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The Three Brass Pennies

Story Stats

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


Augusta Huiell

Appeared in

The St. Nicholas Anthology

Story Summary

A young scholar is awarded three wishes for his humanity in saving the life of a bee. Instead of wealth he chooses ease of learning but soon grows bored and wishes to return to what he was, preferring his own hard work in his studies and in so doing gains wisdom.