**NEW in Fall 2020: There's a Tiny Tales of Anansi option (100-word stories about the trickster spider Anansi, with stories from Caribbean sources). You can use these Anansi stories for one or two weeks of reading. [I have not published this book yet, so it's not available as a Kindle or audiobook yet; I'm in the process of proofreading the book before publication in November.]
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, 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.
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|