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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Burgess - Why Jimmy Skunk Never Hurries - Keeping the Public in Public Domain

You can say today's story stinks!  Yes, it's about skunks and today's final book by Thornton W. Burgess, from Mother West Wind "Why" Stories joins a time-honored type of tale, the Pourquois story.  Pourquois is the French word for Why and here are a few sites pointing out its value in teaching:
  1. Scholastic's "Teaching with pourquoi tales"
  2. ReadWriteThink's "Pourquoi stories: Creating tales to tell why"
  3. University of Missouri's eTheme's "Folktales: Pourquoi tales"which even links the topic to education standards.

    That's all for today.  I guess I, too, should hop away "lipperty-lipperty-lip", but if you want to read the rest of Thornton Burgess's Pourqois tales here's the Project Gutenberg link Mother West Wind "Why" Stories to the entire book. 

    Look for our next story, which will be from Spain.
    This is part of a series of bi-weekly posting of stories under the category, "Keeping the Public in Public Domain."  The idea behind Public Domain was to preserve our cultural heritage after the authors and their immediate heirs were compensated.  I feel strongly current copyright law delays this intent on works of the 20th century.  I hope you enjoy discovering new stories. 

    Currently I'm involved in projects taking me out of my usual work of sharing stories with an audience.  My own library of folklore includes so many books within the Public Domain I decided to share stories from them.  This fall I expect to return to my normal monthly posting of a research project here.  Depending on response, I will decide at that time if "Keeping the Public in Public Domain" should continue along with my monthly postings.


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