Magical Myths and legends chosen by Michael Morpurgo

Myths and legends have always inspired storytellers. They are afterall some of the earliest known stories originally told through word of mouth rather than written in books, films and theater – to name but a few. Sir Michael talks of this in his introduction

But for thousands of years stories were told and passed around only by word of mouth. Storytelling was the only way it could be done. Stories might be spoken or sung or danced or acted out, but for the most part they were simply told.

Michael Morpurgo – Magical Myths and Legends

These stories have been retold time and time again but I believe this only increases the magic of them. Each retelling is unique in it’s own way and provides a link between past and future generations. For me this is the wonder of storytelling. It is something that connects us all. Who hasn’t heard of the Legend of Robin Hood, Mulan, Hercules and of course the mighty Thor and his hammer? Well Magical Myths and Legends will bring them to your little ones with a fresh perspective, retold safely in the hands of authors such as Michaela Morgan, Susan Gates, Jeanne Willis, John Dougherty, Tony Bradman and of course, Michael Morpurgo himself.

This is a wonderful collection, retold with humour and sensitivity for our young readers. Illustrated throughout and with a brief snippet before each story to engage readers and give them pause for thought and to encourage them to find relevance in the lessons the stories are telling us.

I think Magical Myths and Legends would be perfect for reading to children aged 5 years plus and a super addition to your bookcase to return to again and again. It’s also a brilliant book to dip into for older children to read alone. Reluctant readers may find the story lengths, illustrations and well placed text less daunting too. Who knows where it will lead their imagination?

Magical Myths and Legends – chosen by Michael Morpurgo is published by Oxford University Press and is available now in paperback. ISBN: 978-0192767363


Award-winning children’s writer and former Children’s Laureate Sir Michael Morpurgo has collected classic tales of heroism and adventure and put them all in one place. Here!

From brave heroes and battling beasts to mighty gods and magic spells, these are timeless tales to treasure forever. Eye-catching colour illustrations bring the magic of these myths and legends to life.

There are lots of stories to choose from, including MulanIcarus, and Hercules the Hero, plus a retelling of Gawain and the Green Knight written by Sir Michael himself, so whether you’re looking for a quick read or a longer story to lose yourself in, something to read alone or a tale to share, there’s an enchanting story within for everyone to find. 

The stories included are:

  • Mulan
  • Icarus
  • Finn MacCool and the Giant’s Causeway
  • The Giant of Mont Saint-Michel
  • The Lambton Worm
  • The Legend of Robin Hood
  • Thor and the Stolen Hammer
  • Vulcan and the Fabulous Throne
  • Hercules the Hero
  • Gawain and the Green Knight

Categories: 5+, 7+, 9+, Children's Fiction, KS1, KS2, Review, Short Stories, Stories to Share

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