Appalachian Folktales
Background Resources on One Author, Illustrator, Storyteller, Dramatist, or Filmmaker

Compiled by Tina L. Hanlon

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Folktale Bibliography Index

See also AppLit's Authors Index for AppLit pages dealing with specific people, and Author Links for annotated external web links. Some of the individuals below are not Appalachians but they have adapted or illustrated one or two folktales set in Appalachia and described on other AppLit pages. Use the Site Index and Ferrum College Search page for more detailed searches in AppLit. Most authors and artists now have their own web sites that you can find easily by entering their names into a search engine.

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Adams, Sheila Kay - NC performer of Appalachian ballads and stories, banjo player

Sheila Kay Adams. Web site of Madison County, NC storyteller, musician, and author

Sheila Kay Adams page with photo at The North Carolina Touring Artists Directory web site, with booking info.

Anderson, Linda - illustrator from Clarksville, Georgia

Review of On Top of Old Smoky: A Collection of Songs and Stories from Appalachia." Publishers Weekly 239.n44 (5 Oct. 1992): 72(1). Accessed online 12 Jan. 2008 through Academic OneFile. Gale. 

Arneach, Lloyd - Cherokee storyteller

Lloyd Arneach. Web site of Cherokee, NC storyteller.

Awiakta, Marilou - Tennessee storyteller, writer

See AppLit's Author page and bibliography on Marilou Awiakta.

MTSU's Biographical Index to Tennessee Women

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Basket, Nancy - Storyteller and artist of Cherokee descent in Appalachian SC

Kudzu Kabin Designs is Nancy Basket's web site, with a page on her storytelling. See also Pamela Petro's book in Appalachian Folktales in General Collections, Journals, Web Sites for discussion of Basket's storytelling and arts.

Birdseye, Tom - writer of children's books

Tom Birdseye's web site

Two short reviews of 2001 picture book Lookout, Jack! The Giant is Back! on page on Tall Tales at ChildrensLit.com.

Bruchac, Joseph - Native American (Abenaki) storyteller, writer

Lesson plan on his picture book: Kindergarten Lesson 2:  How Strawberries Came into the World. In Crossroads: A K-16 American History Curriculum (administered by the Council for Citizenship Education).

Teacher Resource File on Joseph Bruchac at JMU, with links to many other sources

Bushyhead, Robert H. - Cherokee storyteller, musician, actor, and preacher

"About Robert H. Bushyhead." NC Arts Council. 1996 NC Heritage Award recipient.

Carden, Gary. "Farewell, Robert: The Grey Hackle will Miss You." Memorial article about Bushyhead's life, including his work to preserve the Kituhwa dialect. Smoky Mountain News [Waynesville, NC]. Arts and Events. 8 Aug. 2001.

Robert Bushyhead. Profile in Cherokee Heritage Trails web site.

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Carden, Gary - North Carolina writer, storyteller

Carden, Gary.  Tannery Whistle.Com:  Folk Stories in Words and in Paint.  Contains information on books, videos, plays and narrative folk paintings by a North Carolina storyteller and playwright.  Also includes Carden's versions of some Cherokee Myths and Legends. http://tannerywhistle.com.

Carter-Sexton, Beverly Olivia - Kentucky storyteller

Fine, Elizabeth C. "‘Lazy Jack’: Coding and Contextualizing Resistance in Appalachian Women’s Narratives." NWSA Journal: A Publication of the National Women’s Studies Association , vol. 11 (Fall 1999): 112-137. Available online through library services such as Academic Index ASAP. Transcribes and analyzes Carter-Sexton's feminist retelling of "Lazy Jack," in which she "recasts a Jack tale involving cannibalism and self-cannibalism into a tale that challenges traditional gender and economic relationships that the storyteller has observed in her native Rockcastle County, Kentucky."

Caynor, Ernest - West Virginia storyteller

"Hold Your Breath," a family story about bees told by Ernest Caynor, in Humor section of West Virginia World School's web site West Virginia's Appalachian Music and Literature, with student activities and teacher resources (now in AppLit's Study Guides section).

