ENG 225 - Children's Literature (Fairy Tales, Folklore, Myths, and Legends)

Your guide to fairy tales, legends, folklore, and myths from all over the world.

*Most* of America's Folk Heroes in One Map!

William Gropper's Map of American Folk Heroes

William Gropper, America, it's folklore, 1946. Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

William Gropper's 1946 map of American folklore includes real people who reached legendary status and invented figures.  This article identifies each folk hero represented in the map.

Think about...

  1. The purpose of the collection /web site.
  2. The intended audience for the site.
  3. Whether there is bias or propaganda being distributed through the site.
  4. The quality of the site:
    1. Do the links work?
    2. Is the spelling correct?
    3. Is the grammar correct?
    4. Are the images appropriate?
  5. Whether the site is scholarly, recreational, hobbyist, institutionally sponsored or commercial.
  6. What information about the site's creator is available.
  7. Access to the people who created or maintain the cite.
  8. What you'd need to incorporate this site into your citation list.
  9. The resources used in creating the site.

Folklore and Fairy Tale Collections

These websites offer collections of folklore and fairy tales from around the world. Some sites are devoted to stories from all cultures, while others cover just one region or tale. This is just an introduction to the material available on the web.  See the "Think about..." box on the lower left of this page for help evaluating websites you visit.

Useful Web Sources

These websites offer background, interpretation, and criticism of folklore, fairy tales, myths, and legends.  



Odilon Redon, Pandora, ca. 1914. Oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.