Patten. Folk Tales and Myths

Author. TitleToday's free book is Junior Classics: Folk Tales and Myths by various authors, edited by William Patten (1912). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust and Project Gutenberg (I have not checked for other online sources).



Table of Contents

Stories from Northern Sagas
The Northmen’s Story of How All Things Began
How the Queen of the Sky Gave Gifts to Men
The Dwarfs and the Fairies
How Thor Went to Jötunheim
How Thor’s Hammer Was Lost and Found
Iduna’s Apples of Youth
How the Fenris Wolf Was Chained
The Story of Balder the Beautifu
The Wonderful Quern Stones
The Story of Brunhilda and Siegfried
Brunhilda and the Magic Sword
Brunhilda’s Sleep Guarded by Loki’s Fiery Arm
How Siegfried Killed the Dragon
How Siegfried Finds Brunhilda
The Story of Lohengrin
The Plot Against the Beautiful Elsa of Brabant
[4]The Knights of the Holy Grail
Lohengrin the Champion of Elsa of Brabant
Ortruda Plots for Revenge
The Departure of Lohengrin
The Wooing of the Daughter of the King of Ireland
Three Tales of the Rhine
The Lady of Kynast
The Guardian Angel
The Giant Who Laughed at a Dwarf
The Legend of Saint Christopher
Prince Ivan and the Gray Wolf
King Robert of Sicily
Myths of Greece and Rome
The Riddle of the Sphinx
The Gift of Athene
Daphne, Child of the Morning
The Vengeance of Apollo
The Story of Arion
The Battle of the Frogs and the Mice
Orpheus the Sweet Singer
Niobe, a Victim of Latona’s Jealousy
The Sad Story of Pyramus and Thisbe
The Twelve Labors of Hercules
Hercules’s Search for the Apples of Hesperides
The Story of Cupid and Psyche
How Phaëton Drove the Sun
Baucis and Philemon Changed into Two Trees
The Paradise of Children
Two Tales of the Hudson
Rip Van Winkle
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Some Animal Myths of Various Lands
The Hare Who Thought the World Had Come to an End
A Hindoo Tale translated from the Jataka
The Watering of the Saplings
A Hindoo Tale translated from the Jataka
The Old Hare and the Elephants
A Hindoo Tale translated from the Hitopadeca
The Elephant Has a Bet With the Tiger
A Tale from the Malay Peninsula
How the Tortoise Out-Ran the Deer
A Tale from the Amazon River
Which was the Stronger, the Tortoise, the Tapir, or the Whale?
A Tale from the Amazon River
How the Turtle Got His Shell
A Tale from New Guinea
The Legend of Rata
A Maori Myth
Why the Hippopotamus Lives in the Water
A West African Myth
Why the Elephant Has Small Eyes
A West African Myth
The Boy Who Set a Snare for the Sun
An American Indian Myth
The Bird Lover
Wunzh, the Father of Indian Corn
When Brer Wolf Have His Corn Shucking
A Tale told by the Georgia Negroes
Brer Rabbit’s Cool Air Swing
A Tale told by the Georgia Negroes
Three Stories of the Seasons
The Four Seasons 
The Three Lemons  
The Winter-Spirit and His Visitor

Clarke. Story of Aeneas

Today's free book is Story of Aeneas by Michael Clarke. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books. You can get a free Kindle ebook from Amazon too!


Vergil, the Prince of Poets

The Gods and Goddesses

1. The Wooden Horse

2. Aeneas Leaves Troy — The Harpies — Prophesy of Helenus — The Giant Polyphemus

3. A Great Storm — Arrival in Carthage

4. Dido's Love — The Funeral Games — Ships Burned by the Women

5. The Sibyl of Cumae — The Golden Bough — In the Regions of the Dead

6. Aeneas Arrives in Latium — Welcomed by King Latinus

7. Alliance With Evander — Vulcan Makes Arms for Aeneas — The Famous Shield

8. Turnus Attacks the Trojan Camp — Nisus and Euryalus

9. The Council of the Gods — Return of Aeneas — Battle on the Shore — Death of Pallas

10. Funeral of Pallas — Aeneas and Turnus Fight — Turnus Is Slain

Humishuma. Coyote Stories

Today's free book is Coyote Stories by Mourning Dove,  Humishuma (1933), with illustrations by Heister Dean Guie. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources). You can read more about Mourning Dove at Wikipedia.