Chase, Richard - folklorist, storyteller

See AppLit's Bibliography of Works by and About Richard Chase for more a more complete list of resources.

Halpert, Herbert. "Folktales in Children's Books: Some Notes and Reviews." Midwest Folklore 2, no. 1 (Spring 1952):59-71. Surveys children's folktale collections as items of interest to folklorists, pointing out their strengths and weaknesses and suggesting criteria for evaluation. Discusses the importance of authenticity and scholarship, pointing out the work of Richard Chase and Harold Courlander as outstanding examples. (notes by Linnea Hendrickson)

Mikkelsen, Nina. "Richard Chase's Jack Tales : A Trickster in the New World." Touchstones: Reflections on the Best in Children's Literature. Vol. 2: Fairy Tales, Fables, Myths, Legends and Poetry. Ed. Perry Nodelman. West Lafayette, IN: Children's Literature Association, 1987. pp. 40-55.

Painter, Helen W. "Richard Chase: Mountain Folklorist and Storyteller." Elementary Education 40 (November 1963): 677-86. Reports on Chase's folktales, especially the Jack tales (citation from Linnea Hendrickson).

Perdue, Charles L., Jr. "Is Old Jack Really Richard Chase?" Journal of Folklore Research, vol. 38 (2001), pp. 111-38. Analyzes Chase's transmission of oral tales he collected and the extent to which his versions reflect his own character. Abstract of article at this link. This is in a Special Double Issue: Perspectives on the Jack Tales and Other North American M”rchen.

Wolfenstein, Martha. "Jack and the Beanstalk": An American Version." In Childhood in Contemporary Cultures. Ed. Margaret Mead and Martha Wolfenstein. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955, pp. 243-45. Examines the way in which the tale has been transformed in the American version "Jack and the Bean Tree," as told in the mountains of North Carolina and recorded by Richard Chase. (note by Linnea Hendrickson)

Zipes, Jack, ed.  The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales. Oxford: Oxford U. Press, 2000.  Contains entries on Richard Chase, Jack Tales, and many other topics on folk and fairy tales.

Chase tales are discussed in Hanlon, Tina. "Strong Women in Appalachian Folktales." The Lion & the Unicorn, vol. 24 (April 2000): 225-46.

Photos of Richard Chase at Ferrum College in 1977.

Childers, Russ - Ohio storyteller, musician, native of Eastern KY

Russ Childer's Web Site, with Appalachian Booklists, Student activities and teacher resources

Collins, Bonnie - Doddridge County, WV storyteller

"The Piggy Song," with two versions of lyrics, one sung by Bonnie Collins, and a story by WV storyteller Collins, in Humor section of West Virginia World School's web site West Virginia's Appalachian Music and Literature, with student activities and teacher resources (now in AppLit's Study Guides section).

"Tall Tales from West Virginia's Top 'Liars'." All Things Considered. National Public Radio. Saturday, May 27, 2006. NPR.org. Story on WV Liars Contest features storytellers and judges Bill Lepp and Bonnie Collins (at age 90).  Audio and photos available on web page, including tales told by Lepp and Collins.

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Daboiku, Omope Carter - southern Ohio storyteller

Contact this excellent storyteller at 513-542-0717 or omopecdaboiku@aol.com. See Stories from Around the World in AppLit's bibliography of recordings and AppLit page Omope Carter Daboiku, Storyteller and Wordsmith.

Davenport, Tom and Mimi - Virginia filmmakers

See AppLit's From the Brothers Grimm: Bibliography of Tom Davenport’s Fairy Tale Films

Charney, Sappho. "'No Chalkmark on the Mantel': Power and Violence in Mutzmag." The Antic Art: Enhancing Children's Literature Experiences through Film and Video. Ed. Lucy Rollin. Fort Atkinson, WI: Highsmith, 1993. pp. 39-46.

