Created long before reading and writing were commonplace, folktales were passed from teller to listener for centuries.  Across a world of cultures listeners discover common themes such as heroic quests, strange enchantments and magical transformations.    Here are just a few examples:
The Bear King
Gallo Cristallo
Iron Hans
Baba Yaga
The Moss Princess
Finn McCool
Why the Sea is Salt
The Tree of Light
Three Perfect Peaches
The Fly's Bargain
The Seven Green Frogs
(Australian Aboriginal)
The Sleeping Prince