40 stories

Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty could not help shuddering when she saw the horrible face of the frightful creature, but she made a brave effort to overcome her fear.

EuropeFrance

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Beauty and the Beast

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‘Beauty, did you come here willingly to die in place of your father?’ ‘Willingly,’ she answered.

EuropeEngland

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Bluebeard

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‘This small key belongs to one small room on the ground‑floor, and this you must not open, or you will repent it sore.’

EuropeEngland

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Cinderella

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The new wife brought two daughters home with her, and they were beautiful and fair in appearance, but at heart were black and ugly.

EuropeGermany

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Goody Two‑Shoes

Unknown writer

Her father was a very respectable farmer but misfortunes and persecutions ruined this worthy man, and was the source of all poor Margery’s troubles.

EuropeEngland

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Hansel and Gretel

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The old woman, although her behavior was so kind, was a wicked witch, who lay in wait for children, and had built the little house on purpose to entice them.

EuropeGermany

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How the Moon became Beautiful

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The Moon was sad. So one evening he went to see the beautiful maiden Tseh-N’io. And when he saw her he loved her at once.

East AsiaChina

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Jack the Giant-Killer

Unknown writer

He went up boldly, and knocked loudly at the gate; when, to his great terror and surprise, there came forth a monstrous giant with two heads.

EuropeEngland

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Lazy Taro

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He was not ill; he was merely lazy. No one knew where he came from nor who his parents were, nor did he.

East AsiaJapan

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Little Red Riding Hood

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The wolf thought to himself, ‘That tender young thing would be a delicious morsel, and would taste better than the old one.’

EuropeGermany

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Miss Pussycat’s Tea Party

Unknown writer

Miss Tabitha, who had a very fine ear, gave them a little French song which had a chorus of Tant Mieux, and they all joined in, Captain Black and Mr. Velvet Purr singing the bass.

EuropeEngland

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Rapunzel

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The witch said, ‘You may have as much rampion as you like, on one condition—the child that will come into the world must be given to me.’

EuropeGermany

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Robin Hood

Unknown writer

No man could travel alone through Sherwood Forest, without being stripped of his money.

EuropeEngland

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Rumpelstiltskin

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‘What will you give me if I spin all this straw into gold for you?’ ‘My necklace,’ said the girl.

EuropeGermany

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Slovenly Peter

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See Slovenly Peter! Here he stands, with his dirty hair and hands.

EuropeGermany

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Snow‑White and Rose‑Red

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The bear came every evening at the same time, laid himself down by the hearth, and let the children amuse themselves with him as much as they liked.

EuropeGermany

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The Adventures of a Darning Needle

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‘Now I’m going on a journey!’ said the Darning Needle. ‘I do hope that I’ll not get lost!’ But she really was lost already.

EuropeDenmark

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The Animals’ Peace Party

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The young pigs and the old ones talked together and the old ones said, ‘Maybe they will have some good things for us to eat at the party. I think we should go.’

East AsiaChina

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The Birds who Befriended a King

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The Hoopoes decided the other birds were jealous and, rather flattered, gathered round the pools so that they could admire themselves in the water.

Arab worldArabia

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The Bremen Town Musicians

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‘I will tell you what,’ said the ass, ‘I am going to Bremen to become town musician. You may as well go with me, and take up music too. I can play the lute, and you can beat the drum.’

EuropeGermany

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