A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folktales and Legends

Title: A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folktales and Legends

Writer: Angela McAllister, illustrated by Hannah Bess Ross

Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Date of Publication: April 12th 2022

Rating: 5 stars

Another outstanding collection of myths, legends and fairy tales centred around Nature and its gifts, beautifully written by Angela McAllister and superbly illustrated by Hannah Bess Ross.

These are my favourite tales in this mesmerizing volume:

The Queen of the Flowers (Spain): A story about the unique gifts of the bees and how they were handed access to all flowers by the Fairy Queen.

The Acorn and the Pumpkin (France): Nature gives a lesson to a clueless man who thought he knew better than God.

The Twelve Months (Czech Republic): The wise Twelve Months reward a young woman for her kindness and punish another for her greed and cruelty in a well-known Eastern European legend.

The Magic Fruit (Peru): The sad story of a goddess who was too selfish and naive to see beyond the physical appearance of her future husband.

Idun and the Golden Apples (Scandinavia): Who hasn’t read the myth of Idun’s abduction, her golden apples of eternal youth and immortality and Loki’s shenanigans?

Winter and Summer (Mongolia): The contest of Father Frost and Father Warmth that led to the creation of the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Τhe Four Winds (An Iroquis tale from North America): How the symbols of the Four Winds were created by the Master of the Winds.

Little Daughter of the Snow (Russia): The famous legend of the Snow Child in a beautiful rendition.

Kotura, Lord of the Winds (A Nenets story from Russia): Another well-known tale about a daughter who tamed the Lord of the Winds through intelligence and kindness.

The Honest Penny (Norway): A boy is rewarded for his kindness and honesty and teaches us how we should help each other. Especially when a brilliant cat is involved…

Phaeton (Greece): The story of Apollos’s son who wanted to ride his father’s golden chariot.

The King Who Wanted to Touch the Moon (The Dominican Republic): The tale of a king who was so arrogant and foolish that he believed he could touch the moon.

A Garment for the Moon (Eastern Europe): How can you make a garment for the moon that waxes and wanes? In a volume rich in beautiful stories, this one is certainly the most poetic and whimsical. 

The Gift of Ku (Hawaii): A powerful god desires to live among the humans for a while. His love for a mortal woman will save the people from starvation.

Mikku and the Trees (Estonia): A boy understands the importance of every tree but he forgets the advice of their protector.

Green Dragon Pond (China): The unlikely friendship between an old monk and a dragon results in tragedy born of human curiosity in a story that reminded me of the Greek myth of Zeus and Semele, Dionysus’s mother.

Many thanks to Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.