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Fifty Famous Stories Retold

James Baldwin (1841-1925)

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1. 00 – Concerning These Stories
2. 01 – King Alfred and the Cakes
3. 02 – King Alfred and the Beggar
4. 03 – King Canute on the Seashore
5. 04 – The Sons of William the Conqueror
6. 05 – The White Ship
7. 06 – King John and the Abbot
8. 07 – A Story of Robin Hood
9. 08 – Bruce and the Spider
10. 09 – The Black Douglas
11. 10 – Three Men of Gotham
12. 11 – Other Wise Men of Gotham
13. 12 – The Miller of the Dee
14. 13 – Sir Philip Sidney
15. 14 – The Ungrateful Soldier
16. 15 – Sir Humphrey Gilbert
17. 16 – Sir Walter Raleigh
18. 17 – Pocahontas
19. 18 – George Washington and his Hatchet
20. 19 – Grace Darling
21. 20 – The Story of William Tell
22. 21 – Alrnold Winkelried
23. 22 – The Bell of Atri
24. 23 – How Napoleon Crossed The Alps
25. 24 – The Story of Cincinnatus
26. 25 – The Story of Regulus
27. 26 – Cornelia’s Jewels
28. 27 – Androclus and the Lion
29. 28 – Horatius at the Bridge
30. 29 – Julius Caesar
31. 30 – The Sword of Damocles
32. 31 – Damon and Pythias
33. 32 – A Laconic Answer
34. 33 – The Ungrateful Guest
35. 34 – Alexander and Bucephalus
36. 35 – Diogenes the Wise Man
37. 36 – The Brave Three Hundred
38. 37 – Socrates and his House
39. 38 – The King and His Hawk
40. 39 – Doctor Goldsmith
41. 40 – The Kingdoms
42. 41 – The Barmecide Feast
43. 42 – The Endless Tale
44. 43 – The Blind Men and the Elephant
45. 44 – Maximilian and the Goose Boy
46. 45 – The Inchcape Rock
47. 46 – Whittington and His Cat
48. 47 – Casabianca
49. 48 – Antonio Canova
50. 49 – Picciola
51. 50 – Mignon

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Summary

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.