Table of Contents

1. The Spirit Chief Names the Animal People
2. Fox and Coyote and Whale
34 Coyote Fights Some Monsters
IV. Chipmunk and Owl-Woman
5. Coyote and the Buffalo
6. Why the Flint-Rock Cannot Fight Back
7. How Turtle Got His Tail
8. Why Skunk's Tad. Is Black and White
9. Rattlesnake and Salmon
10. Coyote Meets Wind and Some Others
11. Why Gartersnake Wears a Green Blanket
12. Coyote Quarrels With Mole
13. How Coyote Happened To Make the Black Moss Food
14. Why Spider Has Such Long Legs
15. Why Badger Is So Humble
16. Coyote Juggles His Eyes
17. Why Marten's Face Is Wrinkled
18. Crawfish and Grizzly Bear
19. Coyote and Wood-Tick
20. Why Mosquitoes Bite People
21. The Gods of the Sunlamp the Moon
22. Porcupine Learns the Sun Dance
23. En-am-tues—The Wishing Stone
24. Chickadee Makes a Shoo'-mesh Bow
25. Coyote and Chickadee
26. The Arrow Trail
27. Coyote Imitates Bear and Kingfisher


Jacobs. Fables of Aesop

Today's free book is The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by Richard Heighway. You can find out more about this book in the Aesop's Fables (Jacobs) unit of the Myth-Folklore UnTextbook.

For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

This book is available at Internet ArchiveHathi Books, and Google Books. You can find the stories listed and linked in Diigo.



1. The Cook and the Pearl (Perry 503) 
2. The Wolf and the Lamb (Perry 155) 
3. The Dog and the Shadow (Perry 133)
4. The Lion's Share (Perry 339)
5. The Wolf and the Crane (Perry 156)
6. The Man and the Serpent (Perry 51)
7. The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse (Perry 352)
8. The Fox and the Crow (Perry 124)
9. The Sick Lion (Perry 481)
10. The Ass and the Lapdog (Perry 91)
11. The Lion and the Mouse (Perry 150)
12. The Swallow and the Other Birds (Perry 39)
13. The Frogs Desiring a King (Perry 44)
14. The Mountains in Labour (Perry 520)
15. The Hares and the Frogs (Perry 138)
16. The Wolf and the Kid (Perry 98)
17. The Woodman and the Serpent (Perry 176)
18. The Bald Man and the Fly (Perry 525)
19. The Fox and the Stork (Perry 426)
20. The Fox and the Mask (Perry 27)
21. The Jay and the Peacock (Perry 472)
22. The Frog and the Ox (Perry 376)
23. Androcles and the Lion (Perry 563)
24. The Bat, the Birds, and the Beasts (Perry 566)
25. The Hart and the Hunter (Perry 74)
26. The Serpent and the File (Perry 93)
27. The Man and the Wood (Perry 302)
28. The Dog and the Wolf (Perry 346)
29. The Belly and the Members (Perry 130)
30. The Stag in the Ox-Stall (Perry 492)
31. The Fox and the Grapes (Perry 15)
32. The Horse, Hunter, and Stag (Perry 269)
33. The Peacock and Juno(Hera) (Perry 509)
34. The Fox and the Lion (Perry 10)
35. The Lion and the Statue (Perry 284)
36. The Ant and the Grasshopper (Perry 373)
37. The Tree and the Reed (Perry 70)
38. The Fox and the Cat (Perry 605)
39. The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Perry 451)
40. The Dog in the Manger (Perry 702)
41. The Man and the Wooden God (Perry 285)
42. The Fisher (Perry 11)
43. The Shepherd's Boy (Perry 210)
44. The Man and His Mother (Perry 200)
45. The Man and His Two Wives (Perry 31)
46. Nurse and the Wolf (Perry 158)
47. The Tortoise and the Birds (Perry 490)
48. The Two Crabs (Perry 322)
49. The Ass in the Lion's Skin (Perry 188)
50. The Two Fellows and the Bear (Perry 65)
51. The Two Pots (Perry 378)
52. The Four Oxen and the Lion (Perry 372)
53. The Fisher and the Little Fish (Perry 18)
54. Avaricious and Envious (Perry 580)
55. The Crow and the Pitcher (Perry 390)
56. The Man and the Satyr (Perry 35)
57. The Goose With the Golden Eggs (Perry 87)
58. The Labourer and the Nightingale (Perry 627)
59. The Fox, the Cock, and the Dog (Perry 671)
60. The Wind and the Sun (Perry 46)
61. Hercules and the Waggoner (Perry 291)
62. The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey (Perry 721)
63. The Miser and His Gold (Perry 225)
64. The Fox and the Mosquitoes (Perry 427)
65. The Fox Without a Tail (Perry 17)
66. The One-Eyed Doe (Perry 75)
67. Belling the Cat (Perry 613)
68. The Hare and the Tortoise (Perry 226)
69. The Old Man and Death (Perry 60)
70. The Hare With Many Friends (Perry no Perry)
71. The Lion in Love (Perry 140)
72. The Bundle of Sticks (Perry 53)
73. The Lion, the Fox, and the Beasts (Perry 142)
74. The Ass's Brains (Perry 336)
74. The Ass's Brains (Perry 583)
75. The Eagle and the Arrow (Perry 276)
76. The Milkmaid and Her Pail (Perry no Perry)
77. The Cat-Maiden (Perry 50)
78. The Horse and the Ass (Perry 357)
79. The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner (Perry 370)
80. The Buffoon and the Countryman (Perry 527)
81. The Old Woman and the Wine-Jar (Perry 493)
82. The Fox and the Goat (Perry 9)




