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18 stories

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Unknown writer

The magician threw on the fire a powder he had about him, at the same time saying some magical words. The earth trembled and opened in front of them, disclosing a square flat stone with a brass ring in the middle to raise it by.

Arab worldMiddle East

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Aladdin, and the Wonderful Lamp

By

This strange man was no uncle of Aladdin, nor was he related at all to him; but he was a wicked magician, who wanted to make use of the lad's services.

EuropeEngland

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Anansi and Nothing

By and

This is why, if you find a child crying and ask the cause, you will often be told he is ‘crying for nothing.’

AfricaEast Africa

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Beauty and the Beast

By

‘Beauty, did you come here willingly to die in place of your father?’ ‘Willingly,’ she answered.

EuropeEngland

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Beauty and the Beast

By

Beauty could not help shuddering when she saw the horrible face of the frightful creature, but she made a brave effort to overcome her fear.

EuropeFrance

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Carabi! Carabo!

By

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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East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon

By and

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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Khing-Chu-Fu

By

‘Get up, wise man!’ repeated the chancellor in French. ‘Do you mean me?’ exclaimed Pinchauvas. And with one bound he stood up.

EuropeSpain

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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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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 Cinder-Maid

By

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 Goose-Girl

By

‘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 Hind in the Wood

By

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 Little Mermaid

By

‘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 Nightingale

By

Travellers came to the City of the Emperor and admired it, and the Palace and the Garden, but when they heard the song of the Nightingale, they said: ‘That is the best of all!’

EuropeDenmark

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The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods

By

The Princess had no sooner taken the spindle than it ran into her hand, and she fell down in a swoon.

EuropeFrance

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The Snow Queen

By

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 White Cat

By

‘I am going to put your obedience to a new and final test,’ the King told his sons. ‘Go and travel for another year and whichever one of you brings back with him the most beautiful Princess shall marry her and be crowned King on his wedding day.’

EuropeFrance

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