Friday, December 17, 2010

Animal Storybooks

For an animal Storybook, you can choose to focus on one specific animal (choosing stories about that animal from one culture or from various cultures), or you can choose to focus on one specific culture, choosing different animal stories from that culture. In addition, you can use a "frametale" to organize your Storybook, with animals as the storytellers! To get some ideas, take a look through these past Storybooks about animals.

The big challenge that you face with this topic is deciding how to find your focus, either by focusing in on a specific animal and/or by focusing in on a specific cultural tradition.

As you can see, some of the animal Storybooks overlap with other topics, so you might want to take a look at some of the topics that lend themselves to stories with animal characters: Creation StoriesJataka TalesBible StoriesGreco-Roman MythologyAesop's FablesNative American Traditions, and Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes.

Online Resources: There are myths and legends from all over the world that feature animal characters, so by browsing through the Online Books, you can find literally hundreds and hundreds of animal stories. As you get ready to focus your research, you can search the Sacred Texts website for a specific animal, such as the wolf, or focus in on wolf stories at the Native American section of Sacred Texts, or the elephant in the African section, for example. You can also search the Andrew Lang fairy tales for different animals.


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