Thomas Crane was an American scholar and writer, mostly known as a collector and publisher of folk-tales and legends. “The ass that lays money” is a legend, included in the “Italian Popular Tales” collection. The narration is about one poor widow with an only son, and whose brother-in-law is a steward. One day she says to her child: "Go to your uncle and ask him to give you something to keep you from starving”. The boy goes to the farm and asks his uncle to help him a little, and the steward gives him the little ass that lays money. But such things always become the object of desire and envy… What adventures are waiting for boy and how will the story end? Read the tale to know. Enjoy the interesting and exciting folk-tales that will make fascinating reading for you and your children!