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Which Deals With A Mirror And Its Fragments
One day he was in a high state of delight because he had invented...

About A Little Boy And A Little Girl
Many a winter's night she flies through the streets and peeps in at...

The Garden Of The Woman Learned In Magic
Then an old, old woman came out of the house; she was leaning upon ...

Prince And Princess
She has read all the newspapers in the world, and forgotten them ag...

The Little Robber Girl
'It is gold, it is gold!' they cried. They ...

The Lapp Woman And The Finn Woman
The reindeer did not dare to stop. It ran on till it came to the bu...

What Happened In The Snow Queen's Palace And Afterwards
The Snow Queen sat in the very middle of it when she sat at home...

The Nightingale
Among these trees lived a nightingale, which sang so deliciously, t...

The Real Princess
There was once a prince, and he wanted a princess, but then she must be a _real_ Princess. He travelled right round the world to fin...

The Garden Of Paradise
There was once a king's son; nobody had so many or such beautiful books as he had. He could read about everything which had ever hap...

The Mermaid
Far out at sea the water is as blue as the bluest cornflower, and as clear as the clearest crystal; but it is very deep, too deep fo...

The Emperor's New Clothes
Many years ago there was an Emperor, who was so excessively fond of new clothes that he spent all his money on them. He cared nothin...

The Wind's Tale
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Cinderella Or The Little Glass Slipper.
Once there was a gentleman who married for his second wife the proudest and most haughty woman that was ever seen. She had by a ...

Fanny's Telephone Order.
Little Fanny Desmond was a dear child, and, like a good many other little children, she liked to do whatever she saw the grown people...

The Raindrops' New Dresses.
"We're so tired of these gray dresses!" Cried the little drops of rain, As they came down helter-skelter From the Nimbus cloud fast ...

Sir Gobble.
Bessie Curtis was in a great deal of trouble. She was spending a year in the country while her father and mother were in Europe. It w...

What Is It?
What is that ugly thing I see Which follows, follows, follows me, Which ever way I turn or go? What is that thing? I want to know. ...

John's Bright Idea.
Mrs. Meredith was a most kind and thoughtful woman. She spent a great deal of time visiting the poor. One morning she told her childr...

A Sad Thanksgiving Party.
Four hungry-looking animals All seated in a row; Why does not some one speak to them? That's what I want to know. They all of the...

Guy And The Bee
One day a jolly bumble-bee, In coat of black and yellow, Got caught inside a window-pane; The silly little fellow. He buzzed and...

A Mean Boy.
Harry Burton woke one night and heard a strange noise in his closet. He got out of bed, crossed the floor in his bare feet, and caref...

A Naughty Pumpkin's Fate.
A queer little pumpkin, a jolly fat fellow, Stood close to his mother so rotund and yellow. "What a stupid old place! how I long to a...

Something About Fires.
It was a cold day. Fred was tired of reading, tired of looking out of the window, and so he poked the fire for a change. "I suppose...

The Ice-king's Reign.
The sun had gone down with promises sweet, When, keen from the north, the wind Came blustering along on its coursers fleet, And left...

Malmo, The Wounded Rat.
A poor man saw, by the roadside, a large white rat. It seemed to be dead. Moving it gently he found it was alive, but had a broken le...

Mama's Happy Christmas.
It had seemed to the little Wendell children that they would have a very sad Christmas. Mama had been very ill, and papa had been so ...

Cured Of Carelessness.
Mrs. Bertram sat reading a book one morning, or trying to. It was not easy to do so, for her little boy, Roger, was out in the hall p...

A Visit From A Prince.
Harry was playing with his letter blocks one afternoon, when a prince came to visit him. Harry knew the prince very well, indeed. A...

Stringing Cranberries.
Arthur Bancroft was feeling very cross one morning in December. He had a bad cold, and his mother did not think it would be wise for ...

Christmas In California.
"To think that this is Christmas Day!" Said Harold to his aunt, "I know it really is, and yet, Believe it--well, I can't! I've had ...

A Troublesome Call.
We were going, on Saturday, ever so far,-- My mamma and I,--to the Dollies' Bazaar, Where fifty wax dollies,--the loveliest show, We...

Bertie's Corn-popper
Bertie had the desire of his heart,--a corn-popper! He had wanted it for a long time,--three weeks, at least. Mamma brought it when s...

Fire! Fire!! Fire!!!
Where is it? Where is it? Why, it is in the water! Isn't tbat funny? But you see it isn't a real fire, but only a fire-fish.* Sweet c...

The Dolls And The Other Dolls.
"Mamma," little Nellie asked, "is it right to give away things that have been given to you?" Her mamma replied that it might be qui...

