Рут Хобарт (Ruth Hobart)

A long time ago, a magician wanted a very special magic lamp. But the lamp was in a cave in China. The magician couldn't go into the cave to get the lamp. Only a boy could get the magic lamp from the cave.

The magician went to China. There, in a market, he saw a poor boy. The boy had a basket of bread.

'What's your name, boy?' asked the magician. 'Aladdin, sir,' said the boy. 'Please, buy my bread.'

'Yes, you can sell me your bread...,' said the magician, 'and then I can take you to the mountains to see a magic garden in a secret cave!'

'Here's the bread!' said Aladdin. 'Now take me to the mountains. I want to see the secret cave and the magic garden!'

The magician and Aladdin went to the mountains. They ate Aladdin's bread on the journey.

'Here's the cave,' said the magician. 'You, Aladdin, must go into the cave and get the magic lamp.'

'But I can't go into the cave,' said Aladdin 'The stone door is closed.'

'You must pull the brass ring to open the door.'

'Then you can go in,' said the magician

Aladdin pulled the ring. The stone door opened and he saw some steps in the dark cave.

'Go down the steps to the magic garden,' said the magician. 'There's a beautiful fruit tree in the garden. Under the tree there's a brass lamp. You must bring the lamp to me.'

'Hurry, Aladdin! Go and bring me the lamp!'

Aladdin went down the steps. It was very dark. But suddenly, he saw a light. It was the magic garden! Aladdin went into the magic garden. There were beautiful flowers and wonderful trees, but one tree was more beautiful than the others. It was the fruit tree! All the fruit were different colours and different shapes. Aladdin ate some of the fruit. It was delicious!

Then Aladdin saw the lamp under the tree. He took it and started to go back to the magician. 'I've got the lamp!' he shouted.

'Hurry! Hurry! Bring me the lamp! I must go home!' said the magician.

Aladdin went up the steps with the lamp... but the door closed!

The magician was very angry because he didn't have the magic lamp. He went back home, to a country far away.