Literature for the Classroom: Early Years and Primary
This guide has been created to highlight good quality fiction to be integrated across curriculum F-12. Myth and Legend are included. Some Non-Fiction titles have also been included to support National Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities.
In this version of a Mexican legend, a young girl who is ashamed that she has nothing to bring to church on Christmas eve experiences a miracle when her humble weeds are turned into beautiful flowers. Source: USC catalogue record
Raven, the trickster, wants to give people the gift of light. But can he find out where Sky Chief keeps it? And if he does, will he be able to escape without being discovered? His dream seems impossible, but if anyone can find a way to bring light to the world, wise and clever Raven can! Source: www.amazon.com
An expression of the universal myth of the hero-quest, this beautiful story also portrays the Indian reverence for the source of life: the Solar Fire. Vibrant full-color illustrations capture the boldness and color of Pueblo art. A Caldecott Medal Book. Source: www.amazon.com
Retells a West African tale which explains why the mosquito, responsible for the death of Mother Owl's baby, buzzes in people's ears looking for forgiveness. Caldecott Medal winner. Source: USC catalogue record.
This is the story of a young man who travelled far across the sea to fight two terrifying monsters-one who could rip a man apart and drink his blood, the other who lived like a sea-wolf at the bottom of a dark, blood-stained lake. The young hero's name was Beowulf, and his story, first written in Anglo-Saxon in the eighth century, has become one of the world's most famous epics. Kevin Crossley-Holland retells the story for children in quick-paced, rhythmical prose accompanied by Charles Keeping's striking illustrations. Together they bring to life the beauty and power of one of the first great English poems. Source: USC catalogue record
English folktales [electronic resource] by edited by Dan Keding and Amy Douglas
Call Number: GR141 .E57 2005eb
A brief history of England -- The fool in all his glory. Start and finish -- The farmer and the cheeses -- The pottle of brains -- Jack Turnip -- Lazy Jack -- The vinegars -- The old woman who lived in a vinegar bottle -- The mare's egg -- The most unfortunate man -- Wily wagers and tall tales. The old woman and her pig -- The dog that talked -- The horse who knew about cars -- Old lightowler -- The hole stone -- White ram night -- The wrestlers of carn kenidjack -- Dragons and devils. The Lambton worm -- The Laidly worm -- Pollard and the brawn ; Recipe for stotty cake -- The Devil and the Coracle -- The Devil in Wem -- The Devil and the Stiperstones -- Witches, wonders, and weddings. Lightening the load -- A story of Zennor -- The stars in the sky -- The pixies' bed -- The old woman and the fairy folk -- Wild Edric -- Tattercoats -- Kate Crackernuts ; A wedding toast -- Molly Whuppie -- The glass house -- The white cow of Mitchell's Fold -- The elder tree witch -- Holy days and days of heroes. The first Simnel cake ; Recipe for Shrewsbury Simnel cake -- Golden shoes ; Oranges and lemons -- The great bell of Bosham -- Brother Jucundus -- Little John and the Nottingham Fair -- Robin Hood and the monk -- Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnall -- The Alderley legend -- Stories for when the sun sets. A rhyme -- Teeny tiny -- The dead moon -- The golden ball -- Jenny Greenteeth -- The standing stones -- The girl and the Anorak -- Mr. Fox -- Gytha of the mill -- Riddles -- Answers to riddles -- A parting song.
Summary This enchanting collection of traditional English folktales reflects the depth and diversity of the folk heritage of Britain, and illustrates the ties between stories, land, and people. The editors present an enticing assortment of more than 50 tales, gathered from practicing storytellers and organized into sections based on broad themes--The Fool in All His Glory, Wily Wagers and Tall Tales, Holy Days and Days of Heroes, and so forth. There's a story for every listener--from Teeny Tiny and The Pixies' Beds for young children to spooky ghost stories and witch tales, such as Wild Edric and Jenny.
Source: USC catalogue record.
Greyling by Jane Yolen
A haunting story of a selchie adopted by a childless couple, first published in 1968 with illustrations by William Stobbs, which shows Yolen's ability to give her work the power and language of legend. The fisherman and his wife know the child is a selchie but hope to keep him in his human form by never allowing him in the sea. Only during a storm does Greyling revert to his seal form, simultaneously rescuing his father from drowning and breaking free of his human bonds. Source: School Library Journal review http://www.amazon.com/Greyling-Jane-Yolen/dp/0399222626 Accessed 25/09/2013.
Information about The Dreaming for Australian Indigenous people can be found here.
Colourfully illustrated Aboriginal story adapted for young readers. Tells the story of the group of stars called the seven sisters and why the seventh star always appears behind the others. Includes short notes to the story and a glossary of Aboriginal words. The author was awarded the British Empire Medal for her contribution to Aboriginal education. Source: USC catalogue record Syndetics summary
Click on the title to link to Teachers Notes. Link also to 'Koori Coast' website for additional information and map of the Yuin people. http://livingknowledge.anu.edu.au/learningsites/kooricoast/05_map.htm
This creation tale from the Australian Aborigines is a wonderful addition to folklore collections. Retold by a leading anthropologist, it's illustrated with stunning, symbolic art by an Aboriginal artist. Includes special nonfiction section. Source: USC catalogue record.
Stradbroke Dreamtime is a collection of 27 short stories, ideal for reading in class, from acclaimed Aboriginal author Oodgeroo.The stories are traditional Aboriginal tales from Stradbroke Island, the Tambourine Mountains and from the Old and New dreamtime. A bright, beautiful and unique colour illustrated book, paired with Dreamtime tales just for younger readers.-Notable, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, 1994Ages 4+. Source USC catalogue record Syndetics summary
The milky way by Text and illustrations by Narritjan Maymuru as told to Ted Egan.
The Aboriginal legend of how the Milky Way was created.
A battle to the death between two enemy tribes in the Dreamtime leads to the appearance of the bats known as flying foxes and subsequently to the rise of all kinds of birds. Source: USC catalogue record
How Maui Slowed the Sun by Peter Gossage
Swim: The Story of Hinemoa and Tutanekai by Chris Szekely
Publication Date: 20103
The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour by Moira Wairama