Why Did Mamma Change Her Mind?
Mamma Miller told Fay and Lonnie that they might have a party, so they tried to get ready for it. But the party was very different to...

Clara's "funeral."
Clara was the most unfortunate of dollies. She had had the mumps and whooping cough; and no sooner did she recover from the scarlet f...

The Chickadee-dee.
Little darling of the snow, Careless how the winds may blow, Happy as a bird can be, Singing, oh, so cheerily, Chickadee-dee! Chick...

The Children's Party.
What a merry, merry rout! See the wee ones dance about! Dickie's leading off the ball; There,--he almost had a fall. Who's his pa...

Brave Tomasso.
There were once two very beautiful cats named Tomasso and Lilia. It would be very hard indeed to say which was more beautiful than th...

Tommy Frost Sees A Bear.
Tommy Frost was making his first visit in the country. He was enjoying it very much. He liked to ramble about in the woods close by t...

Myself.
One little head so smooth and round, With soft hair covered, golden or brown, One little forehead smooth and white, Two little eye-b...

Two Strange Sights.
"Oh come into the dining-room!" Cries Fred, "come, grandma, dear. For something very strange indeed Is going on in here!" And sure ...

A Cat's Instincts.
"Take that! and that! and that!" These words came from an angry little girl. She was leaning over a big gray puss which she was holdi...

Dinah's New Year's Present.
Dinah Morris is a colored girl. She lives in the South. By South we mean in the southern part of the United States. Dinah is one of...

Miss Dinah Morris,
Care of Mrs. Lawrence Delaney, ...

New Orleans, La.
If she can read what is on the outside of this box she can have what is inside. And as Dinah read every word plainly and quickly,...

Night Flowers.
There are some flowers that never see the sun. One of the most curious is the "evening primrose." About six o'clock it suddenly burst...

The First Snow-storm.
Away off on a warm sunny island, little Harry Hall was born. Flowers bloomed all the year round. The sun shone most of the time, alth...

Fred's Stolen Ride.
One day little Fred's motber, who bad been sick a long time, told him she was going out with a friend to take a drive. Fred wanted to...

A Valentine Party.
The children had a valentine party, the very nicest party,--they all declared, that they had ever been to in their lives. All the cou...

The Venturesome Rat.
He was a fine young rat and lived with his father and mother, and brothers and sisters in a farm-cellar. Now this young rat was not...

The Bears' Feast.
A man had come to town with two tame bears. They were very clever bears, and could climb posts and trees, dance and turn summersets a...

Patty-sayings.
"I've been reading Bible stories," Patty said, "and I believe That Adam's name MEANT "Morning,' Because his wife was 'Eve.'" ...

Babie's Curls.
Little Bessie Boothby Had a little sister Sue: And a baby brother, Whom she thought the world of, too. Only one thing troubled T...

The Red Apples.
One windy day in March Kitty Miller was on her way to school, when she spied in a store window, a great pile of lovely red apples. ...

Bubbles.
"Now, Tommie, what will you do while I write letters this morning?" "Blow soap bubbles, Mamma, please," and Tommie jumped up and d...

A Horse Who Wore Snow Shoes.
Mr. Brown had to go to his camp at Pine Tree Valley, which is in the midst of the mountains in California. His men were cutting dow...

The Angry Bobolink.
Pretty little bobolink In your satin coat, Trimmed with white across the neck Black about the throat, Why so angry do you seem? Wh...

How Hiram Spent His Shrimp Money.
"I wish my mother had a ring like those the ladies wear at the hotel," said Hiram Green to himself one day. "There isn't one of those...

The Ant's House.
"What a curious picture that is at the head of this story." That is what I think I hear some of the "Little Ones" say. "What does it ...

The Foolish Pug.
A pompous pug once thought that he A dashing swell would try to be, And on his neighbors one and all, Sat out to make a stylish call...

The Silhouette Party
"Children," said Grandpa, one afternoon, "I am going to build a bonfire this evening, to burn up this rubbish, so you may have a silh...

The Snow Birds.
It had snowed very hard. Ralph and Edward, who were visiting Grandma in the country, had to stay in the house all day. When they we...

A Kind Heart.
The day Ethel Brown was seven years old she had a tea party. Mrs. Brown had sent tiny cards of invitation to all the little girls o...

Towser Talks.
I am not a big dog and I don't know very much, but I know more than I used to. The reason why I know more than I used to is because I...

Just As She Pleased.
"Now, children, I am tired of you; I am going down stairs for the rest of the morning," and Polly started to leave the nursery. "Pu...

