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Children's LiteratureCompiled from school children in West Africa, these tales resemble folklore from a variety of countries, suggesting the universality of the world's cultures. "The Rivalry for the Lizard King's Daughters" is closely related to the plot of the European fairy tale, "Rumpelstiltskin." In Jackson's version of the tale, the lizard king has two beautiful daughters whom he will only marry off to any member of the kingdom who can find out their names. A clever monkey tricks the daughters into revealing their names, yet when he appears before the king to claim the daughters, the monkey also becomes the victim of clever trickery. The monkey later seeks revenge, and because of the selfish intentions of the monkey and his rivals, no one is allowed to marry the king's daughters. Not only do the tales instill the important moral lesson that doing right will be rewarded while lying, trickery, and stealing will be punished, but they also provide an excellent classroom source for engaging children in discussion regarding the differences and similarities between cultures. 2003, Dover Publications, Ages 8 to 12.