Best Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths Books for 5 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 fairy tales, folk tales & myths books for 5 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Mermaid’s Gift, The

by: Claudia McAdamTraci Van Wagoner
Release date: Sep 02, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Out of a bitter storm comes a gift that saves a village.

In this adaptation of an Italian folktale, the young fisherman Gianni braves the thawing, ice-bound lagoon of Burano to catch fish to feed the starving people of his island. His fiancée, Nicoletta, prays for his safety. Gianni, swept from his fishing boat, is rescued by a mermaid who whips the water into a length of elegant lace, which she gives to Gianni for Nicoletta’s wedding veil. This gorgeously illustrated tale recounts the mythical origins of Burano lace, whose production has long been a vital part of the island’s economy and vibrant culture, ensuring the islanders would never go hungry. The lace is still famed throughout the world for its scalloped, wave-like patterns.

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2. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

by: Julie Lane
Release date: Oct 15, 2009
Number of Pages: 154
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Nicholas the orphan becomes Nicholas the woodcarver, whose job is to create a gift for every child in his small village on the Baltic Sea. As he grows older, explanations for many beloved Christmas traditions are woven into the story as the true spirit of Christmas is revealed.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

3. The Legend of the Lady Slipper

by: Margi PreusLise Lunge-LarsenAndrea Arroyo
Release date: Mar 26, 1999
Number of Pages: 32
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The lady slipper grows in the northern woods to mark the courage and strength of a small girl who lived there long ago – a girl who saved her people from a terrible disease by listening carefully to the whispering snow, the rumbling ice, and the dancing northern lights. Illustrated with paintings as graceful and delicate as the lady slipper itself, this unforgettable retelling shows how a child’s lost slippers became one of nature’s most lovely spring flowers.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Multiculturalism

4. You Never Know: A Legend of the Lamed-vavniks

by: Francine ProseMark Podwal
Release date: May 29, 1998
Number of Pages: 24
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The town of Plotchnik hasn’t had a drop of rain in forty days. But the town’s humble shoemaker, Poor Schmuel, has the power to command rain and much more. What makes him so extraordinary? Nobody, including the town elders, can explain it until one nightthe Rabbi has a very strange dream…. Francine Prose and Mark Podwal bring to life with wit and flavor another Jewish legend in this tale of Schmuel and the holy Lamed-vavniks.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Jewish

5. Little Red: The Exciting Story of a Boy, a Wolf, and a Keg of Fizzy Ginger Beer

by: Lynn RobertsDavid Roberts
Release date: Aug 04, 2005
Number of Pages: 40
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Little Red is on his way to visit his grandmother on the other side of the wood when ignoring all warnings he strays from the path. Stealing the little boy’s red coat, the greedy wolf hatches an evil plan and hurries to the cottage to gobble up shortsighted grandmother. Little Red is next on the menu but can a keg of delicious sparkling ginger beer save him from a gruesome end? From the fabulously quirky ‘Ye Olde Belch’ Inn to the scary spookiness of grandmother’s cottage, this witty reworking of the classic tale is perfectly adapted to 18th century England and bursting with period detail. The exquisitely atmospheric illustrations wonderfully complement Lynn Robert’s hilarious retelling. From the creative duo behind the hugely successful Cinderella and Rapunzel this is a stylish classic not to be missed.
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6. Finn MacCoul

by: Robert Byrd
Release date: Aug 17, 2000
Number of Pages: 40
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Finn MacCoul is a loveable but cowardly giant. While building the Giant’s Causeway from Ireland to Scotland, he finds himself in a spot of bother with a Scottish giant called Cucullin. Finn is terrified, but his clever wife Oonagh comes up with a cunning plan to put Cucullin back in his place.
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7. Fábulas de Esopo: Un desplegable de cuentos clásicos (Spanish Edition)

by: EsopoChris BeatriceBruce WhatleyKees Moerbeek
Release date: Sep 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 14
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Some of Aesop’s best-known fables come to life in this magnificent picture book with pop-ups. Ten classic tales are presented through elaborate paper art and detailed illustrations. Children and adults will love seeing stories like “The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs,” “The Tortoise and the Hare,” and “The Lion and the Mouse” jump off the page.

 

Algunas de las fábulas mejores conocidas de Esopo cobran vida en este magnífico libro ilustrado con desplegables. Diez cuentos clásicos se presentan a través de una papiroflexia elaborada y detalladas ilustraciones. A los niños y a los adultos por igual les encantará ver cuentos como “La gallina de los huevos de oro,” “La liebre y la tortuga” y “El león y el ratón” saltar de las páginas.

