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Pourquoi Tales for Children: Part 2

How was Turtle's shell cracked? Why does Coyote howl at the moon? Why do cats purr? Here are some more pourquoi tales (tales that explain how or why) that offer answers from different cultures and time periods.

These myths will pique your reader's curiosity and fuel their imagination! 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: In a traditional Cherokee creation story, an elderly couple discovers that a giant spirit dog has stolen some of their cornmeal, and the entire community works together to dri more...
Amazon Says: In a traditional Cherokee creation story, an elderly couple discovers that a giant spirit dog has stolen some of their cornmeal, and the entire community works together to drive the dog into the night sky. less...
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Amazon Says: Here are five Nigerian folktales, retold in language as rhythmic as the beat of the story-drum, and illustrated with vibrant, evocative woodcuts. more...
Amazon Says: Here are five Nigerian folktales, retold in language as rhythmic as the beat of the story-drum, and illustrated with vibrant, evocative woodcuts. less...
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The Cat's Purr by Ashley Bryan
Amazon Says: Cat and Rat are friends, but when Rat tricks Cat and plays the cat drum, which only cats may play, Cat ends up swallowing the drum, and that is how he got his purr. more...
Amazon Says: Cat and Rat are friends, but when Rat tricks Cat and plays the cat drum, which only cats may play, Cat ends up swallowing the drum, and that is how he got his purr. less...
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Amazon Says: Vain and selfish Cuckoo learns a lesson in humility and generosity when she undertakes a brave task in this tale told in both English and Spanish. “A book almost as much a p more...
Amazon Says: Vain and selfish Cuckoo learns a lesson in humility and generosity when she undertakes a brave task in this tale told in both English and Spanish. “A book almost as much a piece of folk art as it is a folktale.”--Kirkus Reviews less...
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Creation by Ann Pilling
Amazon Says: A collection of stories from around the world seeks to answer the ancient mystery of our creation and is complemented by spellbinding art, in a treasury of legends and myths f more...
Amazon Says: A collection of stories from around the world seeks to answer the ancient mystery of our creation and is complemented by spellbinding art, in a treasury of legends and myths for all ages. less...
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Why Ducks Sleep on One Leg by Sherry Garland
Amazon Says: A Vietnamese folktale explaining the phenomenon of ducks' sleeping on one leg more...
Amazon Says: A Vietnamese folktale explaining the phenomenon of ducks' sleeping on one leg less...
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Amazon Says: The Great Sun Father commands two enormous birds, Heloha and Melatha, to find a way of warning people of coming storms, and the not-very-smart twosome finally comes up with a more...
Amazon Says: The Great Sun Father commands two enormous birds, Heloha and Melatha, to find a way of warning people of coming storms, and the not-very-smart twosome finally comes up with a way. less...
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Amazon Says: Like most rebellious children, the green frogs in this Korean folktale love to disobey their mother. What-ever she asks them to do, they do the opposite . . . until their bad more...
Amazon Says: Like most rebellious children, the green frogs in this Korean folktale love to disobey their mother. What-ever she asks them to do, they do the opposite . . . until their bad habit lands them in trouble. less...
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Amazon Says: Colorful folk art and Spanish phrases spice up the beloved Oaxaco Mexican folktale about the incorrigible Rabbit, who always gets the best of Coyote. By the creators of The Qu more...
Amazon Says: Colorful folk art and Spanish phrases spice up the beloved Oaxaco Mexican folktale about the incorrigible Rabbit, who always gets the best of Coyote. By the creators of The Quilt Story. less...
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Amazon Says: A retelling of a traditional Navajo creation myth which explains how water came to earth more...
Amazon Says: A retelling of a traditional Navajo creation myth which explains how water came to earth less...
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Amazon Says: Retells the African folktale from the Bakongo people of Zaire in which Crab's pride influences his creator, who leaves crab without a head to make him humble more...
Amazon Says: Retells the African folktale from the Bakongo people of Zaire in which Crab's pride influences his creator, who leaves crab without a head to make him humble less...
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Amazon Says: A collection of ten tales from diverse cultures, including stories from Ghana and Iceland, provides young readers with exciting explanations of how the earth came into being. more...
Amazon Says: A collection of ten tales from diverse cultures, including stories from Ghana and Iceland, provides young readers with exciting explanations of how the earth came into being. less...
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Amazon Says: This humorous traditional tale from the Igbo people of Nigeria features the trickster tortoise, Mbeku, and shows how the tortoise got his rough, checkered shell as a result of more...
Amazon Says: This humorous traditional tale from the Igbo people of Nigeria features the trickster tortoise, Mbeku, and shows how the tortoise got his rough, checkered shell as a result of Mbeku's greediness and cunning. less...
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A Story, a Story by Gail E. Haley
Jessica M. Says: A story, a story : an African tale / retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley.
Amazon Says: Many African stories, whether or not they are about Kwaku Ananse the "spider man," are called, "Spider Stories." This book is about how that came to be. The African storytell more...
Amazon Says: Many African stories, whether or not they are about Kwaku Ananse the "spider man," are called, "Spider Stories." This book is about how that came to be. The African storyteller begins: "We do not really mean, we do not really mean that what we are about to say is true. A Story, a story; let it come, let it go." And it tells that long, long ago there were no stories on earth for children to hear. All stories belonged to Nyame, the Sky God. Ananse, the Spider man, wanted to buy some of these stories, so he spun a web up to the sky and went up to bargain with the Sky God. The price the Sky God asked was Osebo, the leopard of-the-terrible-teeth, Mmboro the hornet who-stings-like-fire, and Mmoatia the fairy whom-men-never-see. How Ananse paid the price is told in a graceful and clever text, with forceful, lovely woodcut illustrations. less...
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