Under The Oaken Bough: Folk And Fairy Tales by Simon BrooksUnder The Oaken Bough: Folk And Fairy Tales by Simon Brooks

Under The Oaken Bough: Folk And Fairy Tales

bySimon Brooks

Paperback | April 1, 2018

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Uncommon folktales and a few old favorites revived and retold for young people and tradition keepers. Folk and fairy tales celebrate different cultures and ways to see the world.

A collection of the author’s favorite folktales from his professional storytelling repertoire, retold in contemporary jargon for young reader, UNDER THE OAKEN BOUGH is an anthology which breathes new life into the folk and fairy tales of old. Professional storyteller, Simon Brooks, has written the stories he loves to tell in the style he uses on stage, whether at a library, school, college, private event or festival. Each story concludes with brief notes about the tale. This wonderful little book is a must have, not just for young people entering the realm of folk and fairy tales for themselves, but for parents who love to read to their children, teachers and librarians. The book includes a Q & A section with the author, a guide on how to tell stories, suggested reading, and a list of vocabulary words and their meanings. Half of the eighteen stories come from Europe, the remainder from the rest of the world. Some of these stories are old favorites, but inside you will find stories which can be hard to find, and seldom told. Join Simon Under the Oaken Bough and step into another realm, far, far away.

SIMON BROOKS was once an English Army Cadet with hopes of joining the Royal Marines. These plans were quickly scrapped when Simon discovered his talent for ticking off his drill sergeant. Instead he studied photography at college. He has photographed a few famous people, a bunch of regular people, and a bunch of stuff. Simon became a p...
Title:Under The Oaken Bough: Folk And Fairy TalesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:April 1, 2018Publisher:Parkhurst Brothers Publishers IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1624911102

ISBN - 13:9781624911101


From the Author

Why Me? Why Not! Some people might ask why I should write a book of folk and fairy stories. After all I am a storyteller not a writer. And isn’t the market saturated with these books? Well, that’s not quite true. I am a published short story writer, and published poet. I have been writing since my teens in one form or another. I wrote a number of children’s books and as I sent them out I amassed some wonderful rejection slips, some of them personalized! So I am a writer. Is the market saturated with books like this? No! This is a new type of book, in some ways. There are a lot of picture books of folk tales, and there are heavily illustrated books of folk and fairy tales, told in a traditional voice. And there are the traditional collections and anthologies of the old tales, written closely following the original translations. This book has a modern voice, a voice that is relevant, a voice that does not talk down to the reader, or bore them. This book has a range of stories which the reader can grow with, and explore different realms to get a taste for the traditional tale in a way that will get readers hooked. When I ran youth hostels in England (a budget bed and breakfast, dormitory style for schools and families, and traveling young people), I would read and tell my stories to the kids there. It would help me see where my weak points were, where the story needed tightening, or where there were parts which should, or could be cut out. One school group took me with them to Battle in Sussex. This is where the Battle of Hastings took place in 1066. There I saw storyteller Eric Maddern tell Historical stories about the Battle of Hastings, about Vortigern, and the Night of Three Hundred Knives and about Drake, Queen Elizabeth I’s  trusty naval captain, scourge of the Spanish Armada. It was then, in 1991 that I began to tell stories more often, but not my own. The stories I told were the old stories, the folk and fairy tales of yore, the myths and legends which filled and surrounded my childhood, not just as stories but as castles, standing stones, forests and plains I visited. These stories spoke to me. When I moved to the USA in 1994 I continued to tell stories to family members and to friends’ children. When I took a job as children’s librarian in Vermont in 2002, I told more stories to the children, than I read to them from books. The mommy circuit spread my name to other libraries who called me up to tell stories. I was told I had a talent for this, and I decided to turn professional storyteller. I began to tour across Vermont and New Hampshire, and then began to get calls from Connecticut and Massachusetts. I soon realized that my humour and delivery of the stories I told was fast and funny enough that adults were enjoying the presentations as much as the kids. I injected things that the adults would get but the younger kids would miss and would not understand. My effort became to appeal to all ages, and keep everyone at one of my presentations engaged, and enthralled!... I have created a book to excite readers as much as I get excited about folk and fairy tales and reflects my style of telling. It is, for me, important to reignite people’s interest in these stories and encourage people to go out and find more folk and fairy stories, both adults and kids. Humour, and depth, is also important, so I included both light and dark tales, and represent a cross-section of the fairy and folk genre. This book is for parents, librarians and teachers to read to young children, yet is accessible to late elementary and middle school aged readers. Stories which would challenge some readers, but would not contain subjects some precocious readers end up reading because there is nothing much out there for them, other than older kid books with older kid subject matter... These tales are told with humour and wit. There is a playfulness about them which gives the reader permission to look at other folk and fairy stories with new vision and insight and encourage them to tell these tales in their own voice. If you thought stories were told only one way, then you would be wrong. If you thought that stories never changed, you would be wrong again. The essence, the power, the message, the hope is there, but the words are mine. If you take these stories, and try out the tips, then the words will become your own.  

Table of Contents

The Stories:
  1.     Anansi Gathers Stories (Ghana)                                
  2.     The True Story of the Brat Goldilocks (UK)              
  3.     The Fox and the Goat   (Aesop)                               
  4.     How Tortoise Got Cracks On His Shell (World)        
  5.     King Mark’s Ears (Wales)
  6.     The Lion and the Mouse (Aesop)
  7.     Sean’s Red Scarf (Ireland)
  8.     How Bear Got a Stumpy Tail (Norway)
  9.     The Dragon and the Monkey’s Heart (China)
  10. The Three Green Sisters (England)
  11. Tam Lin (Scotland)
  12. Hans and the King’s Well (Norway)
  13. The Golden Ball (UK)
  14. Baba Yaga and the Black Geese (Russia)
  15. The Three Feathers (Austria)
  16. The Unwelcome Guest (UK)
  17. Issun Boshi (Japan)
  18. One Wish (Ireland)
Tips on Telling                                                                            
Questions and Answers                                                              
Vocabulary Words - Lexicon
Suggested Reading – A Beginners Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"Simon Brooks’ collection of folk and fairy tales is a must-have for parents to read to kids, while trying not to smile too much.  Witty, funny and full of tenderness, Brooks’ slightly irreverent, post-modern versions of world tales are marked by his ability to bring his characters to life, both with breezy but still vivid descriptions of animals and people, gifted dialog for all of them, and a lovely warmth for his material. An overly talkative turtle, a Goldilocks who is quite the brat, a quick-thinking fox facing a vain and hungry bear––the characters go on and on but never resemble one another. Brooks even adds a how-to about oral storytelling itself, filled with insights for both beginners and seasoned performers. With evocative illustrations by Rob Brookes, Under the Oaken Bough is a gem."