Folk tales Collection

51 stories

Adzanumee and her Mother

By and

The woman thought, ‘if only this fine yam were a daughter, how happy I should be.’ To her astonishment the yam answered, ‘If I were to become your daughter, would you promise never to reproach me with having been a yam?’

AfricaEast Africa

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Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Unknown writer

The magician threw on the fire a powder he had about him, at the same time saying some magical words. The earth trembled and opened in front of them, disclosing a square flat stone with a brass ring in the middle to raise it by.

Arab worldMiddle East

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Aladdin, and the Wonderful Lamp

By

This strange man was no uncle of Aladdin, nor was he related at all to him; but he was a wicked magician, who wanted to make use of the lad's services.

EuropeEngland

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

By

The forty thieves carried bags of treasure, and hid it in a cave, which opened for them in the solid rock on saying the words, ‘Open, Sesame.’

EuropeEngland

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All Change

By

The landlady put the pea upon a dresser and left it there, and a chicken wandering by saw it and jumped up on the dresser and ate it. So when the laziest man called the next day and asked for his pea the landlady couldn't find it.

Europe

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Anansi and Nothing

By and

This is why, if you find a child crying and ask the cause, you will often be told he is ‘crying for nothing.’

AfricaEast Africa

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Anansi the Blind Fisherman

By and

Anansi continued his fishing with the help of two men. The latter were exceedingly kind to him, and aided him in every possible way. But instead of being grateful to them, Anansi behaved very badly.

AfricaEast Africa

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Dimian the Peasant

By

He was harsh by nature, this Dimian, and wanted everything to go his own way. If any one talked or acted against him, Dimian's fists were soon prepared for answer.

EuropeRussia

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Goody Two Shoes

By

One day, as Margery was coming home from the next village, she met with some wicked, idle boys, who had tied a young raven to a staff. She offered at once to buy the raven for a penny, and this they agreed to.

EuropeEngland

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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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How the Cobbler cheated the Devil

By

In the days when strange things used to happen in the world, and the devil himself used sometimes to walk about in it in a bare-faced fashion, he came to a very small town where he resolved to stay a while to play some of his tricks.

EuropeEngland

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How the Moon became Beautiful

By

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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How we got the Name ‘Spider Tales’

By and

Nyankupon was amazed at Spider's cleverness in fulfilling the three conditions. He immediately gave him permission for the future to call all the old tales Anansi tales.

AfricaEast Africa

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How Wisdom became the Property of the Human Race

By and

Next day Kweku Tsin saw his father quietly slip out of the house, with his precious pot hung round his neck. Kweku Tsin followed. Then, selecting the highest and most inaccessible-looking tree, Father Anansi began to climb.

AfricaEast Africa

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Johnny Reed’s Cat

By

It’s little we know concerning the creatures and their ways, and with whom and what they’re mixed up.

EuropeEngland

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Khing-Chu-Fu

By

‘Get up, wise man!’ repeated the chancellor in French. ‘Do you mean me?’ exclaimed Pinchauvas. And with one bound he stood up.

EuropeSpain

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Lazy Taro

By

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 Peachling

By

Just as the good old man cut the skin of the peach, it seemed to burst open and there, inside, lay a tiny little baby boy, smiling up at them.

East AsiaJapan

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Momotaro

By

Now, while the old woman was washing the clothes, what should she see but a fine ripe peach that came floating down the stream? The peach was big enough, and rosy red on both sides.

East AsiaJapan

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Morning Sunrise

By and

The man bade ‘Morning Sunrise’ lie down on her bed as if she were dead. He then sent the report of her death to each of the three lovers, asking them to come and help him with her funeral.

AfricaEast Africa

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