Seven fables and children's stories, from haunting to the silly .
"The Enchanted Tree" - A magic tree has touched the lives of a whole town, including one lonely girl who needs some help at Christmas.
"The Hero and The Weaver" - When a young man pesters a magic weaver for a magic cloak, she sets him to impossible tasks to get rid of him... but he just won't give up. What could possibly turn a boy into such a hero?
"The Greatest Treasure" - A poor and tiny kingdom helps a wealthier prince to find the greatest treasure to give to a picky princess.
"When Good Stories Go Bad" - Stories are meant to be shared freely, otherwise they might go bad on you. (Inspired by a Korean folktale.)
"The Princess Who Would Not Smile" - Smiles must come from within.
"The Hot Bun Man" - And old street vendor and a rich man discover that generosity comes in many flavors.
"Wild Pony Day" - It's hard to teach when something wild runs rampant in your classroom.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This assemblage of stories for children is lovely and the perfect length for bedtime stories. LaGuire avoids the spoonfed moralism so common in modern children's writing. Instead she delivers subtle, colorful stories that spark young minds to think about the nature of generosity, true goodness and the gift of human imagination. Definitely a keeper.