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I chose to use this Future File as a way to gather stories that I will use in my professional career. I hope to be a childrens librarian in a public library setting, so I selected stories that would work well in that capacity. Most of my stories are aimed at younger children, as that is where most of my storytelling time will be spent, but I have included some stories that would work well for an older audience, around 12-18. I tried to select stories from a variety of cultures to be inclusive of many different forms of stories. The Squeaky Door Source: Lockett, Mike. "The Squeaky Door." Michael Lockett Storyteller. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Mar 2012. . MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Squeaky Door. New York: Harper Collins Publisher, 2006. Print. Summary: A little boy stays at his grandmothers house in a big brass bed all by himself, and even though he says hes not going to be scared, every time she turns off the light and closes the door, he cries. His grandmother ends up bringing in a cat, a dog, a pig and a horse in to sleep with the little boy but they still get scared. Eventually they break the bed and the grandma puts all the animals back outside. The grandma oils the door the next morning and the little boy is able to sleep just fine. Information about the Story: This story originally came from a Puerto Rican folk song called La Cama and was retold in a short story by Pura Belpre in The Tiger and the Rabbit and Other Tales (Lippincott, 1965), according to the print source.
Audience: I see this audience being younger children around 3-5 in a public library setting. The book is not that scary and there is a lot of repetition, both of which will work well for this age group. Adaptation Ideas: I would draw out the parts where the grandma turns off the lights and shuts the squeaky door to increase the tension. I would also possibly use some props of the different animals that would sleep with the little boy so that the children could reinforce what they know about these animals. Clever Beatrice Source: Willey, Margaret. Clever Beatrice. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001. Print. Summary: Beatrice is a young, clever girl who decides to make some money so that she and her mother can eat. She decides to outwit the rich giant living near her by doing three acts of strength in order to win money. The first time she makes him think that she can easily knock down his front door and he gives in rather than have to make a new door. The second time they see how much water they can carry from the well but Beatrice acts as though she will pull the entire well out and once again the giant calls it off. Finally, they decide to see who can throw a heavy iron bar the furthest. Like before, she gets the giant so scared that she will hit
his relatives in far distant places with the bar when she throws it that he pays her and she goes back to her mother much richer than before. Information about the Story: According to the authors notes, this is a conte, a version of a Tall Tale found in Michigan and Canada. They were told in lumber camps and had large exaggerations with comic effects. This particular story, according to the author, is a combination of many contes involving travelers outwitting rich giants. Audience: I think a younger audience (5 to 10 years) would enjoy this story as they can relate to a young protagonist getting the better of someone much larger than they are. I am also picturing this in a public library setting, just because that is where I am hoping to work once I graduate. Adaptation Ideas: Although contes are very traditional to Canada and Northern states in America, as my audience is younger children who may not know these places, I am removing the mentions of places like Sault Ste. Marie and Big Bay de Noc and replacing them with generic directions. This will also make it easier for me to remember as I do not know these places either and would have to memorize them, making it easier to mess up. Clever Beatrice and the Best Little Pony Source: Willey, Margaret. Clever Beatrice and the Best Little Pony. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2004. Print.
Summary: Beatrice keeps finding her horse in bad condition every morning. She asks the baker who is also village expert on things not easily explained and he helps her come up with plans on how to figure out who is doing this to her pony. The plans include: putting flour on the ground to see the footprints, putting the pony in the cellar and finally just catching the Lupin (an elf-like creature). The baker comes with her to catch the Lupin but falls asleep so that Beatrice must bravely catch it herself. Information about the Story: Like the previous Clever Beatrice story, this tale relies a lot on French-Canadian storytelling culture. It incorporates a Lupin, a common character in old French-Canadian Folklore. Audience: The audience for this story would be 7-9 year olds as there are some terms that can be confusing to younger children such as cellar and Lupin. It would be a good story to tell in conjuncture with other fantasy creature tales such as elves, fairies or brownies. Adaptation Ideas: Much like the other Beatrice story, I would try to give Beatrice a voice all her own and make her the true hero of this story. I would also make the baker dumber so that it is obvious that Beatrice is doing all the work herself. I might even have the children draw their own pictures of a Lupin afterwards as an activity.
Princess Furball Source: Ashliman, D. L.. "Father-Daughter Incest in International Folktales (All-Kinds-of-Fur)." Folktexts: A Library of Folktales, Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Mythology.. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb 2012. Huck, Charlotte. Princess Furball. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1989. Print. Summary: A young princess escapes her father, who was going to marry her to an ogre, with only a coat made of a thousand furs, three dresses that were just like the sun, the moon and the star and small presents that used to belong to her mother (a gold ring, a gold thimble and a little gold spinning wheel). She is captured by another king and made a servant but when the king throws three balls, she uses each of the dresses to make him fall in love with her. After each ball, she fixes the king soup and places one of her mothers presents in it. He eventually finds out and marries her. Information about the Story: Based off of the Cinderella story and the Grimms All-Kinds-of- Fur. Usually has an incestuous theme that I will not be including (the father wants to marry the princess instead of marrying her to an ogre). Audience: Children around the ages of 6 to 10 who can follow the many different aspects of this story. Adaptation Ideas: I would probably use some props, such as cutouts of the dresses and of the
presents from the mother as there are so many parts of this story that it could become confusing for the children without a constant reminder. The Herb Fairy Source: Williams, Rose. "The Herb Fairy." The Book of Fairies: Nature Spirits from Around the World. Hillsboro: Beyond Words Publishing, 1997. 23-31. Print. Summary: A great lord named Wu Ming was scared of the plague that was ravishing his countryside and locked himself in his palace and refused to help any of the peasants. One of his servant girls, Chun Tao, was a great healer and escaped out of the palace to help the common people. A white heron landed near her and turned into the Spirit of the Herbs and took Chun Tao to a magical place full of the best healing herbs. The Spirit gave her a small blue flower for her to eat when she wanted to come back. Wu Ming realized that Chun Tao was missing and when looking for her only to find out that she had cured the land of the plague. All that anyone could tell him was that she healed everyone and then ate a blue flower which turned her into a heron. Wu Ming lived the rest of his days alone and Chun Tao and the Spirit of the Herbs lived happily ever after. Information about the Story: This is a Chinese fairytale that was adapted from the retelling in Fairy Tales of the World, originally published by Artia in Prague in 1985. Audience: Children around the ages of 6 to 10.
Adaptation Ideas: I chose to end the story early, with Chun Tao going back to the Spirit of the Herbs and living happily ever after, due to time constraints. The original story has Wu Ming following them and causing them trouble. The Magic Fountain Source: Ewald, Jason. "Sylvain and Jocosa." Promises. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Mar 2012. . Williams, Rose. "The Magic Fountain." The Book of Fairies: Nature Spirits from Around the World. Hillsboro: Beyond Words Publishing, 1997. 9-15. Print. Summary: Sylvain and Jacosa always share everything which causes a fairy to pay them attention and leave them small gifts. The fairy eventually reveals herself to them and promises that they will never be parted if they promise to clean a fountain at dawn break every day. Eventually Sylvain and Jacosa forget and are forced to wander alone for three years until the fairy decides to forgive them. Sh