This is a book for the young by lovers of the young, containing teachings which form the foundations of character and written so that its young readers may learn of 'high thoughts and noble deeds'. Herein are contained Old world tales retold for modern children, detailing life-lessons which, when learned in youth, aim to provide a sure rock amid the storms of life. Useful teachings for life, these fantastic tales aim to breathe spirit into the imagination of its readers, inspiring heroic action in a world which surely needs the self sacrifice of Ganga and the courage of Perseus. Annie Besant was a theosophist, prominent socialist, women's rights activist, orator, writer and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule. Originally published in 1885, we are proud to republish this classic text with a new biography of the author.