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Children's LiteratureIn this book, which is a collection of seven stories from different countries, the author retells old stories that many of us may recognize. The common thread throughout each is the presence of gold. For example, in "King Midas and the Golden Touch," King Midas receives a power that enables him to turn everything he touches into gold. He quickly realizes that this power will cause problems. In this story, as well as all the others, Baumgartner manages to capture the wonderful aspects of oral storytelling in her written text. Each story begins with the phrase "Long ago" or "Once upon a time," which immediately takes readers to a faraway land, immersing them in the story. All the illustrations are full of rich colors, focusing on gold and its complementary colors. The illustrations and the text contribute to develop particular characters that contrast with the other characters in the story, helping to emphasize the moral. An explicit moral appears at the end of the story, but the moral is also quite evident from the text. The beautiful pictures and rich text immerse the reader in this book and the valuable life lessons that it teaches. 2001 (orig. 1998), Dorling Kindersley, Ages 5 to 8.