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Country Story Title
Afghanistan Afghanistan, a Country of Veils and Victims: Life for Girls and Women
Antigua Cruising around Antigua Island: A Caribbean Paradise
Argentina Gauchos and Chinas: The Cowboys and Cowgirls of Rural Argentina
Armenia Storks in Armenia: Stork Girls Working with Nest Neighbors to Study the Birds
Australia A Visit with an Australian Swagman and His Cattle Dog
Austria The Story of Mozart's Childhood: Music by Mozart
Azerbaijan Mariya Stadnik: Inspiring Girls to Excel in Women's Freestyle Wrestling
Bahamas The Cricket Match: A National Pastime in the Bahamas
Bahamas Wild Boar and Lusca: Real and Legendary Animals of the Bahamas
Bahamas Pirates in the Caribbean: Fun Making Movies in the Bahamas
Barbados Making Steel Drums in Barbados
Barbados George Washington Visits Barbados
Belarus Radiation, Relocation and Rejection: How Chernobyl Changed My Life
Belgium The Legend of Lace Making in Belgium
Belize The Sisimite Creatures of Belize: A Story by my Maya Grandfather
Belize Garifuna Settlement Day: Celebrating the Arrival of the "Black Caribs"
Bermuda True Story of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave
Bermuda Mark Twain Visits Bermuda: Paradise in the Atlantic Ocean
Bolivia Working at Salar de Uyuni: The Largest Salt Flat in the World
Brazil The Story of Carmen Miranda: The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat
British Virgin Islands Harvesting Salt in BVI: Salt Island in the Caribbean
Cameroon African Baka Pygmies: People Who Hunt and Gather in Forests
Canada: Alberta Ice Hockey: Canada's National Sport
Canada: New Brunswick A Poem About a Canadian Log Drive: "Logging on Colter's Crew"
Canada: Nova Scotia Titanic Disaster and Rescue Efforts
Canada: Nova Scotia The Secrets of Oak Island: An Expensive Treasure Hunt
Canada: Nunavut Living in Nunavut: Cold, Dark, Treeless Wonderland in Northern Canada
Canada: Prince Edward Island The Story of Anne of Green Gables: A Children's Book from Canada
Canada: Prince Edward Island A Prince Edward Island Ghost Story: Tolling of the Bell
Canada: Quebec Hunters and Trappers in Quebec: A Marriage of French and First Nations
Canada: Saskatchewan Straw Figures Made with Saskatchewan Wheat
Cayman Islands Cayman Island Attractions: Swim with Stingrays and Visit Turtle Farm
China The Emperor's Daughter: A Story of Life in the Forbidden City
China The Story of Ashima: A Chinese Legend of Love
Colombia Life and Bats in the Andes Mountains
Congo, Democratic Republic Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste: Famous Orchestra of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Costa Rica The "Magic Coffee Beans" Story (Mercado Central in San Jose)
Croatia Chess in Croatia: The Legend of the Chessboard on the Croatian Flag
Cuba A Donkey Named Perico: A Cuban Legend
Cyprus Honesty and the Golden Axe: The Greek Version of Aesop's Fable
Czech Republic Prague: Famous Clock, Castle, and Rescue under the Charles Bridge
Ecuador Anchua Tribe in Ecuador Amazon Forest vs. the Big Oil Companies
Egypt Moses and the Ten Commandments: Rules That Make Us Better People
England: United Kingdom The Story of Henry VIII: The English King Who Longed for a Son
England: United Kingdom Catherine of Aragon: 1st Wife of King Henry VIII; Mother of Queen Mary I
England: United Kingdom Anne Boleyn: 2nd Wife of King Henry VIII; Mother of Queen Elizabeth I
England: United Kingdom Jane Seymour: 3rd Wife of King Henry VIII; Mother of King Edward VI
England: United Kingdom Anne of Cleves: 4th Wife of King Henry VIII (the "Ugly Wife")
England: United Kingdom Katherine Howard: 5th Wife of King Henry VIII (his "Rose without a Thorn")
England: United Kingdom Katherine Parr: 6th Wife of King Henry VIII (the "Last Wife")
England: United Kingdom The Story of Sir Winston Churchill: Britain's Bulldog, Coach and Leader
England: United Kingdom The Story of Diana Princess of Wales: The People's Princess
Estonia The Maiden of the Milky Way: An Estonian Folktale
Finland Aino's Story: From Finnish Mythology
France Gustavo Eiffel and the Eiffel Tower: Conflict, Critics, and Creative Genius
Germany Brothers Grimm: Publishers of Hansel & Gretel and Grimm's Fairy Tales
Greece The Story of Socrates: A Great Teacher
Grenada Spice Island: Leaper's Hill and Tourists
Guadeloupe Slave Trade on the Butterfly Island of Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean
Guatemala Mayan Story: The Rabbit & the Coyote
Haiti My Daughter's Decision to Stay in Haiti
Honduras Catching Rabbits for Dinner
Honduras Chocolate Farming with Cacao Trees
Hungary An Hungarian Folk Tale: It's Not True
India The Story of Gandhi: Father of India
India Traditions of a Hindu Wedding
India Amber Fort Palace: Hall of Mirrors
India The Story of Rama & Sita from the Hindu Epic, Ramayana
India Wild Elephants in India: A Revered Animal to Hindus and Buddhists
Indonesia The Independence Day Celebration: Freedom from The Netherlands
Iran Living in Masouleh, Iran: The Mountain Village Built on Rooftops
Ireland, Republic Loving and Leaving Ireland: The Story of Annie Moore
Ireland, Republic An Irish Shepherd Girl: Encounter with a Wolf
Ireland, Republic Leprechauns -- The Irish Wee Folk. Be Careful What You Wish For!
