Topic Journey

25 stories

A Legend of Flowers

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The children cried for honey, and the mothers took little bark baskets into the woods to search for the sweet food. But they returned with empty baskets.

OceaniaAustralia

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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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East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon

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The lassie set out on her way, and walked many, many days, till she came to a lofty rock. Under it sat an old hag, and played with a gold apple which she tossed about.

EuropeNorway

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Green Willow

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At this moment the moon shone very brightly forth, and by the sudden light Tomodata saw a little hill on his right hand. Upon the hill was a small thatched cottage, and before the cottage grew three green weeping-willow trees.

East AsiaJapan

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How Summer Conquered Winter

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There was silence for several moments, then the Winter Manito laid aside his scepter of ice and said, ‘Thou art welcome.’

North AmericaNative American TribesIroquois

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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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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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Sindbad the Sailor

Unknown writer

Sindbad’s life is full of peril, full of shipwrecks, full of famine; full of riches of great worth, full of every thing but truth.

Arab worldMiddle East

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The Adventures of a Darning Needle

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‘Now I’m going on a journey!’ said the Darning Needle. ‘I do hope that I’ll not get lost!’ But she really was lost already.

EuropeDenmark

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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 Constant Tin Soldier

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One of the tin soldiers was a little different; he had one leg because he had been cast last of all, and there had not been enough tin to finish him.

EuropeDenmark

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The Flute

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In the morning O'Yoné came to her father with a little flute. ‘I made it myself.’ she said, ‘As you cannot take me with you, take the little flute, honourable father. Play on it sometimes, and think of me.’

East AsiaJapan

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The Gallant Tailor

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There sat some giants by the fire, and each had a roasted sheep in his hand. The little tailor looked round and thought, ‘There is more elbow-room here than in my workshop.’

EuropeGermany

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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 Goose-Girl

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‘If you are thirsty,’ said the waiting-maid, ‘get off your horse yourself, and lie down and drink out of the water, I don't choose to be your servant.’

EuropeGermany

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The King of the Golden Mountain

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‘Perhaps I can help thee, if thou wilt promise to give me the first thing that rubs itself against thy leg when thou art at home again, and to bring it here in twelve years' time, thou shalt have as much money as thou wilt.’

EuropeGermany

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The Little Mermaid

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‘I know what you want,’ said the sea witch. ‘It is stupid of you, for it will get you in trouble, my little princess. You want to get rid of your fishtail.’

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 Maiden Without Hands

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The wizard flew into a rage, and said, ‘Chop her hands off, otherwise I cannot touch her.’ The miller was terrified, and exclaimed, ‘How can I cut off the hands of my own child?’

EuropeGermany

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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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