The Importance of Me

 Bibliography

Compiled by Rose Owens

 

Stories can provide opportunities to support character education.  This was one use of stories in earlier times and it is still used today.   No bibliography could possibly list all of the stories one might use to support character education.  Here are some of my favorite books, stories and web sites.

 

In the quest for stories:

  • Identify the characteristics you want to teach.
  • Sift through the stories that deal with these characteristics and qualities.
  • Choose stories with hidden inner wisdom that each listener can "pull out" for himself.
  • Discard trite stories with obvious morals that may erect barriers rather than reach out to the listener's inner self. 
  • Be careful not to “over moralize” and “over discuss”.  Let the listener discover and sort out some messages for himself.

 

 

Picture books

 

Agatha’s Feather Bed (Compassion, Integrity), Carmen Agra Deedy, Peachtree Publishers, Ltd., Atlanta, 1991.

 

Flossie and the Fox,  (Responsibility)  Patricia C. McKissack, Dial Books, 1986.

 

The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South (Compassion, Integrity, Self-Discipline) Retold by Robert D. San Souci, Dial Books for Young Readers, New York.

 

The Grouchy Ladybug (Compassion, Respect) Eric Carle, Harper Collins, 1977.

 

The Lion and the Little Red Bird (Compassion, Respect) Elisa Kleven, Duttons Childrens

Books, New York, 1992.

 

Little Penguin’s Tale, (Self Discipline) Audrey Wood, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, San Diego, 1989.    (Sometimes you can make bad choices and not have immediate consequences but bad choices eventually catch up to you.)

 

Ma Liang and His Magic Brush (China), China Books and Periodicals, 1981.

Tye May and the Magic Brush (China), Molly Garrett Bang,  Turtleback, 1992.  (Tye May is a girl but the folktale is basically the same folktale as The Magic Brush.)

 

Mucky Moose (Integrity, Self-Discipline)  see my adaptations at http://www.civprod.com/storylady/stories/MuckyMooseAdaptation.htm

 

The Rough-Face Girl (Compassion, Honesty, Integrity) Retold by Rafe Martin

 

Who Is the Beast?  (Respect) Keith Baker, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, New York, 1990.

 

Stories

 

Anansi and the Pot of Beans (Honesty, Respect) The Moral of the Story,  Bobby and Sherry Norfolk.

 

Beauty and the Beast (Compassion) The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor; Best-Loved Folktales of the World, Joanna Cole, Anchor Books, 1982.

 

The Brave Little Parrot (Integrity, Self-Discipline, Responsibility) The Hungry Tigress: Buddhist Myths, Legends, & Jataka Tales, as told by Rafe Martin.  My retelling of this story may be found at http://www.civprod.com/storylady/stories/OneSmallBird.htm under the title of One Small Bird.

 

The Cat and Mouse in Partnership (Honesty) The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor.

 

The Dancing Hyena (Responsibility) The Moral of the Story,  Bobby and Sherry Norfolk.

 

Diamonds and Toads (Compassion), The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor.

 

The Farmer and the Snake  (Aesop Fable) http://www.civprod.com/storylady/stories/AesopFables.htm

 

The Frog Prince (Integrity, Honesty), The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor; Best-Loved Folktales of the World, Joanna Cole, Anchor Books, 1982.

 

The Emperor’s New Clothes (Honesty, Self-Discipline, Integrity) The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett.

 

The Fox and the Crow (Self-Discipline),  The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor; The Aesop for Children, Scholastic, New York, 1994.

 

The Gingerbread Boy Rap (Responsibility, Self-Discipline) The Moral of the Story,  Bobby and Sherry Norfolk.   (We don’t solve our problems by running away from them.)

 

The Golden Touch (Self-Discipline), The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor; Hey!  Listen to This: Stories to Read Aloud, Jim Trelease.

 

Half Chick (Compassion) http://www.civprod.com/storylady/stories/HalfChick.htm;  Best-Loved Folktales of the World, Joanna Cole.

 

Hic! Hic! Hic!  (Self-Discipline, Responsibility)  Twenty Tellable Tales: Audience Participation Folktales for the Beginning Storyteller, Margaret Read MacDonald.


How Much Land Does a Man Need?  (Self-Discipline) The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor.

 

How to Break a Bad Habit (Self-Discipline) Twenty Tellable Tales, Margaret Read MacDonald.

 

The Indian Cinderella (Compassion, Integrity, Honesty, Self-Discipline)  The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor; Hey!  Listen to This: Stories to Read Aloud, Jim Trelease, editor; Cinderella, Judy Sierra; Also called Little Burnt Face in Ready-To-Tell Tales, David Holt & Bill Mooney, editors; Also called The Invisible One in Cinderella, Judy Sierra.

 

The King and His Hawk (Self-Discipline), The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor.

 

La Mueta: Godmother Death (Self-Discipline, Honesty, Integrity) Ready-To-Tell Tales, David Holt & Bill Mooney, editors.

 

The Lion and the Mouse (Compassion, Respect), The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor; The Aesop for Children.

 

The Lion Makers, (Responsibility) Wisdom Tales from Around the World, Heather Forest.   (Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you ought to do it.  A story about using common sense and thinking about consequences before acting.)

 

The Little Old Woman Who Hated Housework (Responsibility, Self-Discipline), Shake-It-Up Tales! , Margaret Read MacDonald.

 

The Little Rooster and the Turkish Sultan (Honesty, Integrity) Twenty Tellable Tales, Margaret Read MacDonald.

