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THE OLD WOMAN AND HER PIG
A woman finds a coin and decides to buy a pig in this cumulative English tale. The pig won't jump over the stile, and the woman solicits the help of various characters she meets on her way. RL1.
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THE HAUNTED CASTLE
When a peddler arrives in town on Halloween, he learns about a haunted castle. Thinking that he would like to collect the reward for ridding the castle of the ghost, he plans to have his dinner there and spend the night. The ghost arrives, piecemeal, while the peddler contentedly continues to eat his dinner. Finally, the ghost assembles itself and the peddler helps it depart for good. The peddler is rewarded and leads a happy life thereafter. This is an adaptation of a Spanish folktale. RL 3.
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WHERE IS THE FLYING DUTCHMAN OF THE DESERT?

In this mystery of the desert, a soldier refused to ride the camels brought to the United States in the 1800s. His commanding officer ordered other soldiers to tie him to the saddle. The legend tells that the camel ran toward Death Valley and that the soldier died, leaving a skeleton tied to the camel. In this version, the camel and soldier disappear, with the reader left to wonder what happened to them. Some people say they still see the camel riding through Death Valley. RL3.

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POLLY ANN AND JOHN HENRY

Polly Ann is setting fence posts when John Henry sweeps her off her feet. They marry and John Henry joins a steel-driving crew for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. When the arrival of a steam drill machine threatens his livelihood, John Henry enters into a contest to prove that a man is more powerful than a machine. RL4.
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PROMETHEUS AND PANDORA
At one time, the Titans, powerful giants, fought the Olympian gods. Titan brothers Prometheus and Epimetheus remained loyal to Zeus, who chose to reward them by having them repopulate the earth. Prometheus took great care in fashioning the mortals, longing to give them comfort and sustenance. Against Zeus’s wishes, he gave them fire and meat. After tricking Zeus, Prometheus was sentenced to continued punishment, only to be rescued by Heracles, known to the Latins as Hercules. Woven into this narrative is the story of Pandora, sent by Zeus to further punish the brothers. In this story, Pandora brings along a jug, refusing to heed Zeus’s warning to leave it closed. All the plagues of the world are released when she peeks. Only the quality of hope remains for mortals. During the medieval period, the jug was translated as a box, giving us the well-known Pandora’s box symbolizing the moment when mortals learned of all the tragedies of the world. Middle School.
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