Multicultural Folktales List

Below is a list of multicultural folktales that you can check for in your library.


Anansi the Spider
This story relates the tale of father Anansi and his six spider sons. When Anansi sets out on a dangerous journey and gets into all sorts of trouble, each son does one thing to help, and all their efforts together save their father.

Borreguita and the Coyote
Borreguita is a little lamb who manages to trick the coyote who wants to eat her not just three but four deliciously satisfying times.

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain.

Flossie and the Fox
A wily fox, notorious for stealing eggs, meets his match when he encounters a bold little girl in the woods who insists upon proof that he is a fox before she will be frightened.

The Hunterman and the Crocodile
A hunterman and a crocodile take turns being captive and captor in a humorous folktale that teaches the importance of living in harmony with nature and is illustrated with ceramic-tile paintings.

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
Little Gopher follows his destiny, as revealed in a Dream-Vision, of becoming an artist for his people and eventually is able to bring the colors of the sunset down to the earth.

Lon Po-Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
A haunting Chinese rendition of the classic tale of "Little Red Riding Hood" follows the adventures of young Shang, Tao, and Paotze, who encounter a terrifying wolf. Reprint. Caldecott Medal. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.

Ming Lo Moves the Mountain
Ming Lo and his wife live beside a big mountain which causes them no end of trouble. "Husband," says Ming Lo's wife, "you must move the mountain so that we may enjoy our home in peace." But how can a man as small as Ming Lo move something as big as a mountain? Maybe the village wise man will know.

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughter
When a young king who lives in a distant city sends a messenger into the villages to announce his desire to marry the most worthy and beautiful maiden in the land, Mufaro decides to present both of his daughters. One bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.

The Seven Chinese Brothers
The courageous adventures of seven brothers who use their supernatural gifts to overpower a cruel emperor.

The Three Javelinas
Everyone knows the story of the three little pigs, but now you're going to meet the three little javelinas--lovable, wild, southwestern cousins of pigs--as they try to outsmart the coyote who had hoped to eat them with red chile sauce.

Tikki Tikki Tembo
When the eldest son fell in the well and most of the time getting help was spent pronouncing the name of the one in trouble, the Chinese, according to legend, decided to give all their children short names.

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears
This story, based on a West African folk tale, describes a series of events that has been initiated by a mosquito talking to an iguana and tells why mosquitos buzz in people's ears and why we also slap at them!

The Woman Who Outshone the Sun
Retells the Zapotec legend of Lucia Zenteno, a beautiful woman with magical powers who is exiled from a mountain village and takes its water away in punishment.

Zomo the Rabbit
Retells the Zapotec legend of Lucia Zenteno, a beautiful woman with magical powers who is exiled from a mountain village and takes its water away in punishment.

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