 

The Magic Brocade (Compassion, Responsibility) Best-Loved Folktales of the World, Joanna Cole.

 

The Magic Brush (Integrity, Self-Discipline) http://www.civprod.com/storylady/stories/MagicBrush.htm

 

The Magic Thread (Self-Discipline) Hey!  Listen to This: Stories to Read Aloud, Jim Trelease, editor.

 

One Small Bird (Self-Discipline, Compassion, Making a Difference) Retold by Rose Owens http://www.civprod.com/storylady/stories/OneSmallBird.htm

 

The Piece of String (Honesty) The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor.

 

The Pied Piper of Hamlim (Honesty) The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor; Hey!  Listen to This: Stories to Read Aloud, Jim Trelease, editor.

 

Poor Turkey Girl (Compassion, Self-Discipline, Responsibility) Cinderella, Judy Sierra.

 

The Rabbit and the Well (Responsibility, Self-Discipline, Honesty, Integrity) Twenty Tellable Tales, Margaret Read MacDonald.

 

The Secret Heart of the Tree (Respect, Integrity) The Moral of the Story,  Bobby and Sherry Norfolk.

 

The Silent Couple (Responsibility) The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor.

 

The Tailor (Self-Discipline) The Moral of the Story,  Bobby and Sherry Norfolk.

 

The Talking Skull (Honesty, Integrity) Ready-To-Tell Tales, David Holt & Bill Mooney, editors.

 

Three Billy Goats Gruff Rap (Compassion) The Moral of the Story,  Bobby and Sherry Norfolk.

 

The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal (Honesty) Best-Loved Folktales of the World, Joanna Cole, Anchor Books, 1982.

 

Tiger’s Whisker (Compassion)  Wisdom Tales from Around the World, Heather Forest;  Best-Loved Folktales of the World, Joanna Cole. (This story may be found in other collections under the title of Lion’s Whisker.)

 

 Tipingee,  The Magic Orange Tree, (Compassion) Diane Wolkstein.

 

“I’m Tipingee, She’s Tipingee, We’re Tipingee, Too” (Reader’s Theater Presentation), Presenting Reader’s Theater: Plays and Poems to Read Aloud, Caroline Feller Bauer.  The text has been simplified and elementary students will be able to read and perform it.

 

The Waterfall of White Hair (Integrity, Responsibility) Mother and Daughter Tales, retold by Josephine Evetts-Secker; Also called The Waterfall in Tales from the Enchanted World, Amabel Williams-Ellis.

 

The Wise Judge (Honesty) Ready-To-Tell Tales, David Holt & Bill Mooney, editors.

 

The Wooden Bowl (Compassion, Respect)  Wisdom Tales from Around the World, Heather Forest;  Also called Grandmother’s Table in The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor; Also called Half Blanket in Ready-To-Tell Tales, David Holt & Bill Mooney, editors.

 

The Wooden Sword (Integrity, Responsibility, Compassion)  Wisdom Tales from Around the World, Heather Forest.

 

 

Collections of Stories

 

The Aesop for Children, Scholastic, Inc., New York, 1994.

 

Best-Loved Folktales of the World, Joanna Cole, Anchor Books, 1982.

 

The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1993.

      This book has sections on Self-Discipline, Compassion, Responsibility, Honesty.  Look up stories cited in the index since the Table of Contents only lists categories of stories.

 

Children Tell Stories: A Teaching Guide, Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weiss, Richard C. Owens Publishers, Inc., Katonah, New York, 1990.  (Many of the short stories included for children to tell are also value tales.)

 

The Children’s Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1995.

 

Cinderella, Judy Sierra, Oryx Press, 1992.  (Multicultural Cinderella stories)

 

Hey!  Listen to This: Stories to Read Aloud, Jim Trelease, editor, Penguin Books, 1992.

 

The Moral of the Story: Folktales for Character Development, Bobby & Sherry Norfolk, August House Publishers, Little Rock, Ark., 1999.

 

Ready-To-Tell Tales: Sure-Fire Stories from America’s Favorite Storytellers, David Holt & Bill Mooney, editors, August House, Little Rock, Ark., 1994. 

 

Twenty Tellable Tales: Audience Participation Folktales for the Beginning Storyteller, Margaret Read MacDonald, H.W. Wilson Company, 1986.  (Has an excellent chapter on finding and learning tales.)

 

Wisdom Tales from Around the World, Heather Forest, August House, Little Rock, Ark., 1996.

 

Web Sites

 

Stories and Related Sites

 

Aesop’s Fables Online Collection  (655+) http://www.AesopFables.com

 

Cinderella Stories   http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/cinderella.html

 

Folklore and Mythology  http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts.html

 

Hans Christian Anderson Fairytales  (127)  and http://hca.gilead.org.il/

 

Mi’kmaq Cinderella  (Story) http://www.kstrom.net/isk/stories/cinder3.html

 

Mi'kmaq Indian Cinderella vs Perrault's Durable Myth http://www.kstrom.net/isk/stories/cinder.html

 

Native American Resources  http://www.kstrom.net/isk/mainmenu.html#mainmenutop

 

Selected stories from  Rose the Story Lady  http://www.civprod.com/storylady

 

SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages http://www.surlalunefairytales.com

 

Tales of Wonder (Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the World) http://www.darsie.net/talesofwonder/

 

Lesson Plans and Storyteller Helps

 

Folktales  http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1993/2/


Storytelling Lesson Plans and Activities by Heather Forest http://www.storyarts.org/lessonplans/index.html