Children Stories

TaleTown multimedia children’s literature by Rajeev Wadhwa, English short stories & tales for children, kids, youngsters, teens, teenagers, young adults, family

  • A Cup Too Full

    KyotoHe poured in his visitor’s cup. The cup was soon full, but Nan-in kept pouring.

    The tea rose to the rim and began to spill over on the table.

    Nan-in continued pouring.

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 01

    IMG_3047Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 01.

    Will Alibaba’s fearful mind risk danger?

    Fear clouds opportunities, time & reflection reveal them.

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 02

    Old Man and the Donkey...Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 02.

    Alibaba stole from thieves. Is stealing from thieves wrong?

    Beliefs are dangerous, yet useful. Why?

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 03

    balanceRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 03.

    Qasim's clever wife stumbles upon Alibaba's secret. This strains their relationship.

    Trust once lost, is not easily regained.

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    Saleh GesemRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 04

    Qasim gets to the treasure, but can he get it out?

    Stressed minds make mistakes. Mistakes can be fatal.

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    Gold Mohur Coin, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, 1889Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 05

    With slave-girl Marjina, Alibaba plans full Islamic burial rites for Qasim, but how to avoid suspicion?

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    Pamela MachadoRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 06

    Marjina convinces the Haqeem that Qasim is very sick & then Mustafa to go blindfolded to sew the corpse.

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    Funeral processionRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 07.

    Alibaba observes Qasim's full mourning rituals. But why wash a dead body if you bury or burn it anyway?

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    Old man [ 22 ] - Elder 3Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 08

    With mutual distrust growing, thieves widen their search and discover Mustafa.

    He tells a noteworthy tale...

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    Reflected gloryRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 09

    The blindfolded Mustafa leads the thief to Alibaba's house.

    The home is marked, but Marjina foils the ID.

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    A farmer's pride

    Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 10

    Another bandit marks Alibaba’s house but Marjina is vigilant.

    Rosh discusses Dozakh, Jannat, Life, death...

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    (animated stereo) Bedouin (?) camp, Sinai (circa 1920)Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 11

    Captain of the thieves identifies Alibaba’s house & returns to hatch a deadly plan.

    Death comes knocking...

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    Aqaba PalaceRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 12

    Discovering thieves hidden in oil barrels frightens Marjina to death.

    Could one literally die from fear?

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    BarrelRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 13

    What could Marjina do to save Alibaba's household?

    Throw boiling water on hidden bandits? Burn barrels?

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    first night's camp fireRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 15

    Super-heated oil, water or sand were deadly thermal weapons in ancient warfare.

    Could Marjina use these?

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 18

    Steely gazeLong after the midnight hour, but hours before dawn, all was dark and silent in Ali Baba's house.

    A tall dark figure emerged from the guest quarters.

    He carried a dimly lit lamp and moved stealthily across the courtyard towards the kitchen.

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    Sekapan Piit Feet, Sarawak, Borneo"What should be done now?" he mused aloud, wondering how to manage their immediate mess.

    "We must bury these corpses quietly and quickly," Marjina proposed pragmatically.

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 21

    LaredoThe Captain rose early the next morning.

    Disguised differently again, he rode back into the city.

    Dismounting outside a karvaan serai (caravan inn), he went straight to the Inn keeper, and struck up a casual conversation.

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 22

    Antique"So!" Josh exclaimed with a sudden understanding. "He doesn't want to eat their salt, because if he does, he'll feel bad about killing them."

    "Yea," she nodded, pleased that he had quickly picked up the connection.

    "But," he countered, "if salt was only a symbol of food, then salted or unsalted, he is actually eating their food. Now if he kills them after that, isn't it betrayal anyway?"

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    Think FirstIt is our brain that translates words to create meaningful images.

    To do this, it needs to know both language as well as the context.

    Comprehension created from words will be wrong, if their translation or context is wrong.