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.
When their father died, he left the family a leather bag full of gold. Each daughter drew an image on the bag - a sun, a moon, and three stars. Their mother told them to put the bag away until they needed it. Time went by, and they needed to get some money. They discovered that the bag was gone. Someone had stolen it.
The oldest daughter said she would try to discover who took their bag or at least find work, make some money, and bring it home. The mother asked the eldest if she wanted a blessing or a loaf of bread. The daughter said she could not eat a blessing, so she would take the bread. She could not find work. Finally, far away from their home, she knocked on the door of a man the villagers had described as an evil wizard, they said that even though his house was big, she would never want to work for him. But there she was because she needed work.
He hired her and showed her around. He described the work she was to do - cleaning, cooking, etc. When they came to the great fireplace, she asked how she could get to the mantle to dust it. He told her just leave it. "Never dust there!" One day when he was in the village, she took a ladder and climbed up to see what was on the mantle - the leather bag of gold! She ran. On her way a horse asked her to stop and brush its mane, but she said she had no time. Along the way a sheep asked her to cut its wool, but she said she had no time. When she came to a mill, the mill wheel begged her to turn it, as it had been stuck for a long time. She said, "No!" She went behind the mill. She was so tired she lay down in the soft grass and fell asleep. The wizard came home and discovered that the girl was missing.
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