February 26: National Tell a Fairy Tale Day
Take time today to read, listen to, and retell your favorite fairy tales. We’ve collected dozens of familiar tales along with a few you probably haven’t heard before.
The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moon-Child from the Lit2Go audiobook collection. A bamboo cutter finds a small, luminescent girl, and raises her as Princess Moonlight. She refuses all suitors, befriends the Emperor, and eventually returns to her rightful home, the Moon. Duration: 30 minutes 15 seconds. Reading level: 8.6. Word count: 1,885.
My Lord Bag of Rice from the Lit2Go audiobook collection. A Japanese warrior defends the Dragon King by killing his enemy, the monster centipede. In gratitude the Dragon King gives the warrior several presents, including a bag of rice that never runs out, and he comes to be known as My Lord Bag of Rice. Duration: 11 minutes. Reading level: 8.1. Word count: 2,360.
The Ogre of Rashomon from the Lit2Go audiobook collection. A brave warrior fights an ogre, cutting off his arm. The ogre runs away, and the warrior keeps the arm as a prize. Later, the warrior’s old nurse appears at his door and pleads to see the arm. He lets her, and she grabs it, turning into the ogre. The ogre thus gets away with his arm, and is scared enough of the warrior that he never troubles the city again. Duration: 12 minutes. Reading level: 7.3. Word count: 2,319.
This is a collection of Japanese fairy tales translated by Yei Theodora Ozaki based on a version written in Japanese by Sadanami Sanjin. According to Ozaki, “These stories are not literal translations, and though the Japanese story and all quaint Japanese expressions have been faithfully preserved, they have been told more with the view to interest young readers of the West than the technical student of folk-lore.” The collection includes 21 tales. Average reading level: 7.4. Total word count of collection: 66,255.