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Title: Spreading the Seeds of Folklore

Spreading the Seeds of Folklore
  • Tales From the Oral Tradition
  • Susan Knell, Pittsburg State Universitty
  • sknell_at_pittstate.edu

Evaluating Traditional Tales
  • The story should be appropriate to the
    developmental age of the children who will read
    and enjoy it.
  • The oral storytelling style of the original tale
    should be preserved in the book retelling as
    evidenced in an oral read-aloud.

  • The integrity of the original culture of the tale
    should be retained through authentic names,
    cultural terminology, and cultural authenticity
    of language elements.
  • The illustrated versions of traditional tales
    should be of high quality and provide assistance
    in interpreting story, plot, characters, and

  • An authors note or introduction should explain
    the origin of the tale and its connections across
    cultures and locations to reinforce the source of
    traditional tales.

Peculiarities of Traditional Fantasy
  • Character development is lean and spare.
  • Characters are either all good or all evil.
  • Plots are simple and direct.
  • They are usually success stories of overcoming
    overwhelming odds.
  • The story lines are accompanied by typical themes
    (mercy, kindness, perseverance, justice, etc.)

The Universal Nature of Traditional Fantasy
  • From culture to culture, these stories are
    amazingly alike.
  • Modern literature almost constantly uses the use
    of allusions to traditional literature.(Sayings,
    political cartoons)
  • It is the mother of all literature.

No other literature better prepares children to
meet the complexities of adult life.
  • --Bruno Bettleheim, noted child psychologist

Traditional fantasy is a wonderful metaphor for
human existence, and because of its rich imagery
and dreamlike quality, it speaks to us deeply.
The Values of Traditional Fantasy
  • The sheer delight of lets pretend.
  • The ability to work on our emotions with the same
    vividness as a dream
  • The ability to develop a capacity for belief
  • The ability to hope.

Types of Traditional Fantasy
  • Folktales (cumulative, pourquoi, beast,
    noodlehead, trickster, realistic, fairy)
  • Tall Tales
  • Fables
  • Myths
  • Epics, Ballads, Legends

In Defense of Traditional Fantasy
  • Psychological Fantasy A rich fantasy life is
    important for children.
  • Violence Much of the violence involved the
    punishment of truly evil villains.
  • Frightening for Young Children Dangerous
    elements are far removed in both time and place.
  • Waste of Time No genre better fosters
    creativity than fantasy.

Benefits of Traditional Tales
  • Traditional tales carry on the strong oral
    tradition of storytelling.
  • Traditional tales provide an important
    introduction to simple story structure as
    repeated readings contribute to comfort and
    confidence though the predictable nature of the

  • Traditional tales provide a resource for
    classroom storytelling by teachers or retellings
    by children.
  • Traditional tales provide an added dimension to a
    childs cultural literacy as she or he
    experiences tales from around the world.

  • Traditional tales provide moral models for
    children as the struggle between good and evil is
    applied to incidents in their own lives.
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