Read The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin Online


Learning of the treasures that lie in the Golden River, a young boy sets off with his evil brothers on a dangerous journey to find the great prize, yet along the way, he discovers that riches aren t necessarily the key to happiness....

Title : The King of the Golden River
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ISBN : 0763608459
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Candlewick 1st Candlewick Press ed edition January 5, 2000
Number of Pages : 96 pages
File Size : 896 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The King of the Golden River Reviews

  • Richard and Liz
    2019-02-01 19:33

    Meet the Black brothers: Schwartz, Hans and Gluck. In some ways this story is a little like Cinderella in that Schwartz and Hans are mean spirited towards Gluck. It differs in that Gluck does not get swept away by a beautiful princess at the end!

  • Edward F. Weber
    2019-02-06 21:35

    Years ago I was a Scoutmaster for 13 years. I would have loved to have known this story back then to tell around the campfire. - - - Three brothers live in a mythical valley where they have a vista of a gorgeous waterfall pouring out of the mountains. The afternoon turns the waterfall to a golden blaze, hence the name Golden River. The two older brothers are very mean and bully the youngest of them and make him do the chores. They are angered to find that one night while they are gone the younger brother gives shelter to a stranger. Arriving back home they throw him out in spite of his warning that he is the West Wind and will return just one time. His return is in the form of a gale force wind that destroys their house. Not only that but the West Wind stops the rainfall into the valley; the farm dries up; the three brothers move to the city. They use some gold that they have to become goldsmiths but spend the profits instead of using some to buy more gold for smithing. The younger brother treasures a gold mug with a face imprinted on it. They tear it away from him and toss it into the kettle to be melted down. Then they leave. The youngest brother hears a voice from the kettle and realizes that it comes from the face that was on the mug. He is asking to be fished out. When the brother does this, the gold face becomes a head and body and sprouts arms and legs and struts about as a dwarf. This is the King of the Golden River. As a reward for the boy's kindnesses he tells the boy the secret of how to turn the river to gold to make himself rich.- - That's all I will divulge. - - There is a moral, of course. This tale is short and delightful; written as present for the young girl who later becomes his wife.

  • Robert
    2019-01-25 00:25

    Excellent children's story which works well for adults as well. Ruskin wrote an outstanding moral tale which is as entertaining as it is uplifting. The edition I got here at Amazon is the free one with the green cover and labeled "A Public Domain Title". I may seek out one that's illustrated, as this one has no illustrations. Given the price ($0.00) that lack is tolerable. :) The story is marvelous, every bit as good as I remembered it as being when I read it long ago as a child. Well worth reading. Most highly recommended.

  • April Caddy
    2019-02-16 23:17

    I love this book because it is a enchanting story about stones and black brothers

  • Ram Viswanathan
    2019-02-04 00:18

    I have read this from time to time, from childhood to adulthood. It has never failed to delight and thrill. What is charming for a child is equally wonderful to an adult, provided he has kept the fires of childhood still burning in his aging heart. I have narrated this story to my grand children. They have been inspired by the noble example of Gluck, so beautifully embedded in the story. I am sure this tale will never fail to resonate in the hearts of kindred souls.

  • Kindle Customer
    2019-02-14 00:32

    This is John Ruskin's attempt to write a n antique fairy tale, and an amazingly successful one. It is a charming story that will delight all ages.

  • Ashish Dharamshi
    2019-01-26 23:47

    Read for the first time when I was in school (3rd grade, I think). Still love the story as an adult. Love the simple moral and the simple foundation of the tale. An absolute masterpiece by an amazing writer

  • Joyful Penguin
    2019-02-16 22:42

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