This is an old East Indian fairy tale translated and published in 1910 (therefore it is in the public domain). It includes the East Indian fairy tale called "The Magic Bed" which is being re-told in this package.
Hartwell James translated and re-told this story in 1910. This is what he had to say about fairy tales from India:
India is undoubtedly the home of the fairy-tale. Of those now in existence, probably one-third of them came from India. Gypsies, missionaries, travelers and traders carried them to other countries where they were told and re-told until much of their original form was obliterated, and many of their titles lost. The "Jatakas," or birth-stories of Buddha, form the earliest collection of fairy-tales in the world, and were gathered together more than two thousand years before the Brothers Grimm—well and justly beloved of children—began to write the stories which have delighted a world of readers, young and old. It is from these, and from others told by native nurses, or ayahs, to children in India--where the belief in fairies, gnomes, ogres, and monsters is still widespread—that [this story has] been selected.
The package includes the fairy tale, comprehension questions, vocabulary word match activity, elements of folk tales with topics for discussion, creative writing assignments for higher grades (such as re-telling the story from different perspectives), creative writing assignments for lower grades (such as writing a poem about a character from the story), a Social Studies set that covers historical and fast facts of India with a test and answer key. There is a mapping skills assignment with an answer key and two art projects with explanations (rangoli and mehndi).
Spellings are offered in American English and Canadian English.
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