Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin

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King Alfred and the Cakes. Damon and Pythias. The Sword of Damocles. Bruce and the Spider. These are stories that many people who grew up in the last century would be familiar with. They were included in our text books or to be found in anthologies in our school libraries. However, for a new generation growing up, some of these may be new and unknown. Hence, Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin would indeed be a great addition to your children's bookshelf. James Baldwin, who shares his name with another famous American author was an editor, author and gifted teacher. He worked as a textbook editor and also wrote more than fifty books for children concerning mythology, legends and the stories of famous historical figures. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his works were extremely popular and had a considerable influence on the reading habits of generations of youngsters. He retired as the Editor in Chief of the American Book Company and compiled the much acclaimed Baldwin Readers and co-authored the Expressive Readers. These went on to set the standard for textbooks for nearly a century, at a time when education was undergoing huge systemic reform. Fifty Famous Stories Retold contains a preface by the author, in which he describes the motives behind such an anthology. “...that the reading of them will give not only pleasure but also lay the foundation for broader literary studies...” he opines. Some of the stories were selected for their historical value, others for the moral truths they convey, while some are intended solely to amuse. They are taken from a variety of sources. Folktales, legends and ballads also are a rich source. Baldwin remarks that he took care not to include myths, fairytales and fables. Hence we find old favorites like Dick Whittington's Cat, The Story of Robin Hood and George Washington and His Hatchet alongside less familiar ones like Inchcape Rock, Doctor Goldsmith or Diogenes the Wise. The original contains charming illustrations. In Baldwin's own words, the encounter with good literature and good books was what spurred him to develop the reading habit. For a new generation which is fast losing the pleasure that books can bring, perhaps Fifty Famous Stories Retold could serve as a springboard and encourage them to rediscover the joy of reading.

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King Alfred and the Cakes. Damon and Pythias. The Sword of Damocles. Bruce and the Spider. These are stories that many people who grew up in the last century would be familiar with. They were included in our text books or to be found in anthologies in our school libraries. However, for a new generation growing up, some of these may be new and unknown. Hence, Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin would indeed be a great addition to your children's bookshelf. James Baldwin, who shares his name with another famous American author was an editor, author and gifted teacher. He worked as a textbook editor and also wrote more than fifty books for children concerning mythology, legends and the stories of famous historical figures. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his works were extremely popular and had a considerable influence on the reading habits of generations of youngsters. He retired as the Editor in Chief of the American Book Company and compiled the much acclaimed Baldwin Readers and co-authored the Expressive Readers. These went on to set the standard for textbooks for nearly a century, at a time when education was undergoing huge systemic reform. Fifty Famous Stories Retold contains a preface by the author, in which he describes the motives behind such an anthology. “...that the reading of them will give not only pleasure but also lay the foundation for broader literary studies...” he opines. Some of the stories were selected for their historical value, others for the moral truths they convey, while some are intended solely to amuse. They are taken from a variety of sources. Folktales, legends and ballads also are a rich source. Baldwin remarks that he took care not to include myths, fairytales and fables. Hence we find old favorites like Dick Whittington's Cat, The Story of Robin Hood and George Washington and His Hatchet alongside less familiar ones like Inchcape Rock, Doctor Goldsmith or Diogenes the Wise. The original contains charming illustrations. In Baldwin's own words, the encounter with good literature and good books was what spurred him to develop the reading habit. For a new generation which is fast losing the pleasure that books can bring, perhaps Fifty Famous Stories Retold could serve as a springboard and encourage them to rediscover the joy of reading.
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🇬🇧 English
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2019-11-17 08:47
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2017-04-21 00:00
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21.04.2017

00 – Concerning These Stories

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20.04.2017

01 – King Alfred and the Cakes

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19.04.2017

02 – King Alfred and the Beggar

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18.04.2017

03 – King Canute on the Seashore

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17.04.2017

04 – The Sons of William the Conqueror

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16.04.2017

05 – The White Ship

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15.04.2017

06 – King John and the Abbot

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14.04.2017

07 – A Story of Robin Hood

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13.04.2017

08 – Bruce and the Spider

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12.04.2017

09 – The Black Douglas

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11.04.2017

10 – Three Men of Gotham

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10.04.2017

11 – Other Wise Men of Gotham

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9.04.2017

12 – The Miller of the Dee

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8.04.2017

13 – Sir Philip Sidney

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7.04.2017

14 – The Ungrateful Soldier

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6.04.2017

15 – Sir Humphrey Gilbert

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5.04.2017

16 – Sir Walter Raleigh

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4.04.2017

17 – Pocahontas

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3.04.2017

18 – George Washington and his Hatchet

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2.04.2017

19 – Grace Darling

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1.04.2017

20 – The Story of William Tell

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31.03.2017

21 – Alrnold Winkelried

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30.03.2017

22 – The Bell of Atri

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29.03.2017

23 – How Napoleon Crossed The Alps

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28.03.2017

24 – The Story of Cincinnatus

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27.03.2017

25 – The Story of Regulus

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26.03.2017

26 – Cornelia’s Jewels

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25.03.2017

27 – Androclus and the Lion

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24.03.2017

28 – Horatius at the Bridge

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23.03.2017

29 – Julius Caesar

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22.03.2017

30 – The Sword of Damocles

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21.03.2017

31 – Damon and Pythias

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20.03.2017

32 – A Laconic Answer

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19.03.2017

33 – The Ungrateful Guest

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18.03.2017

34 – Alexander and Bucephalus

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17.03.2017

35 – Diogenes the Wise Man

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16.03.2017

36 – The Brave Three Hundred

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15.03.2017

37 – Socrates and his House

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14.03.2017

38 – The King and His Hawk

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13.03.2017

39 – Doctor Goldsmith

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12.03.2017

40 – The Kingdoms

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11.03.2017

41 – The Barmecide Feast

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10.03.2017

42 – The Endless Tale

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9.03.2017

43 – The Blind Men and the Elephant

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8.03.2017

44 – Maximilian and the Goose Boy

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7.03.2017

45 – The Inchcape Rock

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6.03.2017

46 – Whittington and His Cat

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5.03.2017

47 – Casabianca

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4.03.2017

48 – Antonio Canova

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3.03.2017

49 – Picciola

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