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Children's Folklore - Myth & Legends

Myths & Legends

 Myths are stories that recount and explain the origins of the world and nature phenomena - sometimes called creation stories. Legends are stories based on real or supposedly real individuals and their deeds.

Folklore - Myth & Legends Books

North American Myths & Legends
by Philip Ardagh

A collection of traditional tales from North America, reflecting the cultures of Native Americans, European settlers, and African Americans.
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Yankee Doodle's Cousins
by Anne Malcolmson

Twenty-seven stories for 8-13 year-olds, about American folk figures such as Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan and John Henry.
Yankee Doodle's Cousins Book Cover

Myths, Legends, and Folktales of America, An Anthology
by Leeming & Page

This marvelous collection brings together the great myths and legends of the United States--from the creation stories of the first inhabitants, to the tall tales of the Western frontier, to the legendary outlaws of the 1920s, and beyond. This thoroughly engaging anthology is sweeping in its scope, embracing Big Foot and Windigo, Hiawatha and Uncle Sam, Paul Revere and Billy the Kid, and even the Iroquois Flying Head and Elvis. Taken as a whole, Myths, Legends, and Folktales of America reveals how waves of immigrants, encountering this strange land for the first time, adapted their religions, beliefs, and folklore to help make sense of a new and astounding place. Covering Johnny Appleseed and Stagolee as well as Paul Bunyan and Moby Dick, this wonderful anthology illuminates our nation's myth-making, enriching our idea of what it means to be American. - Description from Syndetics
Myths, Legends, and Folktales of  America, An Anthology Book Cover

Resources on Children's Myth & Legends

American Folklore

U.S., Mexican and Canadian Folklore; Tall Tales; Myths & Legends; Ghost Stories; Fables & Fairy Tales.

Solar Folklore - Stanford Solar Center

These myths, legends and accounts represent their culture's worldview, a peoples' attempt to explain, understand, and come to grips with nature's phenomena. This site wasn't written for children.

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