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In this retelling of a traditional tale from Africa, two daughters are seeking to marry a wealthy chief. The elder daughter travels to the chief’s village first but the chief turns out to be a five-headed snake. He sets some tests for each daughter…

This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE)


Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.

Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child’s reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Perfect for 5-7 year olds or those reading book band Purple.