The Frost-king: Or, The Power Of Love.
THREE little Fairies sat in the fields eating their breakfast; each among the leaves of her favorite flower, Daisy, Primrose, and...

Eva's Visit To Fairy-land.
DOWN among the grass and fragrant clover lay little Eva by the brook-side, watching the bright waves, as they went singing by under ...

The Flower's Lesson.
THERE grew a fragrant rose-tree where the brook flows, With two little tender buds, and one full rose; When the sun went do...

Lily-bell And Thistledown.
ONCE upon a time, two little Fairies went out into the world, to seek their fortune. Thistledown was as gay and gallant a little El...

Little Bud.
IN a great forest, high up among the green boughs, lived Bird Brown-Breast, and his bright-eyed little mate. They were now very ha...

Clover-blossom.
IN a quiet, pleasant meadow, Beneath a summer sky, Where green old trees their branches waved, And winds went sing...

Little Annie's Dream;
...

Or,
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The Fairy Flower.
IN a large and pleasant garden sat little Annie all alone, and she seemed very sad, for drops that were not dew fell fast upon the fl...

Ripple, The Water-spirit.
DOWN in the deep blue sea lived Ripple, a happy little Water-Spirit; all day long she danced beneath the coral arches, made garlands...

The Wolf And The Lamb
WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lam...

The Bat And The Weasels
A BAT who fell upon the ground and was caught by a Weasel pleaded to be spared his life. The Weasel refused, saying that he was by n...

The Ass And The Grasshopper
AN ASS having heard some Grasshoppers chirping, was highly enchanted; and, desiring to possess the same charms of melody, demanded wh...

The Lion And The Mouse
A LION was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the ...

The Charcoal-burner And The Fuller
A CHARCOAL-BURNER carried on his trade in his own house. One day he met a friend, a Fuller, and entreated him to come and live with ...

The Father And His Sons
A FATHER had a family of sons who were perpetually quarreling among themselves. When he failed to heal their disputes by his exhorta...

The Boy Hunting Locusts
A BOY was hunting for locusts. He had caught a goodly number, when he saw a Scorpion, and mistaking him for a locust, reached out hi...

The Cock And The Jewel
A COCK, scratching for food for himself and his hens, found a precious stone and exclaimed: "If your owner had found thee, and not I...

The Kingdom Of The Lion
THE BEASTS of the field and forest had a Lion as their king. He was neither wrathful, cruel, nor tyrannical, but just and gentle as ...

The Wolf And The Crane
A WOLF who had a bone stuck in his throat hired a Crane, for a large sum, to put her head into his mouth and draw out the bone. When ...

The Fisherman Piping
A FISHERMAN skilled in music took his flute and his nets to the seashore. Standing on a projecting rock, he played several tunes in ...

Hercules And The Wagoner
A CARTER was driving a wagon along a country lane, when the wheels sank down deep into a rut. The rustic driver, stupefied and aghas...

Self-help Is The Best Help.
The Ants and the Grasshopper THE ANTS were spending a fine winter's day drying grain collected in the summertime. A Grasshopper,...

The Traveler And His Dog
A TRAVELER about to set out on a journey saw his Dog stand at the door stretching himself. He asked him sharply: "Why do you stand ...

The Dog And The Shadow
A DOG, crossing a bridge over a stream with a piece of flesh in his mouth, saw his own shadow in the water and took it for that of an...

The Mole And His Mother
A MOLE, a creature blind from birth, once said to his Mother: "I am sure than I can see, Mother!" In the desire to prove to him his...

The Herdsman And The Lost Bull
A HERDSMAN tending his flock in a forest lost a Bull-calf from the fold. After a long and fruitless search, he made a vow that, if h...

The Hare And The Tortoise
A HARE one day ridiculed the short feet and slow pace of the Tortoise, who replied, laughing: "Though you be swift as the wind, I wi...

The Pomegranate, Apple-tree, And Bramble
THE POMEGRANATE and Apple-Tree disputed as to which was the most beautiful. When their strife was at its height, a Bramble from the ...

The Farmer And The Stork
A FARMER placed nets on his newly-sown plowlands and caught a number of Cranes, which came to pick up his seed. With them he trapped...

The Farmer And The Snake
ONE WINTER a Farmer found a Snake stiff and frozen with cold. He had compassion on it, and taking it up, placed it in his bosom. The...

The Fawn And His Mother
A YOUNG FAWN once said to his Mother, "You are larger than a dog, and swifter, and more used to running, and you have your horns as a...

The Bear And The Fox
A BEAR boasted very much of his philanthropy, saying that of all animals he was the most tender in his regard for man, for he had suc...

