As oral traditions, folktales do not have authors in the real sense of the word. If any, the authors of the stories are the lay people (as such, folks) who continue to retell these stories in their own words and in their own way. The publications below continue that tradition of retelling folktales. While keeping true to the spirit and essence of the narratives, creative liberties were exercised to give life to the events and characters in the stories. Some versions of the folktales in the publications below have been published previously, and the editors express their deepest gratitude to the authors, editors, researchers, and publishers who gave permission to re-print their works, as indicated below. Meanwhile, some folktales were retold specifically for these publications.