12 stories

A Legend of Flowers

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The children cried for honey, and the mothers took little bark baskets into the woods to search for the sweet food. But they returned with empty baskets.

OceaniaAustralia

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How Summer Conquered Winter

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There was silence for several moments, then the Winter Manito laid aside his scepter of ice and said, ‘Thou art welcome.’

North AmericaNative American TribesIroquois

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Little Totty

Unknown writer

The moment the farmer’s wife's lips touched the flower, the bud opened with a pop! and inside it she found the smallest little maiden ever seen—scarcely half a thumb’s length; so she called her Little Totty.

EuropeEngland

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The Little Mermaid

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‘I know what you want,’ said the sea witch. ‘It is stupid of you, for it will get you in trouble, my little princess. You want to get rid of your fishtail.’

EuropeDenmark

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The Little Sister and Little Brother

Unknown writer

The Tsar came and immediately the witch began to urge him: ‘Give your command, yes, give your command to kill the little Kid. He is a nuisance to me, he is entirely detestable to me!’

EuropeRussia

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The Mad Pranks of Robin Goodfellow

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When Robin was grown to six years of age, he was so knavish that all the neighbours did complain of him; for no sooner was his mother’s back turned, but he was in one knavish action or another.

EuropeCeltic Peoples

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The Story of Mimi-Nashi-Hoichi

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At last, as they were returning to the temple by way of the shore, the men-servants were startled by the sound of a biwa, furiously played, in the cemetery of the Amidaji.

East AsiaJapan

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The Summer Maker

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The animals all said they were willing to follow and help Ojeeb, and begged him to tell them his plan.

North AmericaNative American TribesOjibway

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The Sun-Goddess

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Then it was that the gods, fearful for their safety and for the life of every beautiful thing, assembled on the bed of the tranquil River of Heaven whose waters had been dried up.

East AsiaJapan

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The White Duckling

Unknown writer

The red-hot fire is built, the bubbling pot is hung, the steely knives are sharpened.

EuropeRussia

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Wassilissa the Beautiful

Unknown writer

The little doll's eyes would begin to shine like glow-worms, and it would become alive. It would eat a little food, and sip a little drink, and then it would comfort Wassilissa and tell her how to act.

EuropeRussia

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Yuki-Onna

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The boy, Minokichi, lay awake a long time, listening to the awful wind, and the continual slashing of the snow against the door.

East AsiaJapan

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