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Folklore: Stories, Songs and More

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Series: Stories

This is the first in a four-part series discussing different forms of storytelling:

Part 1: Folklore

Part 2: Fairy Tales: A Comparison

Part 3: Fairy Tales & Nature

Part 4: Fables and Parables

Folklore is an expression that includes songs, rhymes, lullabies, dances, tales, myth, legends, memories, poems, jokes, riddles, games, proverbs and special sayings.

folklore notebookRecommended Authors/Illustrators:

  • Alma Flor Ada
  • Jan Brett
  • Paul Galdone
  • Florence Holbrook
  • Nina Jaffe
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Jon Scieszka
  • Howard Schwartz
  • Iza Trapani
  • Milo Winter
  • Lisbeth Zwerger

Personal Folklore:

Many of us have some form of folklore represented within our family. This would be a good opportunity to help the child understand that folklore can have personal meaning. Share a personal folklore with them and then ask them to share a personal folklore with you. If they cannot think of an example, they can develop one. Author Nina Jaffe offers the following tips:

If they have a personal folklore to share, ask them:

  • What type is it? (a family story, song, lullaby, game, poem, riddle, joke, tale, play, proverb, recipe, special saying, childhood memory or another form)
  • Who shared it with you?
  • Where did it come from?
  • Did you have to translate it from another language?
  • How is it being passed on?
  • Why do you think it’s important?

If they need to develop a personal folklore, ask them:

  • When and where were you born?
  • Where did you grow up?
  • Where there any special family celebrations you remember? Were there any special stories, recipes, songs, games or dances associated with those celebrations?
  • Did anyone sing you a special lullaby when you were little? Do you remember the words to the song? Who sang it to you?
  • Are there any special celebrations in your community? Can you describe them and their origins?

Once they gathered all their information, they can express their folklore in whatever way they feel most comfortable: song, dance, written story, drawing, oral story, etc.


Color the pictures and fill in the blanks to finish a “Once Upon A Time” story

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