Topic Animals

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All Change

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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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Frolic of the Wild Things

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Lean Gray Wolf comes creeping, creeping, creeping up. He smells in the snow the tracks of the little white rabbits. He sniffs, and sniffs, and sniffs.

North AmericaNative American Tribes

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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 Manabozho Made the Land

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Once there was a flood over all the world. ‘Save us, Manabozho,’ cried the Ox. The Beaver and the Moose and the tricky Raccoon cried for help; so did the Elk and the Wolf, the Fox and the Hopper, and all the rest.

North AmericaNative American Tribes

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How Manabozho Went Fishing

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Manabozho heard how the king of the fishes was treating the little fishes. He sent him word that he was to stop, but Me-she-nah-ma-gwai did not obey. ‘Very well,’ said Manabozho; ‘I shall punish this ruler.’

North AmericaNative American Tribes

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How the Wolves teach their Whelps

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I looked, and saw two wolves running through the field: one was full-grown, and the other a whelp. The whelp was carrying a dead lamb on his shoulders, and holding on to one of its legs with its teeth.

EuropeRussia

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Little Black Ant

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The rat squeaked so softly that Little Black Ant said to him, ‘Mr. Ratsmith, I will marry you.’

EuropeSpain

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Little Peachling

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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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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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Little White Rabbit

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On and on and on went Little White Rabbit weeping. Soon a small voice called out, ‘Good morning, Little White Rabbit! Why do you weep?’ It was Busy Little Ant.

EuropePortugal

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Manabozho’s Adventure with the Shining Magician

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Just then Ma-Ma, the large Woodpecker, lighted on a tree, and said to the Rabbit: ‘Manabozho, there is only one place where you can hurt the Shining Magician. That is on the crown of his head.’

North AmericaNative American Tribes

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Marya Morevna

Unknown writer

Koschei the Deathless seized Marya Morevna and carried her off, and Prince Ivan sat down on a stone and wept. He wept and wept and started off in search of Marya Morevna.

EuropeRussia

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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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Momotaro

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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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Peach Darling

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As he was going along a dog came up and sniffed hungrily at the dumplings. Peach Darling thought, ‘This poor dog is hungry, and I can do with one less dumpling.’ So he gave a dumpling to the dog.

East AsiaJapan

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Rival Songsters

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Worthy, ah! your very Worth lies in your Not Asserting it.

EuropeEngland

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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 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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The First Summer in the New World

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One day the Ground Hog and the Badger and the Mole came to the Great White Rabbit. ‘Manabozho,’ they said, ‘we keep making burrows for ourselves in the ground, and hiding there away from the Sun. Why is this?’

North AmericaNative American Tribes

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The First Travels of Paupukewis

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The Gray Wolf said: ‘Paupukewis, try to remember that it is not a long tail which makes a good hunter.’

North AmericaNative American Tribes

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