Tales of the Shimmering Sky
Bird Tales from Far and Near
both retold by Susan Milord. The first has paintings by JoAnn Kitchel and the second's are by Linda S. Wingerter, and both have simple activities to go with each folktale.
Being a bit picky about the style writers use to retell old stories, I read a bit in both books to see if I would enjoy reading these tales aloud. Milord's words are varied, and she also pays attention to rhythm:
Long, long ago, when time was measured by the trickle of sand, there ruled a wise and goodly king named Solomon.
It so happened that the birthday of King Solomon's wife was approaching, and that one gift--the only gift--the queen fancied was a palace made from the beaks of birds.
from "The Palace of Beaks" in Bird Tales.Milord also wrote one other Tales Alive! book, and that is Tales Alive!: Ten Multicultural Folktales with Activities.
Book Sharing Monday is hosted at Serendipity Home School. I always get great recommendations from the participants--head on over and check them out!