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Myth, Legends, and Tall Tales
Fairy Tales Alaska Style  •  Giants  •  How Things came to be  •  Life Lessons
Fairy Tales Alaska Style
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Alaska Mother Goose: North Country Nursery Rhymes
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Shelley Gill
Illustrator   Shannon Cartwright
Publisher   Sasquatch Books/Paws IV, 2002
"Hi diddle dare, the moose and the bear, danced by the light of the moon…" Lots of rhymes and fun with Alaskan animals.

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Alaska's Three Pigs
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Arlene Laverde
Illustrator   Mindy Dwyer
Publisher   Sasquatch Books, 2002
What if the Three Little Pigs lived in Alaska?

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Little Red Snapperhood: A Fishy Fairy Tale
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Neal W. Gilbertsen
Illustrator   Evon Zerbetz
Publisher   WestWinds Press, 2003
What if Little Red Riding Hood was a fish? What does she do when she realizes Grandma is really a wolf eel?

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The Salmon Princess: An Alaska Cinderella Story
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Mindy Dwyer
Illustrator   Mindy Dwyer
Publisher   Sasquatch Books, 2004
What if Cinderella lived in Alaska? How would the story be different?

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The Sourdough Man: An Alaskan Folktale
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Cherie B. Stihler
Illustrator   Barbara Lavallee
Publisher   Sasquatch Books, 2010
Instead of a gingerbread man, it's sourdough man who shouts, "you can't catch me."
Giants
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Hungry Giant of the Tundra
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Teri Sloat
Illustrator   Robert Sloat
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2001
The sun is going down and a group of children playing far from their village know it's time to head home, but they ignore their parents' calls. Suddenly a huge shadow looms over them. It's the hungry giant looking for his supper. A fun Yup'ik folktale.

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The Sleeping Lady
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author     Ann Dixon
Illustrator   Elizabeth Johns
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1994
The story of how Mount Susitna or "Sleeping Lady" came to be.
How Things came to be
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Aurora: A Tale of the Northern Lights
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Mindy Dwyer
Illustrator   Mindy Dwyer
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1997
A magical story of how a young girl's quest leads to a great discovery.

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Berry Magic
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Teri Sloat and Betty Huffmon
Illustrator   Teri Sloat
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2004
Find out how Alaskan berries got their color at yummy taste. Would you believe it was a young girl and her dolls?

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Berry Woman's Children
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Dale DeArmond
Illustrator   Dale DeArmond
Publisher   William Morrow, 1985
An Inupiat Grandmother tells stories of the animals and birds that Raven asked Berry Woman to look after.

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How Raven Brought Light to People
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Ann Dixon
Illustrator   James Watts
Publisher   Margaret K. McElderry/Macmillan, 1992
This is a retelling of the Tlingit legend of how raven tricked a chief into releasing the stars, the moon, and the sun from the boxes where he kept them hidden.

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How Raven Stole the Sun
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Maria Williams
Illustrator   Felix Vigil
Publisher   Smithsonian Institution/Abbeville Press, 2001
Maria Williams retells the traditional Tlingit story of how raven stole the sun, a story she learned from her father, Aweix Bill Williams.

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Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest
Level   Ages 6 to 9
Author   Gerald McDermott
Publisher   Harcourt Brace, 1993
A popular retelling of the classic Tlingit legend of how Raven stole the sun for the people

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Sitka Rose
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Shelley Gill
Illustrator   Shannon Cartwright
Publisher   Charlesbridge, 2005
Sitka Rose is full of adventure and through her stories readers learn about Alaska.

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The Sleeping Lady
Level   Ages 6 to 12
Author     Ann Dixon
Illustrator   Elizabeth Johns
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 1994
The story of how Mount Susitna or "Sleeping Lady" came to be.
Life Lessons
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Hungry Giant of the Tundra
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Teri Sloat
Illustrator   Robert Sloat
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2001
The sun is going down and a group of children playing far from their village know it's time to head home, but they ignore their parents' calls. Suddenly a huge shadow looms over them. It's the hungry giant looking for his supper. A fun Yup'ik folktale.

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Kumak's House: A Tale of the Far North
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Michael Bania
Illustrator   Michael Bania
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2002
This house is too small, Kumak complains. Find out what happens when Kumak goes to Aana Lulu for advice.

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Owl's Secret
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author   Louise Gallop
Illustrator   Shannon Cartwright
Publisher   Sasquatch Books/Paws IV, 2002
A modern-day legend of how owl got his feathers and what he learned about other creature's special features.

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The Eye of the Needle
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Teri Sloat
Illustrator   Teri Sloat
Publisher   Alaska Northwest Books, 2001
In this legend, after a very long winter, a very hungry boy goes out in search of food. Will he eat everything he sees or will he bring back anything to his village?

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The Giant Cabbage
Level   Toddlers to 9
Author     Cherie B. Stihler
Illustrator   Jeremiah Trammell
Publisher   Sasquatch Books, 2003
Moose finds a cabbage in the garden that could win a prize at the state fair, but it is so big he needs help. Who comes along to help?
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