Israel Living in an Israeli Kibbutz
Italy The Man Who Wrote Pinocchio: Carving a Boy from Wood
Italy The Island of Sicily: A Magical Italian Island
Italy Italian Holiday Giver of Gifts: The Legend of La Befana
Jamaica A WhatNot for Viola: The Grand Market in Kingston Jamaica
Japan Onna-Bugeisha: Female Samurai in Japanese History
Laos The Land of a Million Elephants
Latvia Bear-Slayer: Latvia's Super Hero and the Long Road to Independence
Lebanon Lebanon: Dabke National Dance of Help and Assistance
Liechtenstein Big Winner from a Small Country: Hanni Wenzel
Luxembourg Charlotte Grand Duchess of Luxembourg: Saving a Country by Running Away
Malawi Galimoto: A Push Toy Made from Wire, Rags and Cornncobs in Malawi
Martinique Historic Volcanoes in Martinique: Diamond Rock and Mount Pelee
Mexico Our Lady of Guadalupe: Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe
Mongolia Genghis Khan: Father of Mongolia
Mongolia Naadam Festival in Mongolia: Archery, Horse Racing, and Wrestling
Namibia Maherero Day Festival: Honoring Warriors and Celebrating Freedom
Nepal The Day My World Shook: Earthquake on Mount Everest
Netherlands A Dutch Milkmaid: Where Are You Going My Pretty Maid
New Zealand Body Art in New Zealand: Native Maori People and Ta Moko Tattoos
Nicaragua Coffee Picker's Life
Northern Ireland The Myth of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland
Norway Cross Country Skiing: The National Pastime
Norway The Troll and Three Billy Goats Gruff
Norway Folktales under the Northern Lights: Why the Bear is Stumpy-Tailed
Pakistan A Wedding in Pakistan
Pakistan A Visit to Islamabad: Learning about the Muslim Culture
Panama Dancing the Tamborito: The National Dance and Song of Panama
Peru Machu Picchu: Lost City of the Incas, High in the Peruvian Mountains
Philippines Corazon (Cory) Aquino: The First Female President in the Philippines
Philippines Abadeha, Filipina Cinderella: A Folktale from the Philippines
Poland Living in Poland: A Country that Suffered During World War II
Poland Podhale Poland: Area of Religion, Legends, Mountains and Highlanders
Portugal Portugal: Land of Cork Oak Forests and White Marble Quarries
Puerto Rico Fishing for Crabs in Puerto Rico
Romania Nadia Comaneci: Perfect Score in Gymnastics at 14 Years Old
Russia Matryoshka- Russian Nesting Dolls
Scotland Life in Scotland: Golf, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster
Sierra Leone Freetown, Sierra Leone: A Refuge for Slaves and the Inspiration for Amazing Grace
Slovakia Making Wicker Baskets for the Royals in the Slovakian Castle
Slovenia Melania Trump: From Small Town Girl to First Lady in the White House
South Africa A Doll Called "Smiling Girl"
South Africa The Zulu Kingdom of South Africa
St. Lucia Drive-In Volcano at Sulphur Springs Park in St. Lucia and Gabriel’s Hole
Sint (St.) Maarten The Story of the Race to Divide a Caribbean Island into Two Countries
St. Vincent and the Grenadines A Volcano Named La Soufriere
Sweden St. Lucia (Sankta Lucia): Festival Bringing Light to Swedish Winters
Switzerland Searching for A Bell for Ursli: Children's Classic from Switzerland
Thailand Songkran: Thailand New Year and Water Festival
Turks & Caicos Turks and Caicos: A British Crown Colony of Islands in the Sea
USA: Alabama Deaf, Blind & Smart: Story of Helen Keller & Teacher Anne Sullivan
USA: Alaska Tracking a Bear in Alaska: Eskimo's Food Source for the Winter
USA: Alaska Fishing in Alaska: The Exhausting Life of Salmon Fish
USA: Arizona Hopi Indians: Keeping Our Culture with Katsina Dance and Dolls
USA: Arkansas Eureka Springs, Arkansas: Healing Waters in the Ozark Mountains
USA: California Panning for Gold in California: Not Everyone Struck it Rich
USA: California Shirley Temple: Little Miss Miracle - The greatest child star ever!
