Appalachian Folktales

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Belled Buzzards, Hucksters and Grieving If you (or your children) love folk tales—and who doesn’t?—try some from the mountain region of North Carolina. The early settlers brought with them their favorite tales from Europe and adapted them to their new lives—and they thought up some new tales too! These were handed down from one generation to the next and now are available for our reading pleasure. There are copies of all of these tales so take them home and enjoy them! However, if you’re looking for something fun to read during your library visit, or if you want a particular tale, the NC Collection copies are always on hand.

Carden, Gary, and Anderson, Nina. Belled Buzzards, Hucksters and Grieving Specters. Asheboro: Down Home Press, 1994--- These are Appalachian tales, both true and imagined.

Chase, Richard. Grandfather Tales. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1948--- These tales are of English-American origin. Included are such favorites as “Gallymanders! Gallymanders!,” “Sody Sallyraytus” and “Old Dry Frye.”

Chase, Richard. The Jack Tales. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1943.--- These stories are about a character named Jack, whom you’ll recognize from the old favorite, “Jack and the Beanstalk.” In Appalachian lore, this tale is “Jack and the Bean Tree.”

Davis, Donald. Jack Always Seeks His Fortune; Authentic Appalachian Jack Tales.  Little Rock: August House, 1992--- A nationally-known storyteller gives us more of the Jack Tales.