East of the Sun and West of the Moon and Other Moon Stories
EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON AND OTHER MOON STORIES FOR CHILDREN
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Contained within this illustrated volume for children are the stories of East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Monica the Moon Child and The Swan Maidens all classic childrens stories from yesteryear. Also included are two Moon Poems, or rather, poems which relate to the moon. They are The Man in the Moon and Hey Diddle, Diddle which can also be considered classic childrens rhymes.
In preparing these stories for publication, the aim has been to preserve, as much as possible, in vocabulary and idiom, the original folklore language, and retain the conversational style of the teller of tales, in order that the sympathetic young reader may, in greater or less degree, be translated into the atmosphere of the old-time story-hour. In this we have havent changed a word. Where they have been available, we have also used the original illustrations which assists in retaining that ethereal and old-world feel from a time when what we take for granted today, was still yet to be discovered.
You may be asking why we have tried to replicate these old stories and tales so accurately? In recent years there has been a wholesome revival of interest in old and forgotten folklore and tales and the ancient art of story-telling. The most thoughtful, progressive educators and parents have come to recognize the cultural value of folklore and fairy tales, fables and legends, not only as means of fostering and directing the power of the child's imagination, but as a basis for literary interpretation and appreciation throughout life not to mention increasing the literacy ability of children.
So, find that comfy chair, have your child snuggle in and set fire to their imagination with this short collection of MOON STORIES for CHILDREN.
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Excerpt from EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON AND OTHER MOON STORIES FOR CHILDREN
When she had rubbed the sleep out of her eyes, and wept till she was tired, she set out on her way, and walked many, many days, till she came to a lofty crag. Under it sat an old hag, and played with a gold apple which she tossed about. Here the lassie asked if she knew the way to the Prince, who lived with his step-mother in the Castle, that lay East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and who was to marry the Princess with a nose three ells long.
How did you come to know about him? asked the old hag; but maybe you are the lassie who ought to have had him?
Yes, she was.
So, so; its you, is it? said the old hag. Well, all I know about him is, that he lives in the castle that lies East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and thither youll come, late or never; but still you may have the loan of my horse, and on him you can ride to my next neighbour. Maybe shell be able to tell you; and when you get there, just give the horse a switch under the left ear, and beg him to be off home; and, stay, this gold apple you may take with you.
So she got upon the horse, and rode a long, long time, till she came to another crag, under which sat another old hag, with a gold carding-comb. Here the lassie asked if she knew the way to the castle that lay East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and she answered, like the first old hag, that she knew nothing about it, except it was east of the sun and west of the moon.
And thither youll come, late or never, but you shall have the loan of my horse to my next neighbour; maybe shell tell you all about it; and when you get there, just switch the horse under the left ear, and beg him to be off home.
And this old hag gave her the golden carding-comb; it might be shed find some use for it, she said. So the lassie got up on the horse, and rode a far, far way, and a weary time; and so at last she came to another great crag, under which sat another old hag, spinning with a golden spinning-wheel.
Her, too, she asked if she knew the way to the Prince, and where the castle was that lay East of the Sun and West of the Moon. So it was the same thing over again.
Maybe its you who ought to have had the Prince? said the old hag.
Yes, it was.
But she, too, didnt know the way a bit better than the other two. East of the sun and west of the moon it was, she knewthat was all.
And thither youll come, late or never; but Ill lend you my horse, and then I think youd best ride to the East Wind and ask him; maybe he knows those parts, and can blow you thither. But when you get to him, you need only give the horse a switch under the left ear, and hell trot home of himself.
And so, too, she gave her the gold spinning-wheel. Maybe youll find a use for it, said the old hag.
Then on she rode many many days, a weary time, before she got to the East Winds house, but at last she did reach it, and then she asked the East Wind if he could tell her the way to the Prince who dwelt east of the sun and west of the moon. Yes, the East Wind had often heard tell of it, the Prince and the castle, but he couldnt tell the way, for he had never blown so far.
But, if you will, Ill go with you to my brother the West Wind, maybe he knows, for hes much stronger. So, if you will just get on my back, Ill carry you thither.
Yes, she got on his back, and I should just think they went briskly along.
So when they got there, they went into the West Winds house, and the East Wind said the lassie he had brought was the one who ought to have had the Prince who lived in the castle East of the Sun and West of the Moon; and so she had set out to seek him, and how he had come with her, and would be glad to know if the West Wind knew how to get to the castle.
Table of Contents for EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON AND OTHER MOON STORIES FOR CHILDREN
|EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON|
|THE MAN IN THE MOON|
|MONICA THE MOON CHILD|
|HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE|
|THE SWAN MAIDENS|
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