Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Stor e Telling August September 2016: Environmental Stories

Breton Brother and Sister
William Bouguereau 1825–1905 
The theme for this issue of the National Storytelling Magazine was the environment so it is appropriate I share this with you now since Earth Day is April 22, 2017.  Below are resources to complement our environment, including animals, flora, fauna and nature. You will also find curriculum resources to supplement your repertoire.


The Book of Nature Myths by Florence Holbrook, 1904. Fifty-nine stories nature myths including Why the Peacock’s Tail Has a Hundred Eyes, and many more.

H-NILAS: Stories for the Seasons - I shared this site back in 2002 and they have continued to add to their resources; an excellent array of seasonal stories, adapted by storyteller Cathy Mosley.

Myths and Legends of Flowers, Trees, Fruits and Plants by Charles M. Skinner, 1911. This book offers many stories, some very short, others more fully formed; a helpful book for background information when you are planning a nature program.

Plant Myths and Legends – As with the book above, it would be useful if you were researching specific stories but would need to be fleshed out more fully for your repertoire.

Rumanian Bird and Beast Stories, by M. Gastor, Ph.d, 1915. Dozens of pourquoi tales at your fingertips. 

Spirit of Trees - I’ve shared this site before but it certainly bears repeating. This growing website offers curricular resources, essays, organizational links, poetry and folktales from some of our leading storytellers and scholars.

Ten Ancient Stories and the Geological Events that May Have Inspired Them– From Smithsonian Magazine, “There's no way of telling which came first, the disaster or the story. But tales can provide clues to the past…”


Animals and Humans in Cooperation and Conflict – From the National Council of the Humanities, three lesson activities, questions, and stories for the classroom.

Teaching Environmental Education Using the Shona Folktales – “This paper examines the implications of using the Shona folktale as a tool and method for teaching environmental education (EE)…” There are also three folktales to complement the text.

Getting Wild About Environmental Literature – If you’re planning a program about the environment this will be invaluable resource; a bibliography of a 122 topics related to wildlife and the environment.

August 11 is Son and Daughter Day in the United States. Here are some stories to help you celebrate the special children in your life.

The Bear Who Married a Peasant’s Daughter - Latvia

The Devoted Daughter – Korea

The Disobedient Son – South America

The Dragon King’s Daughter - China

The Four Puppets - Burma

One Man and His Precious Cow - Nigeria

The Mason and His Son - Italy

The Sad Story of the Yaoya’s Daughter - Japan

The Samurai’s Daughter – Japan

The Sea King’s Daughter

The Snake and the King’s Daughter

The Tale of Two Sons – India

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