Every Hero Has a Story: A chapter book of stories from around the world

Light Publications
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"While most books have one story, this has eighteen… Most of them are fairy tales, but some are adventure stories. All are wonderful." —San Francisco Book Review (5/5 Stars) 

From Giant Killer Jack and The Last Voyage of of Sinbad to the World's First Story, this chapter book of adventures will keep you turning pages.

Written by an award-winning author and storyteller, this collection of framed stories will be enjoyed by young people and parents of all ages. 

A flash flood rips a Prince and Princess from their carriage. Lost and alone in the deluge, they find refuge in a barn filled with strangers. Gathering around the fire to keep warm, one by one these unknown women and men began to tell their stories.

Some of the stories are familiar, while others are unexpected, whimsical and fantastic. 

Every Hero Has a Story</b> is designed to be read to young children or read by older children. Parents and youngsters alike will delight in the stories as the tales spin. By the end of the evening the stories have done more than just pass the time, they have changed the lives of the Prince and Princess forever.

"You've heard of books that are meant to be read across an entire state? This is a book that can be read across an entire family."

Based in New England, Mark Binder tours the world sharing his spoken and written stories with listeners of all ages. In this collection you'll "hear" his version of Jack and the Beanstalk ("Giant Killer Jack"), and learn the origin of "The First Story." You'll smile at the wisdom of a young girl in "The Contest," and catch your breath at "The Short Tale of Erika P. Spunk." There's even a new addition to the Arabian Nights with "The Last Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor."

Binder blends and dances between genres. He makes traditional stories sound modern and invents new stories that sound as if they have been retold for a hundred years. 

At the heart of the book, weaving in and out, is the "frame tale" of the Prince and the Princess, who grow beyond their remoteness and isolation and are touched, moved and transformed by the stories they hear, and the stories that they themselves tell.

Mark Binder is an author and storyteller who knows how to connect generations. It is a true testament to his passion and talent that he is able to reach the hearts and minds of such diverse audiences

His most recent book is Cinderella Spinderella.

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About the author

Mark Binder is the author who knows how to tell the right story for any age. A prolific writer and spoken-word recording artist, he is a graduate of Columbia University, where he studied mythology and storytelling with Spalding Gray. His stories for young people regularly appear in Cricket and other newspapers and magazines around the world. His Bed Time Story series of books has sold more than 60,000 copies worldwide.

His book Cinderella Spinderella (sometimes described as the first graphic novel for young people) has won five major ebook awards, including finalist for the Digital Book Award for Children's Literature.

Mark's other written work includes It Ate My Sister and The Brothers Schlemiel. His collection, A Hanukkah Present was the finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature.

His spoken-word audio story albums have won iParenting, Children's Music Web and Storytelling World Honors.

In his spare time he bakes bread and pizza and practices yoga. From time to time teaches a college course in “Telling Lies.” Mark also holds a third degree black belt in Aikido, the martial art for peace, and promises not to throw anybody across the room.
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Light Publications
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Jan 1, 2015
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Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Read Aloud
Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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Kings Wolves, Princesses and Lions is an excellent primer for young readers… Classic tales retold with new energy… New tales that seem timeless, and a few old favorites that preserve the flavor of years gone by.

If you liked "The Bed Time Story Book" you'll love, "Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions." 

These are stories children will enjoy reading by themselves, or with parents and caregivers. And the grown-ups will enjoy reading them, too. Includes dozens of evocative and humorous old-school and wood-block style illustrations.

Award-winning children's author, Mark Binder presents this collection of stories with the ear of a professional storyteller and the love of a parent reading to his family.

"…a gift for humor -- both broad and subtle…"
- Publisher's Weekly

"…author and storyteller Mark Binder is the spellbinder…"
- School Library Journal

Part of the best-selling "Bed Time Story Book" series, this collection starts with simple stories for early readers, and then allows youngsters to stretch their skills. 

Target ages:
Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions: Grades 1-3
The Bed Time Story Book: Grades PK-2
Genies, Giants and a Walrus: Grades 3-5 (and up)

Bonus tips for reading-aloud at bed time!

An around-the world tour of Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia. The five sections are broken down into Tales of Animals, Ordinary and Extraordinary People, Kings and Fools, American Favorites and International Classics. 

If you don't know these stories, you'll soon learn why so many of them are classics… Author and storyteller Mark Binder reworks, revises and invents stories that feel fresh while maintaining a strong connection to the past.

With updated and extended versions of Aesop Fables, Anansi, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Sleeping Beauty, The Brave Little Tailor, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Rapunzel, Stone Soup (at Valley Forge), King Midas, Androcles, and a cast of mice, bats, weasels, cranes, dogs, wolves, and of course lions. Dozens of stories, including: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Androcles and the Lion, The Princess and the Mouse, The Brave Little Tailor, King Midas and The Golden Touch, The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, Stone Soup at Valley Forge, Sleeping Beauty, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Rapunzel and many more!

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