The Eight-Year-Old Legend Book

Isabel Wyatt


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A collection of enchanting eastern adventure tales for children who are themselves learning to become clever and brave.

Floris Books
Story Books & Anthologies
10 b/w line illustrations
Age Range:
From 7 to 10 years
120 pages
Publication date:
30 Apr 2020


This collection of stories is based upon wonderful tales told by the Buddha to his monks 2500 years ago.

Isabel Wyatt's enchanting retelling conjures up a rich world of eastern legend, ruled by courtly kings and wise thinkers, and populated by brave princes, faithful elephants and cunning monkeys. The stories tell of great adventures and heroes, of danger and courage, and most importantly of how wisdom and thoughtfulness always triumph over selfishness and greed.

This anthology was compiled with children around the age of eight in mind -- children who are embarking on more and more adventures in their own lives, and themselves learning to become clever and brave.

Table of Contents

The Prince Who Ate Swords
How Milk-White Flew
The Lame Cat and the Potter
The King’s Friend
The Ape-king
The Sneeze that Won a Wife
Prince Bowman
Monkey Fat
The Lotus Garland
The Boy Who Found Water
The Speech of Beasts
Prince Grit-in-the-Eye
Rats at the Lute
Prince Sun and Princess Moon
Big Sage and Little Sage
The Four Dangers


'For anyone who likes myths and folk tales, this book fulfills the need admirably…well worth buying.'
--Books for Keeps

'The stories are gently paced and good for reading aloud.'
-- Janet Dowling, The School Librarian

'A welcome change from the traditional stories we hear… The tales are refreshingly uncomplicated.'
-- Armadillo Magazine Online


Isabel Wyatt was born in England in 1901. She spent many years teaching young children and was then, until her retirement in 1965, co-director of studies at Hawkwood College in Gloucestershire. She compiled many books for children, including The Seven-Year-Old Wonder Book, Homer's Odyssey, King Beetle-Tamer and The Book of Fairy Princes. She died in 1992.


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