E is for East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Kay Nielsen from East of the Sun . . .

Kay Nielsen’s graceful art fills the 1914 edition of East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

. . . and all around the world people besides the Brothers Grimm collect stories! These tales from Scandinavian lands were collected by Peter Christian Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe. Alexander Afanas’ev collected Russian tales and Lafcadio Hearne, Japanese. Bozena Nemcova gathered Czech folktales, and the poet William Butler Yeats collected the Irish ones, both in efforts to build national pride during times of struggle. Madame d’ Aulnoy was the first to write down the fanciful stories told in Parisian salons, and another collector, Charles Perrault, named them “fairy tales.” Americo Paredes collected Mexican folktales and J. Frank Dobie brought Texas tales to print.

Here are a few more:

Hamilton, Virginia, The People Could Fly, Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.

Walker, Barbara. The Art of the Turkish Tale. Texas Tech University Press, 1990.

Yolen, Jane, Favorite Folktales from Around the World. Random House, 1988.

Who are your favorite collectors?

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