Harold B. Lee Library

World Smart: Multi-Cultural Tales in Picture Books

November 3, 2010 in Baby/Toddler 0-4, Beginning Readers 5-8, Book Lists

The Frog Princess retold by J. Patrick Lewis, Dial, 1994, Ages 4-8.
In this Russian story, Prince Ivan travels far and wide to release his wife from her father’s spell after she performs wonders on his behalf.

The Canary Prince by Eric Jon Nones, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991, Ages 4-8.
A princess locked in a tower by her stepmother overcomes all odds to save her lover’s life in this richly illustrated Italian tale.

The Wizard’s Daughter: A Viking Legend retold and illustrated by Chris Conover, Little, Brown & Company, 1984, Ages 4-8.
Boots, a farmer’s son, works together with the lovely daughter of an evil wizard to overthrow him and undo the spell he has cast over the land.

The White Cat: An Old French Fairy Tale, retold by Robert D. San Souci. Scholastic, 2000, Ages 4-8.
When a mysterious white cat aids the youngest prince in obtaining his father’s throne, he repays her by defeating the wizard whose spell holds her in her feline form.

The Rose’s Smile: Farizad of the Arabian Nights by David Kherdian, Henry Holt and Company, 1997, Ages 4-8.
Farizad, a beautiful young woman, must not only journey to find the three treasures needed for her garden, but to discover what she is missing most: her family.

The Lady and the Lion: a Brothers Grimm Tale retold by Laurel Long and Jacqueline K. Ogburn, Dial, 2003, Ages 4-8.
When the youngest daughter of a merchant is sent to live in a lion’s castle, she not only finds true love—but the willpower, strength, and honor to retain it.

–Laurien Clay, BYU Student, Department of Humanities