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The Story of the Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale

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: The legend of the Milky Way tells of an elderly couple who lived long ago. One day they discovered that a giant spirit dog had stolen some of their cornmeal--and drove the dog more...
Amazon Says: The legend of the Milky Way tells of an elderly couple who lived long ago. One day they discovered that a giant spirit dog had stolen some of their cornmeal--and drove the dog from the village into the night sky. The band of stars that formed in its wake is the Milky Way. Exquisite paintings illuminate a lyrical text by two renowned Native American storytellers. less...
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Amazon Says: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Five traditional Nigerian tales include Hen And Frog, Why Bush Cow And Elephant Are Bad Friends, The Husband Who Counted The Spoonfuls, more...
Amazon Says: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Five traditional Nigerian tales include Hen And Frog, Why Bush Cow And Elephant Are Bad Friends, The Husband Who Counted The Spoonfuls, Why Frog And Snake Never Play Together, and How Animals Got Their Tails. 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: Ann Pilling gathers a collection of stories from around the world that seeks to answer the ancient mystery of our creation. Award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman's spellbi more...
Amazon Says: Ann Pilling gathers a collection of stories from around the world that seeks to answer the ancient mystery of our creation. Award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman's spellbinding art accompanies Creation, making it an anthology that will be enjoyed again and again--just as the legends it contains have been for thousands of years. Full color. less...
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Why Ducks Sleep on One Leg by Sherry Garland
Amazon Says: A story based on a Vietnamese creation tale about three one-legged ducks who search for a second leg explains why ducks sleep on one leg. more...
Amazon Says: A story based on a Vietnamese creation tale about three one-legged ducks who search for a second leg explains why ducks sleep on one leg. less...
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Amazon Says: Two very large and silly birds accidentally create thunder and lightning as a way to warn the Choctaw people of coming rainstorms. more...
Amazon Says: Two very large and silly birds accidentally create thunder and lightning as a way to warn the Choctaw people of coming rainstorms. 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 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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