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A Story From: France
Read Time: ["10 to 15mins"]
For Ages: 5 to 7yrs., 8 to 10yrs.

Prince Derek throws off the magic ring designed to help him stay good.
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 "Prince Derek and the Ring" is based on "Prince Darling," a story by Cabinet des Fees and edited by Andrew Lang, from The Blue Fairy Book (David McKay Company Publishers: Philadelphia, 1921) pp. 10-15.

Adapted by Elaine Lindy. ©1998. All rights reserved.


Similar folk tales have been noted in Denmark and in China. In Denmark's "The Little Pony" (Folk Tales of All Nations, 1931, pp.392-395), a proud prince scorns an ugly old man and finds himself turned into a pony until he wins the friendship of a princess; and in China's "Lo-Sun, the Blind Boy from China" (also Folk Tales of All Nations, pp.363-368), a blind boy learns he can win back his sight by doing deeds of kindness.