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Mr Miacca

mr miaccaMr Miacca is an English of the type, where adults tell stories of imaginary beings to frighten children into behaving in a certain way. In the story, a boy diss his mother and twice finds himself about to be cooked for Mr Miacca’s dinner. He gets away the first time by tricking Mrs Miacca, but the second time Mr Miacca has other ideas.

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folktale(n: folktale pl folktales) A story that is part of the traditions of a group of people and was handed down in spoken form before books and printing. 9000

(n: bogyman pl bogymen) An imaginary monster or bad person, used by adults or older children to frighten bad children into good behavior. 12000

(v: obey, obeys, obeyed, obeying) To do what someone tells you to do or what a rule, law, etc., says you must do. (เชื่อฟัง) 5000
The opposite of obey (to not do what you are told to do) is 'disobey'.

Edward and Charles

rowboat under treeThis story by early 19th century children’s writer follows the common “lesson about life” plot of two brothers who are very different. Edward behaves badly and is suitably punished when his father hears about it. Charles, on the other hand, is almost unbearably good and finds himself well rewarded.

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The author Elizabeth Semple (who also wrote under the pen-name Dame Truelove) is an enigma. We are all used to finding almost any information we want through search engines these days. So how (as of October, 2014) could someone who published at least ten children's books in the early 19th century not have any kind of biographical information on the Internet? The only reason I can think of is that it was a very powerful person of yet another name who wanted to hide the fact that they were the writer. If any of our readers can shed any light on this, I would love to hear from you.

Sweet Porridge

sweet porridgeIn this (also known as “The Magic Porridge Pot”), a poor but good little girl looking for something to eat is given a magic pot by a kind old woman. When someone said some special words, the pot cooked sweet porridge. The only problem was that special words were also needed to make the pot stop cooking. There are a number of other folktales with similar themes, as well as a poem which inspired a short piece of orchestral music that has since become famous thanks to a 1940 Disney movie.

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folktale(n: folktale pl folktales) A story that is part of the traditions of a group of people and was handed down in spoken form before books and printing. 9000

Do What You Can

do what you canThis very short children’s story is about a raindrop. It sees a farmer having a bad day and decides to bring him a moment of happiness. Although published in a book of stories meant to be read to preschool children, the story has a powerful message for people of all ages… how a single act of kindness can sometimes make a big difference.

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