Topic Boy

25 stories

Carabi! Carabo!

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The horse gave a jump in order to rise in the air and commenced his flight, but this time he was not alone; for when waving his tail it caught up good little Arthur, winding itself round his body.

EuropeSpain

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Elidor, or the Golden Ball

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There appeared to the boy two little men, saying: ‘If thou wilt come with us, we will lead thee into a land full of sports and delights.’

EuropeWales

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Goody Two Shoes

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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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Hansel and Gretel

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The old woman, although her behavior was so kind, was a wicked witch, who lay in wait for children, and had built the little house on purpose to entice them.

EuropeGermany

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Ivanoushka the Simpleton

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Our old man lived on with his sons until finally his hour came to die. He called his three sons and said to them: ‘Dear children of mine, my dying hour is at hand and ye must fulfill my will.’

EuropeRussia

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Jack the Giant-Killer

Unknown writer

He went up boldly, and knocked loudly at the gate; when, to his great terror and surprise, there came forth a monstrous giant with two heads.

EuropeEngland

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Little Toe Bone

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The big, big Tiger came out of the jungle and said, ‘Well, little boy, shall I eat you or all of your sheep?’

South AsiaIndia

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Slovenly Peter

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See Slovenly Peter! Here he stands, with his dirty hair and hands.

EuropeGermany

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The Boy and the Skylark

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A little bird that's in the air, the hidden trespass shall declare, and openly reveal it.

EuropeEngland

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The Children in the Wood

Unknown writer

The uncle could not help thinking that he wished the little boy and girl would die, for then he should have all their money for himself.

EuropeEngland

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The City of Fortune

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They took out what remained of Rupert's heart and put a pretty one inside of him, made of steel, but hard as a diamond. Only one little fibre escaped their search, which passed unnoticed behind the metal heart.

EuropeSpain

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The Fairy Children

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A boy and his sister were found near the mouth of a pit. They were different in the colour of their skin from all the people of our habitable world, for their skin was tinged of a green colour.

EuropeEnglandSuffolk

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The First Tooth

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Through the house what busy joy, just because the infant boy has a tiny tooth to show!

EuropeEngland

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The Garden of Health

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Enrique sat down on some stones to weep over his sorrow, and there prayed to heaven for his sister's life. A kid which was gracing near the spot heard the sound of his lamentations.

EuropeSpain

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The Golden Goose

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The King had an only daughter who was so serious that no one could make her laugh; therefore he had given out that whoever should make her laugh should have her in marriage.

EuropeGermany

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The History of Jack Jingle

Unknown writer

Jack ran away crying as loud as he could, ‘A Shilling! a penny! a halfpenny! and a plumcake! Huzza!’ till he came to his father's cottage.

EuropeEngland

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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 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 Language of the Birds

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‘How I wish I could understand the meaning of the different songs of all the birds! I would give half my wealth to the man who could make plain to me all the different songs of the different birds.’

EuropeRussia

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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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