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Folktale

005 – The Magnificent Brocade

A brother’s fate depends on a tiger’s whisker, 

a weaver makes an enchanted brocade, 

a mischievous beggar suddenly becomes king.


Storypoem: “The Two Brothers and the Tiger’s Whisker,” adapted from a Korean folktale.

Folktale: “The Magnificent Brocade,” adapted from a Chinese folktale

Recommended Reading: “The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha” by Lloyd Alexander

004 The Troll Ride

A girl’s clever sewing saves her from a magician, 

a groom almost misses his own wedding, 

a grandmother leaves her granddaughter an unusual quest.


Storypoem: The Golden Thread (a retelling of Anna Wahlenberg’s “The Magician’s Cape”)

Folk Tale: The Troll Ride (a retelling of Anna Wahlenberg’s “The Troll Ride”)

Rec. Read: “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry,” by Frederik Backman*


*this book isn’t written for kids, but apart from some mild swearing and some scary moments, I think it’s kid-kosher. If you’re unsure, please read it yourself before sharing with the kids in your life. It’s certainly no scarier than most of my beloved books by Roald Dahl!

1: The Sad Tale of the Delicious Pancake

Watch what you say, or your pancake might just run away! This Norwegian folktale is cousin to “The Gingerbread Man.”

This episode’s story poem is “If You Are Lost in a Troll Wood.” The reading recommendation is “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter,” by Astrid Lindgren.