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“The Girl Who Wore Too Much A Folktale from Thailand” and “The Cat That Lived a Million Times”

These are two gently moralizing storybooks aimed at young children and new readers. The Girl Who Wore Too Much is a cautionary tale told by the Pu-Thai of northeastern Thai­land, in which a spoilt girl is so taken with the beauty of her clothes that she wears them all at once, is left behind by her friends when she collapses in the heat, and misses the dance. In the original she dies (shades of Hans Christian Ander­sen), but in this retelling she sur­vives to learn to appreciate the company o...

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