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1) Country Folk Magazine with Ozark stories.
http://www.mondotimes.com/1/world/us/25/5773/15592


2)
Ozark version of this about the man who fell in love with the Devil's daughter. As they ride away with the Devil in pursuit, she throws down a comb, which becomes a forest, when he almost catches up again she throws something else that becomes a river and the something else which becomes a mountain. (There are versions of this type of story in places such as Andrew Lang's series called "The Greek Princess." It is similar to "Prince Ivan," "The Grey Wolf" and "The Firebird," except that the helping animal is a fox.)


3)
Story (or song) called "Bought Me a Cat." Originally an Ozark nonsense song/tale. It works especially well with young children because they can participate.

Bought me a cat and the cat pleased me,
I fed my cat under yonder tree.
And the cat said fiddle dee fee, the cat said fiddle dee fee.
(teach this line to children as the refrain)

Bought me a hen and the hen pleased me,
I fed my hen under yonder tree.
And the hen said chimmy chuck, chimmy chuck
And the cat said fiddle fee and the cat said fiddle fee. (refrain)

Bought me a duck and the duck pleased me,
I fed my duck under yonder tree.
And the duck said quack, quack,
And the hen said chimmy chuck, chimmy chuck,
And the cat said fiddle fee, the cat said fiddle fee. (as refrain)

and so on:

goose - swishy swashy
dog - ruff ruff
horse -neigh neigh
cow - moo moo
pig -oink oink (have heard it also as griffy gruffy)
sheep -baa baa
goose - honk honk

You can add or subtract animals, make up funny animal sounds, keep the sounds traditional or whatever you like. Can use animal pictures on the flannel board or even those small plushes (cheapo at thrift stores or yard sales) and adhered to flannel board with sticky back Velcro.

(This song might be found on one of the tapes of the WEE SING series. Maybe the Folk and Fun tape.)


4)
"Moonshine Holler" is a poem is about a boy, his dog Shorty and his Pa. There's a story version of this poem in Grandfather Tales by Richard Chase and another Ozark Tall Tales: Collected from the Oral Tradition (American Storytelling) by Richard Young and Judy Dockery-Young. Richard Young and others tell this rollicking backwards story.


5)
Beth Horner tells an Ozark version of Mr Fox called "Elsie and Mr. Fox" and then there is her "Phantom Black Carriage" story. These stories are on Beth's tape An evening at Cedar Creek (audio CD).


6) There's a book by Vance Randolph called Ozark Magic and Folklore, originally published in 1947 but re-released by Dover Books that has a good section on ghost stories of the Ozarks. There are also tons of other interesting tidbits about Ozark lore in it.


7) Any of Vance Randolf's books are great. His most famous (probably because of the title) is Pissing in the Snow and Other Ozark Folktales.


8)
Words and music are in From Sea to Shining Sea: A Treasury of American Folklore and Folk Songs, compiled by Amy L. Cohn, 1993. The "Bought Me a Cat" song is on pp. 264 and 265.


9)
Also by Vance Randolph, The Talking Turtle and Other Ozark Folk Tales; with notes by Herbert Halpert, illus. by Glen Rounds, 1957.


10) The Devil's Pretty Daughter, and Other Ozark Folk Tales, with notes by Herbert Halpert. Illus. by Glen Rounds. 1955.


11) Sticks in the Knapsack and Other Ozark Folk Tales, with notes by Ernest W. Baughman. Illus. by Glen Rounds. 1958.


12) Children's book by Harve Zemach, Mommy, Buy Me a China Doll: adapted from an Ozark children's song by Harve Zemach pictures by Margot Zemach. 1975, c1966.


13) Storytelling teaching tape [sound recording] by Lynn Rubright. Kirkwood, Mo.: Lynn Rubright and Associates, 1984. Bally Sally Cato : an Ozark tall tale, retold by Lynn Rubright -- Bally Sally Cato in the classroom.


14) http://ozarkstories.com/
Series of award winning short stories, novels and an Ozark Cookbook ... Homegrown in the Ozarks: Mountain Meals and Memories.
Rolland L. 6/27/11


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