USA: Colorado Mining Silver in Colorado: My Great-grandfather's Story
USA: Connecticut PT Barnum: From Connecticut Boy to the Greatest Showman on Earth
USA: Delaware A Delaware Indian Legend and the Story of Their Troubles
USA: Florida Draw and Color with Uncle Fred Lasswell: Snuffy Smith Artist
USA: Georgia Trail of Tears: Forced Removal of the Cherokees from Georgia
USA: Hawaii The Legend of Pele: Hawaii's Goddess of Fire
USA: Idaho Sacagawea: The Shoshone Who Helped the Lewis and Clark Expedition
USA: Illinois The Corn Husk Doll Legend: Why the Dolls Do Not Have Faces
USA: Indiana The Story of Raggedy Ann: A Labor of Love by Johnny Gruelle
USA: Iowa Heroine from Iowa: Kate Shelley Saves a Passenger Train from Disaster
USA: Kansas Amelia Earhart: Pilot from Kansas Who Disappeared in Pacific Ocean
USA: Kentucky Abraham Lincoln: From Kentucky log cabin to the White House
USA: Louisiana Hurricane Katrina: The Day the Music Died in New Orleans
USA: Maine Guard Llamas to the Rescue: Protecting Sheep in Maine
USA: Minnesota The Story of Chief Little Crow: Hero or Villain in the 1862 US-Dakota War?
USA: Mississippi Hurricane Camille Hits Mississippi
USA: Missouri Free land! -- Building a homestead in the Missouri Ozarks
USA: Montana Blackfoot Indian: My First Deer Hunt with Bow and Arrow
USA: Nevada Nevada: Dams and Deserts
USA: New Jersey Thomas Edison: Inventor and Wizard of Menlo Park, New Jersey
USA: New Mexico The Pueblo Storyteller: The Tale of the Coyote and the Turtle
USA: New York The Shofar: An Ancient Musical Instrument Made from a Ram's Horn
USA: Ohio My Amish Life: Humility, Modesty, Obedience, Equality and Simplicity
USA: Oklahoma Oklahoma: Black Sunday - The Worst Dust Storm in America's History
USA: Pennsylvania Betsy Ross and Her Famous Flag
USA: South Carolina South Carolina Gullah Geechee: Making Sweetgrass Baskets on a Coastal Island
USA: South Dakota Sitting Bull: From Custer's Last Stand to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
USA: Tennessee The Legend of Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier
USA: Texas The Legend of the Bluebonnets: A Texan Folktale
USA: Utah Mormon Migration from Illinois to Salt Lake City: A Beehive of Activity
USA: Washington Picking Apples in Washington State
USA: Wisconsin Harley Davidson Motorcycles: Two Young Men with a Dream
USA: Wyoming Buffalo Bill Cody: Life in the Wild West and Wyoming
USA: Virgin Islands US Virgin Islands: Sea, Shells, Snorkels, Coral, and Fishermen
USA: Virginia Thomas Jefferson and His Fiddle
Vatican City Vatican City: Living in the Smallest Country in the World
Venezuela The Republic of Venezuela: Also Called "Little Venice"
Vietnam A Letter from Vietnam
Wales A Doll for St. David's Day: The Patron Saint of Wales
Zimbabwe An African Safari: Lions, Hippos, Crocodiles, and Giraffes