A Guide to Appalachian Folklore and Literature in
Crosscurrents of Children's Literature: An Anthology of Texts and Criticism

Below are links to Web pages with bibliographies, texts, audio/video recordings, and background on Appalachian literature and oral traditions, to supplement Appalachian selections published in Crosscurrents of Children's Literature.  Suggestions are also provided below for film adaptations and additional Appalachian tales to compare with selections in the anthology from other oral traditions. In the Crosscurrents anthology, see the Alternate Table of Contents by Genre for a list of all works recorded and adapted from oral traditions. Many of the links on this page are to AppLit: Resources for Readers and Teachers of Appalachian Literature for Children and Young Adults.

Poems by Appalachian Writers

"BOOK" by George Ella Lyon (p. xliii)

George Ella Lyon's web site 

"Where I'm From" is another poem by Lyon, often used by teachers to inspire student to write about places they know. Lyon's web site contains audio and video versions and discussion.

Local Learning: Poetry and Sense of Place. Lesson plan with a copy of Lyon's poem "Where I'm From" and samples of student writing, from Summer 2000 Louisiana Voices Institute

"Where I'm From" poems by college and high school students, Ferrum College and St. Paul, Virginia.

"Knoxville, Tennessee" by Nikki Giovanni (in Part 4)

Nikki Giovanni's web site 

See also Nursery Rhymes and Folk Narratives, below.

Drama from Appalachia

"Mutsmag," a folktale adaptation by R. Rex Stephenson (in Part 3)

Dramas and Tales by R. Rex Stephenson, bibliography by Tina L. Hanlon

The Jack Tale Players web site, Ferrum College

The Script as Story Theatre by R. Rex Stephenson

Annotated Bibliography on "Mutsmag" and Related Tales

Texts of tales "Mutsmag" and "Munsmeg" in AppLit

Fiction from Appalachia

New Boy in School by May Justus (in Part 8)

This book is set in Nashville, not Appalachia, but nearly all of Justus' other books are set in the mountains of eastern Tennessee where she lived all  her life. Most of her books contain folk songs she collected and other references to folklore. In New Boy in School  (in Part 8), an important role is played by the folk song "I Wish I was an Apple" (or "Cindy," also copied at this link in AppLit). See Books by May Justus for Children and Young Adults, bibliography by Tina L. Hanlon.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Further Recommended Reading in Part 4)

Katherine Paterson official web site

Bridge to Terabithia  web site by Walden Media on 2007 film adaptation

Bridge to Terabithia Walt Disney Pictures web site on 2007 film adaptation

Other books by Paterson set in Appalachia are listed in AppLit bibliography Appalachian Fiction for Children and Young Adults.

Nursery Rhymes from Appalachia

Selections from An Appalachian Mother Goose by James Still with illustrations by Paul Bret Johnson (in Part 3)

James Still Homepage at Colorado State University

James Still's Books for and about Children: Bibliography and Study Guide in AppLit

Mother Goose: A Scholarly Exploration, Rutgers University Eclipse program (extensive general resources)

"A Frog Went A-Courting" (in Part 3)

See Folk Narratives, below.

Note that New Boy in School by May Justus (in Part 8) contains the folk song "I Wish I was an Apple" (or "Cindy," also copied at this link in AppLit).

See Poems and Music in AppLit's Fiction & Poems for reprints of other rhymes, singing games, and folk songs from oral tradition.

Cherokee Tales (in Part 3)

Dancing Drum: A Cherokee Legend retold by Terri Cohlene

"The Daughter of the Sun" or "Dancing Drum": Annotated bibliography in AppLit

Text of "The Daughter of the Sun" in Myths of the Cherokee, 1900

The Story of the Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale retold by Joseph Bruchac and Gayle Ross

"The Legend of the Milky Way": Annotated bibliography in AppLit

Video of Gayle Ross discussing and telling Cherokee legends in Kennedy Center Millennium Stage performance, Mar. 5, 2003

Text of "The Milky Way" in Myths of the Cherokee, 1900

Other Appalachian Folk Narratives (in Part 3)

"Oral Narration in Contemporary North America" by Kay F. Stone includes some discussion of Appalachian storytelling traditions.

"A Frog Went A-Courting," folk song collected by Cecil Sharp in Kentucky (in Part 3), also reprinted at this link in AppLit.

