Folktales from Greece: A Treasury of Delights

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Libraries Unlimited, 2002 - Education - 129 pages
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While Greek myths are well known and amply represented, very few Greek folktales have been published in English. Now these acclaimed authors make 20 captivating folktales accessible to readers outside of Greece. Newly translated and retold, the stories range from the profound to the lighthearted, the haunting to the hilarious, and the spiritual to the secular. Numerous accompanying photographs and drawings illustrate aspects of Greek life and traditional folklore motifs. Perfect for storytimes and read-alouds, the tales will appeal to both young and old.

 

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Contents

MIRSINA
3
Note to Mirsina
9
LOUKAS AND KALOTHIA
11
Note to Loukas and Kalothia
15
ANTHOUSA XANTHOUSA CHRISOMALOUSA
17
Note to Anthousa Xanthousa Chrisomalousa
22
THE SNAKE TREE
23
Note to The Snake Tree
29
Note to Thodora
79
STORIES WITH STRONG MORALS
81
Introduction
82
HUMAN GREED
83
Note to Human Greed
85
THREE GOOD PIECES OF ADVICE
87
Note to Three Good Pieces of Advice
91
ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND THE MERMAID
93

TALES OF TRANSFORMATION
31
Introduction
32
THE CRAB
33
Note to The Crab
38
THE SEVEN RAVENS
39
Note to The Seven Ravens
42
BROTHER AND SISTER
43
Note to Brother and Sister
47
THE GOAT GIRL
49
Note to The Goat Girl
53
CLEVER FOLK
56
Introduction
56
KALLO AND THE GOBLINS
57
Note to Kallo and the Goblins
61
STAHTOYANNIS
63
Note to Stahtoyannis
68
WHAT IS THE QUICKEST THING ON EARTH?
69
Note to What Is the Quickest Thing on Earth?
74
THODORA
75
Note to Alexander the Great and the Mermaid
96
THE PRINCESS AND THE SALT
97
Note to The Princess and the Salt
100
HUMOROUS STORIES
101
Introduction
102
THE AXE AND YANNIS
103
Note to The Axe and Yannis
106
PARENTS BLESSING
107
Note to Parents Blessing
110
THE SPITEFUL COUPLE
111
Note to The Spiteful Couple
113
THE EGGS
115
Note to The Eggs
118
REFERENCES
119
INDEX
123
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
127
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
129
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Page xv - Mraz is a doctoral student and teaching fellow in the Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University.

About the author (2002)

SOULA MITAKIDOU is an award-winning author and Lecturer in the Department of Primary Education at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece.

ANTHONY L. MANNA, an award-winning author, is Professor of Children's Literature, Kent State University.

MELPOMENI KANATSOULI is Associate Professor of Children's Literature at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece.

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