The Swallow And The Crow
THE SWALLOW and the Crow had a contention about their plumage. The Crow put an end to the dispute by saying, "Your feathers are all v...

The Mountain In Labor
A MOUNTAIN was once greatly agitated. Loud groans and noises were heard, and crowds of people came from all parts to see what was th...

The Ass, The Fox, And The Lion
THE ASS and the Fox, having entered into partnership together for their mutual protection, went out into the forest to hunt. They ha...

The Tortoise And The Eagle
A TORTOISE, lazily basking in the sun, complained to the sea-birds of her hard fate, that no one would teach her to fly. An Eagle, ho...

The Flies And The Honey-pot
A NUMBER of Flies were attracted to a jar of honey which had been overturned in a housekeeper's room, and placing their feet in it, a...

The Man And The Lion
A MAN and a Lion traveled together through the forest. They soon began to boast of their respective superiority to each other in str...

The Farmer And The Cranes
SOME CRANES made their feeding grounds on some plowlands newly sown with wheat. For a long time the Farmer, brandishing an empty sli...

The Dog In The Manger
A DOG lay in a manger, and by his growling and snapping prevented the oxen from eating the hay which had been placed for them. "What ...

The Fox And The Goat
A FOX one day fell into a deep well and could find no means of escape. A Goat, overcome with thirst, came to the same well, and seei...

The Bear And The Two Travelers
TWO MEN were traveling together, when a Bear suddenly met them on their path. One of them climbed up quickly into a tree and conceal...

The Oxen And The Axle-trees
A HEAVY WAGON was being dragged along a country lane by a team of Oxen. The Axle-trees groaned and creaked terribly; whereupon the O...

The Thirsty Pigeon
A PIGEON, oppressed by excessive thirst, saw a goblet of water painted on a signboard. Not supposing it to be only a picture, she fl...

The Raven And The Swan
A RAVEN saw a Swan and desired to secure for himself the same beautiful plumage. Supposing that the Swan's splendid white color aros...

The Goat And The Goatherd
A GOATHERD had sought to bring back a stray goat to his flock. He whistled and sounded his horn in vain; the straggler paid no attent...

The Miser
A MISER sold all that he had and bought a lump of gold, which he buried in a hole in the ground by the side of an old wall and went t...

The Sick Lion
A LION, unable from old age and infirmities to provide himself with food by force, resolved to do so by artifice. He returned to his...

The Horse And Groom
A GROOM used to spend whole days in currycombing and rubbing down his Horse, but at the same time stole his oats and sold them for hi...

The Ass And The Lapdog
A MAN had an Ass, and a Maltese Lapdog, a very great beauty. The Ass was left in a stable and had plenty of oats and hay to eat, jus...

The Lioness
A CONTROVERSY prevailed among the beasts of the field as to which of the animals deserved the most credit for producing the greatest ...

The Boasting Traveler
A MAN who had traveled in foreign lands boasted very much, on returning to his own country, of the many wonderful and heroic feats he...

The Cat And The Cock
A CAT caught a Cock, and pondered how he might find a reasonable excuse for eating him. He accused him of being a nuisance to men by...

The Piglet, The Sheep, And The Goat
A YOUNG PIG was shut up in a fold-yard with a Goat and a Sheep. On one occasion when the shepherd laid hold of him, he grunted and sq...

The Boy And The Filberts
A BOY put his hand into a pitcher full of filberts. He grasped as many as he could possibly hold, but when he tried to pull out his ...

The Lion In Love
A LION demanded the daughter of a woodcutter in marriage. The Father, unwilling to grant, and yet afraid to refuse his request, hit ...

The Laborer And The Snake
A SNAKE, having made his hole close to the porch of a cottage, inflicted a mortal bite on the Cottager's infant son. Grieving over h...

The Wolf In Sheep's Clothing
ONCE UPON A TIME a Wolf resolved to disguise his appearance in order to secure food more easily. Encased in the skin of a sheep, he ...

The Ass And The Mule
A MULETEER set forth on a journey, driving before him an Ass and a Mule, both well laden. The Ass, as long as he traveled along the ...

The Frogs Asking For A King
THE FROGS, grieved at having no established Ruler, sent ambassadors to Jupiter entreating for a King. Perceiving their simplicity, h...

The Boys And The Frogs
SOME BOYS, playing near a pond, saw a number of Frogs in the water and began to pelt them with stones. They killed several of them, ...

The Sick Stag
A SICK STAG lay down in a quiet corner of its pasture-ground. His companions came in great numbers to inquire after his health, and e...

The Salt Merchant And His Ass
A PEDDLER drove his Ass to the seashore to buy salt. His road home lay across a stream into which his Ass, making a false step, fell...

