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James Baldwin was one of the most prolific authors of schoolbooks. Baldwin wrote about famous people in history and retold classical stories. His most famous book is Fifty Famous Stories Retold. The Collection • Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin • Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare by E. Nesbit • Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin • Hero Tales by James Baldw James Baldwin was one of the most prolific authors of schoolbooks. Baldwin wrote about famous people in history and retold classical stories. His most famous book is Fifty Famous Stories Retold. The Collection • Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin • Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare by E. Nesbit • Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin • Hero Tales by James Baldwin • Old Greek Stories by James Baldwin • The Fables of Æsop by Æsop The Audiobook • Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin


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James Baldwin was one of the most prolific authors of schoolbooks. Baldwin wrote about famous people in history and retold classical stories. His most famous book is Fifty Famous Stories Retold. The Collection • Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin • Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare by E. Nesbit • Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin • Hero Tales by James Baldw James Baldwin was one of the most prolific authors of schoolbooks. Baldwin wrote about famous people in history and retold classical stories. His most famous book is Fifty Famous Stories Retold. The Collection • Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin • Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare by E. Nesbit • Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin • Hero Tales by James Baldwin • Old Greek Stories by James Baldwin • The Fables of Æsop by Æsop The Audiobook • Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin

30 review for Fifty Famous Stories Retold (+Audiobook): With 5 Bonus Books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Miller

    This is a collection of historical folklore stories from around the world, many of which are still famous. They have been faithfully retold in an accessible way for all ages by a white American man from the 19th century named James Baldwin- as opposed to the James Baldwin rewriting classic stories with perhaps a post-colonial or gay twist, which would have been interesting too. We essentially learn that capricious kings will set you free, and the meek shall inherit the earth etc..

  2. 4 out of 5

    Akemi G

    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 f 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Persian Phoenix

    A great collection of classic short stories with legendary figures from Ancient Greece, Rome, Britain, that are selected and retold by James Baldwin for kids. Some of these stories are derived from ancient references and have a slight historical value. However, others are just folk tales and are used for giving moral truth. This book could be downloaded in varieties of electronic formats such as epub, Mobi, PDF at: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18442 A great collection of classic short stories with legendary figures from Ancient Greece, Rome, Britain, that are selected and retold by James Baldwin for kids. Some of these stories are derived from ancient references and have a slight historical value. However, others are just folk tales and are used for giving moral truth. This book could be downloaded in varieties of electronic formats such as epub, Mobi, PDF at: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18442

  4. 5 out of 5

    heidi

    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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    We discovered LibriVox recently, and I listened to these stories on a trip with my 7-year-old. We enjoyed them, they made the drive go fast. I was previously unfamiliar with more of them than an educated person ought to be. My favorite part was Baldwin's off-hand, rather humorous commentary on Felicia Heman's poem "Casabianca." We discovered LibriVox recently, and I listened to these stories on a trip with my 7-year-old. We enjoyed them, they made the drive go fast. I was previously unfamiliar with more of them than an educated person ought to be. My favorite part was Baldwin's off-hand, rather humorous commentary on Felicia Heman's poem "Casabianca."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Jones

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Colin Jones

    This is a great book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adrianne

    We listened to this book on audible as part of our Charlotte Mason - Ambleside Online reading curriculum. It made our car rides SOOOOO much more enjoyable, and as an adult with a bit of medieval history knowledge, I really enjoyed the stories immensely. My kids were able to relate the characters in the story back to our timeline song that we have learned as part of our Classical Conversations curriculum. I highly recommend!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rick Davis

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This was a wonderful collection of short stories both real and fiction used to give children insight into morality and inspire them by the heroic deeds of others. All the stories are short, and would be perfect for bedtime stories.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

    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. 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Larry Bassett

    First it is important to know that this is not the author James Baldwin that you think it is. Look up this other James Baldwin and it would help keep your expectations at a more appropriate level! This is a short book of 50 fables that are told in a not particularly pleasing Voice as some people seem to think you should Speak differently to children then you do to adults. The store is themselves are all relatively short and have a fairly wide variety of fairytale aspects and morals. This book was First it is important to know that this is not the author James Baldwin that you think it is. Look up this other James Baldwin and it would help keep your expectations at a more appropriate level! This is a short book of 50 fables that are told in a not particularly pleasing Voice as some people seem to think you should Speak differently to children then you do to adults. The store is themselves are all relatively short and have a fairly wide variety of fairytale aspects and morals. This book was written in the late 19th century so is a little out of date in what it thinks is appropriate for young children. There are plenty of rewards for people who do the right thing which seems quite OK. There are also plenty of authoritarian figures who alternate between being good and bad. And bad things sometimes happen to good people which has some currency. But I am not sure if I had a six-year-old if I would put this book on their reading or listening list. I have had it for a long time thinking it was the other James Baldwin and was quite confused about how he would be connected to a book such as this. Failing that confusion I am sure I never would have selected this book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Watermarked Pages