Cox, Carole. "The Folktale Films of Tom Davenport, or, 'Making the Devil Useful.'" English Journal, vol. 74 (1985): 87-88.

Davenport, Tom. "Some Personal Notes on Adapting Folk-Fairy Tales to Film." Children's Literature, vol. 9 (1981): 107-15.

Davenport, Tom. From the Brothers Grimm: A Teacher's Guide. Delaplane, VA: Davenport Films, 1993.

Davenport Films. Web site contains background on each film and other publications, excerpts from reviews, photos from films, ordering information. http://www.davenportfilms.com.

Folkstreams.net. A web site created by Tom and Mimi Davenport, folklorist Daniel Patterson, and others in 2002  "to build a national preserve of hard-to-find documentary films about American folk or roots cultures.... [and] to give them renewed life by streaming them on the internet." Includes Davenport's documentary films about Appalachia and other American films.

Hanlon, Tina. "Magic and Reality in Tom Davenport's Fairy Tale Films."  Paper presented at Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature. Nashville. Mar. 1999.

Hanlon, Tina. "Once Upon a Time in Appalachia:  Tom Davenport's Fairy Tale Films." Paper presented at Virginia Humanities Conference.  Ferrum College. Apr. 1998. Detailed abstract in AppLit.

Hanlon, Tina. "Popular Culture and Intertextuality in Willa: An American Snow White."  Paper presented at Popular Culture in the South Conference.  Roanoke, VA.  7 Oct. 1999.

Jones, Steven Swann. "Review of Willa:  An American Snow White." Marvels & Tales:  Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies, vol. 12 (1998): 394-97.

Manna, Anthony L. "The Americanization of the Brothers Grimm; Or, Tom Davenport's Film Adaptation of German Folktales." Children's Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 13 (1988): 118-21.

May, Jill. "Tom Davenport's Film Versions of Grimms' Folk Tales." Proceedings of the Children's Literature Association. 128-31.

Davis, Aubrey - Canadian writer, storyteller

Page on Aubrey Davis at The Writers' Union of Canada web site

Zvirin, Stephanie. Short review of Sody Salleratus. Booklist, vol. 94 (March 15, 1998): p. 1246. Grade B review available online through library services such as Expanded Academic Index.

Davis, Donald - NC storyteller, writer, minister

Bell-Johnson, Mary Fran. "Quilting the Story: An Interview with Donald Davis, Master Storyteller." Virginia Libraries, vol. 52 (Jan./Feb./Mar. 2006). Article with photo, addressing the significance of storytelling in relation to modern information technology and libraries.

Donald Davis. Page with photo and biography on The Call of Story web site.

Donald Davis, Storyteller. On Davis's web site, you can find photos, "biographical information, performance schedule information, information on ordering books and recordings, information about the national and world-wide storytelling revival, and other information."

Page on Donald Davis at Timpanogos Storytelling Festival web site (Orem, Utah).

Oxford, Cheryl. Review of Listening for the Crack of Dawn: A Master Storyteller Recalls the Appalachia of His Youth, 1990 book. NC Folklore Journal, vol. 38 (Summer-Fall 1991): 189-90. The book is a series of coming-of-age stories from Davis's youth among interesting characters in Haywood County, NC in the 1950s but anyone can relate to it, as the "themes are universal and evocative"; it is his "delight in the ordinary which gives the book its extraordinary charm." The review ends, "Donald Davis's book is a triumph."

Stadter, Philip (U of NC, Chapel Hill). "Herodotus and the North Carolina Oral Narrative Tradition." Histos, vol. 1 (1997).  Detailed scholarly article with extensive footnotes, in an electronic journal of ancient historiography, comparing oral storytelling of Herodotus and Beech Mountain Hicks-Harmon family and Donald Davis. Comments, by John Marincola, includes comparison of Jack with Odysseus.

Delgadillo, Donna - GA Native American Storyteller

Donna Delgadillo page at Storyteller.net gives background and pictures; she tells primarily Cherokee tales.