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8. The Girl Who Wore Too Much: A Folktale from Thailand

by: Suparporn VathanapridaMargaret Read MacDonaldYvonne Lebrun Davis
Release date: Jun 07, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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In this timeless tale from Thailand, A girl cannot decide which of her many silken dresses and lavish jewels to wear to the dance, so she wears them all. Her foolish decision, teaches her a valuable lesson.
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9. The Glass Mountain

by: Diane WolksteinLouisa Bauer
Release date: Jun 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 30
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When Raina’s father, the king, challenges all her suitors to climb the glass mountain he has built, the princess decides to help one special young man win her hand. But when the two of them are almost to the top, Raina falls through a crack, into Old Rinkrank’s underground world — and it changes her forever. This is a vibrant new version of a beloved Grimm fairy tale.
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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > European

10. The Last Kappa of Old Japan Bilingual English & Japanese Edition: A Magical Journey of Two Friends (English-Japanese)

by: Sunny Seki
Release date: Oct 04, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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With unique and playful illustrations this multicultural children’s book is a classic Japanese fairy tale that young children and parents alike will love.

The Last Kappa of Old Japan is a warmly written and beautifully illustrated bilingual Japanese children’s book that introduces many aspects of traditional Japanese culture and folklore, while teaching an important lesson about environmentalism. The story is of a young Japanese farm boy who develops a friendship with a mythical creature— the kappa—a messenger of the god of water. The tale begins in post-Modern Japan when the boy is young and the kappa is healthy and ends when the kappa, now the last one left on Earth, keeps an important promise to his human friend.

A story of love, friendship, and adventure, readers of all ages will enjoy this picture book by award-winning author/illustrator, Sunny Seki. This bilingual edition includes Japanese text alongside the english, making it a great way for kids to lean Japanese.

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11. Who Made Me?

by: Shirley TullochCathie Felstead
Release date: Apr 20, 2001
Number of Pages: 32
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A child asks seven different animal friends the question “Who made me?” Each answers out of their own understanding. The elephant explains that a question can have more than one right answer, and that the world’s great Maker has many different qualities.
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12. In the Dark, Dark Wood

by: Jessica SouhamiJessica Souhami
Release date: Oct 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 24
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There’s something really spooky in the dark, dark wood. Where is it hiding? What can it be? This lively retelling of a traditional rhyme has vibrant illustrations, lift-up flaps revealing spooky creatures and a special pop-up surprise at the end.
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13. A Donkey Reads

by: Muriel MandellAndré Letria
Release date: Feb 28, 2011
Number of Pages: 18
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A lushly illustrated, fanciful adaptation of a Turkish fable tells the tale of a poor villager named Mustafo, who must give a gift of tribute to his tyrannical Mongol ruler. When Mustafo presents his old donkey, his only posession, the Mongol is furious and threatens to kill the villager. But Nasreddin Hoca, the wiseman, devises a plan to save Mustafo. Nasreddin also manages to prove that the donkey reads.
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14. Meow: Cat Stories from Around the World

by: Jane YolenHala Wittwer
Release date: Jul 26, 2005
Number of Pages: 40
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Why are cats and mice enemies?

Why do cats always land on their feet?

Are cats as smart as they seem?

Here’s a story behind each of these feline traits. For centuries, people everywhere, from Tibet to Oman to Scotland to the United States, have been fascinated with cats and their intriguing personalities. In this captivating collection, New York Times best-selling author Jane Yolen has gathered and adapted cat stories, sayings, and nursery rhymes from around the world. The glowing jewel-like illustrations of cats galore in their native homes have been lavishly painted by Hala Wittwer.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

15. Mysteries of Life in Children’s Literature

by: Dr. Mitchell KalpakgianDr. Mitchell Kalpakgian
Release date: Dec 02, 2014
Number of Pages: 200
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The wonders found in fairy tales and myths have enriched childhoods for centuries. In between “Once upon a time” and “happily ever after” we embark on adventures that seem an eternity away from our everyday lives, and yet through these adventures we are brought back to the innocence and beauty of the truth. In The Mysteries of Children’s Literature, journey through a treasury of well-known fables and folk tales, as well as others not so well known, and discover the wisdom hiding within them. In an age that rejects the moral absolutes and repudiates the whole idea of intrinsic evils, children’s literature restores the meaning of good and evil, beautiful and ugly, and normal and abnormal.

