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The Green Children

Story Stats

Rating: 4
Grade Level: 4, 5
Page count: 12
Categories: Folk Tale



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Story Summary

As only Kevin Crossley-Holland can do, this is another beloved British folk tale told anew with fresh voice and literate style. First recorded in the 13th century, this is the story of two green children who appear near Yorkshire and can neither explain how they got there nor find their way home. Befriended by some, hated by others, the boy dies of longing while the girl lives a tenuous life in a world not her own.