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Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper

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Her godmother simply touched her with her wand, and, at the same moment, her clothes were turned into cloth of gold and silver, all decked with jewels.

EuropeFrance

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Devapala

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Devapala came to a river swollen by the flood and very hard to ford. On the other side of the river he saw floating an image of Jina. Now no good Hindu would let an image of Jina be tossed about in the rushing river.

South AsiaIndia

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Donkey-Skin

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The young Princess threw herself at the feet of the King her father and conjured him not to constrain her to consent to his unnatural desire.

EuropeFrance

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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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Ivan Tsarevich, the Fire‑Bird, and the Gray Wolf

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Tsar Vwislav had one favorite apple-tree, and on that tree grew apples all golden. The Fire-bird used to sit on the favorite apple-tree, pluck from it golden apples, and then fly away.

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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King of India’s Library

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Unfortunately, Dabshelim, during this process of melting down his library, grew old, and saw no probability of living long enough to exhaust its quintessence to the last volume.

North AmericaPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia

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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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Prince Darling

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‘Madam,’ said the good King, ‘since you are a fairy, you know all that I wish. I have only one son, whom I love with all my heart, so that people generally name him Prince Darling. If you wish to do me a kindness, promise me to be a good friend to my boy.’

EuropeFrance

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Robin Hood

Unknown writer

No man could travel alone through Sherwood Forest, without being stripped of his money.

EuropeEngland

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Rumpelstiltskin

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‘What will you give me if I spin all this straw into gold for you?’ ‘My necklace,’ said the girl.

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 Birds who Befriended a King

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The Hoopoes decided the other birds were jealous and, rather flattered, gathered round the pools so that they could admire themselves in the water.

Arab worldArabia

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The Cinder-Maid

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Cinder-Maid shook the tree and the first nut that fell she took up and opened, and what do you think she saw?—a beautiful silk dress blue as the heavens, all embroidered with stars.

Europe

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The Frog Prince

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‘Your pearls and jewels, and your golden crown are not for me,’ answered the frog; ‘but if you would love me, and have me for your companion, then would I dive below the water and fetch you your golden ball again.’

EuropeGermany

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The Frog Prince

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The Frog, as soon as he had received the King’s daughter's promise, drew his head under the water and dived down, swam up again with the ball in his mouth, and threw it on the grass.

EuropeEngland

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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 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 Hind in the Wood

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The Hind instantly fled, but as she was crossing a path, Prince Guerrier lodged an arrow in her leg, when her strength failed her, and she fell.

EuropeEngland

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The Jumpers

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‘Well, I’ll give my daughter to the one who jumps highest!’ said the king; ‘for it would look so mean to let these people jump for nothing!’

EuropeDenmark

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