This page is under construction. But there are already a lot of useful links in the right-and column of the page. And there is one swedish local legend in english here, which will end up at this page sooner or later. One good collection with tree and nature tales is “Earth Care: World folktales to talk about” by Margaret Read MacDonald.
A collection from 1953, “Three Apples Fell From Heaven: Unfamiliar Legends of the Trees” by Natalia Maree Belting lists the following stories: Sungold and the Remarkable Cow (Scandinavia) / The Tree That Flew (Russia) / The Tree That Shadowed the World (Khasis/India) / The Laurel Maiden (Greece) / A Yard of Nose (Italy) / The Tree That Walked (Scotland) / The Tree From Adam’s Grave (Palestine) / The Three Lemons (Slovenia) / The Kettle and the Chestnut (Seneca) / The Weeping Willow (Arabia) / The Shepherd and the King’s Daughter (Germany) / The Fairy Tree of Doolas Woods (Ireland) / How the Coconut Tree Came To Be (Philippines) / The Wood Nymphs (Germany) / The Blue Palm Tree (Arabia) / The Arrows That Became Trees (Creek) / The Nightingale and the Cotton Tree (Calcutta) / The Wonderful Bed (India).
The Grimm story The Juniper Tree is interesting also because it is really a literary story, not a folktale. A distinction which sometimes is very useful, and meaningless in other contexts.
A story which will be of special interest on November 22 is the legend of El Ceibo, the national tree or flower of Argentina and Uruguay. Here is a translation from spanish to english by Isabel Fraire who suggested this story:
And from Bewildering Stories
And the biology information at the Wikipedia entry
And finally, below is the story in spanish:
So what do you think? Should we tell and explore learning questions about this story? Perhaps on November 22 …