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The magic rocks


An African woman struggles to find firewood so that she can cook for her family. While cooking porridge, an old weak man came along asking for food. Because she felt sorry for him, she gave him the porridge. In return, he gave her some magic rocks that would turn to gold. However, the woman couldnï¾’t get them to change. When her family came home to realize they had nothing to eat, her husband was angry and threw the rocks in the fading fire. The family fell asleep hungry and cold. In the morning, they woke to a burning fire and porridge cooking. The family found more rocks and called them coal.


Herbert, Barbara N.


Edson-Clyde Press


Rorke, Patrick



City of Publication

Cape Town

Year of Publication


Author of Abstract

Abstract provided by Ashley Keller, 2006


Herbert, Barbara N., “The magic rocks,” Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University, accessed December 3, 2022,
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