Top 10 Books about Folklore

 

Folklore is defined as a story or belief that is rooted in the society to the culture or beliefs of a certain group or community. These are in forms of oral stories, written scriptures and sometimes even in forms of jokes. Folklore influences buildings, way of life of the community, wedding rites and the last rites as well. Folklore is not only religious, but it is also at times children stories at bedtime which contain elements of magic, introduction of demons, trolls, witches and characters of the sort.

 

Complete Grimm’s Fairy tales

The book deals in magic, fairies, stories like Rapunzel, Cinderella etc. which inspire the triumph of good over evil are all depicted here.

Read it For:
the book is an interesting read with a lot of magic elements and a lot of interesting stories to tell children during bedtime.
Don't Read it For:
if you are not interested in magic or children’s stories.
What makes this book stand out?:
The very fact that it contains the stories we grew up listening to by our parents and grandparents and this being one of the popular folklore books.

Aseop’s Fables

the book deals in stories with a moral and contains short fables and is the book that made the writing style of story in the form of fables really famous, the stories in which animals are personified.

Read it For:
the book is a really good example of personification and offers morals in each story. All in all it is interesting to read and at the very same time builds your story base to tell bedtime stories to children.
Don't Read it For:
it has some aspects in the story of the old society which one may not connect to and anyone who doesn’t like the style of fable would not appreciate it.
What makes this book stand out?:
In the list of folklore books, this book is one of the very first works to be done in the style of fables and remains famous in terms of characters even today.

American Gods

the book is basically a mystery novel which is based on the authors intriguing view into researching the American history and its elements of god, power, evil etc.

Read it For:
the book is intriguing and it will totally grasp you with its mystical touch and the style of writing that the author has.
Don't Read it For:
if you are not interested in this genre then this book will not intrigue you at all.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book’s name attracts because it says about gods which have rarely or not at all explored. It can be considered as one of the folklore books for adults

Why mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears

the book deals with what happens when people lie to other and what chaos it may cause. It beautifully makes its point by means of buzzing of mosquito in people’s ears which eventually lead to owlet’s death.

Read it For:
the book is award winning and it is an African folklore which is something new to try out.
Don't Read it For:
if you are not interested in fables then this book might not be for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is of African context and the fact that it is award winning and carries the question as the title which we have always asked as children, intrigues people.
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The Arabian nights

The book is based on pleasure, wish fulfilment and sorts. It contains elements of magic of middle eastern descent and has djinns, sandstorms etc.

Read it For:
Not reading this book in folklore is like rejecting a religious text. The book is really famous in the genre.
Don't Read it For:
the people with no inclination towards such characters or towards the mystical pieces of middle eastern society might not find this book interesting and the pieces of the was of that society might also hinder some people’s ability to connect to the text.
What makes this book stand out?:
The ways it presents horror, mystery, magic, and moral at times is intriguing.

Lon Po Po: A Red-riding hood story from china

the story is based on the similar European version just with the change that there are three boys here who use their brains to handle the wolf.

Read it For:
this is considered better option than the European version and it provides a different aspect to the story for a change.
Don't Read it For:
if you are a fan of the European version and you are not very fond of change then this is not for you. Even the Chinese context may not be well accepted by many.
What makes this book stand out?:
The Asian touch to the very old story and increment in the number of possible victims of the wolf also intrigues the readers with possibilities. This is most recognised children's folklore books.

The complete fairy tales

the book is based on the fairy tales as the name itself suggests and contains stories for children especially.

Read it For:
the stories are the one that contain morals and thus they are a good read for children.
Don't Read it For:
if you are a teenager the stories might not intrigue you still because they are meant for still smaller children and you might find a few things illogical which you may had liked had you been a child.
What makes this book stand out?:
The very famous stories among our parents and friends are included in the book.

The Mitten

this is the story of a boy who drops his mitten in the jungle without realising it is missing and then the animals start gathering and then it later all unfolds to a very wonderful climax.

Read it For:
It is a beautiful story with the same fable style of writing, but one that is gripping and has Ukrainian culture.
Don't Read it For:
if you don’t like fables then you might not find this interesting.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way of writing and the power if making the reader visualize the whole thing.

Uprooted

finally, a story with a dragon. The story revolves around a girl named Agnieszka and a powerful dark wizard. the dragon who takes young girls to serve him in return for protection against dark forest.

Read it For:
the book is full of surprises and twists
Don't Read it For:
if you don’t like elements like dragons and all.
What makes this book stand out?:
The presence of the dragon and the unexpected twists.

Norse Mythology

the book is based on old Norse stories in a novel context.

Read it For:
Norse mythology is always intriguing to read.
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t appreciate things as indestructible weapons, old gods, flying, special powers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The Norse mythology and the writing style of the author and it being one of the best books on folklore and mythology

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