Retelling a Traditional Folktale

Writing and telling folktales is another way to remember our histories, and keep family stories and traditions alive in each generation.

  • Grades: 1–2, 3–5

folklore_repop_book.gifSometimes, children grow up hearing folktales, not from a book, or TV, but from someone in their family. This story, "A Riddle and Kiss," is my retelling of a folktale from the Sephardic tradition, the Jewish heritage of Medieval Spain. This story can be found, in slightly different versions, from Spain to Puerto Rico; and I included it in my book Tales for the Seventh Day: A Collection of Sabbath Stories. As you're reading, you can listen to the story being told. Did anyone in your family or community ever tell you a story that began "Once upon a time", Writing and telling folktales is another way to remember our histories, and keep family stories and traditions alive in each generation.

http://real.playstream.com:8080/ramgen/sinc/folklore/riddlekiss.rm
To hear the "A Riddle and Kiss" story, you must have a computer with speakers and RealPlayer installed in your computer. If you don't have the player, you can download it FREE.

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