Griffith. The Stars and Their Stories

Today's free book is The Stars and Their Stories: A Book for Young People by Alice Mary Matlock Griffith with illustrations by Margaret Boroughs. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books.


THE STARS AND THEIR STORIES
The Volume of the Skies — William Habington
My Star — Robert Browning The Stars and Their Stories
The Song of the Stars — William Cullen Bryant

THE TWO BEARS
The Two Bears .......
Ursa Major — Thomas Hood
Hymn to the North Star  — William Cullen Bryant

THE WINGED HORSE
The Winged Horse
The Chimaera — Nathaniel Hawthorne
Pegasus in Pound — Henry W. Longfellow

THE SUMMER TRIANGLE GROUP
The Lyre, the Eagle, the Swan, the Arrow, the Dolphin
The Finding of the Lyre — James Russell Lowell
Orpheus and Eurydice — Alfred Noyes

THE ROYAL FAMILY
The Star Club — Julia E. Rogers
Andromeda — Charles Kingsley
Orion
Astrology
Taurus — Bayard Taylor
The Lost Pleiad — Mrs. Hemans
Orion — Charles Tennyson Turner
Canopus — Thomas Moore
Canopus — Thomas Carlyle
Canopus — Bayard Taylor

AURIGA AND GEMINI
To Castor and Pollux — Homer (Shelley's translation)
The Battle of Lake Regillus — Thomas Babington Macaulay

THE TWO LIONS AND THE CRAB

BERENICE'S HAIR
Berenice's Hair — Catullus (Martin's translation)

BOOTES—ARIADNE—HERCULES
Bootes, Virgo, and Hercules
Bootes and Virgo — Aratus
The Three Golden Apples — Nathaniel Hawthorne

ARIADNE'S CROWN
The Champion of Athens — R. E. Franeillon
Ariadne's Crown — Nonnus (Mrs. Browning's translation)

CENTAURUS AND THE SOUTHERN CROSS
Alpha Centauri and the Southern Cross
Constellations — William Cullen Bryant

OTHER STORIES OF THE STARS
Selected from "Birth and Growth of Myth" by Edward Clodd
Darkness — Lord Byron
Death of Worlds — Richard A. Proctor
An Ode — Joseph Addison

ASTRONOMY THROUGH THE AGES
Astronomy Through the Ages
Astronomical Observatories — Edward Everett
"Marching on a Star" — R. Weatherhead
The First Telescope—From Galileo's "Astronomical Messenger," translated by E. S. Carlos

APPENDIX
The Magnitudes
Stars of the First Magnitude
Star Names

Smith. Annancy Stories.