The Oxen And The Butchers
THE OXEN once upon a time sought to destroy the Butchers, who practiced a trade destructive to their race. They assembled on a certa...

The Lion, The Mouse, And The Fox
A LION, fatigued by the heat of a summer's day, fell fast asleep in his den. A Mouse ran over his mane and ears and woke him from hi...

The Vain Jackdaw
JUPITER DETERMINED, it is said, to create a sovereign over the birds, and made proclamation that on a certain day they should all pre...

The Goatherd And The Wild Goats
A GOATHERD, driving his flock from their pasture at eventide, found some Wild Goats mingled among them, and shut them up together wit...

The Mischievous Dog
A DOG used to run up quietly to the heels of everyone he met, and to bite them without notice. His master suspended a bell about his...

The Fox Who Had Lost His Tail
A FOX caught in a trap escaped, but in so doing lost his tail. Thereafter, feeling his life a burden from the shame and ridicule to w...

The Boy And The Nettles
A BOY was stung by a Nettle. He ran home and told his Mother, saying, "Although it hurts me very much, I only touched it gently." "...

The Man And His Two Sweethearts
A MIDDLE-AGED MAN, whose hair had begun to turn gray, courted two women at the same time. One of them was young, and the other well ...

The Astronomer
AN ASTRONOMER used to go out at night to observe the stars. One evening, as he wandered through the suburbs with his whole attention...

The Wolves And The Sheep
"WHY SHOULD there always be this fear and slaughter between us?" said the Wolves to the Sheep. "Those evil-disposed Dogs have much t...

The Old Woman And The Physician
AN OLD WOMAN having lost the use of her eyes, called in a Physician to heal them, and made this bargain with him in the presence of w...

The Fighting Cocks And The Eagle
TWO GAME COCKS were fiercely fighting for the mastery of the farmyard. One at last put the other to flight. The vanquished Cock sku...

The Charger And The Miller
A CHARGER, feeling the infirmities of age, was sent to work in a mill instead of going out to battle. But when he was compelled to g...

The Fox And The Monkey
A MONKEY once danced in an assembly of the Beasts, and so pleased them all by his performance that they elected him their King. A Fo...

The Horse And His Rider
A HORSE SOLDIER took the utmost pains with his charger. As long as the war lasted, he looked upon him as his fellow-helper in all em...

The Belly And The Members
THE MEMBERS of the Body rebelled against the Belly, and said, "Why should we be perpetually engaged in administering to your wants, w...

The Vine And The Goat
A VINE was luxuriant in the time of vintage with leaves and grapes. A Goat, passing by, nibbled its young tendrils and its leaves. ...

Jupiter And The Monkey
JUPITER ISSUED a proclamation to all the beasts of the forest and promised a royal reward to the one whose offspring should be deemed...

The Widow And Her Little Maidens
A WIDOW who was fond of cleaning had two little maidens to wait on her. She was in the habit of waking them early in the morning, at...

The Shepherd's Boy And The Wolf
A SHEPHERD-BOY, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought out the villagers three or four times by crying out, "Wolf! Wolf...

The Cat And The Birds
A CAT, hearing that the Birds in a certain aviary were ailing dressed himself up as a physician, and, taking his cane and a bag of in...

The Kid And The Wolf
A KID standing on the roof of a house, out of harm's way, saw a Wolf passing by and immediately began to taunt and revile him. The Wo...

The Ox And The Frog
AN OX drinking at a pool trod on a brood of young frogs and crushed one of them to death. The Mother coming up, and missing one of h...

The Shepherd And The Wolf
A SHEPHERD once found the whelp of a Wolf and brought it up, and after a while taught it to steal lambs from the neighboring flocks....

The Father And His Two Daughters
A MAN had two daughters, the one married to a gardener, and the other to a tile-maker. After a time he went to the daughter who had ...

The Farmer And His Sons
A FATHER, being on the point of death, wished to be sure that his sons would give the same attention to his farm as he himself had gi...

The Crab And Its Mother
A CRAB said to her son, "Why do you walk so one-sided, my child? It is far more becoming to go straight forward." The young Crab rep...

The Heifer And The Ox
A HEIFER saw an Ox hard at work harnessed to a plow, and tormented him with reflections on his unhappy fate in being compelled to lab...

The Swallow, The Serpent, And The Court Of Justice
A SWALLOW, returning from abroad and especially fond of dwelling with men, built herself a nest in the wall of a Court of Justice and...

The Thief And His Mother
A BOY stole a lesson-book from one of his schoolfellows and took it home to his Mother. She not only abstained from beating him, but...

