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    Story 1:

    Name: The Umbrella

    Author: Roald Dahl

    Location: London, United Kingdom

    Main characters: Mother, 12-year old child, the old man with the umbrella.

    Protagonists personality: She has an inquisitive and caring personality. Thesetraits are seen when the girl does not want to take the umbrella in return for the

    money and also when she wants to investigate more about him.

    Summary of the story: The narrator of this story is a 12-year-old girl who has

    gone to London with her mother to visit the dentist. They decide to get a taxi

    home. An old man tells them that he would like to sell them his umbrella in

    return for taxi fare back to his home. The mother likes the sound of the deal, but

    the little girl worries that they're taking advantage of the old man. The

    transaction is made. The daughter notices that the old man is hurrying away.

    They decide to follow him and find out. Eventually they find themselves at a pub

    and watch through the window as he enters and uses the pound note to pay for adrink. They watch as the old man finishes his drink and goes to retrieve his coat

    and hat. Just before he leaves the pub, he smoothly plucks a wet umbrella from

    the coat rack. They see him head back to the main street and sell the umbrella to

    another unsuspecting person. Then he heads off in another direction for another

    pub.

    Story 2:

    Name: King Midas & the golden touch

    Author: Greek mythology

    Location: Greece

    Main characters: King Midas, his wife & daughterProtagonists personality: King Midas is a greedy and careless man who was

    always in need of more money and gold. He also did not care much about his

    family.

    Summary of the story: In the story, a fairy grants Midas a wish and he wishes

    that everything he touches should turn into gold. The fairy grants his wish and he

    converts his whole house into gold. He sits at the table for a meal but as soon as

    he touches the food, it turns to gold. He panics and holds his daughter, who is

    immediately turned into a gold idol. His wife panics and flees from the house.

    Hence it teaches us that too much greed is never healthy.

    Story 3:

    Name: The story of Ekalavya

    Author: Indian mythology Veda Vyasa

    Location: A village in India

    Main characters: Ekalavya, Dronacharya.

    Protagonists personality: The protagonist is devoted to his teacher and is

    strongly committed towards learning the art of archery.

    Summary of the story: Sage Dronacharya taught all the princes archery.

    Ekalavya, a poor commoner boy also wanted to be Dronas pupil but Drona

    refused to teach him. Ekalavya was a determined boy. He carved a statue of

    Drona on a tree trunk in the forest and started practicing in front of it. Arjun wasaiming at a difficult target, an arrow pierced the target. They saw Ekalavya,

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    Drona asked who was his teacher.. Ekalavya quietly led him to the statue. Drona

    did not want anyone to be better than Arjun. He asked him for gurudakshina and

    wanted Ekalavyas thumb. Ekalavya wordlessly cut off his right thumb and laid it

    at Dronas feet.

    Story 4:

    Name: Hansel & Gretel

    Author: Grimm Brothers

    Location: Germany

    Main characters: Hansel, Gretel, The wicked witch.

    Protagonists personality: Hansel and Gretel are both caring and help each

    other in need. They also find their way through several difficult situations with

    their clever ideas.

    Summary of the story: A poor woodcutter and his wife had two children named

    Hansel and Gretel. The step mother took the children into the forest and left

    them there. Hansel and Gretel went deeper and deeper into the forest. They were

    hungry and tired. Finally, after walking for a long time, they saw a cottage made

    of chocolate, candies, and cake. A wicked witch lived there. When she saw Hansel

    and Gretel, she wanted to eat them. She grabbed the children and locked them in

    a cage. The witch decided to make a soup out of Hansel and eat him first. Gretel

    crept out of her cage. She gave the wicked witch a mighty push from behind and

    the witch fell into the boiling water. Hansel and Gretel found treasure lying

    around the cottage. They carried it home with them. Their father welcomed them

    back with tears of joy.

    Story 5:Name: Little Red Riding Hood

    Author: Charles PerraultLocation: In the woods, in France

    Main characters: Little red riding hood, the wolf, grandmother & the hunter.

    Protagonists personality: Little red riding hood is shown as a daring girl who

    saves both herself and her grandma. She is slightly careless as she gives details

    about her to a stranger.

    Summary of the story:One day, Little Red Riding Hood was going to her grandmas

    in the woods. On her way she met the Big Bad Wolf who asked her where she was

    going and she replied. The Big Bad Wolf then ran to her grandmothers cottage much

    before Little Red Riding Hood, and knocked on the door. When Grandma opened the

    door, he locked her up in the cupboard. The wicked wolf then wore Grandmas

    clothes and lay on her bed, waiting for Little Red Riding Hood. When Little Red

    Riding Hood reached the cottage, she entered and went to Grandmas bedside. He

    tried to eat and she screamed and the woodcutters in the forest came running to the

    cottage. They saved both of them. The Big Bad Wolf ran away never to be seen again.

    Little Red Riding Hood had learnt her lesson and never spoke to strangers ever again.

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