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Children's Folklore - Pourquoi


Pourquoi tales offer folklore-type explanations for scientific phenomena or aspects of creation. An example is "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears." Pronounced por-kwa, it means "why" in French.

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Pourquoi Tales at GCC

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
by Aardema, Verna

In this Caldecott Medal winner, Mosquito tells a story that causes a jungle disaster. Description from Syndetics
GCC & GCC North (6 MCCCD)
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears Book Cover

Beautiful Blackbird
by Bryan, Ashley

Black is beautiful, uh-huh! Long ago, Blackbird was voted the most beautiful bird in the forest. The other birds begged Blackbird to paint their feathers with a touch of black. Although Black-bird warns them that true beauty comes from within, the other birds persist and soon each is given a ring of black around their neck or a dot of black on their wings -- markings that detail birds to this very day. Coretta Scott King Award-winner tale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia. - Description from Syndetics
GCC & GCC North (4 MCCCD)
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Why the Sky is far away
by Gerson, Mary Joan

Once the sky was so close that people could reach up and break off pieces of it to eat, but they wasted so much that the sky grew angry. This delightful Nigerian tale is presented here with revisions and colourful new illustrations, giving a modern feel to this classic story. For ages 4 to 8. - Description from Syndetics
Why the Sky is far away Book Cover

Why Epossumondas has no hair on his tail
by Salley & Stevens

Epossumondas has a very important question: "Mama, why don't I have hair on my tail?" And wouldn't you know it, Mama can tell him exactly why possum tails are all pink and naked and funny looking. - Description from Syndetics
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Arrow to the Sun
by McDermott, Gerald

Gerald McDermott's powerful rendering of an ancient Pueblo Indian legend evokes the Native American reverence for the source of all life--the Solar Fire. Acclaimed for its bold and vibrant illustrations, Arrow to the Sun was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1975. - Description from Syndetics
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A Story, a Story
by Haley, Gail E

Once, all the stories in the world belonged to Nyame, the Sky God. He kept them in a box beside his throne. But Ananse, the Spider man, wanted them -- and caught three sly creatures to get them. This story of how we got our own stories to tell is adapted from an African folktale. - Description from Syndetics
GCC & GCC North (1 MCCCD)
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Pourquoi Tales at other MCCCD libraries

 Put the following books on hold with your MEID username and password.  It can take about 5 days to bring the book to GCC or GCC North.  

Children of the Dragon: Selected tales from Vietnam
by Garland, Sherry

9780152242008Sherry Garland; Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator)Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from VietnamLegend has it that more than four thousand years ago a mighty dragon prince named Lac Long Quan married a fairy princess named Au Co. From these parents the Vietnamese people were born. With power, humor, and grace, Sherry Garland shares six of her favorite folktales of Vietnam. Passed down through the ages, these colorful stories depict the rich history, tribal customs, explanations of natural phenomena, and values so important to the Vietnamese people. Award-winning illustrator Trina Schart Hyman brings these magically entertaining and vividly detailed stories to life in an introduction to the folktales of Vietnam that is nothing less than masterful. - Description from Syndetics
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