Children in Global Folk Tales attempts to do something new, however small and simple, within the realm of folklore. It is a collection of folk tales about children instead of just for children. One of the many joys of reading folk tales is the globetrotting aspect of it all. Tales from countless cultures are ready to be enjoyed. So, why not pick a subject and follow it, seeing how different people at different times told stories about the same thing? It is fascinating to see how storytellers have treated a single subject, in this case children, throughout history in that treasure trove of wisdom, humor, language, caution and culture that we call folklore. 35 tales from around the world have been collected and sequenced to provide a collection of traditional stories unlike any other. This book is a window into the past, into humanity and the different ways humanity has seen its younger self.
Additionally, care was taken to group stories not simply by country or geographic region as is customary. Instead, they are meant to rhyme if you will, to work together and create a coherent reading experience that is more than the sum of its parts.