Fifty Famous Stories Retold

Fifty Famous Stories Retold

by James Baldwin

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Includes fifty legendary tales depicting certain romantic episodes in the lives of well-known heroes and famous men, or in the history of a people. Children naturally take a deep interest in such stories. The reading of them will not only give pleasure but will lay the foundation for broader literary studies, as nearly all are the subjects of frequent allusions in poetry and prose.

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ISBN-13: 9788832558968
Publisher: JH
Publication date: 03/29/2019
Sold by: StreetLib SRL
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 974 KB

About the Author

Born in 1841 in a small Quaker settlement in the backwoods of Indiana, James Baldwin rose to become a highly-respected author and textbook editor. Largely self-educated, Baldwin became a teacher at 24, then served as superintendent of the graded schools of Indiana for 18 years before moving into the publishing world. As an editor of school books, first with Harper and Brothers and later with the American Book Company, he selected the best of our literary heritage and cast it into a form that delighted children of all ages. His influence in the first decades of the twentieth century was broad because of all the grammar school books in use in the United States at that time over half had been written or edited by him. He is remembered most for the books of introductory historical sketches he wrote for younger students and his retellings of the legends of the heroes for older students.

Date of Birth:

August 2, 1924

Date of Death:

December 1, 1987

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

St. Paul de Vence, France


DeWitt Clinton High School, New York City

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Fifty Famous Stories Retold 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
momma2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of stories or "tales" that have been told over and over again throughout the centuries and unfortunately they are not as popular as they once were. Some of the tales are about real-life people and some are fictional heroes. Some are true and some are not, but the point is, each tells the tale of someone brave and heroic giving the reader a life-lesson without being didactic. Yes, there are some well-known tales such as some Greek myths, Sir Walter Raleigh, Pocahontas, and the fabricated yet well-told story of George Washington and the apple tree. Most of the stories however will be unknown to today's generation and I, myself, was only familiar with about half of them.The stories focus is world wide, there are only a couple of American tales. Most come from England (such as King Alfred), then lots of Greek and Roman tales (though not many myths). Also featured are tales of explorers, sailors, William Tell, Napoleon, King Alfred, Robin Hood, Alexander the Great, Socrates and many others, many of whom I had not heard before.Each story has one illustration, probably an engraving from the time period, artists' name are on some but they are too tiny to really read. James Baldwin writes for children in a easy storyteller mode often speaking directly to the reader. The 8yo and I enjoyed the stories just as much. I enjoyed finding tales I'd never heard before and he loved the swashbuckling tales of heroes. As in Baldwin's opening sentence in the Introduction these are tales which we should not let fade from our society. Some are still around today, but many are fading fast. Recommended! The independent publishers Yesterday's Classics have reprinted many of Baldwin's books and I intend on getting more. They also have a wide catalogue of late 19th century children's books.
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Impossible to complete assigned readings when stories have neither chapter numbers nor story names. Now I will have to find and purchase a version with chapters and/or story names
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the entire book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isn't the entrire book. I have the Kindle version and got the full book, on here it was only 5 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dude, it's just a cover! Chill!!!
Calenorn More than 1 year ago
This book was written in 1896. The man in you cover photo was born in 1924. He is obviously a different James Baldwin, NOT the author. Do you seriously expect people to pay you money for public domain works when you can't even get the right person on the cover?
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Im just rating
BlueDurham More than 1 year ago
The stories are the type that used to appeared in the readers of our parents and grandparents, but they have been retold in James Baldwin's prose. Perfect for reading to young readers - and the adult won't be bored.
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Stories are very short, and are not that great.
JacyRayGuy More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Many wonderful stories to read. There was one thing, however, that should not have been. The author spelled Julius Caesar's name Cesar, instead of Caesar. Overall, the stories were wonderful, richly told, and credible.
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Dawn Baskin More than 1 year ago
My son and I both enjoy these stories. Can be read just for pleasure or the storues can be a spring board for further history study.
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