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How and Why Stories


NOTE: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J COMICS GRAPHICS GRAPH-SPI Tulien, Sean How the Leopard got his Spots
This graphic adaptation from Kipling's Just So Stories relates how the leopard got his spotted coat in order to hunt the animals in the dappled shadows of the forest.
J Kipling, Rudyard How the Camel Got His Hump
Relates how the camel received his permanent hump from the Djinn of All Deserts.
J Kipling, Rudyard How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin
Relates how the rhinoceros' lack of manners resulted in his baggy skin and bad temper.
J Kipling, Rudyard Just So Stories
Twelve Stories about Animals and Insects including How the Camel Got His Hump; How the First Letter was Written, and How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin.
J Kipling, Rudyard The Elephant's Child
Because of his "'satiable curiosity" about what the crocodile has for dinner, the elephant's child and all elephants thereafter have long trunks.
J398.2 Aardema, Verna Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale
A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit. A mosquito annoyed the iguana, who frightened the python, who scared the rabbit, and now the whole jungle is in an uproar because the sun won't rise. The animals discuss the situation and decide to punish the mosquito. Even today, whenever we hear a mosquito buzz, we smack it hard!
J398.2 Bernhard, Emery How Snowshoe Hare Rescued the Sun: A Tale from the Arctic
When the demons who live under the earth steal the sun leaving the tundra in darkness, the animals send Bear, Wolf, and finally Snowshoe Hare to bring it back.
J398.2 Bowden, Joan Chase Why the Tides Ebb and Flow
In this folktale explaining why the sea has tides, an old woman threatens to pull the rock from the hole in the ocean floor if Sky Spirit does not honor his promise to give her shelter.
J398.2 Bruchac, Joseph Native American Animal Stories
The Keepers of the Earth "RM" series is a complete line of books and audiocassettes that teach responsible stewardship of the Earth and all living things. Appropriate for grades K-12.
J398.2 Bruchac, Joseph The Story of the Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale
When cornmeal is stolen from an elderly couple, the others in a Cherokee village find a way to drive off the thief, creating the Milky Way in the process.
J398.2 Connolly, James E., editor Why the Possum's Tail is Bare, and Other North American Indian Nature Tales
Thirteen tales collected from eight Indian tribes of eastern and western North America, featuring animals and nature lore.
J398.2 Crespo, George How the Sea Began: A Taino Myth
The gourd containing the bow and arrow of the great departed hunter Yayael produces a torrent of water that becomes the world's ocean.
J398.2 Daly, Niki Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky
The sun and moon must leave their earthly home after Sun invites the Sea to visit.
J398.2 Dayrell, Elphinstone Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky: An African Folktale
An African folktale tells how the sun and water once lived on earth as friends, but because the sun failed to build his house large enough, he and his wife, the moon, were driven into the sky when the water came to visit them.
J398.2 Dixon, Ann How the Raven Brought Light to People
Raven gives the sun, the moon, and the stars to the people of the world by tricking the great chief who is hoarding them in three boxes.
J398.2 Gerson, Mary-Joan Why the Sky is Far Away: A Folktale from Nigeria
The sky was once so close to the Earth that people cut parts of it to eat, but their waste and greed caused the sky to move far away.
J398.2 Goble, Paul Her Seven Brothers
Retells the Cheyenne legend in which a girl and her seven chosen brothers become the Big Dipper.
J398.2 Hamilton, Martha How and Why Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell
A collection of twenty-five traditional stories explaining why an animal or plant or natural object looks or acts the way it does. Following each story are storytelling tips and short modern, scientific explanations for the subject of the story.
J398.2 Han, Carolyn Why Snails Have Shells: Minority and Han Folktales of China
Twenty traditional tales from such ethnic groups in China as Mongol, Tibetan, Yao, Han, and Miao.
J398.2 Johnston, Tony The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote
Rabbit outwits Coyote in this Zapotec tale which explains why coyotes howl at the moon.
