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Education - Children's Literature in the Classroom

A guide for locating grade-appropriate children's literature for use in the classroom.

Welcome to the Traditional Tales Page

The Dreamer awakes, the shadow goes by.

When I tell you a tale, the tale is a lie.

But ponder it well, fair maiden, good youth;

the tale is a lie, what it tells is the truth.

                                (traditional opening)


Teachers return to these old favourites again and again in the classroom, and we love them because they can be used in so many ways.  Entire units are built around folk tales, fairy tales, legends. . . and students of all ages will encounter and enjoy a variety of these tales in one way or another during their schooling.

This area has been subdivided to make it easier to find the type of traditional tale you are looking for.  Use the drop-down menu to find subpages for Folk Tales, Legends and Trickster Tales.  And, as always, if you have a favourite tale, let us know - we might just be able to add it to this terrific collection!

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