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005 – The Magnificent Brocade

A brother’s fate depends on a tiger’s whisker, 

a weaver makes an enchanted brocade, 

a mischievous beggar suddenly becomes king.


Storypoem: “The Two Brothers and the Tiger’s Whisker,” adapted from a Korean folktale.

Folktale: “The Magnificent Brocade,” adapted from a Chinese folktale

Recommended Reading: “The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha” by Lloyd Alexander

004 The Troll Ride

A girl’s clever sewing saves her from a magician, 

a groom almost misses his own wedding, 

a grandmother leaves her granddaughter an unusual quest.


Storypoem: The Golden Thread (a retelling of Anna Wahlenberg’s “The Magician’s Cape”)

Folk Tale: The Troll Ride (a retelling of Anna Wahlenberg’s “The Troll Ride”)

Rec. Read: “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry,” by Frederik Backman*


*this book isn’t written for kids, but apart from some mild swearing and some scary moments, I think it’s kid-kosher. If you’re unsure, please read it yourself before sharing with the kids in your life. It’s certainly no scarier than most of my beloved books by Roald Dahl!