J398.2 Kimmel, Eric A. Why the Snake Crawls on Its Belly
Tells the story of why snakes have no legs, have a forked tongue and why the shed their skin.
J398.2 Lunge-Larsen, Lise The Legend of the Lady Slipper: an Ojibwe Tale
In this retelling of an Ojibwe tale, a girl's act of bravery to save her family leads to the appearance in the world of the delicate and tender flower called the lady's slipper.
J398.2 Mayo, Maragaret When the World was Young: Creation and Pourquois Tales
The girl who did some baking -- Catch it and run! -- Maui and his thousand tricks -- Tortoise's big idea -- Raven and pea-pod man.
J398.2 McDermott, Gerald Jabuti the Tortoise: a Trickster Tale from the Amazon
All the birds enjoy the song-like flute music of Jabuti, the tortoise, except Vulture who, jealous because he cannot sing, tricks Jabuti into riding his back toward a festival planned by the King of Heaven.
J398.2 Ober, Hal How Music Came to the World: An Ancient Mexican Myth
Retells a Mexican legend in which the sky god and the wind god bring music from Sun's house to the Earth.
J398.2 Poole, Amy Lowry How the Rooster Got His Crow
In the early days of the world, when the sun refuses to come out for fear of a skillful archer's arrows, a small rooster saves the day by coaxing the sun with his crowing.
J398.2 Reneaux, J.J. How Animals Saved the People: Animals Tales from the South
A collection of folktales from people in the Deep South including Cajun, Creole, Native Americans, African Americans, those of English as well as Scotch-Irish-German traditions, and others living in Appalachia.
J398.2 Robbins, Ruth How the First Rainbow was Made: an American Indian Tale
When so much rain falls on Mt. Shasta that the Indians cannot gather seeds, they ask Coyote for a sign the rain will stop.
J398.2 Rosen, Michael How Giraffe Got Such a Long Neck -- and Why Rhino is so Grumpy
During a terrible drought in which there is nothing to eat, Man prepares a magic herb that results in Giraffe's long neck so he can reach the high leaves on the trees and a grumpy Rhino, who arrives too late for the magic.
J398.2 Rosen, Michael How the Animals Got Their Colors: Animal Myths from Around the World
A collection of tales from around the world explaining how various animals got their colors.
J398.2 Ross, Gayle How the Turtle's Back was Cracked: A Traditional Cherokee Tale
Turtle's shell is cracked when the wolves plot to stop his boastful ways.
J398.2 Sage, James Coyote Makes Man
A thought-provoking Native American tale. Coyote, who has been charged with the delicate task of creating the first human being, turns to the other animals for help. When Coyote agrees to a compromise that incorporates all their suggestions, the animals are delighted with his creation. But Coyote has his doubts. . . .
J398.2 Tales of Wonder
How the turtle got her shell -- How Sun, Moon, and Wind went out to dinner -- Why spider lives in ceilings -- Why the sea is salt -- - Why the snake has no legs -- Kangaroo tales -- How bear lost his tail -- How the deer lost his tail -- How spider taught women to weave --Why the parrot repeats man's words.
J398.2 Thomas, Joyce Carol What's the Hurry Fox?: And other Animal Stories
Presents a volume of pourquoi tales collected by Zora Neale Hurston from her field research in the Gulf states in the 1920s.
J398.2 Troughton, Joanna How Rabbit Stole the Fire
Retells the traditional Indian legend of how Rabbit managed to steal fire from the Sky People and bring it to Earth.
J398.2 Wolkstein, Diane The Day Ocean Came to Visit
A collection of tales from around the world explaining how various animals got their colors.
J398.208996 Mama, Raouf Why Goats Smell Bad and Other Stories from Benin
A collection of nineteen folk stories from the Fon people of Benin, about orphans and twins with magical associations, spirits, animals, royalty, and farmers.
