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A Story From: Afghanistan
Read Time: ["3 to 5mins"]
For Ages: 5 to 7yrs., 8 to 10yrs.

A farmer finds a jar of coins & leaves them behind because they are not on his land, but his wife will not.
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"The Silver on the Hearth" is based on a story of the same name from Ride with the Sun: An Anthology of Folk Tales and Stories from the United Nations, edited by Harold Courlander (McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc.: New York, 1955) pp. 60-62.

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


This story theme has many variations throughout Asia. In "If It Belongs to Us, It Will Come to Us (Thai Tales, retold by Supa Vathanaprida), an old couple discovers a jar of riches in their field. In "Fortune and the Woodcutter" from Asia Minor (The Brown Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang), an old woodcutter announces that because he has worked all his life, it is time for fortune to come to him; soon afterward fortune indeed arrives. In China, a jar of ants is discovered in "A Bottle Full of Ants" (Chinese Fairy Tales and Folk Tales by Wolfram Eberhard, E. P. Dutton & Company, 1938, pp.143).