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An Oldie but Goodie: Folk Tales and Fables

The Ransom of Red Chief
An Oldie but Goodie: Folk Tales and Fables (p. 81)

Use the Web sites below to complete the following activity.

Many folk tales and fables have plots that, like "The Ransom of Red Chief," involve a supposedly helpless creature (often an animal) who overturns the evil intentions of a stronger enemy. Go to the library and locate collections of animal tales or fables from Africa, the Americas, or some other part of the world. Which stories have plots similar to "The Ransom of Red Chief"? Be prepared to tell these stories to the class and to summarize their similarities and differences.

Folk Tales, Myths, and Legends http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/ ~dkbrown/ storfolk.html
Part of the Children's Literature Web Site, this page directs you to folk tales from around the world.

Mayan Folk Tales http://www.kstrom.net/ isk/ maya/ mayastor.html
Read Mayan folktales such as "The Rabbit and the Coyote" and "The Rabbit Throws Out His Sandal." Learn more about Mayan Culture.

Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales and Stories http://HCA.Gilead.org.il/
Access stories and folk tales told by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen.