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This timeless collection of short stories encompasses a vast history of famous literary heroes and their romantic tales of bravery, perseverance and compassion. Beginning with Socrates and the ancient Greeks, James Baldwin narrates the stories of larger-than-life figures like Leonidas and the Brave Three Hundred, Napoleon Bonaparte, Robin Hood, Sir Walter Raleigh, and GeorThis timeless collection of short stories encompasses a vast history of famous literary heroes and their romantic tales of bravery, perseverance and compassion. Beginning with Socrates and the ancient Greeks, James Baldwin narrates the stories of larger-than-life figures like Leonidas and the Brave Three Hundred, Napoleon Bonaparte, Robin Hood, Sir Walter Raleigh, and George Washington. These stories illustrate the most celebrated protagonists of all time, and will entertain readers of all ages as much today as they have for centuries past. Originally published by American Book Company in 1896 as educational literature for grade schools, these stories will delight and educate children, laying the foundation for future literary studies as nearly all are frequently alluded to in modern poetry and prose. Children will take pleasure in having these stories read aloud to them, while older children will delight in reading them to themselves....

Title : Fifty Famous Stories Retold
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ISBN : 9781313154673
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 190 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Fifty Famous Stories Retold Reviews

  • Akemi G
    2018-09-23 19:50

    Free ebook (here), a collection of very short stories. Rating books written for children is hard because I am not the target audience any more. Many of these stories carry morals, and we have grown to dislike didactical qualities. Worse, some of the messages are outdated. (I'm sure many parents, as well as their kids, bark at the story of Casabianca.) Stories that are attributed to historical figures may or may not be true. Yet, these simple stories have been loved over many generations. Try a few to your kids--they might like them. Young children need simple instructions, and if they come in fun and memorable stories, all the better. I especially enjoyed the Endless Tale. How can we satisfy a bored king who wants to be entertained endlessly? Scheherazade lasted for a long time, but not quite forever . . . Maximilian and the Goose Boy is fun, too. (Which child doesn't like a defiant boy who scolds on a king?) Whittington and his Cat is a rags-to-riches story loosely modeled after a historical figure; I guess many cultures have similar stories--in Japan, there are the stories about Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It can be inspirational, you know.

  • Dante
    2018-10-11 15:02

    It's not a retell. It's just the stories.

  • heidi
    2018-09-27 20:07

    Covers a wide range of literary references (classical stories). Mostly English, Roman, and Greek classics. A wee bit of haughty colonial attitude detected behind the writing, but not too insufferable considering that this text is the product of its time. I would still recommend this to anyone who wants to be quickly acquainted with well-known characters from English, Greek, Roman history.

  • Wendy Jones
    2018-10-01 16:54

    I loved reading this book to my boys, as they could never get enough. We will be buying the next two written by this author for more fun and inspiration.

  • Colin Jones
    2018-10-22 15:05

    This is a great book!

  • Rick Davis
    2018-09-28 18:14

    A good book to introduce younger kids (around 6 years old probably) to stories that every child should know. Includes the stories of Horatius Cocles, the 300 Spartans, King Alfred and the Cakes, the Wise Men of Gotham and more.

  • Janelle
    2018-10-11 17:16

    Great librivox reader but I didn't enjoy the stories so much. I only persisted with the book because it kept putting me to sleep.

  • Heather
    2018-10-02 15:59

    Delightful little classic with short, easy, charming chapters. This book should be essential reading for everyone - even though I was reading it to the kids, I learned so much! Some cultural references I didn't know I was missing suddenly made sense. I know what the sword of Damocles is now!

  • Stephen
    2018-10-10 18:52

    First published in 1896, this book was meant as a children's reader. It gave learning readers a chance to practice their skills while acculturating them with many old tales that would allow them to understand common literary references later when they encountered them. Times have moved on and there were a few references that I'd never encountered in my 50+ years of reading as well as many that I'd been familiar with since childhood. More surprisingly there were a couple that added details and filled me in a bit on some of our cultural knowledge that I was unaware of. Whether it is detail on King Canute's motivations or why King Alfred burned the cakes, to William Tell's second arrow, these stories are well worth the time for a quick read. If you're not familiar with why NYC is sometimes called Gotham a quick read of this will let you know that it wasn't intended as a compliment. It may also fill you in, as it did me on Bruce and the Spider, Sir Philip Sidney, Arnold Winkelried, the story of Regulus, the story of Cincinnatus or even where the term Laconic comes from. I got my copy of this as a free kindle download and believe me, despite some odd spellings and punctuation, it was worth twice the price.

  • Kelly
    2018-10-08 21:03

    This isn't a book that you would read from front to back, but it has a variety of stories that are often referred to in leterature. (Actually in The Office, the Birtish Version, he referred to the Sword of Damocles. Funny stuff.) My kids have learned from this book and so have I. They are diveded into different countries. We just read the ones on Greece and will read more when we check it out again. Another plus is that the stories are very short so it isn't hard for the kids to sit and listen during the reading.I look forward to reading more.

  • Barbara Lovejoy
    2018-10-03 15:17

    I don't remember how I learned about this book but I do remember it was by chance. Rather than read the whole book at one time I decided to read a story a day. Each story is only 1-3 pages long. Really enjoyed the stories. These stories would be great to share with students (or one's own children).

  • Ericka
    2018-09-28 18:55

    Some of these stories I didn't know, and some I had heard referred to by other works. But, this particular edition has a hyphenation addiction that made reading it kind of annoying. If you're looking to get some background on some popular stories referenced in older literature, this would be a good book to read though.

  • Maria
    2018-10-02 19:11

    Great short famous stories. Some I have heard, Some I have not. I bought the book because many of the stories would be good for talks, or activites or papers, or just quick bed-time stories.It isn't the fastest read, or best written but most of the stories were worth reading.

  • Vic
    2018-10-19 22:04

    Interesting collection of stories. Most of them I'd never heard before.Some had a great moral lesson, others were kind of silly. It's worth the read to find the gems. They'd make great bedtime stories!

  • Anna
    2018-09-30 19:00

    This book can be downloaded at http://www.gutenberg.org Another great book for new readers. Courageous stories with real heros and heroine, and written before God was taken out of most children books.

  • Amber
    2018-10-06 15:07

    We enjoyed this compilation of short stories although we read them in historical order instead of from start to finish. We also enjoyed fact checking the stories to find out if they were legend or real. A good read.

  • Samantha
    2018-09-21 14:51

    It had a lot of fun adventures. I thought the book was cool. There were lots of different chapters of Kings. I learned that if your not really cared for you might not know how old you are. The kings' sons were the second kings when the other kings died.

  • SchoolinginPajamas
    2018-10-12 22:12

    My second grader loves these stories. It is often the first book he chooses. The stories are short but packed with information. We've also supplemented with audio of the stories adding a bit more excitement to them.

  • Samara
    2018-09-26 16:05

    Storytelling at its best--thoroughly charming.

  • Josh
    2018-10-05 14:54

    good, but a weird ending

  • Marts(Thinker)
    2018-10-02 19:02

    A collection of 50 tales which have actually been related to many for generations! As I listened there are a few that I remembered.Available at Librivox.

  • J
    2018-09-27 15:57

    Short stories that you have heard referenced somewhere else. Now you know where they came from.

  • Monica
    2018-10-05 20:59

    another current read with the kids.

  • Julie
    2018-10-06 23:18

    These are mostly stories from Europe history with the kings and noblemen. They are stories of character and growth. Also, will be short and fun to read and discuss with the kids.

  • Clare P
    2018-10-20 20:19

    Another wonderful collection of folk tales. I think it is very important and interesting to be aware of folk stories. Entertaining for children and adults alike!

  • Chris
    2018-10-18 19:00

    Quick, enjoyable read mixing real history, myth and legend, and wisdom to be gleaned from both. Aimed at children, but a nice breather for adults.

  • Jenn
    2018-10-19 19:13

    Good collection of stories, some a bit short but interesting none the less. I enjoyed the more familiar stories particularity, Pocahontas and Robin Hood etc.

  • Mckinley
    2018-10-06 15:00

    Starts with British and Scottish kings and men. Moves to others with a couple of stories about women (3). Even one story about a bell. Some seem more folk tale than real event.

  • Jen Steed
    2018-10-10 22:09

    Wonderful tails that are short and perfect for bedtime stories. My 6-7 year old daughter loves them and some of them even appear in her history text.

  • Sofia and Francine Dines
    2018-10-18 22:51

    The Greek and Roman tales were our favorites. Some of the stories had very flat and one-dimensional characters, and those stories were not so good.