45 stories

The Frog and the Ox

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‘And see,’ he said, ‘if I don’t make the biggest swell of the two.’

EuropeEngland

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The Good Thunder

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Rai-Taro grew up straight and strong, the tallest, gayest boy of all that country-side. He was the delight of his foster-parents, and all the neighbours loved him.

East AsiaJapan

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The Grinding-Stone that Ground Flour by Itself

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Spider's cousin, while hunting one morning, had discovered a wonderful stone that ground flour of its own accord. Not being a greedy man, he took away with him only enough for his family's needs.

AfricaEast Africa

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The Hind in the Wood

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The Hind instantly fled, but as she was crossing a path, Prince Guerrier lodged an arrow in her leg, when her strength failed her, and she fell.

EuropeEngland

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The Juniper Tree

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The woman felt great terror, and wondered how she could escape the blame. So that nothing should be seen, she set the boy on a chair before the door with the apple in his hand.

EuropeGermany

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The Kennel in Council

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The Expected Spaniel has arrived, only instead of One Spaniel there are Two.

EuropeEngland

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The Lobster and his Mother

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‘Behold,’ the Lobsyer said, ‘the beauty and splendour of one of our family, thus decked out in glorious scarlet.’rr

EuropeEngland

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The Moon Maiden

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With that Také Tori takes up the fine shining green jewel in his hands, and it bursts in two with a loud noise, and out of it came a young person.

East AsiaJapan

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The Rainbow

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My favourite green, the grass's hue, and the fine deep violet-blue, nd the pretty pale blue-bell, and the rose I love so well.

EuropeEngland

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The Sea King and the Magic Jewels

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Prince Fire Fade spoke to his elder brother, Prince Fire Flash, and said, ‘Brother, I am aweary of the green hills. Therefore let us now exchange our luck.’

East AsiaJapan

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The Simple Stork

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‘You've a pretty Long Beak of your own, which is a Decided Advantage,’ said the Fox. ‘But it is Such a funny vessel, I can't Get my beak in,’ said the Stork.

EuropeEngland

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The Spectre Coach

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Then, all of a sudden, the gates swung back with a terrible clang, and there issued as strange a procession as Tom’s, or indeed mortal’s, eyes ever set on.

EuropeEnglandSuffolk

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The Squirrel and the Spider

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Squirrel appealed to the law, but the court decided that no one had ever had a farm without a road leading to it, therefore the fields must be Spider’s.

AfricaEast Africa

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The Story of O-Tei

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‘Only the Gods and the Buddhas know how and where we shall meet. But I am sure—very, very sure—that, if you be not unwilling to receive me, I shall be able to come back to you’

East AsiaJapan

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The Taming of the Shrew

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Church Mouse thought it was her Beloved Spouse, so she flew at him, scratched him, and Banged him Right and Left before he knew where he was.

EuropeEngland

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The Tavistock Witch

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The boy, forgetting himself in a moment of alarm, was heard to exclaim: ‘Run, granny, run; run for your life!’

EuropeEnglandDevon

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The Wolf and The Lamb

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‘What do you mean,’ said the Wolf, glaring upon the Lamb with his fierce eyes, ‘by taking up so much of the path where I am walking?’

EuropeEngland

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The Wolves and the Sick Ass

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‘Oh, gently! gently!’ replied the Ass, as the Wolves proceeded to feel his pulse.

EuropeEngland

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Tit for Tat

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Meat had become so scarce that only the rich chiefs had money enough to buy it. The poor people were starving. Anansi and his family were in a miserable state.

AfricaEast Africa

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Unity is Strenght

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‘Writer,’ screamed the Ink above his liquid, ‘Writer, which does the Most work, the Pen or Me?’

EuropeEngland

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