313K: Stories From Around the World

The book I’m looking for was stories for older aged kids than the grade school library I found it in (our librarian wanted to encourage us). The book had a red hardcover, about 16″ x 8″ and was about 2″ thick. It had an illustration from the first story, I think, on the cover. The only story I remember the title for is The Twelve Princesses. It had stories from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and probably more. When us grade schoolers got on the bus with it the older kids tried to borrow it! It was quite a read and some bits of the story lines were, the stairs to heaven with a trapdoor on one of the ends (Japanese), and the man who escaped a pond/water which he had to pass by putting a shell to his ear which had been filled with a love song by his beloved (Malaysia, I think). I wish I had more specifics.

2 thoughts on “313K: Stories From Around the World

  1. This might be it:

    Once Upon A Time
    Folk and Fairy Tales of the World
    Retold by Roger Lancelyn Green • Illustrated by Vojtêch Kubašta

  2. Can’t say for sure but this sounds a lot like a book from the “A Book of …” series by Ruth Manning-Sanders. Maybe ‘A Book of Princes and Princesses’? Or ‘A Choice of Magic’?
    Hope this helps!

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