Tell Me a Story

Tell Me a Story by Amy Friedman and Meredith Johnson

October 19, 2014

Gudbrand and His Very Wise Wife (A Norwegian Tale)

Once upon a time, Gudbrand and his wife lived on a farm high upon a hill, and they were a happy pair, always generous and kind and proud of each other. One day, Gudbrand's wife said, "Let's sell one of our cows. Don't you think that's a good idea, dear husband? After all, we have two." ... continue

October 12, 2014

The Yam Festival Lesson (A Nigerian Folktale)

Once upon a time, Ijapa the tortoise was taking a long, lazy walk. When he started out from home, he had a great deal of energy, but after he had walked for a very long time, he began to move more slowly, and then more slowly still. By the time he reached a village, he was not only tired, he was starving. ... continue

October 05, 2014

Glooscap's Birds (A Wabanaki Indian Tale)

Once upon a time, in the far north of Canada, there lived a wicked giant known as Wolf-Wind. Whenever the sun was hot and the sea was still, he disappeared, but as the seasons changed, he appeared. He came without warning. When he did, the flowers bent their heads to the earth, the trees cracked in fear, the corn... continue

September 28, 2014

Rip Van Winkle's Slumber (An American Tall Tale)

Once upon a time, a man known as Rip Van Winkle lived in the village of Catskill. He was a happy-go-lucky fellow, and a little bit lazy, and he was married to a wife who was unkind. Often when Rip was seeking some peace, he walked with his dog and his rifle into the mountains to the west of the village. There, he... continue

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