Tales from Around the World

Hoopoe continues to gather traditional and modern tales from around the world, from which young readers can both be entertained and learn.


The timeless tales that leaven Rita Wirkala’s gripping adventure novel are drawn from a wide variety of traditions – from Western Europe, to North Africa and the Middle East, to Central Asia.

Tales for THE DREAMER is a real page-turner. By setting it in the near future while making use of the best storytelling traditions from the past, Rita Wirkala has created something unique, enriching and thoroughly enjoyable for young adults and adults alike.” – JonArno Lawson, award-winning author of The Playgrounds of Babel, Inklings, The Hobo’s Crowbar and other titles.

Child reading The Dreamer
Girl with the book The Stranger's Farewell
Girl reading the book The Wisdom of Ahmad Shah
Stories exist in all cultures and an analysis of the stories throughout the world shows that the same ones recur time and again in different cultures. The two titles, pictured above, THE WISDOM OF AHMAD SHAH and THE STRANGER’S FAREWELL, are retold from Afghan sources by the Afghan teacher and storyteller Palwasha Bazger Salam.
Girl reading the book Dende Maro

DENDE MARO: The Golden Prince

Told and Illustrated by Sally Mallam. Illustrations created from the rock art of Africa.

Received a “Noteworthy 2010” distinction from Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA)

“Dende Maro is a beautifully told and stunningly illustrated origin tale, inspired by ancient African carvings and paintings. The emphasis on the arts, as well as survival skills, encourages readers to reflect on the importance of music, writing, and visual representation in human life. The list of websites and books at the end encourages further study of art forms that date back thousands of years.”

—Denise Nessel, Ph.D.,
Consultant and Director of Publications
National Urban Alliance for Effective Education

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