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Fairy Tales from Brazil by Elsie Spicer Eells
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Fairy Tales from Brazil

by Elsie Spicer Eells

8 ratings, 2 reviews

In the spirit of Aesop's Fables, Elsie Spicer Eells' Fairy Tales from Brazil are a collection of short tales featuring animals and a "moral of the story." This book was published in 1917 by an Anglo woman who, in the preface of her book, alludes to cribbing these tails from her Brazilian housekeeper while in her garden. The stories are the following:

HOW NIGHT CAME
HOW THE RABBIT LOST HIS TAIL
HOW THE TOAD GOT HIS BRUISES
HOW THE TIGER GOT HIS STRIPES
WHY THE LAMB IS MEEK
WHY THE TIGER AND THE STAG FEAR EACH OTHER
HOW THE SPECKLED HEN GOT HER SPECKLES
HOW THE MONKEY BECAME A TRICKSTER
HOW THE MONKEY AND THE GOAT EARNED THEIR REPUTATIONS
HOW THE MONKEY GOT A DRINK WHEN HE WAS THIRSTY
HOW THE MONKEY GOT FOOD WHEN HE WAS HUNGRY
WHY THE BANANAS BELONG TO THE MONKEY
HOW THE MONKEY ESCAPED BEING EATEN
WHY THE MONKEY STILL HAS A TAIL
HOW BLACK BECAME WHITE
HOW THE PIGEON BECAME A TAME BIRD
WHY THE SEA MOANS
HOW THE BRAZILIAN BEETLES GOT THEIR GORGEOUS COATS

These are retellings of retellings of retellings, and they are simple tales that are great for children. Some artistic leeway should be given to the Tiger stories, however... since, as we all know, Tigers live in Asia.

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Jess Hill

July 14, 2014

I love this book! Also try Irish, Celtic, & Brazilian

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Alaina Williford

September 25, 2013

Fairy tales from tyshon