World Stories Wednesday: The Innocent Punishment

Welcome to this week’s World Stories Wednesday! Every week, KidsOut showcases one of the amazing tales from our World Stories database, giving you a flavour of the breadth and diversity of our collection.

This week’s story is called The Innocent Punishment.

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The tale follows Birbal, the witty advisor to Akbar, the Emperor of India. When someone pulls on Akbar’s majestic moustache, the Emperor turns to Birbal for advice on how to best punish the perpetrator. However, Birbal’s suggestion is not quite what the Emperor was expecting…

The Innocent Punishment is aimed at children aged eight to thirteen and is available in English and Hindi. Birbal’s stories are very famous in India and have many morals that can be enjoyed by all.

You can see an exclusive preview of the first pages below:

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Want to find out what happens next for Birbal and his Emperor? Are you a teacher and interested in introducing this story and others to your class? Click the links below for more information and to sign up to World Stories for FREE!

KidsOut launched World Stories in 2012 as a free, electronic library of short stories and tales from around the world. The service was primarily created to help children with English as a second language and includes the English and native translations of over 100 stories and counting.

Currently one in seven UK children speaks a language other than English as their first language, often struggling to learn in an unfamiliar language and environment. World Stories is a growing collection of traditional and original stories from around the world representing the twenty-one most commonly spoken languages by children in the UK. With more and more stories being uploaded to our database in written and audio format, World Stories opens the world to children.

KidsOut also cater to schools that will benefit from extra support, providing teaching resources, illustrations, and audio to make the stories as engaging for pupils as possible.

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Be sure to check the news section of our website next week for another World Stories Wednesday!