The Old Man And Death
AN OLD MAN was employed in cutting wood in the forest, and, in carrying the faggots to the city for sale one day, became very wearied...

The Fir-tree And The Bramble
A FIR-TREE said boastingly to the Bramble, "You are useful for nothing at all; while I am everywhere used for roofs and houses." The ...

The Mouse, The Frog, And The Hawk
A MOUSE who always lived on the land, by an unlucky chance formed an intimate acquaintance with a Frog, who lived for the most part i...

The Man Bitten By A Dog
A MAN who had been bitten by a Dog went about in quest of someone who might heal him. A friend, meeting him and learning what he wan...

The Two Pots
A RIVER carried down in its stream two Pots, one made of earthenware and the other of brass. The Earthen Pot said to the Brass Pot, ...

The Wolf And The Sheep
A WOLF, sorely wounded and bitten by dogs, lay sick and maimed in his lair. Being in want of food, he called to a Sheep who was pass...

The Aethiop
THE PURCHASER of a black servant was persuaded that the color of his skin arose from dirt contracted through the neglect of his forme...

The Fisherman And His Nets
A FISHERMAN, engaged in his calling, made a very successful cast and captured a great haul of fish. He managed by a skillful handlin...

The Huntsman And The Fisherman
A HUNTSMAN, returning with his dogs from the field, fell in by chance with a Fisherman who was bringing home a basket well laden with...

The Old Woman And The Wine-jar
AN OLD WOMAN found an empty jar which had lately been full of prime old wine and which still retained the fragrant smell of its forme...

The Fox And The Crow
A CROW having stolen a bit of meat, perched in a tree and held it in her beak. A Fox, seeing this, longed to possess the meat himsel...

The Two Dogs
A MAN had two dogs: a Hound, trained to assist him in his sports, and a Housedog, taught to watch the house. When he returned home ...

The Stag In The Ox-stall
A STAG, roundly chased by the hounds and blinded by fear to the danger he was running into, took shelter in a farmyard and hid himsel...

The Hawk, The Kite, And The Pigeons
THE PIGEONS, terrified by the appearance of a Kite, called upon the Hawk to defend them. He at once consented. When they had admitt...

The Widow And The Sheep
A CERTAIN poor widow had one solitary Sheep. At shearing time, wishing to take his fleece and to avoid expense, she sheared him hers...

The Wild Ass And The Lion
A WILD ASS and a Lion entered into an alliance so that they might capture the beasts of the forest with greater ease. The Lion agree...

The Eagle And The Arrow
AN EAGLE sat on a lofty rock, watching the movements of a Hare whom he sought to make his prey. An archer, who saw the Eagle from a ...

The Sick Kite
A KITE, sick unto death, said to his mother: "O Mother! do not mourn, but at once invoke the gods that my life may be prolonged." S...

The Lion And The Dolphin
A LION roaming by the seashore saw a Dolphin lift up its head out of the waves, and suggested that they contract an alliance, saying ...

The Lion And The Boar
ON A SUMMER DAY, when the great heat induced a general thirst among the beasts, a Lion and a Boar came at the same moment to a small ...

The One-eyed Doe
A DOE blind in one eye was accustomed to graze as near to the edge of the cliff as she possibly could, in the hope of securing her gr...

The Shepherd And The Sea
A SHEPHERD, keeping watch over his sheep near the shore, saw the Sea very calm and smooth, and longed to make a voyage with a view to...

The Ass, The Cock, And The Lion
AN ASS and a Cock were in a straw-yard together when a Lion, desperate from hunger, approached the spot. He was about to spring upon...

The Mice And The Weasels
THE WEASELS and the Mice waged a perpetual war with each other, in which much blood was shed. The Weasels were always the victors. ...

The Mice In Council
THE MICE summoned a council to decide how they might best devise means of warning themselves of the approach of their great enemy the...

The Wolf And The Housedog
A WOLF, meeting a big well-fed Mastiff with a wooden collar about his neck asked him who it was that fed him so well and yet compelle...

The Rivers And The Sea
THE RIVERS joined together to complain to the Sea, saying, "Why is it that when we flow into your tides so potable and sweet, you wor...

The Playful Ass
AN ASS climbed up to the roof of a building, and frisking about there, broke in the tiling. The owner went up after him and quickly ...

The Three Tradesmen
A GREAT CITY was besieged, and its inhabitants were called together to consider the best means of protecting it from the enemy. A Br...

The Master And His Dogs
A CERTAIN MAN, detained by a storm in his country house, first of all killed his sheep, and then his goats, for the maintenance of hi...

