Best Folklore Books

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1. Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Author: by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Ballantine Books
608 pages

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Book club pick for Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf A deeply spiritual book [that] honors what is tough, smart and untamed in women. The Washington Post Book World Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing.

She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered species. For though the gifts of wildish nature belong to us at birth, society’s attempt to civilize us into rigid roles has muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls.

In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Ests unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, many from her own traditions, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature.

Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine. Dr. Ests has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche.

2. Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales: Revised Edition (C. G. Jung Foundation Books Series Book 1)

Author: by Marie-Louise von Franz
June 13, 2017

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A renowned psychologist examines fairy tales through a Jungian lens, revealing what they can teach us about the darkest sides of human behaviorFairy tales seem to be innocent stories, yet they contain profound lessons for those who would dive deep into their waters of meaning.

In this book, Marie-Louise von Franz uncovers some of the important lessons concealed in tales from around the world, drawing on the wealth of her knowledge of folklore, her experience as a psychoanalyst and a collaborator with Jung, and her great personal wisdom.

Among the many topics discussed in relation to the dark side of life and human psychology, both individual and collective, are: How different aspects of the “shadow”all the affects and attitudes that are unconscious to the ego personalityare personified in the giants and monsters, ghosts, and demons, evil kings, and wicked witches of fairy tales How problems of the shadow manifest differently in men and women What fairy tales say about the kinds of behavior and attitudes that invite evil How Jung’s technique of Active imagination can be used to overcome overwhelming negative emotions How ghost stories and superstitions reflect the psychology of grieving What fairy tales advise us about whether to struggle against evil or turn the other cheekDr. von Franz concludes that every rule of behavior that we can learn from the unconscious through fairy tales and dreams is usually a paradox: sometimes there must be a physical struggle against evil and sometimes a contest of wits, sometimes a display of strength or magic and sometimes a retreat.

3. The Mitten

Author: by Jan Brett
32 pages

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In this bestselling modern classic, a young boy’s lost mitten leads to a charming snowy adventure. Jan Brett’s beautiful retelling has been a family favorite for over 25 years. When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing.

One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax.

As the story of the animals in the mitten unfolds, the reader can see Nicki in the borders of each page, walking through the woods unaware of what is going on. In her distinctive style, Jan Brett brings the animals to life with warmth and humor, and her illustrations are full of visual delights and details faithful to the Ukrainian tradition from which the story comes.

Jan Brett is also the creator of such wintery classics as The Hat, The Snowy Nap, Three Snowy Bears, The Animal’s Santa, and The Night Before Christmas. This book is also available in Spanish, as El mitn.

4. Alice in Wonderland: The Original 1865 Edition With Complete Illustrations By Sir John Tenniel (A Classic Novel of Lewis Carroll)

Author: by Lewis Carroll
101 pages

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And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation? Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandThis Beautiful edition contains complete original black and white illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. Alice in Wonderland is an 1865 novel by English author Lewis Carroll.

It tells of a young girl named Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children.

One of the best-known and most popular works of English-language fiction, its narrative, structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre. The work has never been out of print and has been translated into at least 97 languages.

Its ongoing legacy encompasses many adaptations for stage, screen, radio, art, ballet, theme parks, board games and video games. A True Classic that Belongs on Every Bookshelf!

5. Italian Folktales

Author: by Italo Calvino

Mariner Books
800 pages

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One of the New York Times’s Ten Best Books of the Year: These traditional stories of Italy, retold by a literary master, are a treasure (Los Angeles Times). Filled with kings and peasants, saints and ogresas well as some quite extraordinary plants and animalsthese two hundred tales bring to life Italy’s folklore, sometimes with earthy humor, sometimes with noble mystery, and sometimes with the playfulness of sheer nonsense.

