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How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have? and Other Tales

Pourquoi Tales for Children: Part 1

Children love to ask how and why! How did Rabbit get his long ears? Why are there stars in the sky? Why do monkeys live in trees? Check out these pourquoi tales (tales that explain how or why) for some entertaining answers and to introduce your child to cultures from around the world and through time.

These myths will stimulate your young reader's imagination with each page turn. The best news? You can check out 60 books with your Richland Library card. When you've finished this list, just call your closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend more titles for your curious reader.


Amazon Says: A collection of twelve ancient tales that touch on feelings common to people of every culture. Children will find out why the sun and moon live in the sky and why monkeys live more...
Amazon Says: A collection of twelve ancient tales that touch on feelings common to people of every culture. Children will find out why the sun and moon live in the sky and why monkeys live in trees. But, no one ever finds out how many spots the leopard has. Illustrated. less...
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Amazon Says: A three-time Caldecott Medalist provides the illustrations in a humorous African folktale that explains in playful language how the ostrich got its unusual shape. more...
Amazon Says: A three-time Caldecott Medalist provides the illustrations in a humorous African folktale that explains in playful language how the ostrich got its unusual shape. less...
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Amazon Says: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A mosquito's lie sets off a series of reactions in the jungle that results in the owl's refusal to wake the sun and the lion's decision more...
Amazon Says: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A mosquito's lie sets off a series of reactions in the jungle that results in the owl's refusal to wake the sun and the lion's decision to call a meeting of the animals. less...
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The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac
Amazon Says: From an award-winning Native American storyteller comes this captivating re-telling of a Cherokee legend, which explains how strawberries came to be. Long ago, the first man a more...
Amazon Says: From an award-winning Native American storyteller comes this captivating re-telling of a Cherokee legend, which explains how strawberries came to be. Long ago, the first man and woman quarrelled. The woman left in anger, but the Sun sent tempting berries to Earth to slow the wife?s retreat. Luminous paintings perfectly complement the simple, lyrical text. ?Complete harmony of text and pictures: altogether lovely.? -- Kirkus Reviews, pointer review Joseph Bruchac is an award-winning storyteller whose books for children include Eagle Song, Children of the Longhouse, and Arrow to the Sun (all Dial). He lives in Greenfield Center, New York. Anna Vojtech lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts. less...
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Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan
Amazon Says: Black is beautiful, uh-huh! Long ago, Blackbird was voted the most beautiful bird in the forest. The other birds, who were colored red, yellow, blue, and green, were more...
Amazon Says: Black is beautiful, uh-huh! Long ago, Blackbird was voted the most beautiful bird in the forest. The other birds, who were colored red, yellow, blue, and green, were so envious that they begged Blackbird to paint their feathers with a touch of black so they could be beautiful too. Although Black-bird warns them that true beauty comes from within, the other birds persist and soon each is given a ring of black around their neck or a dot of black on their wings -- markings that detail birds to this very day. Coretta Scott King Award-winner Ashley Bryan's adaptation of a tale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia reso-nates both with rhythm and the tale's universal meanings -- appreciating one's heritage and discovering the beauty within. His cut-paper artwork is a joy. less...
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Amazon Says: An eastern Nigerian myth is interwoven with artistic images from the Renaissance, in the story of how the Sun and Moon lived on the earth, until the Sun invited the never-end more...
Amazon Says: An eastern Nigerian myth is interwoven with artistic images from the Renaissance, in the story of how the Sun and Moon lived on the earth, until the Sun invited the never-ending Sea to visit. less...
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Amazon Says: The sky was once so close to the Earth that people cut parts of it to eat, but their waste and greed caused the sky to move far away. more...
Amazon Says: The sky was once so close to the Earth that people cut parts of it to eat, but their waste and greed caused the sky to move far away. less...
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How Chipmunk Got tiny Feet by Gerald Hausman
Amazon Says: Seven stories from three different Native American tribes--Coushatta Creek, Navajo, and Tsimshian -- explain the ways of the world and why certain animals have stripes while o more...
Amazon Says: Seven stories from three different Native American tribes--Coushatta Creek, Navajo, and Tsimshian -- explain the ways of the world and why certain animals have stripes while others have wings, feathers and tiny feet. Each story has a message and an easily understood moral, which can be summarized by saying, we live together, not apart. Dazzlingly illustrated by Ashley Wolff (Doctor Bird) with linoleum block prints highlighted with watercolor that give the art a shimmering and vibrant presence. less...
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Amazon Says: Because he doesn't listen carefully to what the Great Spirit tells him about each of the animals he is supposed to lead to their desert homes, Jackrabbit causes much unhappine more...
Amazon Says: Because he doesn't listen carefully to what the Great Spirit tells him about each of the animals he is supposed to lead to their desert homes, Jackrabbit causes much unhappiness with his careless answers to the animals' questions. less...
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Amazon Says: A folk explanation for the guinea fowl's protective coloration that enables it to hide from its natural predator, the lion. more...
Amazon Says: A folk explanation for the guinea fowl's protective coloration that enables it to hide from its natural predator, the lion. less...
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Last Tales of Uncle Remus by Julius Lester
Amazon Says: In the fourth collection of Uncle Remus tales, the irrepressible Brer Rabbit gets a job and figures out how to get paid twice a day. By the award-winning author of To be a S more...
Amazon Says: In the fourth collection of Uncle Remus tales, the irrepressible Brer Rabbit gets a job and figures out how to get paid twice a day. By the award-winning author of To be a Slave. less...
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Amazon Says: This retelling of a Navajo folktale explains how First Woman tried to write the laws of the land using stars in the sky, only to be thwarted by the trickster Coyote. more...
Amazon Says: This retelling of a Navajo folktale explains how First Woman tried to write the laws of the land using stars in the sky, only to be thwarted by the trickster Coyote. less...
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Amazon Says: Acclaimed anthropologist, folklorist, and novelist Zora Neale Hurston traveled the back roads of the rural South, collecting stories from men, women, and children in Florida, more...
Amazon Says: Acclaimed anthropologist, folklorist, and novelist Zora Neale Hurston traveled the back roads of the rural South, collecting stories from men, women, and children in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana so that the spirit and richness of the oral storytelling tradition could be shared and preserved. What's the Hurry, Fox? is a sampling of stories from Every Tongue Got To Confess, Ms. Hurston's third volume of folktales collected from the Gulf statesin the 1930s. They have been carefully adapted and shaped by National Book -- and Coretta Scott King Award–winning author Joyce Carol Thomas to appeal to the sensibilities of young readers. Caldecott Honor -- and Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist Bryan Collier adds his unique vision with collages that capture the rich heritage and rural community setting of the stories that are Ms. Hurston's legacy to us. less...
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Coyote Places the Stars by Harriet Peck Taylor
Amazon Says: In a retelling of a Wasco Indian legend, complemented by Southwestern-style paintings, Coyote uses his skill in archery to rearrange the stars into pictures of his friends, Be more...
Amazon Says: In a retelling of a Wasco Indian legend, complemented by Southwestern-style paintings, Coyote uses his skill in archery to rearrange the stars into pictures of his friends, Bear, Lion, Goat, Eagle, and Owl. less...
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Amazon Says: Once only Mouse knew, and kept to himself, the stories of how the world came to be until angry Lightning broke down Mouse's door and the stories escaped into the world. more...
Amazon Says: Once only Mouse knew, and kept to himself, the stories of how the world came to be until angry Lightning broke down Mouse's door and the stories escaped into the world. less...
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