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K is for Kids, 7 of them and a wolf.

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Herman Vogel illustrated an 1894 edition of Grimm's Kinder und Hausmarchen.

Herman Vogel illustrated an 1894 edition of Grimm’s Kinder und Hausmarchen.

“The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids” is the ultimate stranger danger story. Kindergarteners faithfully chant with Mama Goat “When I leave…, lock the door…, and don’t open it up again for anyone else but me!” They are stunned by the wolf’s treachery. They bounce anxiously as he searches the home, swell at the baby’s assistance, and heave a sigh of great relief when mama retrieves her kids. Whew!

Isn’t it better for children to hear about wolves preying upon goats than to learn about human predation on a news program?

This is where courage is born: in scary stories.

I hope your 398.2 shelves hold a telling or retelling of this tale.

Grimms Fairy Tales (of course!)

Grimm, Jacob, The Wolf and the Seven Kids, illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft. Troll Communications, 1980.

Grimm, Jacob, Wilhelm Grimm and Molly Stevens, The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats: A Fairy Tale, illustrated by Claudine Routiaux. Abbeville Press, 2001. (Part of Abbeville Classic Fairy Tales series, The Little Pebbles.)

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

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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?