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Mammal Stories 1

Why Wolf Lives in the Forest (Aesop)

Keywords: wolf, dog, forest

Summary: Wolf is so hungry that he goes to a farm looking for food. There he meets a Dog. The Dog tells Wolf that he works for his food and never goes hungry. Wolf thinks of asking the farmer for a job, until he notices that Dog doesn't have fur around his neck because the farmer ties him up with a rope during the day. Since that day, wolves have lived in the forest and dogs have lived with people.

"The Dog and the Wolf" on page 70 in Joseph Jacobs, ed. The Fables of Aesop. (Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2002). 196pp. $2.50pa. ISBN 0-486-41859-6pa.

"The Domesticated Dog and the Wolf," on page 50 in Jack Zipes. Aesop's Fables. (New York: Signet Classic, 1992). 288pp. ISBN 0-451-52565-5pa.

Find another version in Kevin Strauss, Tales with Tails: storytelling the wonders of the natural world. (Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006). 230pp. $35.00pa. ISBN 1-59158-269-5pa.

Also check out Kevin Strauss. The Song of the Wolf. (Wever, IA: Quixote Press, 2005). 182pp. $9.95pa. ISBN 1-57166-273-1pa.

 

A Foolish Wolf Learns from His Mistakes (adapted from Finland)

Keywords: wolf, beaver, ram, deer

Summary: Wolf is hungry and goes hunting. Each animal that he meets (beaver, ram and deer) tricks him and escapes. After than Wolf has to be more clever about his hunting techniques.

"The Foolish Wolf," on page 450 in Aleksandr Afanas'ev, Russian Fairy Tale(New York: Pantheon, 1945). 662pp. ISBN 0-394-73090-9.

"The Stupid Wolf," on page 251 in James Cloyd Bowman and Margery Bianco, Tales from a Finnish Tupa (Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Company, 1964). 273pp. ISBN 8075-7756-1pa.

Find another version in Kevin Strauss, Tales with Tails: storytelling the wonders of the natural world. (Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006). 230pp. $35.00pa. ISBN 1-59158-269-5pa. Also check out Kevin Strauss, The Song of the Wolf. (Wever, IA: Quixote Press, 2005). 182pp. $9.95pa. ISBN 1-57166-273-1pa.

 

Song of the Wolf (Finland)

Keywords: wolf, dog, wedding, howl

Summary: Hungry Wolf met Dog and learned that Dog was going to a wedding. Wolf begged to go and even promised to act like a dog while he was there. The two entered the wedding house and sat under the table eating. Wolf drank some mead and got tipsy and decided to sing. So he stuck his nose in the air and howled. All the music and dancing stopped and men with sticks began chasing and beating Wolf. He finally leap out a window and ran into the woods. After that, wolves have made sure to they are far from people before they start to howl, and they don't attend weddings anymore.

Carpenter, Frances. Wonder Tales of Cats and Dogs. (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1955.)

Strauss, Kevin. The Song of the Wolf. (Wever, IA: Quixote Press, 2005). 182pp. $9.95pa. ISBN 1-57166-273-1pa.

 

Wolf Is Outfoxed By Ram (African American)

Keywords: wolf, fox, ram, trick

Summary: One day Fox convinced Wolf to go up a hill and catch a Ram for dinner. But when Wolf arrived, Ram pretended he was stomping a Lion and this frightened Wolf. So Wolf ran back to Fox. Fox agreed to tie himself to Wolf and they would both go catch Ram. But when Ram saw them tied together, he called out, "Good job Fox, I thought Wolf had gotten away from me, but now I see you caught him." That frightened Wolf so much that he ran off, dragging Fox behind him. After that, Wolf and Fox only hunted lambs.

Harris, Joel Chandler. The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus. (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1955).

Strauss, Kevin. The Song of the Wolf. (Wever, IA: Quixote Press, 2005). 182pp. $9.95pa. ISBN 1-57166-273-1pa.

 

Why Bear Has a Stumpy Tail (Sweden)

Keywords: bear, fox, tail

Summary: Bear sees that Fox has a lot of fish and hopes that Fox will share. Instead, Fox tricks Bear by telling him that he caught the fish by breaking a hole in the ice and "fishing" with his tail. Bear tries the same thing, but his tail freezes in the ice and when he tries to get up his tail breaks off.

"How the Bear Got His Stubby Tail," on page 5 in Lone Thygesen Blecher and George Blecher, Swedish Folktales and Legends (New York: Pantheon Books, 1993). Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library. $25.00; $17.00pa. ISBN 0-394-54791-8; 0-697-75841-0pa.

"Bear Goes Fishing," on page 13 in Kaarina Brooks, Foxy: Finnish Folk Tales for Children (Beaverton, ON: Aspasia Books, 2002). $12.95pa. ISBN 0-9689054-7-1pa.

"Why the Bear's Tails Is Short," on page 11 in Babette Deutsch and Avrahm Yarmolinsky, More Tales of Faraway Folk (New York: Harper & Row, 1963). 93pp.

Find another version in Kevin Strauss, Tales with Tails: storytelling the wonders of the natural world. (Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006). 230pp. $35.00pa. ISBN 1-59158-269-5pa.

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