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By Soula Mitakidou, Anthony L. Manna, Melpomeni Kanatsouli

ISBN-10: 1563089084

ISBN-13: 9781563089084

Whereas Greek myths are popular and amply represented, only a few Greek folktales were released in English. Now those acclaimed authors make 20 desirable folktales obtainable to readers outdoors of Greece. Newly translated and retold, the tales variety from the profound to the lighthearted, the haunting to the hilarious, and the non secular to the secular. a number of accompanying images and drawings illustrate elements of Greek lifestyles and conventional folklore motifs. ideal for storytimes and read-alouds, the stories will entice either old and young.

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Go back to your village," the Sun said, "and ask the merchant to put all his property on the wager that the sun rises in the north. Of course, he will not believe you, but still he will be eager to bet. " "But how will I bet? " said the builder. "Dig at the root of the snake tree, and you will find a bag filled with gold pieces," his Fate told him. "And what will I tell the rock and the river who both wanted something from you? " the builder asked his Fate. To this, his Fate replied, "When you reach the river, don't linger but cross it quickly.

When the Months returned, they once again found everything ready, but still did not know what to make of it. " they cried. "Come out now. " When no one appeared, the youngest brother came up with a plan. He took the others aside and whispered to them, "I will not go with you tomorrow. " At daybreak, the Months did as they had planned. When the other brothers left, the youngest brother hid behind the door and waited. When Mirsina came out from her hiding place, the youngest Month appeared before her.

A fig tree? " It wasn't. "Is it an orange tree? A lemon tree? " No, no, it wasn't. Like this the builder made a fortune. Now, in the village there lived a merchant who was as cunning as he was miserly. This merchant believed the builder's wife would surely know the tree's name, so he came up with a plan to find it out from her. One day he went to her and tried to win her confidence by selling her cheap jewelry and other frills at a very low price. Much to his disappointment, she knew nothing about the tree.

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