Star Money

There is a fairytale in the Grimm collection called 'Star Money' about a kind orphan girl who goes out in the countryside one day. She sees people begging and in need so first she gives away her loaf of bread, then her cap and jacket too.

Heinrich Vogeler
By this time it was dark and no-one could see her so when she saw a poor begging child she also gave away her underwear, leaving her naked. Suddenly the stars started falling to earth and transformed into gold coins. She then saw that she was wearing brand new clothes.

Unknown artist , from Child-library Readers, 1923
You can read one version of the tale at the Fairytalez website.

West German postage stamp

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