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Folklore Motifs (Dewey 398.2)

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Motifs of Folklore (Dewey 398.2)

MOTIFS: Magical powers * | Transformations * | Magical objects * | Trickery * | Wishes * | Long sleep *






  • The Two Stonecutters [Japan]
  • Nothing at All by Wanda Gag [1942 Caldecott Honor]
  • The Fisherman and His Wife


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    For a broadened view of folklore, refer to The Folktale by Stith Thompson for tale types and motifs.

    For your reading enjoyment, peruse "Folk Tales of the North American Indians" by Stith Thompson. It includes tales categorized by culture group and motif.