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Guide to Folktales in the English
A guide based on the Aarne-Thompson
Mythology: The Age of Fable and Bulfinch's
Mythology: The Age of Chivalry and the Legends of Charlemagne
Written and published between 1855 and 1862, these two books
encompass the myths of the Ancient world as
well as the great epics, sagas and folklore of the Middle Ages, in
particular, the epic tales of Arthur and the round table.
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
(14th Edition - 1989) by Ivor H. Evans.
This book provides the
reader with the meaning and origin of phrases and figures in myth,
history and religion. Unfortunately, the publisher is currently out of stock, but a searchable online
edition is available at: http://www.bibliomania.com/Reference/PhraseAndFable/fully
Magic, and Mystery: One Hundred Years of American Children's Book
Hearn, Micheal Patrick, Trinkett Clark and
H. Nichols B. Clark
A nice little paperback full of pictures from the childhood books. It is
of American children's literature, divided into five topical essays.
Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend,
Leach, Maria, editor Harper & Row, 1984 (reprinted from Funk
& Wagnalls, 1972)
This valuable reference book is actually more an encyclopedia than a
A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Books
Lima , Carolyn and John
The Storyteller's Sourcebook: A Subject, Title, and Motif Index to
Folklore Collections for Children
Margaret Read MacDonald
Schuman Publishers, 1982
Facts on File Encyclopedia of World Mythology and
Mercatante, Anthony S.
More than 3,000 entries surveying the world's myths, fables and
legends - both ancient and modern, Eastern and Western.
The World of
Pellowski, Anne and H. W. Wilson, 1991 (revised edition)
An examination of
storytelling in different cultures and through history.
Thompson, Stith, University of California, 1978
(reprinted from Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1946).
An interesting review of basic tale types and how they are distributed around the world.
This book also explains Thompson's research tools, the Type Index and the Motif
Index, which even if you do not use, you will see them refered to in your
MacDonald, Margaret Read, Neal-Schuman/Gale, 1982.
This invaluable book indexes by motif,
thousands of folk tales from 556 folktale collections and 389 picture
books. this is the place to find variations on a traditional tale or to research a theme in folklore of different cultures or
geographical areas. this index is well worth the expense to the
professional teller. A
searchable CD-rom edition is reportably in preparation.An updated version is due in 2000.
the Eyes of a Child
Books and Their Creators: An invitation to the feast of twentieth
Century children's literature
Norton, Donna E. (1995)
An excellent textbook on children's literature This newest addition comes with a
disk to help make searching easier. A good book for a teacher or
librarian to have on hand.
Silvey, Anita, editor (1995)
A dictionary of American children's writers. This contains biographical
information on this centuury's children's authors.
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Sutherland, Zena. (9th Edition - 1996)
This standard was originally written by May Hill Arbuthnot and has been frequently revised and updated.
Index to Fairy Tales
published by Faxon, several volumes, through
These are indexes of folktale retellings found in story collections.
Invaluable for tracking down different versions of a story. Though in print,
they are terribly expensive, but can be found in the reference section of your
Index to Fairy Tales: Including Folklore, Legends and
Myths in Collections a multi-volume series - Volumes One, Two and Three by Norma Olin Ireland, Volume Four by Joseph Sprug, and a
Suppliment by Mary Eastman -
that covers a larger range.