Legends explain why things are the way they are. There are so many wonderful legend stories for children and here are a few of our favorites.
Animal legends are the main theme in this collection of legends. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling explain how the elephant got his long trunk, the spots on the leopard and the origins of writing.
Kathy-Jo Wargin is the author of several books detailing the legends of Michigan. The illustrations alone make these books a wonderful addition to any children's collection.
The Legend of Michigan
The Legend of Sleeping Bear
The Legend of Mackinac Island
The Legend of Leelanau
Legend of the Loon
Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend
Shingebiss is a hard bird built to withstand the cold weather during the long winters on Lake Superior. Find out how he survives by reading his legend.
The Empty Pot (An Owlet Book)
This is a tale that honors honesty. The emperor holds a contest for children who can grow the best plant. Unfortunately, the emperor cooked the seeds so they could not grow.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale
This is a tale of truth that all begins with a lie told by the mosquito. His lie sets off an disastrous chain of events.
Tikki Tikki Tembo - This legend explains why Chinese children have short names.
Saint George and the Dragon
Saint George is a knight from the middle ages who saves a town by killing the dragon.
The Legend of the Bluebonnet
When the rain won't come, Bluebonnet makes the difficult decision to sacrifice one of her most desired possessions in the Native American tale.
The Legend of the Persian Carpet
Sun shining through a diamond is as beautiful as a Persian carpet. When the kings prized diamond is stolen he is in despair until he discovers a way to regain his happiness.
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