Here is a treasury of favorite and little known tales from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, Australia, Oceania, gracefully retold accompanied by fascinating, detailed information their historic cultural backgrounds. The introduction provides an informative overview folklore, its purpose in world cultures contemporary society popular culture. Following this, main sections book are arranged tale type, covering wonder tales, hero kindness repaid hope redemption, finally fools wise people. Each section begins comparing cross-culturally, explaining similarities differences folkloric narratives. Tales diverse then presented, introduced, highly readable fashion.
Peter sets out into the Australian bush on his pony that leaps like lightning to find a princess rescue from dragon—something only brave and good person can attempt. Along way he meets trusty companion, kangaroo with bottomless pouch, together they follow directions of helpful Willy Man across landscape. With trip moon Pale Witch sweep it clear Russian American cameras, journey Plain Clutching Grass, visit giant’s castle battle Doubt Cats, Peter’s bravery kindness are put test. This humorous enchanting fairy tale will enthrall readers all ages. Alan Marshall, born in 1902, was an writer, story teller, humanist social documenter. Marshall received Literature Society Short Story Award three times. He died 1984.