just like the image Frank Riccio created.

To listen to any of the stories, just click on the appropriate segment.

Week of 23 July 2017 African Tales

How the Ostrich Got a Long Neck, a Kenyan tale
Author: Verna Aardema (retold by)
Illustrator: Marcia Brown
Publisher: Scholastic; ISBN 0-590-48367-6

Song: Trust In Me (The Python's Song)
CD: Walt Disney's The Jungle Book

The Name of the Tree, a Bantu folktale
Author: Celia Barker Lottridge (retold by)
Illustrator: Ian Wallace
Publisher: M.K. Elderberry Books; ISBN 0-689-50490-X

Musical Bed: Bela Fleck, Perpetual Motion

Anansi and the Talking Melon, an African Trickster tale
Author: Eric A. Kimmel (retold by)
Illustrator: Janet Stevens
Publisher: Holiday House; ISBN 0-823-41104-4

Song: My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana
Artist: Barry Louis Polisar
CD: Old Dogs, New Tricks

Zzzng! Zzzng! Zzzng!, a Yoruba tale
Author: Phyllis Gershator (retold by)
Illustrator: Theresa Smith
Publisher: Orchard Books; ISBN 0-531-09523-1

Song: There Ain't No Bugs On Me
Artists: Jerry Garcia and David Grisman
CD: Not For Kids Only

Elephant's Wrestling Match, an African tale from Cameroon
Author: Judy Sierra (retold by)
Illustrator: Brian Pinkney
Publisher: Dutton; ISBN 0-525-67366-0

Song: The Elephant
Artist: Pete Seeger
CD: Birds, Beasts, Bugs and Fishes (Little and Big)

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Days of the Blackbird, a tale of Northern Italy
Author: Tomie de Paola (retold by)
Illustrator: Tomie dePaola
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; ISBN 0-399-22929-9

Musical Bed: J. Rodrigo, Concierto de Aruenjez
Music: Raven
Artists: Reeltime Travelers
CD: Reeltime Travelers

The Gingerbread Man, a classic tale
Author: Jim Aylesworth (retold by)
Illustrator: Barbara McClintock
Publisher: Scholastic Press; ISBN 0-590-97219-7

Song: I'm a Little Cookie
Artist: John McCutcheon
CD: Mail Myself to You

Jack and the Beanstalk
Author: John Howe (retold by)
Illustrator: John Howe
Publisher: Little Brown; ISBN 0-316-37579-9

Song: Hey Jack, What's in the Sack?
Artist: Barry Louis Polisar
CD: Naughty Songs for Boys and Girls

Princess Gorilla and a New Kind of Water, a Mpongwe tale
Author: Verna Aardema (retold by)
Illustrator: Victoria Chess
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers; ISBN 0-803-70412-7

Song: The Monkey's Uncle (Walt Disney)
Artist: Annette Funicello

Rainbow Bird, an Aboriginal Folktale from Northern Australia
Author: Eric Maddern (retold by)
Illustrator: Adrienne Kennaway
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; ISBN 0-316-54314-4

Musical Bed: Stephen Kent, Landings
Music: Free Little Bird (Jan Smith Band live performance)

Shingebiss, an Ojibwe legend
Author: Nancy Van Laan (retold by)
Illustrator: Betsy Bowen
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; ISBN 0-316-89627-6

Musical Bed: R. Carlos Nakai, Desert Dance

The Toll-Bridge Troll
Author: Patricia Rae Wolff
Illustrator: Kimberly Bulcken Root
Publisher: Harcourt Brace; ISBN 0-152-77665-6

Song: The Riddle Song
Artist: Burl Ives

Where the Wild Things Are
Author: Maurice Sendak
Illustrator: Maurice Sendak
Publisher: Harper Collins; ISBN 0-060-25492-0

Song/Album: Wild Thing
Artist: Sugar Beats

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