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.”


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.


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.