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1001 Stories Collection

A Drop of Honey

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Added on 26th June 2020

Oral tradition Folktale found in Burma, Thailand, Iran

Middle East Animals
1001

A folktale that tells of the consequences of not taking responsibility for the world around us.

Story

A hunter and his dog find a cave in the mountains. Inside is a hole filled with the most beautiful honey so the hunter takes some and travels back to town. There he tries to sell the honey but a drop falls to the floor and flies swarm around it. This seemingly small event sets off a chain reaction that no one could have predicted…

Why we chose it

A Drop of Honey was one of the stories in The Story Museum’s original audio stories collection. These stories are particularly suitable for learning to retell.

Where it came from

A traditional oral story with variations found in Burma, Thailand and Iran, it appears in 1001 Arabian Nights, a collection of stories from the Middle East. The original stories in Arabic were collected over many hundreds of years and came from ancient Arabic, Persian, Indian, Greek, Jewish and Turkish traditions. The stories are framed by the story of Scheherazade who must tell stories to save her life.

Where it went next

A Drop of Honey is included in Chris Smith’s book, 147 Traditional Stories for Primary School Children to Retell.

Associated stories

Other stories from 1001 Arabian Nights include The Blind Beggar of Baghdad, The Fox and the Wolf and The Fisherman and the Genie. There are many versions of the 1001 Arabian Nights published for children, including Geraldine McCaughrean’s 1001 Arabian Nights (1999).

Added on 26th June 2020

Oral tradition Folktale found in Burma, Thailand, Iran

Middle East Animals
1001