J398.208997 Sherman, Pat The Sun's Daughter
Tells the story of how the tiny pewee bird saved Maize and kept the people from starving. Based on an Iroquois legend, but parallels the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter.
J398.208997 Vogel, Carole G. Weather Legends: Native American Lore and the Science of Weather
Flood -- Rainbow -- Sun -- Wind -- Snowstorms and Changing Weather -- Seasons -- Indian Summer -- Clouds and Rain -- Thunder, Lightning, and Tornadoes -- Drought and Climate
J398.20966 Cummings, Pat Ananse and the Lizard: A West African Tale
Ananse the spider thinks he will marry the daughter of the village chief, but instead he is outsmarted by Lizard.
J398.20966 Paye, Won-Ldy Why Leopard Has Spots: Dan Stories from Liberia
A collection of nineteen folk stories from the Fon people of Benin, about orphans and twins with magical associations, spirits, animals, royalty, and farmers.
J398.20966 Shepard, Aaron Master Man: a Tall Tale of Nigeria
A boastful strong man learns a lesson harder than his muscles when he encounters one of Nigeria's superheroes in this Hausa tale which explains the origin of thunder.
J398.209763 Doucet, Sharon A. Why Lapin's Ears are Long and Other Tales from the Louisiana Bayou
Three tales of Compere Lapin who practices his tricks among the Creoles and the Cajuns of the Louisiana bayou.
J398.21 Mollel, Tololwa M. The Orphan Boy: A Maasai Story
Though delighted that an orphan boy has come into his life, an old man becomes insatiably curious about the boy's mysterious powers.
J398.24 Bruchac, James How the Chipmunk Got His Stripes: A Tale of Bragging and Teasing
When Bear and Brown Squirrel have a disagreement about whether Bear can stop the sun from rising, Brown Squirrel ends up with claw marks on his back and becomes Chipmunk, the striped one.
J398.24 Garland, Sherry Why Ducks Sleep on One Leg
A Vietnamese folktale explaining the phenomenon of ducks' sleeping on one leg.
J398.24 Greaves, Nick When Hippo was Hairy and Other Tales from Africa
Thirty-six tribal stories from Africa about the animals that occupy the plains and forests, bringing to life Africa's rich heritage of folklore and mythology. Includes brief fact-files for all the animals described.
J398.24 Greaves, Nick When Lion Could Fly and Other Tales from Africa
Over thirty fascinating stories from African folklore and mythology about the animals of the grasslands and rainforest, with fact files about each creature and maps showing their distribution.
J398.24 Knutson, Barbara How the Guinea Fowl Got Her Spots: A Swahili Tale of Friendship
A folk explanation for the guinea fowl's protective coloration that enables it to hide from its natural predator, the lion.
J398.24 Knutson, Barbara Why the Crab Has No Head: An African Tale
Retells the African folktale from the Bakongo people of Zaire in which Crab's pride influences his creator, who leaves Crab without a head to make him humble.
J398.24 Shute, Linda Rabbit Wishes
Presents an Afro-Cuban folk tale which explains why rabbits have long ears.
J398.24 Troughton, Joanna How Stories Came into the World: a Folk Tale from West Africa
Once only Mouse knew, and kept to himself, the stories of how the world came to be until angry Lightning broke down Mouse's door and the stories escaped into the world.
J398.24 Troughton, Joanna How the Birds Changed Their Feathers
How the Birds Changed Their Feathers, a tale told by the Arawak people of Guyana, tells how the birds (who were once entirely white) became brightly colored.
J398.245 Hausman, Gerald How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet: Native American Animal Origin Stories
How Coyote got yellow eyes -- How Bat learned to fly -- How Lizard got flat -- How Hawk stopped the flood with his tail feather -- How Horse got fast -- How Possum lost his tail -- How Chipmunk got tiny feet.
