What if the right direction was one step to the left? What if that step in the left direction hurdled you on a journey through a world not unlike a video game fantasy, with levels filled with obstacles and diversions? Join young Luka on an adventure through the World of Magic, filled with mythical creatures and deceptive illusions in search of the fire that will save his father’s life. Meet up with familiar characters from myths, legends, and fables who guide Luka in the right (and wrong) direction, down the River of Time, through the Sea of Stories, and up the Mountain of Knowledge to steal the Fire of Life!
Ever heard of a culling song? It’s a lullaby sung in Africa to give a painless death to the old or infirm. The lyrics of a culling song kill, whether spoken or even just thought. You can find one on page 27 of Poems and Rhymes from Around the World, an anthology that is sitting on the shelves of libraries across the country, waiting to be picked up by unsuspecting readers.
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