“Fairy tales clear the way for sanctity. They are the child’s first morality play, clear-cut, no-nonsense black and white, good and evil, life and death – with a bit of fun thrown in to alleviate the pain.” -Ethel Pochocki

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16. The Mystery of Nitro’s Lost Tail: There is no such thing as a bad little dog (Nitro’s Tails) (Volume 1)

by: Daniel R. Lehnig
Release date: May 18, 2015
Number of Pages: 28
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Nitro is a Boston Terrier dog, Nitro narrates this story and claims dogs are not from this planet. He says dogs are kept in dog yards, neck chains and harnesses on earth. All dogs all did something wrong on their planet Niko, known as the planet of lost tails. Nitro has to serve his time on earth in Penrose Colorado and look for his own tail that he lost when another dog took it from a tail closet on planet Niko when he yelled dog catcher.He has to find his own tail by smelling other dogs. If a dog is missing or dies they are probably looking for their own tail. He returns back to his own planet when he dies on earth. Good for hospice patients too.
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17. Rabbit Goes Duck Hunting: A Traditional Cherokee Legend (Grandmother Stories)

by: Deborah L. DuvallMurv Jacob
Release date: Nov 15, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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Ji-Stu, the Cherokee trickster rabbit, wakes early one morning and decides to visit his old friend Otter, who lives up the river. Along the way, he sees a huge wood duck sitting on the water and instantly recognizes the Chief of All the Wood Ducks, who is surrounded by hundreds of smaller ducks.

Ji-Stu hurries to tell Otter, but when they return the great Chief is gone. Otter, who did not believe Ji-Stu’s story in the first place, slips into the water to catch a wood duck, his favorite feast. Ji-Stu decides to catch the Chief as he reappears.

Ji-Stu, famous for tricking others, manages to outwit himself. When he catches the Chief of All the Wood Ducks, the Chief tries to drown Ji-Stu and then takes him for a flight the rabbit will never forget! Ji-Stu flies high above the People’s village, hanging on to the Chief for dear life, while two little boys below barely miss him with an arrow. He will see those two boys again–and this time he will need all his skills to escape!

This is the fifth of Deborah L. Duvall’s collaborations with Murv Jacob on the Cherokee Grandmother Stories.

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18. The Tortoise and the Hare: An Aesop’s Fable

by: Angela McAllisterAesopJonathan Heale
Release date: Oct 03, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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One day Tortoise overhears Hare boasting, “I can run so fast I leave the wind behind.” “What nonsense,” says Tortoise to Hare. “”I’ll give you a race.” Hare falls about laughing, but all the same he accepts the challenge. As they set off, Hare bounds down the lane, with Tortoise creeping along behind. Hare obviously has the natural advantage, so he stops for an elevenses of carrots, is overcome by sleepiness and takes a long nap. Soon Tortoise has crept slowly but surely past him and wins the race – just! Aesop’s most well-known fable – pitting boastfulness and conceit against sharp wits and doggedness – is simply but delightfully retold by Angela McAllister and is illustrated by Jonathan Heale’s stylish woodcuts to create an animal classic.
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19. A December Tale (Niels Werner Collector Series 1)

by: Anne CorneliusonNiels Werner
Release date: Dec 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 48
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Steeped in the Christmas folklore and traditions of Scandinavia, “A December Tale” draws readers into a memorable Christmas adventure. It is perfect for nightly family story time around the fire during the week before Christmas, one chapter per night. The entire family, from toddlers to grandparents, will delight in Anne and Eric’s discovery of Christmas. Taking “A December Tale” off the shelf for a reading is sure to become an annual tradition.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

20. Eleven Nature Tales: A Multicultural Journey (World Storytelling)

by: Pleasant DeSpain
Release date: Dec 19, 2005
Number of Pages: 96
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Folktales are as old as mankind, yet as new as each sunrise. They were shaped in a time when our ancestors knew that their daily welfare depended on maintaining a balance in nature. Today the survival of the planet depends on that same balance, and Pleasant DeSpain believes “we can count on the tales of old to provide ecological explanations, lessons, warnings, and wonders.” DeSpain provides eleven ancient stories that address the natural elements. The opening story, “All Things Are Connected,” comes from Zaire and handily illustrates the balance of nature. The ending story, “Enough Is Enough,” is a native Quinault tale explaining the formation of the Puget Sound. In between are folktales from Fiji, Central Asia, Australia, China, Portugal, and the Algonquin, Cherokee, and Tlingit native people, illustrated in scratchboard by Joe Shlichta.
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Children’s Books > Animals