Duvall, Deborah - Oklahoma writer of Cherokee stories

Duvall and Jacob Books & Art. Web site with details on books and cyber storybooks by Duvall and illustrator Murv Jacob.

Dulemba, Elizabeth O. - Georgia author and illustrator

Elizabeth O. Dulemba: Children's Book Author & Illustrator. For bilingual Appalachian adaptations see Soap, Soap, Soap, and Paco and the Giant Chile Plant.

Elizabeth O. Dulemba page, Children's Literature Network.

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Ellis, Elizabeth - Storyteller from Appalachia and Texas

Elizabeth Ellis, Storyteller. Official web site of a storyteller who has been a favorite for many years at the National Storytelling Festival and elsewhere, telling stories of heroic women, tales from Appalachia and Texas.

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Hackworth, Dianne - NC storyteller

Dianne's Storytelling Site. Hackworth's web site with information on her life and work, ideas on storytelling for teachers.

Haley, Gail E. - NC illustrator, writer

Gail E. Haley Papers, de Grummond Archives, Univ. of Southern Minnesota - includes material on Jack and the Bean Tree.

Haley, Gail. Gail E. Haley:  Her Stories, Her Stories.  Web site with pictures and information on her writing, illustrating, puppetry, and author visits.  Includes several illustrations with background on her books based on Appalachian folktales.

Haley, Gail E. "From the Ananse Stories to the Jack Tales: My Work with Folktales." Children's Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 11 (1986): 118-121.

Hamilton, Virginia - Ohio writer, folklore adapter with Appalachian roots - see Folklore in Books by Virginia Hamilton

Harmon, Jerry - Smoky Mountain storyteller, musician

Jerry Harmon: "Smoky Mountain Rambler." Web site of a son of Benjamin Harmon and great-great grandson of Council Harmon, who brought the Jack Tales from England in the early nineteenth century. Includes information on his influences, songs, stories, and performances; reviews; photos; and audio files of a couple songs and two tales: "Jack and the Kings' Daughters" and "Jack in the Giants' New Ground."

MacCandless, Colin. "A Family Tradition: Entertainer Helps Preserve Appalachian Storytelling Heritage." The Franklin Press Online [Macon County, NC] 10/05/07. Article on Jerry Harmon and his family tradition of storytelling and singing.

Manheim, James M. "Jerry Harmon." Arbor Web: Ann Arbor's Home on the Web.

Hicks, Ray, Orville, and Stanley - see AppLit bibliography Ray and Orville Hicks, Storytellers of North Carolina

Leonard, Phillip Randolph. Mystics, Dreamers and Fancies: Ray Hicks and the Jack Tale Traditions on Beech Mountain. M. A. Thesis. Radford University, 1992.

Oxford, Cheryl. "The Storyteller as Craftsman: Stanley Hicks Telling 'Jack and the Bull.'" NC Folklore Journal, vol. 36 (1989): 73-120.

Oxford, Cheryl. "The Storyteller as Shaman: Ray Hicks Telling his Jack Tales." NC Folklore Journal, vol. 38 (1991): 75-186.

Hillenbrand, Will - Southern Ohio illustrator

Will Hillenbrand's web site.

Page on Will Hillenbrand at Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books web site.

Corsaro, Julie. Short review of Wicked Jack. Booklist, vol. 92 (Nov 1, 1995): p. 475. Positive (A) review available online through library services such as Expanded Academic Index. "Hillenbrand's imaginative mixed-media paintings (with smudges of coal) have thin, robust lines, angular figures, subtle colors, and a distinctive style. A folktale adaptation that works."

Holstein, Susanna "Granny Sue" - WV storyteller

Granny Sue page at Storyteller.net gives background, links to storytelling articles by Granny Sue.

Holt, David - NC storyteller, musician

David Holt: Music and Storytelling from the Appalachian Mountains. Holt's web site.

David Holt page with photo at The North Carolina Touring Artists Directory web site, with booking info.

