Want a fun way to nurture multicultural kids at home? Want to expose them to important life lessons while you’re at it? Then, it’s time to cuddle up together and dive into the colorful world of folktales.
Why folktales? Every culture in the world uses them to teach universal truths and cultural values. Folktales explore universal principles and ideas. They provide imaginative and delightful answers to the “big” questions kids have as they explore the world.
Here are three of our world folktale favorites, each featuring colorful characters and memorable lessons.
Pine and the Winter Sparrow
Why do pine trees stay green all year? Why do they never lose their leaves? According to the ancient Cherokee legend recorded in Pine and the Winter Sparrow by Alexis York Lombard, it all started with a simple act of kindness.
This spellbinding folktale draws readers into a world where trees and birds speak freely to each other. A lone pine tree provides winter shelter for a wounded sparrow. In return, the tree is blessed by the great Creator with evergreen branches. The lesson? No act of kindness goes unrewarded.
Chinese Fables: The Dragon Slayer & Other Timeless Tales of Wisdom
Chinese Fables: The Dragon Slayer & Other Timeless Tales of Wisdom by Shiho S. Nunes includes nineteen tales drawn from ancient Chinese texts. The stories are filled with adventure, clever lessons, and whimsical humor. Their simple yet profound teachings will stay with you and your kids for many years.
With a full dose of humor and colorful characters such the lion and fox, your kids will be mesmerized and entertained. Winner of the 2014 Aesop’s Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, these Chinese fables cover a wide range of themes that explore human nature.
Konte Chameleon Fine, Fine, Fine!
Konte Chameleon Fine, Fine, Fine! by Cristina Kessler was inspired by West Africa’s rich oral tradition. Kessler learned the story from a friend whose family had passed it down for generations. In the story, Konte Chameleon enjoys his vantage point atop a wild red orchid. But when he looks over his shoulder, he’s shocked to notice his entire body has turned scarlet. What to do?
Konte Chameleon goes on a quest to “fix” his problem. He seeks help from Dr. Jalloh, a wise rabbit. Dr. Jalloh helps Konte Chameleon realize that his color-changing skill is unique and useful… Especially during an unwanted visit from Khadi Python. This tale provides a powerful lesson about recognizing and accepting each other’s hidden talents.
World Folktales for Multicultural Kids
Looking for ways to encourage your children to think and act like multicultural kids even when you’re not traveling? Reading world folktales introduces them to different parts of the world and new cultures.
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