Common Core Standards for 2nd Grade (RL 2.2)
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
The Boy Who Drew Cats by Margaret Hodges (Japan)
A young boy’s obsession with drawing cats changes his life.
Little Gold Star by Robert San Souci (Latin America)
A Spanish American retelling of the familiar story of a kind girl who is mistreated by her jealous stepmother and stepsisters. In this version, the Virgin Mary replaces the traditional fairy godmother.
Mightier Than the Sword: World Folktales for Strong Boys by Jane Yolen
A collection of folktales from around the world which demonstrate the triumph of brains over brawn.
A Froggy Fable by John Lechner
A little frog is upset when his simple life is changed by such things as other animals moving in nearby, but during an unexpected adventure away from the pond he learns that change can be good, after all.
Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney (American Southwest)
Illustrations and minimal text relate the familiar fable of the race between a slow tortoise and a quick but foolish hare.
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