Merchant Ali
and the Forty Brigands

Watch the Story...

Basic telling

In the land once called Persia, you wouldn't want to go through the forest – but Merchant Ali has no choice. Let your children find out what happens to him in our version of this famous Grecian-Arabian tale! (NB: Part Two is below.)

Once they've watched this telling of the story, let them watch the enhanced version below to compare them – and see how many new words they can already understand without needing to use a dictionary...!

Enhanced telling

Guest storyteller Amber Lickerish shares the Russian Slavic version of Ali's tale. After your children have listened to this telling of the story, can they pick out the similarities and differences between the two versions?


Also see if they can guess the meaning of the words and phrases below. Let them have a think first, then check with a dictionary to see if they are right: click here for our favourite online dictionary.


And afterwards, encourage them to try using these words in their writing for their grown-ups and teachers – or even in the Epic Challenge below...!

"he saw red"
This story's Epic Challenge!

This week's Epic Tale was all about making sure a piece of writing has the right sound. Could your children create a punctuated password for the brigands' magic cave? Chip's got some ideas for them in this week's #EpicChallenge...!

Share this video with your children for some ideas to get them started, then send their creations to us for their chance to get a mention in our next #EpicSharingShpecial...!

Sharing Shpecial!

Every weekend, we post a bonus video featuring your responses to our stories, your own stories, your attempts at our Epic Challenges, and more!


In this week's "Sharing Shpecial", we hear our Epic Story Circle's suggestion for some magic words to open the cave of stolen treasure – then find out what happened to Ali when the brigands turned up at his house...

Even more story resources...


Click the podcast link below to stream or download an audio telling of the story – available from 4pm on Monday 11th May.

For grown-ups

Click the podcast link below to stream or download a discussion between our storytellers and some creative teachers and parents, to discover this story's links to the National Curriculum – along with easy and fun ways to explore those links with your children. Available from 4pm on Monday 11th May.

Click the link below to download a written version of the story to read.

You can now visit our archive of past stories, or have another listen to this week's story.

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