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The Well of Truth

A Picture Book Illustrated by Tom Wrenn.

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2008, August House Publishers (Story Cove). Illustrated by Tom Wrenn.
1-800-284-8784 or

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The Well of Truth is a folktale from Egypt in which Goat, Rooster, and Donkey try their luck at farming together. Donkey, however, is unwilling to share and learns his lesson at the Well of Truth. This story is part of the Story Cove series from August House Publishers. All Story Cove titles come from a variety of cultures and share simple, universal lessons and values. The 8x8 paperbacks, which retail individually for $3.95 to $4.95, are supported with lesson plans that match the NCTE national standards. These books are also sold as part of Story Cove Teacher Activity Packs that include: 7 copies of the Story Cove book; differentiated lesson plans for 4 grades; and a CD with the animated version of the story, read-along audio tracks, along with accompanying activities, projects, and games. Only individual titles are for sale on our site; go to Kaplan Early Learning Company to order the Teacher Activity Packs. (Only A Tale of Two Frogs and Rooster's Night Out are available in the activity packs at this time.)

"'Story Cove' is a series of very highly recommended stories and folk tales from around the world for beginning readers that combines charming and colorful artwork with simple, easy-reader texts ideal for children ages 4 to 8. These 32-page picturebooks emphasize different character traits and values such as courage, sharing, citizenship, fairness, and resourcefulness, and are further enhanced with a Story Cove website offering series related movies, games, and more. The series titles would make particularly good choices as school and community library reading program incentive prizes."

- Children's Bookwatch of the Midwest Book Review