You may not know this about me, but I love tales (cuz that's what little boys are made of...no, that's not right. cuz that's what history is made of!). Folk tales especially, tho well told tall tales are a treat. I've always been a storyteller, starting when I was three and spoke my first words. I could talk before that, I'm sure, it was just that I didn't really have much to say at that time.
Stories change over time, in slight ways, from society to society. Similar themes run throughout the world, like threads woven into tapestry, with no one culture laying claim to any theme. However, the ways in which stories are told, the characters, the events, may be very particular indeed.
So while we may be able to name a variety of tales that are similar in nature to each other, there are some particular versions that really shine; grabbing the spotlight in its ability to tickle our fancies, awing our minds, hushing our hearts, or standing out in some other gripping manner.
I thought I'd share some of my favorites with you, my sweets. There are audios, books, sites, and all sorts of formats that I will share with you from time to time. When I do, I'll try to use the subject "folks' tales" so that you have an idea regarding the contents and can skip over that entry if you want or clue in if you are interested.
If you do like audio books, then I recommend the narrators of this (cuz their voices really give great character development): The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa, by Alexander McCall Smith. It includes a letter from Mma Ramotswe.