The Wolf And The Shepherds
A WOLF, passing by, saw some Shepherds in a hut eating a haunch of mutton for their dinner. Approaching them, he said, "What a clamo...

The Dolphins, The Whales, And The Sprat
THE DOLPHINS and Whales waged a fierce war with each other. When the battle was at its height, a Sprat lifted its head out of the wa...

The Ass Carrying The Image
AN ASS once carried through the streets of a city a famous wooden Image, to be placed in one of its Temples. As he passed along, the...

The Two Travelers And The Axe
TWO MEN were journeying together. One of them picked up an axe that lay upon the path, and said, "I have found an axe." "Nay, my fr...

The Old Lion
A LION, worn out with years and powerless from disease, lay on the ground at the point of death. A Boar rushed upon him, and avenged...

The Old Hound
A HOUND, who in the days of his youth and strength had never yielded to any beast of the forest, encountered in his old age a boar in...

The Bee And Jupiter
A BEE from Mount Hymettus, the queen of the hive, ascended to Olympus to present Jupiter some honey fresh from her combs. Jupiter, de...

The Milk-woman And Her Pail
A FARMER'S daughter was carrying her Pail of milk from the field to the farmhouse, when she fell a-musing. "The money for which this...

The Seaside Travelers
SOME TRAVELERS, journeying along the seashore, climbed to the summit of a tall cliff, and looking over the sea, saw in the distance w...

The Brazier And His Dog
A BRAZIER had a little Dog, which was a great favorite with his master, and his constant companion. While he hammered away at his me...

The Ass And His Shadow
A TRAVELER hired an Ass to convey him to a distant place. The day being intensely hot, and the sun shining in its strength, the Trav...

The Ass And His Masters
AN ASS, belonging to an herb-seller who gave him too little food and too much work made a petition to Jupiter to be released from his...

The Oak And The Reeds
A VERY LARGE OAK was uprooted by the wind and thrown across a stream. It fell among some Reeds, which it thus addressed: "I wonder ...

The Fisherman And The Little Fish
A FISHERMAN who lived on the produce of his nets, one day caught a single small Fish as the result of his day's labor. The Fish, pan...

The Hunter And The Woodman
A HUNTER, not very bold, was searching for the tracks of a Lion. He asked a man felling oaks in the forest if he had seen any marks o...

The Wild Boar And The Fox
A WILD BOAR stood under a tree and rubbed his tusks against the trunk. A Fox passing by asked him why he thus sharpened his teeth wh...

The Lion In A Farmyard
A LION entered a farmyard. The Farmer, wishing to catch him, shut the gate. When the Lion found that he could not escape, he flew u...

Mercury And The Sculptor
MERCURY ONCE DETERMINED to learn in what esteem he was held among mortals. For this purpose he assumed the character of a man and vi...

The Swan And The Goose
A CERTAIN rich man bought in the market a Goose and a Swan. He fed the one for his table and kept the other for the sake of its song...

The Swollen Fox
A VERY HUNGRY FOX, seeing some bread and meat left by shepherds in the hollow of an oak, crept into the hole and made a hearty meal. ...

The Fox And The Woodcutter
A FOX, running before the hounds, came across a Woodcutter felling an oak and begged him to show him a safe hiding-place. The Woodcut...

The Birdcatcher, The Partridge, And The Cock
A BIRDCATCHER was about to sit down to a dinner of herbs when a friend unexpectedly came in. The bird-trap was quite empty, as he ha...

The Monkey And The Fishermen
A MONKEY perched upon a lofty tree saw some Fishermen casting their nets into a river, and narrowly watched their proceedings. The Fi...

The Flea And The Wrestler
A FLEA settled upon the bare foot of a Wrestler and bit him, causing the man to call loudly upon Hercules for help. When the Flea a ...

The Two Frogs
TWO FROGS dwelt in the same pool. When the pool dried up under the summer's heat, they left it and set out together for another home...

The Cat And The Mice
A CERTAIN HOUSE was overrun with Mice. A Cat, discovering this, made her way into it and began to catch and eat them one by one. Fea...

The Lion, The Bear, And The Fox
A LION and a Bear seized a Kid at the same moment, and fought fiercely for its possession. When they had fearfully lacerated each ot...

The Doe And The Lion
A DOE hard pressed by hunters sought refuge in a cave belonging to a Lion. The Lion concealed himself on seeing her approach, but wh...

The Farmer And The Fox
A FARMER, who bore a grudge against a Fox for robbing his poultry yard, caught him at last, and being determined to take an ample rev...

The Seagull And The Kite
A SEAGULL having bolted down too large a fish, burst its deep gullet-bag and lay down on the shore to die. A Kite saw him and exclai...

