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Tales of Superhuman Powers

Tales of Superhuman Powers Author Csenge Virág Zalka
ISBN-10 9780786477043
Release 2013-09-06
Pages 240
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"Focuses on less well-known stories...includes information on similar heroes"--ProtoView. Csenge Virag Zalka, a Hungarian storyteller, has collected 55 folktales from around the world about supernatural abilities like superhuman strength, invulnerability, flying, heightened senses, speed, invisibility, healing, agility, precognition, telepathy, fire manipulation, teleportation, water powers, and shifting. These tales represent powers that people have dreamed of, conjured up and strived for through the ages. Many of the powers are present in popular culture, making the superheroes who wield them the direct descendants of characters such as the princess who could see through walls or the invulnerable Isfandiyar. Zalka excluded stories about magic or about gods with divine powers, and focused on less well-known stories. She included information on similar heroes, the ability in the story, sources of the powers, the origin of the story, teachings in it, the recommended age group, sources, variants, and comments.

The Routledge Companion to Media and Fairy Tale Cultures

The Routledge Companion to Media and Fairy Tale Cultures Author Pauline Greenhill
ISBN-10 9781317368793
Release 2018-03-28
Pages 664
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From Cinderella to comic con to colonialism and more, this companion provides readers with a comprehensive and current guide to the fantastic, uncanny, and wonderful worlds of the fairy tale across media and cultures. It offers a clear, detailed, and expansive overview of contemporary themes and issues throughout the intersections of the fields of fairy-tale studies, media studies, and cultural studies, addressing, among others, issues of reception, audience cultures, ideology, remediation, and adaptation. Examples and case studies are drawn from a wide range of pertinent disciplines and settings, providing thorough, accessible treatment of central topics and specific media from around the globe.

Lilith s Cave

Lilith s Cave Author Howard Schwartz
ISBN-10 9780195067262
Release 1991-12-12
Pages 288
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Tales of terror and the supernatural hold an honored position in the Jewish folkloric tradition. Howard Schwartz has superbly translated and retold fifty of the best of these folktales. Gathered from countless sources ranging from the ancient Middle East to twelfth-century Germany and later Eastern European oral tradition, these captivating stories include Jewish variants of the Pandora and Persephone myths.

Learning with Literature in the Canadian Elementary Classroom

Learning with Literature in the Canadian Elementary Classroom Author Joyce Bainbridge
ISBN-10 0888643306
Release 1999
Pages 268
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Grade level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, k, p, e, i, t.

World Folklore for Storytellers Tales of Wonder Wisdom Fools and Heroes

World Folklore for Storytellers  Tales of Wonder  Wisdom  Fools  and Heroes Author Howard J Sherman
ISBN-10 9781317451648
Release 2014-12-18
Pages 400
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Here is a treasury of favorite and little known tales from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Oceania, gracefully retold and accompanied by fascinating, detailed information of their historic and cultural backgrounds. The introduction provides an informative overview of folklore, its purpose in world cultures and in contemporary society and popular culture. Following this, the main sections of the book are arranged by tale type, covering wonder tales, hero tales, tales of kindness repaid and hope and redemption, and finally tales of fools and wise people. Each section begins by comparing the tales cross-culturally, explaining similarities and differences in the folkloric narratives. Tales from diverse cultures are then presented, introduced, and retold in a highly readable fashion.

Morphology of the Folktale

Morphology of the Folktale Author V. Propp
ISBN-10 1614278008
Release 2015-03-12
Pages 146
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2015 Reprint of 1958 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition. Not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. This classic work was first published in Russian in 1928. Although it represented a breakthrough in both folklore studies and morphology and influenced Claude Levi-Strauss and Roland Barthes, it was generally unnoticed in the West until it was translated in 1958. His character types are used in media education and can be applied to almost any story, be it in literature, theatre, film, television series, games, etc. Contents: On the history of the problem -- The method and material -- The functions of dramatis personae -- Assimilations: cases of the double morphological meaning of a single function -- Some other elements of the tale -- The distribution of functions among dramatis personae -- Ways in which new characters are introduced into the course of action -- On the attributes of dramatis personae and their significance -- The tale as a whole.

Dancing on Blades

Dancing on Blades Author Csenge Virág Zalka
ISBN-10 162491103X
Release 2018
Pages 224
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Readers of folktales will relish this collection of rare stories from Hungary. Although the tales were told over one hundred years ago, Zalka's research, translation and embellishments have given these almost-lost stories new lives and fresh faces.

The Greenwood Library of World Folktales Europe

The Greenwood Library of World Folktales  Europe Author Thomas A. Green
ISBN-10 0313337861
Release 2008
Pages 427
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Covers tales that are the foundations of the world's traditions, literature, and popular culture and are fundamental to daily life.

The Greenwood Library of World Folktales Asia

The Greenwood Library of World Folktales  Asia Author Thomas A. Green
ISBN-10 0313337853
Release 2008
Pages 467
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Covers tales that are the foundations of the world's traditions, literature, and popular culture and are fundamental to daily life.

