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Susan

Susan is a cataloging librarian and recovering children’s librarian. She learned to read on her grandmother’s steps before she started school, and hasn’t stopped. She has a lifelong love of yarns, both the kind she knits with and the kind she is able to share through Family Folk Tales.

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This Icelandic tale features a clever princess, an evil witch-queen, and a prince taken by a dragon. What will happen when the prince returns to his parents years later?

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In this French tale, an impish little rogue who can transform himself into anything but a sewing needle seeks new victims for his tricks.

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After being conned by three rogues, how far will a man go to get his revenge? 

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An aging king wants his son to marry before he dies, so the young man sets off to find the princess he has vowed to wed; the problem is, she’s a prisoner of an evil wizard. As he travels, the prince is joined by 3 companions with unusual skills that may help free the princess.  

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A man provides costly aid but later receives help from an unlikely source in this Spanish tale.  

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Kindness to a crane leads to a wonderful gift – but watch out for greedy relatives!  

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Unable to find an appropriate master for his son to apprentice with, a man is thrilled to find someone willing to take him on – until the stranger flies off with the lad. Now the father must begin a quest to locate and try to rescue his son.  

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A weaver needing work takes a job as a shepherd – but wait until you hear how foolish he and some other weavers are!  

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An old peasant is tricked by a wicked tanuki into doing something terrible. Now the peasant and his friend, a hare, must work together to bring about the tanuki’s demise.  
 

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The filmed versions of this story that you’ve seen stay pretty close to this version of this tale. If you enjoyed the versions by Disney or Cocteau, you’ll like this too!