Ledgin, Stephanie P. "David Holt: The Getting There Is the Fun." Old-Time Herald, vol. 8:6 (2002 Nov-2003 Jan): pp. 22-25.

Hooks, William H. - NC writer

Cover and description of The Three Little Pigs and the Fox at Nancy Keane's Booktalks

LitPlans: William H. Hooks. Lesson plans on books by Hooks.

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Isaacs, Ann

Five short reviews of picture book Swamp Angel with cover, on page on Tall Tales at ChildrensLit.com.

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Jacob, Murv - Illustrator of Cherokee stories

Duvall and Jacob Books & Art. Web site with details on books and cyber storybooks by Jacob and Deborah Duvall.

Rabbit Goes to Kansas. The 5th Annual Art Exhibit for Children Featuring the Work of Murv Jacob, Illustrator. Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Kansas, 2006. Exhibit of illustrations for Cherokee tales written by Deborah Duvall.

Johnson, Paul Brett - Kentucky writer, illustrator

Paul Brett Johnson: Children's Book Author and Illustrator. Johnson's web site.

Johnson, Paul Brett. PBJ Scripts for Kids, 2009. Reader's theater scripts for a number of Johnson's original and adapted tales, some of which appear in his picture books, such as Old Dry Frye, Jack Outwits the Giants, Fearless Jack, Bearhide and Crow, The Pig Who Ran a Red Light, and The Goose Who Went Off in a Huff. Other scripts include "Jack and the Talking Mule Hide," "The Hungry Fox," and "The Old Woman and the Talking Catfish."

Paul Brett Johnson page at Author Illustrator Source, with book covers, review excerpts and other information on books.

"OLD DRY FRYE: A Deliciously Funny Tall Tale." (Review). Publishers Weekly, vol. 246 (Oct 11, 1999): p. 76.

Short review of 2001 picture book Fearless Jack with cover, on page on Tall Tales at ChildrensLit.com. Positive short review available online through library services such as Expanded Academic Index.

Short review of Fearless Jack. The Horn Book Magazine, vol. 77 (Sept. 2001): p. 602. Positive review available online through library services such as Expanded Academic Index.

Lukehart, Wendy. Short review of Fearless Jack. School Library Journal, vol. 47 (July 2001): p. 95. Positive review recommends reading the story aloud and praises the acrylic-on-canvas painting style that "infuses each scene with vitality and warmth." Available online through library services such as Expanded Academic Index.

Long, Joanna Rudge. Review of Jack Outwits the Giants. The Horn Book Magazine, vol. 78 (July-August 2002): pp. 476ff. Positive short review available online through library services such as Expanded Academic Index.

Jones, Ron - North Carolina storyteller

Ron Jones: Storyteller. Web site includes audio clips from his tales. CD Do Tell! Cabin Tales from the Mountainside contains Appalachian tales..

Justus, May - Tennessee writer, educator, balladeer

See references and links at AppLit bibliography Books by May Justus.

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Keen, Rema - storyteller, actor

"Rema Keen and the After School Drama Team." In "2002-2003 Visiting Artists." Polk County, NC Schools, 2001. Description with two photos of Rema Keen's adaptation of The Adventures of Molly Whuppie with students at Saluda School (preK-8th grade), Saluda, NC.

Kellogg, Steven - picture book writer, illustrator

Page on Steven Kellogg at Childrenslit.com, with covers and reviews of books

Cover, description of Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett at Nancy Keane's Booktalks

Review and illustration of Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett by second grade students, 2001-02. Spaghetti Book Club.

Teacher Resource File on Steven Kellogg at James Madison U.

Kidd, Ronald - writer from Los Angeles and Nashville

Review of On Top of Old Smoky: A Collection of Songs and Stories from Appalachia." Publishers Weekly 239.n44 (5 Oct. 1992): 72(1). Accessed online 12 Jan. 2008 through Academic OneFile. Gale. 

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Larkin, Chuck - GA storyteller

Chuck Larkin page at Storyteller.net lists many Appalachian materials in his work.

