Fiction | 8 October 2015Folktales for Kids: A Story of the Crow Share article facebook twitter google pinterest We often wonder where authors get their incredible ideas. How many times have readers wanted to be able to call up an author after reading a book, simply to pick his or her brain about the amazing story they just read? The author’s note at the beginning of The Crow’s Tale: A Lenni Lenape Native American Legend is a bit like being able to do just that. Folktales are stories that have been passed down through generations and cultures to explain why things are as they are. The Crow’s Tale is one of many folktales for kids. Excerpted from The Crow’s Tale About the Story Transformation is an important theme in traditional storytelling, and I have always loved daring and imaginative tales of how animals came to be as we know them now. The Rainbow Crow – a Pennsylvania Lenni Lenape Indian legend – is the perfect example of a story that was first told to explain the mysteries of the natural world. When I came across this beautiful tale, my imagination was immediately soaring with Rainbow Crow across wide winter skies and landscapes. The tale has been passed down through generations of Lenni Lenape Indians, mostly orally, and I have tried to remain true to the narrative, although I have visualised the Creator as the Sun, as I wanted to make the Sun a character in his own right. The story is not only a beautiful tale, but it is accompanied by breathtaking illustrations that let us glimpse into the imagination of the storyteller. Excerpted from The Crow’s Tale The magnificent rainbow crow before his journey to the sun… …Rainbow Crow! And after, perhaps even more beautiful because he was now full of pride and honor… There are many tales such as this one that explain how animals came to be from various groups. There is even a legend from the Sioux tribe that gives a different explanation of how the crow came to be black. Check it out here and invite children to compare and contrast the two legends. Legends are a type of traditional tale that engage children’s minds and hearts and The Crow’s Tale is no different. Spread your wings as a reader…and fly! The Crow’s Tale Author: Naomi Howarth Format: Hardcover, 32 Pages ISBN: 9781847807403 Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Buy from an Online Retailer US: $18.99 Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.