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May 2002

American Folklore
Storytelling resource


This site hosts a collection of folktales with one or more from each of the 50 U.S. states.
This is a simple site with a few well-chosen graphics and an easy-to-read font size.
The folktales can be accessed from a drop-down list on the main page or by browsing six categories. Internal pages have a bottom navigation bar that makes movement between the sections easy.
Storytellers, teachers, folklore fans, and students looking for material on state folklore for school projects will enjoy this site. Visitors can browse the site by story title or category and read about famous characters such as Davy Crockett in Frozen Dawn or learn why you should never dance with the devil in The Dance. Other categories include: State Folktales, which includes at least one from each of the 50 states; Regional Folktales; Historical Folklore; Ethnic Folklore, which includes African American and Native American tales; and Tall Tales, which include ghost tales, holiday tales, and legends. This is a great resource for a storytelling unit.

Reviewed by Hazel Jobe
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