Topic Girl

22 stories

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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Father Frost

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The Frost knew all about the weakness of human beings; he knew very well that few of them are really good and kind.

EuropeRussia

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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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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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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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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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Mother Hulda

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‘You must take great pains to make my bed well, and shake it up thoroughly, so that the feathers fly about, and then in the world it snows, for I am Mother Hulda.’

EuropeGermany

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Seven Simeons

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So it was with the Tsar Archidei; he was rich and clever, besides being a handsome fellow; but he could not find a bride to his taste, a bride with wit and beauty equal to his own. And this was the cause of the Tsar Archidei's sorrow and distress.

EuropeRussia

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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 Dreadful Story of Pauline and the Matches

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‘I’ll just light a match or two, as I have often seen my mother do.’

EuropeGermany

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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 Feather of Bright Finist the Falcon

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Wherever he came from, Bright Finist the Falcon of Flowery Feathers wheeled before her, sprang in through the window, struck the floor, and became a young man.

EuropeRussia

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The Little Match Girl

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So the little girl had to walk with naked feet, which were red and blue with cold. No one had bought anything of her the live-long day; no one had given her a penny.

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 Nightingale and the Rose

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‘Be happy,’ cried the Nightingale, ‘be happy; you shall have your red rose. I will build it out of music by moonlight, and stain it with my own heart's-blood. All that I ask of you in return is that you will be a true lover.’

EuropeIreland

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The Red Shoes

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Karen looked first at the red shoes, then at the black ones, then at the red again, and put them on.

EuropeDenmark

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The Snow Queen

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The Snow Queen kissed Kay again, and then he forgot all about little Gerda, Grandmother, and all the others at home.

EuropeDenmark

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The Story of the Three Bears

Unknown writer

And then Goldenlocks lay down upon the bed of the Little, Small, Wee Bear; and that was neither too high at the head nor at the foot, but just right. So she covered herself up comfortably, and lay there till she fell fast asleep.

EuropeEngland

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The Three Fools

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‘If Jane had a child,’ said he to himself, ‘who knows but that one day it might play about here and fall in and be killed?’

EuropeEngland

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The Widow and her Son

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It was winter and the house was cold and dark. There was no wood, no light, no food; and they were starving.

East AsiaChina

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