FOLK & FAIRY TALES
The Adventures of Young Krishna, Blue God of India
Diksha Dalal-Clayton, Illustrated by Marilyn Heeger
A collection of myths about the young Krishna, the god who
is always getting into trouble because of his boyish pranks.
Anklet for a Princess: A
Cinderella Story from India
Lila Mehta, Illustrated by Youshang Tang
Cinduri, hungry and ragged, is befriended by Godfather Snake,
who feeds her delicacies and dresses her in gold cloth and
anklets with bells and diamonds, to meet the prince.
Brave Little Parrot
Rafe Martin, Illustrated by Susan Gaber
Because the brave little parrot does the thing that comes
from its heart as it takes precious drops of water to the
burning forest, things change in ways no one could imagine.
Broken Tusk: Stories of the
Hindu God Ganesha
Uma Krishnaswami, Illustrated by Maniam Selven
A collection of stories about the pantheon of Hindu gods,
centering on the sometimes greedy, sometimes impulsive, but
always generous, elephant-headed Ganesha.
The Drum: A Folktale from
By Rob Cleveland, Illustrated by Tom Wrenn
In this story. a poor boy's dream of having a drum takes him
on an unlikely path. He meets several people that guide him
along the way. In time, he learns to make his own magic in
Jacquelin Singh, Illustrated by Hitz Demi
A clever court jester helps his master solve a seemingly impossible
task given him by the Nawab.
The Foolish Men of Agra
Rina Singh, Illustrated by Farida Zaman
Stories drawn from Mogul Indian tales.
The Gifts of Wali Dad: A
Tale of India and Pakistan
Aaron Shepard, Illustrated by Daniel San Souci
An Indian/Pakistani folktale in which an impoverished grass-cutter
finds that gifts can be a mixed blessing.
Gobble, Gobble, Slip, Slop:
A Tale of a Very Greedy Cat
In this story based on a folktale from India, a very greedy
cat eats five hundred cakes, his friend the parrot, the nosy
old woman, and much more.
Hensparrow Turns Purple
Gita Wolf, Illustrated by Pulak Biswas
Contemporary adaptation of an Indian folk tale, retold.
Shenaaz Nanji, Illustrated by Christopher Corr
An anthology of traditional tales from different regions of
Presents the three adventures of Mowgli, a young boy raised
by the animals in an Indian jungle, as well as other animal
stories and songs.
The Little Brown Jay: A Tale
Elizabeth Claire, Illustrated by Miriam Katin
A retelling of a traditional Indian tale in which a little
bird helps the beautiful Princess Maya through a selfless
act of love.
The Monkey and the Crocodile:
A Jataka Tale from India
The Jatakas are Indian fables relating the former births of
the Buddha in various animal guises. In this retelling, he
is a clever little monkey who twice foils the attempts of
the crocodile to capture him.
Ninth Jewel of the Mughal
Crown: The Birbal Tales
Traditional tales from India retold for young readers.
Ocean of Story: Fairy Tales
Caroline Ness, Illustrated by Jacqueline Mair
A twelfth-century Sanskrit parallel to "The Princess and the
Pea" is just one of the surprises in this unusual collection,
in which wily peasants, scheming rajahs, and saintly brahmans
mingle in stories full of spice and wit.
Old Woman and the Red Pumpkin
Betsy Bang, Illustrated by Rachel Merriman
A retelling of an Bengali folktale in which a skinny old woman
outwits the jackal, bear, and tiger who want to eat her.
Once a Mouse: A Fable Cut
As it changes from mouse, to cat, to dog, to tiger, a hermit's
pet also becomes increasingly vain.
One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical
A reward of one grain of rice doubles day by day into millions
of grains of rice when a selfish raja is outwitted by a clever
Melissa Kajpust, Illustrated byJo'Anne Kelly
A retelling of a traditional tale from northern India in which
a conceited peacock learns that beauty has many forms.
Rajah's Rice: A Mathematical
Folktale from India
David Barry, Illustrated by Donna Perrone
When Zandra, the official bather of the Rajah's elephants,
saves them from serious illness, she exacts from the Rajah
a reward more costly than he realizes.
Rama and the Demon King
An Indian folktale about how Prince Rama rescues his wife
from the evil demon king.
The Roses in my Carpets
Rukhsana Khan, Illustrated by Ronald Himler
When a young boy and his mother and sister come to a refugee
camp to escape the war in Afghanistan, he finds some comfort
in the beauty of the carpets he is learning to weave.
The Rumor: A Jataka Tale
A retelling of the classic "the sky is falling" tale —
set in India.
Savitri: A Tale of Ancient
Aaron Shepard, Illustrated by Vera Rosenberry
In this tale from the "Mahabharata," India's national epic,
Princess Savitri outwits the god of death to save her husband.
Seven Blind Mice
By Ed Young
In this retelling of the Indian fable, seven blind mice discover
different parts of an elephant and argue about its appearance.
Shower of Gold: Girls &
Women in the Stories of India
Uma Krishnaswami, Illustrated by Maniam Selven
A collection of stories featuring strong female figures from
Hindu mythology, Buddhist tales, and others from the history
and folklore of the Indian subcontinent. Each piece is accompanied
by background information.
Stonecutter: An Indian Folktale
Patricia Montgomery Newton, Illustrated by Pam Newton
A retelling of a traditional Indian tale in which a discontented
stonecutter is never satisfied with each wish that is granted
Story of Divaali
Jatinder Nath Verma, Illustrated by Nilesh Mistry
Retells the Hindu tale of a heroic prince and his bride who
are separated by the demon prince Ravana until the Monkey
Army of Hanuman, god of the wind, helps them.
Story of Little Babaji
Helen Bannerman, Illustrated by Fred Marcellino
A retelling of the well-known tale in which a little Indian
boy finally outwits the succession of tigers that want to
Tiger and the Brahmin
Brian Gleeson, Illustrated by Kurt Vargo
A Brahmin deceived by a hungry tiger is saved by a lowly jackal
and encounters a lesson he has never found in his holy books.
The Very Hungry Lion
Adapted by Gita Wolf, Illustrated by Indrapramit Roy
Adapted from a folktale, variations of which appear all over
India, the story describes the adventures of a lazy lion who
is outsmarted by his prey.
Wizard Punchkin: A Folk Tale
Prince Chandra rescues his older brothers from an evil wizard.