Reading Group Leaders

Attention Neighbors! We are in need of leaders to start new reading groups.  These groups meet two times a month for 2 hours each meeting.  The meeting times would be determined by your schedule.  We are especially looking to start several  beginning and several...

A Caribbean Folk Tale

By Lana   In the Caribbean, stories are not just for telling; they are for singing and dancing too. This is a traditional story of trickery from Trinidad and Tobago. Most Caribbean folktales come from Africa, where storytelling often includes chanting and...

Urban Fairy Doors in Ann Arbor

By Ramya Jonathan Wright is a certified fairyologist who is given credit for being the first one to “discover” the fairy doors in Ann Arbor. The first one appeared in the baseboards of the home of Jonathan and Kathleen Wright in 1993. Subsequently several others were...

Japanese Folk Tale ‘’MOMOTARO’’

By Momoko We have a lot of folk tales in Japan, but I think ‘’Momotaro’’ is the most famous. Every Japanese child can tell this story and sing this song. Please let me give you some background information before you start to read the story. ‘’Momo’’ means peach and...

What to do? Where to go?

By Jennie, Maria, Marcy, Martha Here’s a new section we want to start in the newsletter.  You can help.  Send your recommendations of on-line resources for finding events, concerts, festivals, etc. (preferably free 🙂 in the Ann Arbor area to us at...

The Love Story of Shanbo Liang and Yingtai Zhu

By Xiaochen As life tears us apart, Let death bring us together. We are incarnated in butterflies upon death, Dancing in undying love and happiness. Yingtai Zhu, the only daughter of the wealthy Zhu family in town, loved reading and longed to attend school like her...

Thoughts on ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’

by Jennie ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ is an English folk/fairy tale, first published in 1734, but probably of much older origin, and passed on verbally at family and cultural gatherings.  The text of the story was changed over the years from the 1734 edition, so that...

The Story of Ferdinand

By Maria I have chosen the story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. It was written in 1936 by an American author but the story takes place in Spain. It tells the tale of a young bull named Ferdinand who was expected to take part in the Spanish bull fights in Madrid. He...