Folklore & Fairy Tales
Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Five to Nine
A cloud-spinning lad is intimidated by a greedy king who upsets his country’s ecology. Alkyd paint and crackle varnish illustrations (6-8).
A single narrative follows Fox through a busy day of tricking and being tricked. Gouache and pencil drawings. Author’s note with the morals (5-8).
Lonely Hans—half boy, half hedgehog—finds happiness through a magical fiddle and the love of a true-hearted princess. Vivid acrylic illustrations evoke old-fashioned fairy tales (6-9).
Shaina stands up to her townsfolk and protects Izzy Pippik’s beautiful lost hen until Izzy can return for her—but will he? Gentle, humorous illustrations (4-8).
Rhythmic text takes us along on a journey across America in the spirit of Jack Kerouac. Watercolor and pencil crayon illustrations (4-8).
This twist on the classic tale includes a kind giant and a look at progress. Stimson’s experience as an animator adds to the digital illustrations (6-12).
A princess is in danger because of a cameo appearance by a bear. Playful digital illustrations (5-9).
Magnificent watercolor illustrations accompany this engaging folk tale of a quite clever and loyal cat (5-7).
In this Iroquois tale, Rabbit insists on doing his snow dance, even though it is summer and the other animals warn him not to. Watercolor, gouache, and ink drawings (5-8).
Is Sophie brave, honest, and wise enough to become the new Tooth Mouse, who brings French children money for their baby teeth? Pencil and watercolor illustrations (5-9).
Can an Afghani shah shake the faith of a poor Jewish shoemaker who meets all his challenges with optimism? Expressive, richly colored illustrations (6-9).