Lepp, Bill - WV storyteller

"Tall Tales from West Virginia's Top 'Liars'." All Things Considered. National Public Radio. Saturday, May 27, 2006. NPR.org. Story on WV Liars Contest features storytellers and judges Bill Lepp and Bonnie Collins. Audio and photos available on web page, including tales told by Lepp and Collins.

YouTube.com. Bill Lepp tells some stories on YouTube videos.

Lester, Julius - writer of children's books

Teacher Resource File on Julius Lester at Internet School Library Media Center, James Madison U., including resources on John Henry.

Lough, Anne - musician, instructor in Appalachian heritage

Anne Lough page with photo at The North Carolina Touring Artists Directory web site, with booking info. A nationally known dulcimer player, "she brings to life the folk songs, ballads, folk hymns, stories, dances, and play-party traditions of the Southern Appalachians. Lough is currently an instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk School and for Elderhostel programs, lecturer at Western Carolina University and is very active in the Mountain Arts Program in schools throughout the western part of" NC.

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McConnell, Doc - TN storyteller

Doc McConnell - featured storyteller at Jonesborough Storytelling Festival

McWilliams, Barry - storyteller

McWilliams, Barry. Barry McWilliams' Home Page.  This web site by a storyteller and Bible teacher in Everett, WA includes an index to folktales he tells, including "Soap, Soap, Soap," and pages on storytelling and listening techniques, storytelling for churches.

Martin, Jacqueline Briggs - New England writer of books for young readers

Jacqueline Briggs Martin's web site, with material on Good Times on Grandfather Mountain

Jacqueline Briggs Martin page, Children's Literature Network

Moser, Barry - illustrator, writer (native of Tennessee)

Barry Moser and Pennyroyal Press.

Barry Moser Collection Finding Aid, Children's Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries.

Barry Moser page at U of Calgary, with photo.

Audio Interviews with Barry Moser by Don Swain, 1995 and 1990. Wired for Books.com.

Dooley, Patricia. Rev. of The Tinderbox  (by Barry Moser). School Library Journal, vol. 36 (Oct. 1990): 113.

Hanlon, Tina. "Transplanted in Appalachia:  Illustrated Folk Tales by Barry Moser."  Paper presented at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference. Abingdon, VA.  20 Mar. 1999.  Analyzes Moser's picture book adaptations The Tinderbox (1990), Polly Vaughn (1992), and Tucker Pfeffercorn (1994). Full text of essay in AppLit.

May, Jill. "'The Act of Shedding Light':  Barry Moser Talks about Illustrating Books."  Bookbird, vol. 35 (Summer 1997):  51-55.

"Moser, Barry." Something about the Author.  Vol. 79. 146-52.

Rev. of Polly Vaughn by Barry Moser. Kirkus Reviews, vol. 40 (April 1, 1992): 469.

Wildes, Susie. "Interview with Barry Moser." Book Page, 1994.  Rpt. 1998. Online at http://wildes.home.mindspring.com/OUAL/int/moserbarry.html.

Musick, Ruth Ann - WV folklorist

Ruth Ann Musick. Page with background and bibliography. Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library:  West Virginia Author's Index

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Pinkney, Jerry - illustrator

Short review of The Hired HandPublishers Weekly 244.n15 (14 April 1997): 75(1). Accessed online 12 Jan. 2008 through Academic OneFile. Gale. 

Teacher Resource File on Jerry Pinkney at JMU

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Ramsey, Gwynn - NC storyteller, educator, author

Dr. Gwynn W. Ramsey, page at Storyteller.net lists his recordings and gives background on hearing his first tales from his grandma in the foothills of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Includes audio telling of Whickety Whack Into My Sack. (See AppLit's Soldier Jack page.)

Regan-Blake, Connie - North Caroline storyteller

Clark, Paul. "Local Storyteller Wins Award." Ashville Citizen-Times 2 Oct. 2006.

Storyteller Connie Regan-Blake - her web site at this link

Ross, Charlotte - storyteller and folklorist from Georgia

Charlotte Ross, the Legend Lady. Page on Ross in Sharyn McCrumb's web site.

