Today’s book is an Indian folktale retold by a western author, Maggie Duff.

The Japanese name is “Ran Pan Pan,” but the original title in English is “Rum Pum Pum.”

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So basically this story is about a king who hears a blackbird singing beautifully.  He orders his servants to abduct the bird and bring it to the castle.  However, the servants abduct the wrong bird, taking the bird’s wife.

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The blackbird is understandably very angry and outfits himself to battle the king and save his wife.  What happens next is quite surprising…….

 

This is a link to the English version.  It dates to 1978, so it is a rather old book.