"Froggy Went A-Courting": Annotated bibliography in AppLit

"Froggie Went A-Courting" from Wise County, VA, 3 versions collected in 1941-42 by James M. Hylton

English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians Collected by Olive Dame Campbell and Cecil J. Sharp, circa 1917, contains several versions of this song as well as "The Tree in the Wood," reprinted in A Traditional Music Library by Rod Smith

See also Mother Goose: A Scholarly Exploration, Rutgers University Eclipse program

"John Henry," ballad and tall tale

"John Henry": Annotated bibliographies in AppLit with links to variants in different media

"John Henry" with audio and score in AppLit section West Virginia's Appalachian Music and Literature

"Munsmeg," folktale collected by Richard Chase

Text of Munsmeg in AppLit

Bibliography of Works by and about Richard Chase by Tina L. Hanlon

Annotated Bibliography on "Mutsmag" and Related Tales

See also "Mutsmag" by R. Rex Stephenson and links under Drama From Appalachia, above.

Tom Davenport's Live-Action Appalachian Film Mutzmag: An Appalachian Tale

See AppLit's Fiction & Poems section for reprints of other tales, rhymes and folk songs from oral traditions.

Other Appalachian Folktales to Compare with Selections from the Oral Traditions in Crosscurrents

"Ashputtle" (in Part 5) and other Cinderella tales

Annotated Bibliography on "Ashpet" and related tales in AppLit

Tom Davenport's Live-Action Appalachian Film Ashpet: An American Cinderella

Riddles in Davenport's Ashpet

"Beauty and the Beast" (in Part 3)

Text of "The Three Gold Nuts" in AppLit

Annotated Bibliography on "Whitebear Whittington" or "The Three Gold Nuts" or "The Man that Turned Himself into a Bear" in AppLit

"Blue Beard" (in Part 1)

Texts of "Pretty Polly" (prose and ballad) in AppLit

Annotated Bibliography on "Pretty Polly" and Related Tales in AppLit

"The Emperor's New Clothes" by Hans Christian Andersen (in Part 2)

    Annotated Bibliography on "The Two Old Women's Bet" in AppLit

"The Frog King" (in Part 2)

Tom Davenport's Live-Action Appalachian Film The Frog King

Annotated Bibliography on "The Frog King" in AppLit

"Hansel and Gretel" (in Part 2) and "The Twins" (in Part 7)

Tom Davenport's Live-Action Appalachian Film Hansel and Gretel

Texts of "The Little Babes in the Woods" and "The Babes in the Woods" in AppLit

Annotated Bibliography on "Babes in the Woods" and "The Two Lost Babes" and "Hansel and Gretel" in AppLit

"How Tortoise Cracked His Shell" by Chinua Achebe (in Part 3)

Annotated Bibliography on "Kanahena" or "Why the Turtle's Shell is Cracked" in AppLit

"Jack and the Beanstalk" (in Part 3)

Annotated Bibliography on "Jack and the Bean Tree" in AppLit includes details on James Still's Jack and the Wonder Beans

"The Last of the Dragons" by E. Nesbit (in Part 7)

Annotated Bibliography on "Jack and the Fire Dragon" in AppLit

"Mother Holle" (in Part 2)

  Annotated bibliography on "Gallymanders" and "Jack and the Witch's Tale"in AppLit

"The Pancake" (in Part 3)

Text of "The Gingerbread Boy" in AppLit

Text of "The Johnny Cake Boy" in AppLit

Annotated Bibliography on Runaway Cakes and Gingerbread Boys in AppLit

"Snow-White" (in Part 3) and "Snow White in New York" (in Part 7)

Tom Davenport's Live-Action Appalachian Film Willa: An American Snow White

Annotated Bibliography of "Snow White" Tales in AppLit

"Rapunzel" (in Part 3)

Tom Davenport's Live-Action Appalachian Film Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Annotated Bibliography on "Rapunzel" in AppLit

The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton (Further Recommended Reading, Part 3)

See AppLit's Folklore in Books by Virginia Hamilton for references to Appalachian tales.

General References

AppLit's Appalachian Folktales in Children's Literature and Collections for all Ages, bibliographies by Tina L. Hanlon

Digital Library of Appalachia, Appalachian College Association Central Library

SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages by Heidi Anne Heiner contains a wealth of material on fairy tales.

Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts, D. L. Ashliman, University of Pittsburgh

The Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack the Giant-Killer Project, University of Southern Mississippi 

Journal of Mythic Arts


In memoriam J. D. Stahl: see links on Tina Hanlon web page

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