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Gray heros : elder tales from around the world
Yolen, Jane.
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New York : Penguin Books, 1999.
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xxxv, 233 pages ; 20 cm
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Presents a collection of seventy-five tales from various sources in which the protagonists who show their wisdom and cleverness, meet adventure, and find love are all older people.

Author Notes

Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1960 and a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults, and adults.

Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic. She has won numerous awards including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

May Sarton
Introductionp. xiii
Old Man, Young Mistress (Aesop)p. xiv
The Seventh Father of the House (Norway)p. xvi
The Old Man and His Grandson (German)p. xx
Mountain of Abandoned Old People (Japan)p. xxii
The Bell of Atri (Italy)p. xxiv
The Old Man and Death (Aesop)p. xxvi
Iron Logic (Jewish)p. xxvii
One More Gift (Japan)p. xxvii
The Two Friends Who Set Off to Travel Round the World (Eskimo)p. xxix
The Span of Man's Life (Israel)p. xxxi
The Mortal Lord (China)p. xxxiii
"Now I Become Myself"p. xxxiv
An Old Man and A Boy (Africa: Kambaland)p. 3
Empty-Cup Mind (Japan)p. 3
The Old Woman of the Spring (Native American/Cheyenne)p. 4
The Brownie of Blednock (Scotland)p. 8
The Wise Woman (Algeria)p. 15
An Old Man Who Saved Some Ungrateful People (Zimbabwe)p. 17
An Old Man's Wisdom (India)p. 23
Hide Anger Until Tomorrow (Suriname)p. 25
The Three Counsels (Mexico)p. 26
The Truth (Syria)p. 28
The Old Man and the Grain of Wheat (Russia)p. 29
Elijah and the Poor Man's Wish (Jewish)p. 31
The Wise Man and the Apprentice (Iran/Afghanistan)p. 34
The Poppet Caught a Thief (United States)p. 38
The Clever Old Man (India)p. 43
How Grandpa Mowed the Lord's Meadow (Russia)p. 49
Kitta Gray (Sweden)p. 50
The Devil and the Gipsy (Russia)p. 52
The Old Woman and the Giant (Philippines)p. 56
John Fraser the Cook (Scotland)p. 57
The Seven Leavenings (Palestinian Arab)p. 58
The Fortune-Teller (Russia)p. 66
The Old Woman and the Physician (Aesop)p. 71
Two Women Overcome Nez Perce Man (Native American/Coeur d'Alene)p. 72
The Silver Swindle (China)p. 72
The Straw Ox (Russian Cossack)p. 75
The Two Old Women's Bet (United States)p. 80
The Fisherman and the Genie (Arabian Nights)p. 83
The Five Wolves (Native American/Salishan)p. 88
The Crafty Woman (Lithuania)p. 89
The Talking Turkeys (Syria)p. 91
The Old Woman and the Fox (India)p. 92
Bucca Dhu and Bucca Gwidden (England)p. 96
Verlioka (Russia)p. 103
The Lord of Death (India)p. 108
The Man Who Lodged with Serpents (Hungary)p. 111
Kwatee and the Monster in Lake Quinault (Native American/Quinault)p. 115
Lump Off, Lump On (Japan)p. 116
Siksruk, The Witch-Doctor (Eskimo)p. 120
Old Roaney (United States)p. 123
The Old Woman and the Rice Cakes (Japan)p. 130
The Poor Countryman and the Greedy Hag (Poland)p. 135
St. David's Flood (England)p. 139
The Staff of Elijah (Jewish/Moldavia)p. 140
The Magical Words (Finland)p. 143
Kalapana (Hawaii)p. 152
The Great Jaguar (Guatemala/Maya)p. 157
The Hunted Hare (England)p. 159
The Apparition of Arran (Scotland)p. 162
The Valiant Fish Trapper (Hungary)p. 164
Grandmother Spider Steals the Fire (Native American/Choctaw)p. 166
The Monster of Loch Garten (Scotland)p. 170
The Woman in the Moon (Hawaii)p. 171
The Hedley Kow (England)p. 173
The Search for Luck (Greece)p. 177
And a Little Bit of Love
Baucis and Philemon (Greece)p. 185
How Much You Remind Me of My Husband! (El Salvador)p. 188
A Clever Old Bride (Korea)p. 190
My Jon's Soul (Iceland)p. 191
A Tale of Two Old Women (Eskimo)p. 194
The Old Man in the Moon (Burma)p. 198
The Blind Old Woman (African-American)p. 199
The Cure (Syria)p. 200
Notes for Storiesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 217
Acknowledgmentsp. 228
Index of Titlesp. 231