Sobol, Joseph Daniel. Review of From my Grandmother's Grandmother Unto Me. Dir. John David Allen. Written and Perf. Clarinda Ross Clark. The Journal of American Folklore 1992 359-60. Available online through library services such as JSTOR. In this film Charlotte's Ross's daughter tells the story of five generations of women in their family.

Ross, Gayle - Cherokee storyteller and writer

See AppLit bibliography Gayle Ross, Cherokee Storyteller.

Roth, Susan L. - writer/illustrator of children's books

Page on Susan L. Roth at Children's Book Guild of Washington, D. C. web site

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San Souci, Robert

Short review of The Hired HandPublishers Weekly 244.n15 (14 April 1997): 75(1). Accessed online 12 Jan. 2008 through Academic OneFile. Gale. 

Schanzer, Rosalyn

Short review of 2001 picture book Davy Crockett Saves the World with cover, on page on Tall Tales at ChildrensLit.com..

Schroeder, Alan - California writer of children's books

Alan Schroeder page at Random House web site

Shelby, Anne - KY author, playwright, storyteller, singer, actor

See links on AppLit's Author Links page.

Shipley, Vivian - poet from Kentucky

Feature by Robin Travis gives overview of Shipley's life and career, several poems from New Haven. Poetic Voices. July/Aug. 2002.

Sloat, Teri - writer and illustrator living in California

Teri Sloat: Author, Illustrator. Page in Sloat's web site on Sody Sallyratus gives illustration, background, and review excerpts.

Corsaro, Julie. Short review of Sody Sallyratus. Booklist, vol. 93 (Dec 15, 1996): p.730. Positive (A) review available online through library services such as Academic Index.

Short review of Sody Sallyratus. Publishers Weekly, vol. 243 (Dec 2, 1996): p. 60. Positive (A) review available online through library services such as Academic Index.

Stephenson, R. Rex - playwright- see AppLit's Bibliography of Dramas and Tales by R. Rex Stephenson and listings in Author Index

Still, James - Kentucky writer (native of Alabama)

See AppLit pages Author Links and James Still's Books for and about Children: Bibliography and Study Guide

Page on James Still by Dr. Steve Mooney at VA Tech

Page on Appalachian Mother Goose by University Press of Kentucky

Page on Jack and the Wonder Beans by University Press of Kentucky

Page on Rusties and Riddles and Gee-Haw Whimmy Diddles by University Press of Kentucky

James Still Homepage by Sandy Hudock, Colorado State University-Pueblo

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Tenney, Noel - folklorist

"John Henry" sung by Tenney in traditional ballad style, in Folk Heroes section of West Virginia World School's web site West Virginia's Appalachian Music and Literature, with student activities and teacher resources (now in AppLit's Study Guides section).

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Wheeler, Billy Edd - WV singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, author

Billy Edd Wheeler web page includes comments on his work with Richard Chase.

Williams, Michael "Badhair" - NC storyteller

Michael "Badhair" Williams page with photos on his visit to Silver Spur Elementary School in CA (1998-99)

Michael "Badhair" Williams page with photo at The North Carolina Touring Artists Directory web site, with booking info.

Wooldridge, Connie Nordhielm - writer

Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge page at Author Illustrator Source, with covers, review excerpts and other information on her books, including Wicked Jack.

Corsaro, Julie. Short review of Wicked Jack. Booklist, vol. 92 (Nov 1, 1995): p. 475. Positive (A) review available online through library services such as Expanded Academic Index.

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Zelinsky, Paul O. - writer, illustrator

Five short reviews of picture book Swamp Angel with cover, on page on Tall Tales at ChildrensLit.com.

See also the Folklore section of the AppLit Links and the page on Folktale Collections.  Many collections and picture books contain background notes and introductions on oral traditions and storytellers. For additional teaching resources, see AppLit's Study Guides and Lesson Plans sections.


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