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The Whale and the Sandpiper, a folktale
from the Marshall Islands. This site is wonderful because it contains
beautiful illustrations to go with the story, which is printed
here as a poem. Alongside the English version is the poem in the
native language (presumption).
The Whale and the Sandpiper
Raj Eo im Kidid Eo
An Oral Tradition of the Marshall Islands
Juõn Bwebwenãtõ in ãelõñ
Adapted by Jane Downing
Also known as The War Between the Sandpipers and the Whales
2) A Sandpiper to Bring You Joy.These
are all the same story, but different sources and titles.
3) From Anne
Morrow Lindbergh's A Gift From The Sea.
I walked down the beach,
soothed by the rhythm of the waves,
the sun on my bare back and legs,
the wind and mist from the spray on my hair.
Into the waves and out like a sandpiper.
The waves echo behind me
is what the sea has to teach
But there are other beaches to explore.
There are more shells to find.
This is only the beginning.
4) Sandpiper Chowder gets a little too hot...
5) Tales of Kalila and Dimna: Classic Fables
by Ramsay Wood
Introduction by Doris Lessing
288 pages, 6 x 8 1/4
34 b & w illustrations
Paper, $14.95 (CAN $22.95)
Contains a story The Sandpipers and the
6) The Selkie by Mandy Vissering.
Sandpipers used as symbols in the telling of this tale.
7) Raven and the Man Who Sits on the Tide,
a Pacific Northwest story adapted by Jeff Huddelson from First
Nations Stories. Sandpipers mentioned briefly.
8) A poem called Sandpipers.(with
9) There's another version of Sandpipers
and Whales in the Magic Calabash
by Cothran... I think published in 1950s. A great collection of
tales very simply told.
10) There is a story about Magic Eyes
that could be adapted to be a sandpiper, finding eyes for the
fox or racoon or any other animal by the seashore that would be
watching crab. find it in Margaret Read MacDonald's Twenty
Tellable Tales. Another sandpiper could appear in the Coyote's
Crying Song from the same book.
web page updated 8/10/03)