Length. Remember: the units are all appx. the same length (15,000 words total, divided into two parts: A and B), but the contents are very different, so it's important to take a few minutes to make your choice. Don't just make your decision based on the title of the unit; browse around, read a few paragraphs, and that way you can be sure you are making a good choice for the week.
Here is a complete list of the units with a brief description for each one:
Japanese Mythology: Gods and goddesses, monsters and dragons, plus the hero Yamato.
The Monkey King: The wild life and adventures of the audacious "Monkey King," Sun Wu Kung.
Japanese Fairy Tales:
Lang: Stories of the wicked tanuki and other magical creatures, plus the fisherman Urashimataro.
Ozaki: Tales of ogres and goblins, the virtuous Princess Hase, and also Kintaro, the "golden boy."
China: Stories of sorcerers and ghosts, wise men, wicked demons, and supernatural foxes too.
Tibet: Animal tricksters, Buddhist legends, along with Tibetan gods, ghosts, and magicians.
Laos: A big selection of folktales and animal legends from the tiny nation of Laos.
Philippines: Native stories from all over the Philippines - Batangas, Rizal, Zambales, and more!
West Africa: Stories from Ghana about the trickster Spider Anansi and other animal adventures.
Nigeria: Stories from the Niger River delta with a focus on animals: elephants, hippos, and more!
South Africa: Animal folktales from the San people (Bushmen) with a focus on the great trickster:
Congo: Including stories of fetishes, magical powers sometimes embodied in physical form.
African Tales (Lang) : An anthology from northern, southern and eastern African traditions.
African Tales in the Americas:
Brer Rabbit: Brer Rabbit stories, told in dialect, including the famous tar-baby and the briar patch!
More Brer Rabbit: More stories about Brer Rabbit and his tricks, this time in both prose and poetry.
Jamaica: Stories about the trickster Spider Anansi as told in Jamaican English dialect.
You can also search for specific features based on your personal reading preferences; the links below go to the Diigo catalog, and you can click on the unit title to see the actual contents and browse the stories, etc.
|Units with explanatory NOTES||Asian||African|
|Free AUDIOBOOK versions||Asian||African|
|Lots of SHORTER stories||Asian||African|
|Few stories but LONGER||Asian||African|
|One CONTINUOUS story||Asian|
|Stories for CHILDREN||African|
|Stories in VERSE||Asian||African|
|Units with ILLUSTRATIONS||Asian||African|
If you are running late and know that you are just going to have time for HALF of the reading this week (just Part A, not Part B), then choose a reading unit where there the first half can stand on its own:
You might also see if a particular title grabs your attention; these links will take you to the actual units so that you can browse the stories and see what looks good to you.
Or you can ask the Crystal Ball for Asian Units only
or the Crystal Ball for African Units only.