Selected and retold by one of the country’s greatest literary icons, this collection stands with the finest folktale collections anywhere (The New York Times Book Review). For readers of any age …A masterwork. The Wall Street Journal A magic book, and a classic to boot.Time

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Author: by Nayyirah Waheed
275 pages

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7. Russian Fairy Tales

Author: by Alexander Afanasyev
The Planet
80 pages

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This richly illustrated collection includes five popular Russian folk tales: Vasilisa the Beautiful; Maria Morevna; The Feather of Finist the Falcon; The Frog-Tsarevna; Tsarevich Ivan, the Firebird and the Grey Wolf. The illustrations featured in this edition were created in the early 20th century by Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin, a famous Russian illustrator and stage designer, who was inspired by Slavic folklore throughout his career.

He was a prominent figure in the artistic movement Mir Iskusstva and contributed to the Ballets Russes. The tales were recorded by the renowned folklorist Alexander Nikolayevich Afanasyev (1826-1871), who collected and published more than 600 Russian folk tales in the middle 19th century.

8. Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass: The Original Edition With Complete Illustrations By Sir John Tenniel (A Lewis Carroll Classics)

Author: by Lewis Carroll
210 pages

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She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it). Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-GlassThis Beautiful edition contains complete original black and white illustrations from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Sir John Tenniel.

Lewis Carroll’s novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (first published in 1865 and 1871, respectively) have entertained readers young and old for more than a century. Their magical worlds, amusing characters, clever dialogue, and playfully logical illogic epitomize the whit and whimsy of Carroll’s writing.

Alice in Wonderland is an 1865 novel by English author Lewis Carroll. It tells of a young girl named Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre.

The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. Through the Looking-Glass is a novel published on 27 December 1871 by Lewis Carroll and the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865). Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it.

9. Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were: Creatures, Places, and People

Author: by Michael
Viking Penguin, Inc.
240 pages

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Explores mythology, folklore, legends, literature, and fairy tales

10. The Complete Fables (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Aesop
Penguin Classics
96 pages

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‘Many people are not in the least disturbed at the harm that befalls them, provided they can see their enemies’ downfall first’ In a series of pithy, amusing vignettes, Aesop created a vivid cast of characters to demonstrate different aspects of human nature.

Here we see a wily fox outwitted by a quick-thinking cicada, a tortoise triumphing over a self-confident hare and a fable-teller named Aesop silencing those who mock him. Each jewel-like fable provides a warning about the consequences of wrong-doing, as well as offering a glimpse into the everyday lives of Ancient Greeks.

This definitive edition is the first translation into English of the entire corpus of 358 unbowdlerized fables. It is fully annotated, with an introduction that rescues the fables from a tradition of moralistic interpretation. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

11. The Cats of Ireland: An Irish Gift for Cat Lovers, with Legends, Tales, and Trivia Galore

Author: by Seamus Mullarkey
113 pages

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Can’t find the perfect Irish gift? Don’t know what to give a cat lover? The Cats of Ireland is full of cat adventures, fun facts, and cat stories galoreDID YOU KNOW? There’s a luxury Irish hotel that gives plain old kitties the 5-Star treatment?

That Irish pop star Enya hides from the world in a castle by the sea-that’s packed full of felines? That in medieval times any Irish cat was worth a whopping three times as much as a cow? NOW YOU CAN DISCOVER…

How you can say goodbye to the rat race and move to Ireland with your cat. How catnip farming could be the future for Irish agriculture. The very best Irish cat names for yourbrand-new kitten.AND..Much, much more! This unique book features Irish cat stories, historical Irish trivia and fun feline facts from Ireland that are sure to entertain and intrigue you.

Stock up on The Cats of Ireland for: Birthdays Christmas Thank-you gifts And of course-for St. Patrick’s Day… It’s great as a gag gift, a gift for cat lovers, a gift for grandma, and the perfect Irish gift for all occasions.

12. Dire Wolf of the Quapaw: a Jubal Smoak Mystery (Jubal Smoak Mysteries)

Author: by Phil Truman
239 pages

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Winner 2019 Will Rogers Medallion AwardHe’s been hot on an outlaw’s trail for months. But deep in Native American territory, he’s no longer sure who’s innocent and who’s a monsterQuapaw tribal lands, new State of Oklahoma, 1910.Greenhorn Deputy U.S. Marshal Jubal Smoak knows he can either lay down the law or get stampeded.

