Telling stories and reading aloud to children: Why tell stories and read aloud to children?; When is there school time for reading aloud?; Telling stories to children; When to tell and read a story; How to tell stories; How to read aloud; Content and purpose of this book -- Old Magic -- The folk tales: Origins of the folk tales; Wide diffusion of the folk tales; Predominant types of folk tales; Fairies and magic; Using the tales with children -- British folk tales: The old woman and her pig; The story of the three bears; The story of the three little pigs; Henny-Penny; The cock, the mouse, and the little red hen; The travels of a fox; Master of all masters; Mr. Vinegar; Tattercoats; Tom Tit Tot; The black bull of Norroway; Whittington and his cat; Whippety Stourie -- German folk tales: The wolf and the seven little kids; The elves and the shoemaker; The four musicians; Mother Holle; The hut in the forest; The Frog-king; Hansel and Gretel; Snow-White and Rose-Red; Clever Elsie; Snow-White and the seven dwarfs; The fisherman and his wife; Rumpelstiltskin; One-eye, two eyes, and three eyes; The goose-girl; The water of life -- Scandinavian folk tales: The three billy goats gruff; The pancake; Why the bear is stumpy-tailed; The lad who went to the north wind; Boots and his brothers; The princess on the glass hill; Gudbrand on the hill-side; The husband who was to mind the house; Little Freddy and his fiddle; East o' the Sun and west o' the Moon; The most obedient wife -- French folk tales: The sleeping beauty in the wood; Cinderella or the little glass slipper; The master cat; Beauty and the beast; The white cat; The grey palfrey; The mouse-princess -- Italian folk tales: March and the shepherd; The most precious possession -- Spanish folk tales: The half-chick; The jokes of Single-Toe -- Irish folk tales: King O'Toole and his goose; Connla and the fairy maiden -- A Finnish folk tale: Hidden laiva or the golden ship -- Czechoslovakian folk tales: Budulinek; Clever Manka -- Russian folk tales: Sadko; The fire-bird, the horse of power, and the Princess Vasilissa; A clever judge -- A Polish folk tale: King Bartek -- East Indian folk tales: The hare that ran away; Granny's blackie; The tiger, the brahaman, and the jackal; The banyan deer -- A tale from the "Arabian Nights": Aladdin and the wonderful lamp -- Japanese folk tales: Momotaro: Boy-of-the-peach; Urashima Taro and the princess of the sea -- A Chinese folk tale: The fox's daughter -- A Korean folk tale: Which was witch? -- A Turkish folk tale: How many donkeys? -- A Costa Rican folk tale: The witches' ride -- A Canadian folk tale: Little Nichet's baby sister -- Variants of European folk tales in the United States: The gingerbread boy; The gift of Saint Nicholas; Jack and the robbers; Fill, bowl! fill! -- North American Indian folk tales: Little burnt-face; The two-faces; The camp on the big onion; Pecos Bill and his bouncing bride; The boomer fireman's fast sooner hound -- Stories from "Uncle Remus": The wonderful tar-baby story; How Mr. Rabbit was too sharp for Mr. Fox; The wonderful tar-baby story (adapted); "Heyo, house!"; Brother Rabbit's astonishing prank; Mr. Rabbit meets his match again -- Old Moralities: -- The Fables: Sources and values; Using fables with children -- Aesop's fables: The hare with many friends; The ant and the grasshopper; The fox and the crow; The lion and the mouse; Hercules and the waggoner; The dog in the manger; The shepherd's boy; The town mouse and the country mouse; The frog and the ox; Belling the cat; The dog and the shadow; The wind and the Sun; The fox and the grapes; The crow and the pitcher; The milkmaid and her pail; The wolf in sheep's clothing; The hare and the tortoise -- Fables of Bidpai: The partridge and the crow; The tyrant who became a just ruler; The fox and the crow; The cricket and the ant; The grasshopper and the ant -- Gods and Men: -- Myth and Epic: Origin of the myth; Kinds of myth; The value of the myths; Epics and hero tales -- Greek and Roman myth and epic: Clytie; Arachne; Orpheus and Eurydice; Proserpine; Icarus and Daedalus; Cupid and Psyche; Atalanta's race; Baucis and Philemon; Pegasus and the Chimaera; Midas; The golden touch; The curse of Polyphemus -- Norse myths: How Thor found his hammer; The death of Balder -- An English hero tale: Little John and the tanner of Blyth -- New Magic: -- Modern fanciful tales: Hans Christian Andersen; Andersen's successors; Modern writers of fanciful tales -- The modern fanciful tales: Ask Mr. Bear, Marjorie Flack; Copy-kitten, Helen and Alf Evers; Nothing at all, Wanda Gag; Sonny-Boy Sim, Elizabeth W. Baker; MIke Mulligan and the steam shovel, Virginia Burton; The story of Mrs. Tubbs, Hugh Lofting; How she kept her geese warm, Hope Newell; How she made the baby elephant happy, Hope Newell; Willie's bad night, Robert Lawson; Pippi plays tag with some policemen, Astrid Lindgren; The real princess, Hans Christian Andersen; The plain princess, Phyllis McGinley; The ugly duckling, Hans Christian Andersen; The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss; "That is why they he was always called Pooh," A.A. Milne; Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place, A.A. Milne; The magic bed-knob, Mary Norton; Shawneen and the gander, Richard Bennett; The elephant's child, Rudyard Kipling; Captain Cook, Richard and Florence Atwater; Troubles with a penguin, Richard and Florence Atwater; The thirteenth floor, Joan Howard; Mrs. Wallaby Jones, Joan Howard: Electricity, Robert Lawson; The steadfast tin soldier, Hans Christian Andersen; The wild swans, Hans Christian Andersen; The swineherd, Hans Christian Andersen; Pinocchio, Carlo Lorenzini; The emperor's new clothes, Hans Christian Andersen; The open road, Kenneth Grahame; The lady who put salt in her coffee, Lucretia Hale; Mrs. Peterkind wishes to go to drive, Lucretia Hale; About Elizabeth Eliza's piano, Lucretia Hale; The night of the big wind, Arthur Mason; The skillful huntsman, Howard Pyle; The king of the golden river, or the black brothers, John Ruskin; How they bring back the village of cream puffs when the wind blows it away, Carl Sandburg; A mad tea-party, Lewis Caroll; Airy-go-round, William Péne du Bois; from The children of Green Knowe, Lucy Maria Boston; from The borrowers, Mary Norton; Space ship Bifrost, Robert A. Heinlein -- Bibliography -- Index.