Tiny Tales series


Welcome to the homepage for the TINY TALES series of
traditional myths and folktales retold in 100 words.

Each completed book is free to read online as a Pressbook or you can download a free digital file (PDF, mobi, epub); you can also listen to a free audiobook. In addition, you can purchase a Kindle version or paperback version from Amazon. 

There are EIGHT "Tiny Tale" books available right now: seven books of stories, along with a teaching guide. (Plus, there's are two books of 100-word stories by my students from Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, and a book from Digital Pedagogy Lab of 2021). Scroll down to see what's coming next: animal folktales from Africa... lots of them. :-)

1. Tiny Tales of Nasruddin 
2. Tiny Tales from India
3. Tiny Tales from Aesop
4. Tiny Tales Teaching Guide
8. Tiny Tales from the Mahabharata




FORTHCOMING BOOKS

I've decided to spend the next two years focusing on animal stories from Africa... I'm not exactly sure what books will come first, but I'm collecting animal stories, and I'll publish the books as they take shape. You can see how my research is progressing at Laura's Bookshelf, and I'm hoping the first of the African animal books will be available in November 2021. You can see the African stories accumulating here. Some of the cast of characters:



Related project: How to Write 100-Word Stories. This is the first draft of a manual for writing microfiction which I used in the Digital Pedagogy Lab in 2021. I'll be revising and expanding this into a book; for now, you can access the book as a Google Document here: Micro.LauraGibbs.net. Feedback and suggestions are very welcome! 




8 comments:

  1. I think your tiny books may have just saved this teacher's "asteroid." I'll let you know (hopefully the academic coordinator will approve).

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    1. I am so glad if they can be useful! The Sufis are coming in October, and then Anansi in November. There are so many of these collections I want to create just based on my own interest (I'm learning so much!), and it's even better to know they might be useful to others. :-)

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  2. I love the Sufis! I have one student who likes fanfiction. I am going to check out pressbooks to motivate him.

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    1. Excellent! I'm going to see if some students in my class want to do a microfiction anthology together this semester. I'll document my process here if we do that. People have written some great 100-word stories so far, and it's just Week 3. :-)

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  3. ...checking in....used Aesop stories every day this past month in Google Classroom!

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    1. oh my gosh, I am so delighted to hear that! my students have been using them too: one of them is doing an Aesop's fables mash-up with Game of Thrones which is going to be really fun! thanks for letting me know :-)

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  4. Can I put in a request for Goha stories?

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    1. You read my mind, Vanessa! Seriously, I have a bookshelf with stories about all the wise-fools I could find, including Goha/Juha. And now that I am retired (YES! I have joined the ranks!!!), I will have time to circle back around to all the projects like that I had put aside. But I promise: the Goha books are waiting patiently on the shelf for me to come back to them! :-)

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