A Knock at the Door: 35 Ethnic Versions of a Tale

(Oryx Multi-Cultural Folktale Series) Oryx Press, 1992.

The Ngoni of Africa have a version. So do the Germans, with “The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids,” probably the best known variant. Thirty-four English-language retellings from many different cultures (and one Spanish-language version from Mexico) all share the same folk motif: a dangerous character knocks at the door and pretends to be a family member or friend.

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