The University Society (Ed.). (1987). The bookshelf for boys and girls (Vol. 1). New Jersey: The University Society, Inc.
While I was looking for my first story to tell in storytelling class, I came upon this old book in my basement. I remember when it was a 10 volume set. I only found 3, but that was more than enough for my purposes. Aside from the lack of source notes (which may actually be in one of the missing volumes, so I can’t say that for certain), this is a pretty good resource for stories to tell. I think when I was younger I didn’t pay much attention to this work because of the relative lack of pictures in it (it’s a collection, not a picture book). But there are some fantastic stories in here.
Volume 1 is devoted to nursery rhymes and nursery tales. So we have all the old favorites like the “The Three Bears” and “Little Red Riding Hood.” The story I chose to tell for my first telling was “The Little Red Hen and the Grain of Wheat.” It’s a very nice innocuous story. The version in here, I found quite tellable. There was some nice repetition, and mostly just the bones of the story so it would be relatively easy to modify for telling.
Volume 3 is folk and fairy tales: Snow White, Rapunzel, etc. It’s a nice collection of them too. The retellings seem fairly close to the originals, but there does seem to be a little bit of censorship of more “controversial” moments in our favorite fairy tales. There was some editing of some of the violence and sexual innuendo. Still, it’s a pretty comprehensive collection that really does belong on the bookshelf, if you ask me.