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The Cattle that Came

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It started when Peter began to listen to the other farmers boast of the money each was making and the triumphs they were winning over one another.

EuropeBulgaria

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The Constant Tin Soldier

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One of the tin soldiers was a little different; he had one leg because he had been cast last of all, and there had not been enough tin to finish him.

EuropeDenmark

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The Dreadful Story of Pauline and the Matches

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‘I’ll just light a match or two, as I have often seen my mother do.’

EuropeGermany

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

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No one would let it be known that he could see nothing, for that would have proved that he was unfit for office or that he was very, very stupid.

EuropeDenmark

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The Food that Belonged to All

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Father Badger persisted that it was more blessed to give than to keep for one's self and that food belonged to all.

North AmericaNative American TribesGreat Sioux Nation

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The Frog Prince

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‘Your pearls and jewels, and your golden crown are not for me,’ answered the frog; ‘but if you would love me, and have me for your companion, then would I dive below the water and fetch you your golden ball again.’

EuropeGermany

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The History of Whittington and his Cat

Unknown writer

Poor Dick ran off as fast as his legs could carry him; he walked about the streets till it grew dark, and finding nothing but dirt instead of gold, he sat down in a corner, and cried himself to sleep.

EuropeEngland

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The House that Jack Built

Unknown writer

This is the Rat, that ate the Malt, that lay in the House that Jack built.

EuropeEngland

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The Life and Death of Jenny Wren

Unknown writer

Jenny Wren fell sick upon a merry time; in came Robin Red-breast, and brought her cake & wine.

EuropeEngland

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The Little Match Girl

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So the little girl had to walk with naked feet, which were red and blue with cold. No one had bought anything of her the live-long day; no one had given her a penny.

EuropeDenmark

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The Nightingale

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Travellers came to the City of the Emperor and admired it, and the Palace and the Garden, but when they heard the song of the Nightingale, they said: ‘That is the best of all!’

EuropeDenmark

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The Real Princess

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Although there were plenty of princesses, there was always something that did not seem quite right about them.

EuropeDenmark

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The Red Shoes

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Karen looked first at the red shoes, then at the black ones, then at the red again, and put them on.

EuropeDenmark

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The Sleeping Beauty

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And a rumor went abroad in all that country of the beautiful sleeping Rosamond, for so was the Princess called; and from time to time many Kings' sons came and tried to force their way through the hedge.

EuropeGermany

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The Three Bears

Unknown writer

Silver-Locks peeped in, and soon found the place was empty; so the saucy puss made up her mind to go in boldly.

EuropeEngland

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The Ugly Duckling

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‘He is not pretty, but he has a good temper and swims as well as the others. Perhaps he will improve in looks as time goes on.’

EuropeDenmark

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The White Snake

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Every day at dinner, after the table had been cleared, a trusty servant had to bring in one other dish. But it was covered up, and the servant himself did not know what was in it.

EuropeGermany

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The Widow and her Son

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It was winter and the house was cold and dark. There was no wood, no light, no food; and they were starving.

East AsiaChina

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The Young Giant

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The giant took up little Thumbling carefully with two fingers, examined him, and without saying one word went away with him.

EuropeGermany

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