Award-winning storyteller Bill Gordh (Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence winner, National Association of Parenting Periodicals Gold Award winner) presents this folk tale live with no script, accompanied only by his own dynamic banjo playing.
An old woman who mended nets for the fishermen was out of work for the winter and had run out of food. She begged for flour to make some bread. Finally, a wealthy neighbor let her sweep the flour from the floor of his store room. It was enough to bake three loaves! Just as she removed the three loaves from her oven, there was a knock on the door. A man was there begging for food. He had been robbed. She gave him a loaf. A little later there was another knock. It was man whose house had just burned down. She gave him the second loaf. Soon after he was gone, the door blew open and the wind swept in and carried her last loaf out the door and out across the sea. She ran out to watch it happened and yelled at the wind. All night she wondered why this had happened.
The next day she went to the king, King Solomon, and told him she wanted him to punish the wind. The king said that must wait until the end of the day when the wind was through doing its job of moving sailboats across the sea. Soon some merchants came in with bags of gold - 7,000 pieces. King Solomon asked why they brought it, and they said they had been at sea in a huge storm - their big boat was tossed about in the sea and a hole opened up in the side of the boat. They prayed that if they came out safe they would give 10% of their cargo. They had come out of the storm safe, and so they brought the king the 7,000 gold coins to give to someone worthy. King Solomon asked how their boat survived with a hole in it. They said a loaf of bread that was blowing in the wind had plugged the hole. They held it up. It was the third loaf of bread and King Solomon gave the woman the gold.
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