Folktales can teach us a lot about cultures and traditions from around the world. What's more, they often contain positive moral messages that we can take away from.
If you're looking for folktales to read to your kids, one that I recently discovered and enjoyed is Grandma's Great Gourd. Originally a Bengali folktale, it's been made into an interactive book-app with words by best-selling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and illustrations by Susy Pilgrim Waters.
The Brave Grandma and the Great Gourd
The story goes like this: an old woman, whom everyone calls Grandma, lives with her two loyal dogs in a little village in India. One day, Grandma sets out alone to visit her daughter who lived in the village on the other side of the jungle. She encounters a fox, a bear, and a tiger that all want to eat her, but she persuades them to let her go with the promise that she will be plumper, juicier, and fatter on her way home.Read More