Courage: The North Wind
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Here is a 2001 printing of a book already included in the collection in its 2000 printing. I include this book because it helps complete a series containing fable books. This fairy tale, replete with magic, tells of a boy who loses his oats to the North Wind's blasts as he brings them home. He trudges to the North Wind and asks for his oats back. The North Wind replies that he cannot retrieve them but he can give the boy a magic tablecloth that supplies all the food he and his mother need. A clever innkeeper replaces the magic tablecloth with a plain one. When the boy returns to the North Wind, he receives a magic piggy bank that produces all the money he needs. The same thing happens at the inn. On his third trip to the North Wind, the boy receives a magic rope that will tie someone up on command. The boy, who by now knows that the innkeeper is a thief, feigns sleep and captures the innkeeper. He receives back the stolen tablecloth and piggy bank, and he and his mother live well and safely. The boy and his mother may be beavers, the North Wind a polar bear, and the innkeeper a wolf. "Because of the boy's bravery and persistence, he and his mother lived happily ever after."
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