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.
Pourquoi - "Why"
Pourquoi Tales at GCC
In this Caldecott Medal winner, Mosquito tells a story that causes a jungle disaster. Description from Syndetics
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
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
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
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
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
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.