Contents


• Rumpelstiltskin (Germany)
• One-Inch Boy (Japan)
• My Friend, the Nisse (Denmark)
• The Capture of Summer (North America)
• People of the Rock (South Africa)
• The Golden Ball (Wales)
• Laka and the Menehune (Hawaiian Islands)
• The Red-Ribbon Leprechaun (Ireland)

Other Books in the Walker-Bernardin Folkore Series


Selected Books

American History
The 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School, told through eyewitness accounts and contemporary photographs.
The story of the battle in the context of the Texas Revolution, told through eyewitness accounts and powerful historical images.
The compelling story of the battle told though eyewitness accounts and striking historical images.
Narrative Nonfiction
The story of two brilliant artists whose lifelong conflict jumpstarted the Renaissance in Quattrocento Florence.
Poetry
Biography
The inspiring story of a Hall of Famer who rose from poverty in Puerto Rico to set new standards of excellence and integrity on and off the field.
Biographical profiles of thirteen Native Americans who led their people on the spiritual path in the face of foreign invasion and cultural pressure.
The amazing story of the world-famous angel artist, illustrated with full-color reproductions of his inspiring art.
Folklore
Rambunctious, rollicking, rootin' tootin' retellings of nine American tall tales.
GINORMOUS retellings of world folktales about giants.
Teeny weeny retellings of world folktales about little people.
Fiction
A coming-of-age novel set in the world of high school theater.
A first-place Little League team starts losing when their star player's bat mysteriously disappears.

LITTLE FOLK: Stories from Around the World

Jacket illustration by James Bernardin
Illustrated by James Bernardin
Harcourt Brace • 1997

ISBN 0-15-200327-4 • OSI
80 pages • 8 1/2 x 11• Ages 8-12

American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
Storytelling World Honor Book

Having conquered the Giants (1995), Walker takes on the pixies in this first-rate companion book. . . . Each tale is accompanied by a classically styled full-page acrylic painting, as well as a smaller drawing. The extensive bibliography of sources, along with the detailed notes that follow each tale, is a testament to Walker's scholarship. The comparative, analytical introduction serves as a fine model for students of children's literature and folklore. —Booklist

Lucid, lively storytelling; thoughtful and informative source notes; and an attractive format combine in this entirely appealing collection of eight stories about "little folk." . . . Walker's retellings are as sprightly as the creatures he describes. . . . Bernardin's vivid acrylic paintings and colored pencil sketches highlight the text, often employing unusual perspective to emphasize the subject of the tale. A perfect pick to read aloud or alone. —School Library Journal

For centuries, tales of little folk have delighted people all over the world. No matter what these mysterious little creatures are called—fairies, dwarfs, elves, pixies, brownies, hobgoblins, or nunus—they are said to possess magical powers. Some find their power in their wit, others in their ability to change form, and still others in their name.

In Little Folk, Paul Robert Walker retells eight of these fanciful tales, drawing from a variety of sources and cultures, with energetic and amusing illustrations by James Bernardin. From Japan's brave Issun Boshi, who stands just one inch high, and Denmark's mischievous nisse to Hawaii’s hard-working Menehune and Ireland's crafty leprechaun, this collection of folktales explores the wide range of stories told about the little folk who once shared our world—and maybe still do!