So after the gruesome murder of a young family, he relentlessly pursues the ruthless outlaw who gave him a bullet in the back. Trailing the man for months, he refuses to be put off the scent by foolish rumors of a mythical Native American monster.

Hunting his suspect through snow-covered trails, he learns the grisly string of deaths have also ravaged neighboring ranches. But when he gets a closer look at the mutilated carcasses and massive paw prints, he worries this case isn’t as cut and dried as he thought.

Can Smoak end the slaughter before more innocent lives are lost? Dire Wolf of the Quapaw is the first book in the dark Jubal Smoak Western mystery series. If you like frontier settings, gritty characters, and Native American myths, then you’ll love Phil Truman’s twisted tale.

13. American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Zitkala-Sa

‎ English
320 pages

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A thought-provoking collection of searing prose from a Sioux woman that covers race, identity, assimilation, and perceptions of Native American cultureZitkala-Sa wrestled with the conflicting influences of American Indian and white culture throughout her life. Raised on a Sioux reservation, she was educated at boarding schools that enforced assimilation and was witness to major events in white-Indian relations in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Tapping her troubled personal history, Zitkala-Sa created stories that illuminate the tragedy and complexity of the American Indian experience. In evocative prose laced with political savvy, she forces new thinking about the perceptions, assumptions, and customs of both Sioux and white cultures and raises issues of assimilation, identity, and race relations that remain compelling today.

14. Polish Customs, Traditions, and Folklore

Author: by Sophie Hodorowicz Knab
Hippocrene Books
335 pages

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A richly detailed and well-informed month-by month accounting of all the major Polish customs and traditions practiced over the centuries. Ms. Knab stirs and reawakens our ancestral memory. The Kosciuszko Foundation Newsletter This unique, well-researched reference is arranged by month, showing the various occasions, feasts and holidays prominent in Polish culturebeginning with December it continues through Holy Week Customs, superstitions, beliefs and rituals associated with farming, Pentecost, Corpus Christi, midsummer, harvest festival, wedding rites, Name Days, birth and death.

Line illustrations throughout enrich this varied treasury of Polish folklore and the revised edition includes a chapter on Traditional Polish Games and Pastimes for Children. Many of the customs and traditions found herein are extinct even in today’s Poland. World wars, massive immigration, the loss of the oral tradition, urbanization and politics have changed the face of a once agrarian people and their accompanying lifestyle.

15. The Classic of Mountains and Seas (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Anne Birrell
Penguin Classics
336 pages

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This major source of Chinese mythology (third century BC to second century AD) contains a treasure trove of rare data and colorful fiction about the mythical figures, rituals, medicine, natural history, and ethnic peoples of the ancient world. The Classic of Mountains and Seas explores 204 mythical figures such as the gods Foremost, Fond Care, and Yellow, and goddesses Queen Mother of the West and Girl Lovely, as well as many other figures unknown outside this text.

This eclectic Classic also contains crucial information on early medicine (with cures for impotence and infertility), omens to avert catastrophe, and rites of sacrifice, and familiar and unidentified plants and animals. It offers a guided tour of the known world in antiquity, moving outwards from the famous mountains of central China to the lands beyond the seas.

Translated with an introduction and notes by Anne Birrell.

16. Native American Animal Stories

Author: by Joseph Bruchac III
160 pages

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The Papago Indians of the American Southwest say butterflies were created to gladden the hearts of children and chase away thoughts of aging and death. How the Butterflies Came to Be is one of twenty-four Native American tales included in Native American Animal Stories.

The stories, coming from Mohawk, Hopi, Yaqui, Haida and other cultures, demonstrate the power of animals in Native American traditions. Parents, teachers and children will delight in lovingly told stories about “our relations, the animals.” The stories come to life through magical illustrations by Mohawk artists John Kahionhes Fadden and David Fadden.”The stories in this book present some of the basic perspectives that Native North American parents, aunts and uncles use to teach the young.

They are phrased in terms that modern youngsters can understand and appreciate … They enable us to understand that while birds and animals appear to be similar in thought processes to humans, that is simply the way we represent them in our stories.