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The Brementown Musicians
The story, "The Bremen Town Musicians," was told by the brothers Grimm in Germany, in the early 1800s. Read or listen to a version told by the Grimm brothers on the National Geographic website. The version in this session comes from Gail Forsyth-Vail's book, Stories In Faith: Exploring Our Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources Through Wisdom Tales (Boston: Unitarian Universalist Association, 2007).
A U.K. website, The Complete Platypus, includes a story called "Why the Platypus is Unique," which begins like this:
Many years ago there was a group of Australian animals arguing about who was the most unique. The magpie started by saying that he was the most unique because he had the best colours, which were black and white, and that he could fly to the moon and back. The emu had a different opinion.He believed he was the most unique animal ...
On the same website find a variety of news and information about the platypus, including three recommendations for children's books: The Adventures of Softbill the Strong by E. Stodart (Sydney: Envirobook Publishing, 1997), Platypus by D. Fanning (Wantirna South, Victoria: Houghton Mifflin, 1991), and The Platypus by P. Reilly (Kenthurst, NSW: Kangaroo Press, 1991).
Find information about the platypus and a simple, annotated line-drawing on the Enchanted Learning website.