21. Her Majesty, the Beauty Queen

by: Andira AbdallahHadeel Saleh
Release date: Dec 05, 2013
Number of Pages: 50
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In her far reaching castle, Her Majesty the Beauty Queen lives only to satisfy her lavish life needs without any concern for others. An unfortunate experience for five children trapped in a snow storm outside the gates of the ruthless Queen’s castle uncovers “the Queen’s wicked spirit that conquered her soul; from the top of her head down to her toes.” For six days in a row, Fanny, the Queen’s maid, pleads with Her Majesty to make a quick act. How the Queen reacts to their dilemma and what becomes of these children is told in the rhyming words of Her Majesty the Beauty Queen.
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22. Lazy Jack

by: Vivian FrenchRussell Ayto
Release date: Jun 03, 1996
Number of Pages: 32
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The nursery tale of Lazy Jack who never opens his eyes from morning until night, and makes a terrible mess of bringing back his wages! First published in 1995. Retold, with colour illustrations by Russell Ayto.
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23. The Meeting of the Mountebanks (Niels Werner Collector Series)

by: Niels Werner
Release date: Oct 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 64
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This second title in The Niels Werner Collector Series brings readers of all ages another adventure in great storytelling. Like “A December Tale,” the first in the series, “The Meeting of the Mountebanks” is told in multiple layers. Younger readers are immediately drawn to Adam’s exciting adventure with the lovable monkey Pedro, while hints of Danish history intrigue older readers.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

24. The Three Billy Goats Gruff

by: Nick SharrattStephen Tucker
Release date: Jul 19, 2004
Number of Pages: 24
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“Oh, please let me cross,” said the middle-sized goat, But the troll only snapped, “What’s your hurry? With some herbs and some spices and served up with rice, You would make a delicious goat curry!” A traditional fairy tale, retold in witty contemporary verse. With hilarious illustrations and flaps to lift on every page, this book will entertain and amuse readers of all ages.
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25. 20 fabulas de La Fontaine (Ya Leo) (Spanish Edition)

by: Jean de La FontaineInc. Susaeta Publishing
Release date: Mar 19, 2012
Number of Pages: 126
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With bold illustrations that will capture the attention of children, this collection gathers 20 of famous French fabulist La Fontaine’s most well-known tales, including “The Milkmaid and Her Pail,” “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” “The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs,” and “The Tortoise and the Hare.”

 Con ilustraciones vivas que captarán la atención de los niños, esta colección reúne 20 de los cuentos mejores conocidos del fabulista famoso francés La Fontaine, incluyendo “La lechera,” “La cigarra y la hormiga,” “La gallina de los huevos de oro” y “La liebre y la tortuga.”

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Story Collections

26. Grizzly’s Home: and Other Northwest Coast Children’s Stories

by: Robert ChallengerRobert Challenger
Release date: Jul 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 48
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In this latest collection of easy-to-read fables, Robert James Challenger continues to teach children practical moral lessons about life in today’s complicated world. Owl shows Grandson that a problem will only go away when each person involved becomes part of the solution. Little Mallard Duck finds out the hard way that things change over time, and even when we think we are not ready, it may be time to move on. Steelhead Trout learns that instead of swimming away from those who are different, it is much better to respect their points of view and help them to understand our own.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Values

27. Eagle’s Reflection: and Other Northwest Coast Stories

by: Robert ChallengerRobert Challenger
Release date: Jul 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 48
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This collection of short stories is based on traditional values important to us all—respect, cooperation, and kindness.
   Seal shows us why we should not let fear of failing stop us from trying new things. Hummingbird helps us appreciate the beauty in our world. Kingfisher teaches us how to believe in ourselves. Coho learns the rewards of not giving up. Discover why a river’s spirit stones are important to Salmon, why we should listen carefully to the message in Wolf’s cry, and why Orca tries to turn rocks into grains of sand.
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Children’s Books > Animals

28. Dragon Blood: The Dragon Kin

by: Andy Dang NgocCurtis Hyatt
Release date: Apr 20, 2016
Number of Pages: 45
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When Kyle gets kidnapped from his home and is trained to be an assassin, he learns the organization’s dark secrets. What will he do?
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29. Fairy Hill

by: Fran EvansFran Evans
Release date: Feb 27, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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30. Fingal (The Village Book 1)

by: Susan Morrison-Jones
Release date: May 18, 2016
Number of Pages: 81
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Fingal is a Goat Boy with dreams and the Witch laid a geas on him, his hands would be Black with Power ! his destiny is not what it seems and his journey leads him to strength and purpose he could never have imagined………….Book One of The Village Series the saga was written by Susan Morrison Jones with the express purpose of delivering to her Mother, Sister and Grandchildren whose ages range between 7 and 23 a Saga that wouldn’t make any of them blush, cringe or wriggle with embarrassment, yet keep them enthralled…….not a swear word or sex scene in sight….its a story, its an adventure that embraces true history,genuine inventions,wonderful journeys and provable facts with magic, mystery and sheer audacity of imagination. Fingal is ahead of his times and doesn’t know it, compassionate, strong and talented . His vision will make a new world order that will, by the time of the New Millenium burst into earth’s future with a new challenge altogether. The Village series isn’t just about Fingal, but it can’t even begin until Fingal finds his destiny.
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