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January 2013 Children's Story Time

Fabled Fruit & Flowers

Reading new books and old favorites on January 6th and 20th

Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us in our cozy children's book nook with comfy kid-sized cushions, a bevy of stuffed animals and lively readers. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led children's tour of the Garden. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This event is suitable for children aged 4-8. Held on the first and third Sunday of every month at 10:30 a.m., Storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes. The tour leaves the Library at 11:00 a. m. The Library also has an excellent collection of books for children on plants, natural history, general science, and nature-related myths and stories.

Blossom Tales: Flower Stories of Many Folk. Powell, Patricia Hruby. North Kingston, Rhode Island: Moon Mountain Pub., 2002.
A collection of fourteen folk tales about flowers from many different cultures. (Early readers)
(j) QK83 .P871 2002

The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story. Bruchac, Joseph. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1993.
A quarrel between the first man and the first woman is reconciled when the sun causes strawberries to grow out of the earth. (Early readers)
(j) SB385 .B83 1993

Flower Fables. Gary, Charles L. McLean, Va.: EPM Publications, 1978.
Twenty-six stories about flowers, with origins in mythology, religion, American Indian and Oriental tales, and the author's own imagination. (Advanced readers)
(j) QK83 .G199 1978

Grandfather Cherry Blossom. McCarthy, Ralph F. New York: Kodansha International, 1993
This is a version of a Japanese folk fable illustrating greed and unselfishness in the natures of two neighbors. A tree motif recurs throughout the story. (Early readers)
(j) SB366 .M127 1993

The Legend of the Bluebonnet: An Old Tale of Texas/La Leyenda de la Flor "El Conejo": Una Antigua Leyenda de Texas. De Paola, Tomie. New York: G.P. Putnam, 1983
This Comanche Indian legend tells how a little girl's sacrifice brought the flower called bluebonnet to Texas. (Early readers)
(j) QK495.L521 L79 U6t D44 1983 (English edition)
(j) QK495.L521 L79 U6t D44 1983s (Spanish edition)

The Magic Hummingbird: A Hopi Folktale. Malotki, Ekkehart. Santa Fe, N.M: Kiva Pub., 1996.
A sunflower stalk turns into a hummingbird which brings corn and rainfall back to the land. (Advanced readers)
(j) QL696.A558 M298 1996

The Magical Starfruit Tree: A Chinese Folktale. Wang, Rosalind C. Hillsboro, Or.: Beyond Words, 1993.
A stingy peddler is chastised for his miserly ways by an old beggar who plants a magical starfruit tree. (Advanced readers)
(j) SB379.C2 W184 1993

Mangoes & Bananas. Scott, Nathan Kumar. United Kingdom: Tara, 2006.
An Indonesian folktale about how a hungry monkey who loves bananas is tricked by a mouse deer who loves mangoes. Story is followed by a detailed explanation of the illustrations in the traditional Indian textile art style called Kalamkari. (Early readers)
(j) SB379.A1 Sc85 2006

Peach Boy; A Japanese Legend. Sakurai, Gail. Mahwah, N.J.: Troll Associates, 1994.
When an old couple finds a baby inside a peach floating on the river, they raise him as their son, and he grows up to fight the terrible demons who have terrorized the village. (Early readers)
(j) SB371 Sa29 1994

Pomegranate: A Chinese Folk Story. Li, Songfu. Beijing, Dolphin Books, 1989.
A boy picks a pomegranate that turns into a beautiful house. His older brother steals the remainder of the pomegranates but finds nothing. (Early readers)
(j) SB379.P6 P77 1989

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