Read To Your Toddler Every Day: 20 folktales to read aloud

Read To Your Toddler Every Day: 20 folktales to read aloud


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Science tells us that young children develop best when they are read to. In this follow-up to Read to Your Baby Every Day, soothe your toddler with retellings of traditional folk tales, fairy tales, and fables from around the world paired with images of Chloe Giordano’s charming hand-embroidered illustrations on cloth.Every tale is the perfect length to read aloud to your toddler before bedtime and carries a message of empathy, friendship, and care for the world around us. Bond with your toddler and help them grow as you read to them these timeless stories:

  • THE THREE WISHES, Scandinavia
  • THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER, Ancient Rome BRER RABBIT AND THE WELL, North America
  • HOW THE BEAR LOST HIS TAIL, Iroquois
  • THE MAGIC PEAR TREE, China
  • WHY THE BANANAS BELONG TO THE MONKEY, Brazil
  • THE FISHERMAN AND THE GENIE, Syria
  • THE RAINBOW SERPENT, Indigenous Australia
  • ​THE STONECUTTER, Japan
  • KING MIDAS, Ancient Greece
  • THE CLEVER LITTLE TURTLE, Mexico
  • ANANSI AND THE TURTLE, Caribbean
  • THE SCRUFFY DUCKLING, Denmark
  • A BAG FULL OF STORIES, Cambodia
  • THE MICE AND THE ELEPHANTS, India
  • THE FEAST, Mali
  • SNOWFLAKE, THE SNOW CHILD, Russia
  • WHY CATS CHASE MICE, Nigeria
  • THE LION AND THE THORN, Ancient Greece
  • HOW THE WREN BECAME KING OF THE BIRDS, Ireland

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Read to Your Toddler EverydayRead to Your Toddler Everyday

Read To Your Toddler Every Day: 20 folktales to read aloud

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THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

In the still, dry air of the hot summer day, all that could be heard was a little grasshopper singing its beautiful song. He thought to himself, “The warm sun makes my heart burst with joy. I am so lucky to be able to share my happiness with the other insects by singing.”

HOW THE BEAR LOST HIS TAILHOW THE BEAR LOST HIS TAIL

HOW THE BEAR LOST HIS TAIL

When the world was newly made, the bear was shy and gentle, and his pride and joy was his luscious bushy tail. The bear was best friends with the fox, but the fox was cruel and liked to play tricks on the forest creatures.

WHY THE BANANAS BELONG TO THE MONKEYWHY THE BANANAS BELONG TO THE MONKEY

WHY THE BANANAS BELONG TO THE MONKEY

At the beginning of the world, there lived an old woman who had a huge garden filled with banana trees. In her old age, it had become difficult to pick the bananas, so she struck a deal with a friendly monkey. He agreed to pick the bananas, and in return, he was allowed to keep half of them for himself.

THE MICE AND THE ELEPHANTSTHE MICE AND THE ELEPHANTS

THE MICE AND THE ELEPHANTS

A family of mice lived under the shade of a broad tree in the hot desert. From Great-Grandma Mouse to Baby Mouse, all generations of mice lived happily together in their lovely burrow. But one day the earth began to tremble and shake. The ceiling started to crumble!

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HOW THE BEAR LOST HIS TAILHOW THE BEAR LOST HIS TAIL

WHY THE BANANAS BELONG TO THE MONKEYWHY THE BANANAS BELONG TO THE MONKEY

THE MICE AND THE ELEPHANTSTHE MICE AND THE ELEPHANTS

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