King of the Copper Mountains
Full of fantasy and charm, this is a classic fairy tale by a beloved author
When the heart of the 1000-year-old King Mansolain slows down and he finds himself at death’s door, the animals hurry to the ancient Copper Castle under the mountains to save his life. They take it in turns to tell him stories, hoping to give the Wonder Doctor time to find the magic herb needed to keep the king’s heart ticking.
A rabbit comes along, and a sheep, a swallow, a duck, ten bees, not to mention a wolf, a lion and a three-headed dragon. Will their stories help to keep King Mansolain alive? How can anyone read or listen to this story without falling in love with its magic?
Master storyteller Biegel places one narrator after another in the spotlight, capturing their little quirks in just a few sentences. Before you know it, you’re hanging on their every word. The attraction of this book is its dazzling variety. The rabbit misses his brother. The bees sing the ballad of the horse with the golden hooves. The town mouse and the field mouse tell funny stories. The wolf, the lion and the dragon all have unpleasant experiences with witches.
Their stories appear to be connected somehow, but it only becomes apparent exactly how at the end, as everyone waits for the last knock on the door. King of the Copper Mountains (1964) was Biegel’s third book and sealed his breakthrough as a writer. It remains a treasured, timeless classic.