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Folktale Friday

Enjoy these retellings of folktales from around the world by our children's staff!

Folktales: Timeless tales from around the world

Folktales are traditional stories that have been passed down orally for generations and perhaps centuries, long before they were ever written down. Because of this, there is no single version of most folktales, and many have lots of variations. Every country and culture around the world has its own such stories.

You can find our entire children's folktale collection (over 1300 books) on the north wall of the Children's Section, under the carousel painting.

Here are some of our favorites, retold by our children's staff, along with links to the books at the Decatur Public Library. You can find the whole Folktale Friday playlist here on our YouTube channel.

What is a Fable?

A fable is a special kind of folktale, and many that we know came from Aesop in ancient Greece.

Zomo the Rabbit

Zomo the Rabbit, a folktale from Nigeria in West Africa, retold by Mr. John

Go to Sleep, Gecko!

From Indonesia, a folktale about a gecko who couldn't get to sleep, retold by Mr. John.

The Tortoise and the Hare

From Aesop's fables of ancient Greece, the story of The Tortoise and the Hare, told by Ms. Susan (with help from Ella the tortoise).

Lazy Jack!

Mr. John tells us a folktale from England about a silly boy that everyone called "Lazy Jack"!

The Seven Chinese Brothers

Mr John recounts one version of an ancient folktale from China involving seven brothers with extraordinary abilities.

Links to the Books