    There are some culturally important stories here—things you hear referenced but might not have known the origin of. My favorite was the Sword of Damocles. I was surprised how much my kids liked listening to these, and how well they could narrate them back to me. Each is short enough to be great for narration practice. Some of them are sad and kind of disturbing (like the boy who dies in a ship fire becuase he’s obeying his father who told him to stay on deck and died before he could tell him to There are some culturally important stories here—things you hear referenced but might not have known the origin of. My favorite was the Sword of Damocles. I was surprised how much my kids liked listening to these, and how well they could narrate them back to me. Each is short enough to be great for narration practice. Some of them are sad and kind of disturbing (like the boy who dies in a ship fire becuase he’s obeying his father who told him to stay on deck and died before he could tell him to jump for his life). But my kids didn’t seem bothered. I was bothered by what I read about the author’s life and poor choices. But it doesn’t really come out in the book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Many of these were great and helped me (and hopefully my kids) to understand literary references that I probably wouldn't have otherwise, because I never encountered them in school or elsewhere (the sword of Damocles comes immediately to mind as one I finally understood), but some of them seemed a little too concise and missing some of the original meaning or nuance. The free version I read on Kindle actually ended the very last story of Mignon at a really weird place, which might have just been Many of these were great and helped me (and hopefully my kids) to understand literary references that I probably wouldn't have otherwise, because I never encountered them in school or elsewhere (the sword of Damocles comes immediately to mind as one I finally understood), but some of them seemed a little too concise and missing some of the original meaning or nuance. The free version I read on Kindle actually ended the very last story of Mignon at a really weird place, which might have just been an error, but I wound up having to Google what the point if the story actually was and it was a very anticlimactic way to end the book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ariane

    maybe 1.5. to be fair, I only read 1/3 of it. Had put Baldwin's Bleeker Street on hold and this was instantly available, so I snatched it. I could not figure out the purpose of the retelling. They were not informative and did not add anything new to general knowledge. Looked it up. Wrong James Baldwin. These were written in early 1900s, probably a fine edition to one room schoolhouse libraries. Not appropriate for any readers in the 21st century, except for research purposes. maybe 1.5. to be fair, I only read 1/3 of it. Had put Baldwin's Bleeker Street on hold and this was instantly available, so I snatched it. I could not figure out the purpose of the retelling. They were not informative and did not add anything new to general knowledge. Looked it up. Wrong James Baldwin. These were written in early 1900s, probably a fine edition to one room schoolhouse libraries. Not appropriate for any readers in the 21st century, except for research purposes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    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! 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!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Enola Stevenson

    Great collection of short stories, perfect for reading and discussing over a meal. There are a handful of strange ones, but the majority are well-known and oft-referenced tales which are very handy to know.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shanshan

    Although the stories are very short, this book gives a great introduction into these famous historical stories. I've already come across several references to these stories in other books I'm reading. So helpful! Although the stories are very short, this book gives a great introduction into these famous historical stories. I've already come across several references to these stories in other books I'm reading. So helpful!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Important cultural stories for understanding allusions in literature especially, similar to fables. Mostly they are retold in an understandable way for a younger audience. My 8yo's interest waxed and waned with these depending on subject matter. Important cultural stories for understanding allusions in literature especially, similar to fables. Mostly they are retold in an understandable way for a younger audience. My 8yo's interest waxed and waned with these depending on subject matter.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Zahraa Raafat

    I loveee children books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    We loved this book. Great stories that are entertaining and teach good values. Easy read too.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Anderson

    Only managed 13% of this one - should be entitled Fifty really dumb stories.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joelle

    A delightful collection of famous stories for children.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cyd_the_Sloth

    This short story collection was interesting, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dianna Harnist

    It was a good collection of stories to practice narrating for the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Fun group of stories I read aloud with my kids from 1st grade through 11 grade. We all enjoyed them very much. Each story is a fairly quick read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    KARLENE

    Great book for homeschooling, especially if using the Charlotte Mason method or Ambleside Online curriculum

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Miller

    So good!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I read this to my 7 yo daughter. She enjoyed the stories.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    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 fi 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.

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