Still More Stories to Solve

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The third book in the addictive puzzle-book series presents fourteen tales, each of which poses a riddle that needs a solution. And if you don't get the answer, just look at the end of the story. Clever, witty illustrations are an intriguing bonus.
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Overview

The third book in the addictive puzzle-book series presents fourteen tales, each of which poses a riddle that needs a solution. And if you don't get the answer, just look at the end of the story. Clever, witty illustrations are an intriguing bonus.
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Editorial Reviews

Parenting Magazine
Riddles and brain-teasers dressed in story form.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Like the previous collections, each of the 14 short stories in this one poses a riddle, thus testing readers' problem-solving skills. The illustrator's trademark pointillist style heightens aspects of the selections retold from traditional literature from around the world. Teachers may use these clever puzzles as classroom brain-sharpeners; librarians as bits in a story hour. Kids will just want to try them out on their friends and relations.-Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688147433
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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Introduction

People throughout the world know the power of words. Words can spark a smile or cut like broken glass. They can soothe or insult, explain or create confusion. At times one word can change everything, but other times all the words in the world are not enough to make things change. Everyone has felt the delight of finding new ways to use or interpret a familiar word.

Words also tell our stories. The tales shared here all hinge on the way we use words. Like poets, some characters use or interpret words in fresh, surprising ways. Others discover they should have listened or spoken more carefully. And a few experience the power of words that come straight from the heart. By reading and listening to the ways these characters use words, readers will be able to solve the stories gathered here.

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The Line

Birbal was jester, counselor, and fool to the great Moghul emperor, Akbar. The villagers loved to talk of Birbal's wisdom and cleverness, and the emperor loved to try to outsmart him. One day Akbar, the emperor, drew a line across the floor.

"Birbal," he ordered, " you must make this line shorter. But you cannot erase any bit of it!"

Everyone present thought the emperor had finally found a way to outsmart Birbal. It was clearly an impossible task. Yet within moments the emperor and everyone present bad to agree that Birbal had made the line shorter without erasing any part of it. How could this be?

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