A World Full of Winter Stories: 50 Folk Tales and Legends from Around the World

This beautifully presented book gathers stories from 26 countries around the world. The tales are grouped under themes such as birds and beasts, quests and journeys, and spirits and magic. The author has developed these stories from folk tales and legends primarily from Europe and North America, but there are a few entries from Asia, South America and the Caribbean. Importantly for a book drawing from such sources, the North American stories name the indigenous peoples that the story originated from.

This is a book to dip in and out of. Some stories capture interest more than others such as ‘Rainbow Crow’ a Lenape legend and ‘The Cheerful Glacier’ which speaks to self-acceptance. A few are surprisingly short leaving the reader less clear as to the point of the tale. The painterly illustrations bring the book to life, the natural elements of the illustrations are where Baumert’s art shines. As to be expected from stories that have originated from folk tales there are moral messages in many of the entries, such as the value of creative work in ‘The Ant and The Grasshopper’, or the virtue of hospitality and a warning against greed in ‘The Two Wishes’.

Presented together they provide a worthwhile and captivating insight into how different cultures have traditionally explained the mysteries of the natural world. Different stories will speak to different age groups and personalities but there will no doubt be something for everyone in this collection.

Book Cover - A World Full of Winter Stories - 50 Folk Tales and Legends from Around the World
Publication Date
October 2023