The Greenwood Library of World Folktales North and South America

The Greenwood Library of World Folktales  North and South America Author Thomas A. Green
ISBN-10 031333787X
Release 2008
Pages 501
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Covers tales that are the foundations of the world's traditions, literature, and popular culture and are fundamental to daily life.

Gabriel s Palace

Gabriel s Palace Author Howard Schwartz
ISBN-10 9780195093889
Release 1994-10-01
Pages 432
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Over 150 tales from the Talmud, the Zohar, Jewish folktales, and Hasidic lore.


Lugalbanda Author Kathy Henderson
ISBN-10 0763627828
Release 2006
Pages 72
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Presents an ancient Sumerian tale about the youngest and weakest of eight brothers who, caught up in an ill-advised war, uses his wits and courage and eventually becomes king. 10,000 first printing. Jr Lib Guild.

Na amat Woman

Na  amat Woman Author
ISBN-10 WISC:89066254509
Release 1990
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Na amat Woman has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Na amat Woman also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Na amat Woman book for free.

The Monkey King

The Monkey King Author Aaron Shepard
ISBN-10 1620355442
Release 2017-03-28
Pages 46
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If you think Superman or Spiderman has been around a long time, think about Monkey. He has been China's favorite superhero for at least five centuries. He's amazingly strong, he can fly, and he has a few tricks those other superheroes never heard of. And he's always ready to do battle with demons, dragons -- sometimes even the gods. Monkey stars in The Journey to the West, an epic comic fantasy from the sixteenth century. The part retold here is about Monkey's origin and early career -- and the one time he didn't come out on top. For ages 10 and up. Not illustrated! ///////////////////////////////////////////////// Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of "The Baker's Dozen," "The Sea King's Daughter," "Lady White Snake," and many more children's books. His stories have appeared often in Cricket magazine, while his Web site is known internationally as a prime resource for folktales, storytelling, and reader's theater. Once a professional storyteller, Aaron specializes in lively retellings of folktales and other traditional literature, which have won him honors from the American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the American Folklore Society. Cover artist Xiaojun Li, a native of Inner Mongolia, was an award-winning children's book illustrator and art director in China before moving to the United States. ///////////////////////////////////////////////// "Shepard's Ancient Fantasy series retells portions of epic narratives sure to pique kids' interest. He cannily selects episodes likely to grab the attention of a wide range of middle-graders, [while] his storytelling voice varies to hint at the style of the original. These mini-novels would make fun classroom readalouds, too. No dumb-downs . . . Rated S for Snapped Up." -- S. C. Poe, Route 19 Writers (blog), Apr. 4, 2012 ///////////////////////////////////////////////// SAMPLE "Here I am, only four hundred years old," said the Monkey King, "and I've already reached the heights of greatness. What is left to hope and strive for? What can be higher than a king?" "Your Majesty," said the gibbon carefully, "we have ever been grateful for that time four centuries ago when you hatched from the stone, wandered into our midst, and found for us this hidden cave behind the waterfall. We made you our king as the greatest honor we could bestow. Still, I must tell you that kings are not the highest of beings." "They're not?" said the Monkey King. "No, Your Majesty. Above them are gods, who dwell in Heaven and govern Earth. Then there are Immortals, who have gained great powers and live forever. And finally there are Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, who have conquered illusion and escaped rebirth." "Wonderful!" cried the Monkey King. "Maybe I can become all three!" He considered a moment, then said, "I think I'll start with the Immortals. I'll search the earth till I've found one, then learn to become one myself!"

Encyclop dia of Religion and Ethics Fiction Hyksos

Encyclop  dia of Religion and Ethics  Fiction Hyksos Author James Hastings
Release 1914
Pages 400
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Scope: theology, philosophy, ethics of various religions and ethical systems and relevant portions of anthropology, mythology, folklore, biology, psychology, economics and sociology.

The Fairy Godmother

The Fairy Godmother Author Mercedes Lackey
ISBN-10 9781459296442
Release 2016-03-14
Pages 384
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"She’ll keep you up long past your bedtime." #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King "The prolific Lackey (the Valdemar series) draws on the darker, Brothers Grimm side of fairy lore for her enchanting tale…" —Publisher’s Weekly In the land of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, if you can't carry out your legendary role, life is no fairy tale.… Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella—until fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! So she set out to make a new life for herself. But breaking with "The Tradition" was no easy matter—until she got a little help from her own fairy godmother. Who promptly offered Elena a most unexpected job.… Now, instead of sleeping in the chimney, she has to deal with arrogant, stuffedshirt princes who keep trying to rise above their place in the tale. And there's one in particular who needs to be dealt with…. Sometimes a fairy godmother's work is never done…. Book 1 of Five Hundred Kingdoms. Previously published.

Hans My Hedgehog

Hans My Hedgehog Author Kate Coombs
ISBN-10 9781416915331
Release 2012-01-24
Pages 40
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Riding a silver-shoed rooster and playing magical music on his fiddle, a young man, who is half hedgehog, half human, wins the hand of a beautiful princess.