Today's free book is Annancy Stories by Pamela Colman Smith, with illustrations by the author. This collection of stories about the Jamaican trickster Anansi (ultimately of West African origin) was published in 1899, which makes it roughly contemporary to Joel Chandler Harris's Brer Rabbit publications,

I have found this book at Internet Archive, Google Books, and Hathi Trust.


Here is a list of stories in the book:

Annancy and Chim-Chim
De Man An' De Six Poach Eggs
Why Toad Walk 'Pon Four Leg
Annancy An' Tiger Ridin' Horse
Mr. Titman
Why John Crow Hab Peel Head
Candoo
Mother Calbee
How Annancy Win De Five Dubbloon
Morass
Annancy And Gingy Fly
How Annancy Went To Fish Country
Haylefayly An' Pretty Peallope
Paarat, Tiger, An' Annancy
Bull-Garshananee
Annancy An' De Nyam Hills
Ticky-Picky Boom- Boom
De Golden Water, De Singin' Tree An' De Talkin' Bird
How Annancy Fooled Death
The Three Sisters
Annancy And Dry Kull; Or, Why Hog Hab A Long Mouth
Dog An' De Duckanoo




Barker-Sinclaire. West African Folktales

Today's free book is West African Folktales by William H. Barker and Cecilia Sinclair, with drawings by Cecilia Sinclair. You can find out more about this book in the West African Folktales unit of the Myth-Folklore UnTextbook.

For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Internet Archive, Hathi Books, and Sur La Lune. There is also a free audiobook at LibriVox.


I. Anansi, or Spider, Tales
How We Got the Name "Spider Tales"
How Wisdom Became the Property of the Human Race 
Anansi and Nothing 
Thunder and Anansi 
Why the Lizard Moves His Head Up and Down 
Tit For Tat 
Why White Ants Always Harm Man's Property 
The Squirrel and the Spider 
Why We See Ants Carrying Bundles As Big As Themselves 
Why Spiders Are Always Found in Corners of Ceilings 
Anansi and the Blind Fisherman 
Adzanumee and Her Mother 
The Grinding-Stone That Ground Flour By Itself 
Morning Sunrise 
Why the Sea-turtle When Caught Beats Its Breast With Its Forelegs 
How Beasts and Serpents Came into the World 
Honourable Minu 
Why the Moon and the Stars Receive Their Light From the Sun

II. Miscellaneous Tales
Ohia and the Thieving Deer 
How the Tortoise Got Its Shell 
The Hunter and the Tortoise 
Kwofi and the Gods 
The Lion and the Wolf 
Maku Mawu and Maku Fia 
The Robber and the Old Man 
The Leopard and the Ram 
Why the Leopard Can Only Catch Prey On Its Left Side
Quarcoo Bah-Boni 
King Chameleon and the Animals 
To Lose an Elephant For the Sake of a Wren Is a Very Foolish Thing To Do
The Ungrateful Man 
Why Tigers Never Attack Men Unless They Are Provoked 
The Omanhene Who Liked Riddles 
How Mushrooms First Grew 
Farmer Mybrow and the Fairies

Halpern-Miller. Quechan Oral Literature

Today's free book is Stories from Quechan Oral Literature by A.M. Halpern and Amy Miller (2014). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Open Book Publishers:


Table of Contents

1. The Man Who Bothered Ants

2. Two Stories about the Orphan Boy and the Monster

3. Xarathó

4. Three Stories about Kwayúu

5. Three Stories about Old Lady Sanyuuxáv

6. ‘Aavém Kwasám