J398.2452 Duvall, Deborah L. How Rabbit Lost His Tail: A Traditional Cherokee Legend
When Rabbit becomes jealous of Otter's beautiful coat, which causes his own beautiful tail to be ignored, he plots to steal the coat and become popular again.
J398.2452 Duvall, Deborah L. The Opossum's Tale: A Grandmother Story
The ancient Cherokee people wondered about the opossum, whose silly grin and hairless tail caught their imagination...
J398.26 Bryan, Ashley The Story of Lightning and Thunder
In this retelling of a West African tale, Ma Sheep Thunder and her impetuous son Ram Lightning are forced to leave their home on Earth because of the trouble Ram causes.
J398.26 Monroe, Jean Guard They Dance in the Sky: Native American Star Myths
A collection of legends about the stars from various North American Indian cultures, including explanations of the Milky Way and constellations such as the Big Dipper.
JE ACHEB Achebe, Chinua How the Leopard Got His Claws
Recounts how the leopard got his claws and teeth and why he rules the forest with terror.
JE Alexander, Lloyd How the Cat Swallowed Thunder
Warned not to get into his usual mischief, Mother Holly's cat tries to tidy up all the mess he has made while she is away.
JE BECKH Beckhorn, Susan Williams In the Morning of the World: Six Woodland Why Stories
Six tales reveal how the raccoon, the porcupine, the fox, the flying squirrel, the skunk, and the mountain lion came to have their unique characteristics.
JE CLEVE Cleveland, Rob How the Tiger Got His Stripes
Hoping to acquire wisdom from man, Tiger ends up instead with stripes on his golden coat.
JE Kipling, Rudyard The Elephant's Child
Rudyard Kipling's delightful story of how the elephant got his trunk is given a stunning new look through Geoffrey Patterson's elegant, whimsical illustrations. The text has also been simplified for a younger audience, without losing any of Kipling's much-loved turns of phrase.
JE Lester, Julius Why Heaven is Far Away
When people and animals try to climb ladders to Heaven to escape problems with snakes, God, His secretary Bruce, and the angel Shaniqua decide that Heaven needs to be much further away.
JE Mollel, Tololwa M. A Promise to the Sun: An African Story
Explains why bats only come out of their caves at night.
JE Richards, Jean How the Elephant Got Its Trunk: A Retelling of the Rudyard Kipling Tale
Because of his curiosity about what the crocodile has for dinner, a little elephant and all elephants thereafter have long trunks.
S J398.2 Ehlert, Lois Moon Rope: A Peruvian Folktale = Uno Lazo a la Luna: Una Leyenda Peruana
An adaptation of the Peruvian folktale in which Fox and Mole try to climb to the moon on a rope woven of grass.
S J398.208997 Larson, Bonnie When Animals were People: a Huichol Indian Tale
A traditional Huichol folktale of the magical time when animals had human characteristics and were first learning from the Spirits of Nature and each other to find their true homes and unique wisdom.


CD J KIPLING Kipling, Rudyard Just So Stories
How the whale got his throat (6:44) -- How the camel got his hump (6:14) -- How the rhinoceros got his skin (5:59) -- The elephant's child (1(7:03) -- The sing-song of old man kangaroo (6:30) -- The beginning of the armadillos (15:45) -- How the leopard got his spots (13:05).
DVD J398.2 WHY Aardema, Verna Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears:.and More Stories from Africa
Includes: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears -- A Story, A Story -- Who's in Rabbit's house?
JZS KIPLING HLG W 15 Kipling, Rudyard How the Leopard Got His Spots
Relates how the greyish-yellowish-brownish leopard came by his spots.
JZS KIPLING HRS W 04 Kipling, Rudyard How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin and How the Camel Got His Hump
Just so -- How the rhinoceros got his skin -- Anantarivo -- Humph! -- How the camel got his hump -- Camel dance -- And told the man -- When the world was new -- More than oriental splendor -- Amygdala -- Djinn.


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