The Philosopher, The Ants, And Mercury
A PHILOSOPHER witnessed from the shore the shipwreck of a vessel, of which the crew and passengers were all drowned. He inveighed ag...

The Mouse And The Bull
A BULL was bitten by a Mouse and, angered by the wound, tried to capture him. But the Mouse reached his hole in safety. Though the ...

The Lion And The Hare
A LION came across a Hare, who was fast asleep. He was just in the act of seizing her, when a fine young Hart trotted by, and he lef...

The Peasant And The Eagle
A PEASANT found an Eagle captured in a trap, and much admiring the bird, set him free. The Eagle did not prove ungrateful to his del...

The Image Of Mercury And The Carpenter
A VERY POOR MAN, a Carpenter by trade, had a wooden image of Mercury, before which he made offerings day by day, and begged the idol ...

The Bull And The Goat
A BULL, escaping from a Lion, hid in a cave which some shepherds had recently occupied. As soon as he entered, a He-Goat left in the...

The Dancing Monkeys
A PRINCE had some Monkeys trained to dance. Being naturally great mimics of men's actions, they showed themselves most apt pupils, a...

The Fox And The Leopard
THE FOX and the Leopard disputed which was the more beautiful of the two. The Leopard exhibited one by one the various spots which d...

The Monkeys And Their Mother
THE MONKEY, it is said, has two young ones at each birth. The Mother fondles one and nurtures it with the greatest affection and car...

The Oaks And Jupiter
THE OAKS presented a complaint to Jupiter, saying, "We bear for no purpose the burden of life, as of all the trees that grow we are t...

The Hare And The Hound
A HOUND started a Hare from his lair, but after a long run, gave up the chase. A goat-herd seeing him stop, mocked him, saying "The ...

The Traveler And Fortune
A TRAVELER wearied from a long journey lay down, overcome with fatigue, on the very brink of a deep well. Just as he was about to fa...

The Bald Knight
A BALD KNIGHT, who wore a wig, went out to hunt. A sudden puff of wind blew off his hat and wig, at which a loud laugh rang forth fr...

The Shepherd And The Dog
A SHEPHERD penning his sheep in the fold for the night was about to shut up a wolf with them, when his Dog perceiving the wolf said, ...

The Lamp
A LAMP, soaked with too much oil and flaring brightly, boasted that it gave more light than the sun. Then a sudden puff of wind aros...

The Lion, The Fox, And The Ass
THE LION, the Fox and the Ass entered into an agreement to assist each other in the chase. Having secured a large booty, the Lion on...

The Bull, The Lioness, And The Wild-boar Hunter
A BULL finding a lion's cub asleep gored him to death with his horns. The Lioness came up, and bitterly lamented the death of her wh...

The Oak And The Woodcutters
THE WOODCUTTER cut down a Mountain Oak and split it in pieces, making wedges of its own branches for dividing the trunk. The Oak sai...

The Hen And The Golden Eggs
A COTTAGER and his wife had a Hen that laid a golden egg every day. They supposed that the Hen must contain a great lump of gold in ...

The Ass And The Frogs
AN ASS, carrying a load of wood, passed through a pond. As he was crossing through the water he lost his footing, stumbled and fell,...

The Crow And The Raven
A CROW was jealous of the Raven, because he was considered a bird of good omen and always attracted the attention of men, who noted b...

The Trees And The Axe
A MAN came into a forest and asked the Trees to provide him a handle for his axe. The Trees consented to his request and gave him a ...

The Crab And The Fox
A CRAB, forsaking the seashore, chose a neighboring green meadow as its feeding ground. A Fox came across him, and being very hungry...

The Woman And Her Hen
A WOMAN possessed a Hen that gave her an egg every day. She often pondered how she might obtain two eggs daily instead of one, and a...

The Ass And The Old Shepherd
A SHEPHERD, watching his Ass feeding in a meadow, was alarmed all of a sudden by the cries of the enemy. He appealed to the Ass to f...

The Kites And The Swans
TEE KITES of olden times, as well as the Swans, had the privilege of song. But having heard the neigh of the horse, they were so enc...

The Wolves And The Sheepdogs
THE WOLVES thus addressed the Sheepdogs: "Why should you, who are like us in so many things, not be entirely of one mind with us, an...

The Hares And The Foxes
THE HARES waged war with the Eagles, and called upon the Foxes to help them. They replied, "We would willingly have helped you, if w...

The Bowman And Lion
A VERY SKILLFUL BOWMAN went to the mountains in search of game, but all the beasts of the forest fled at his approach. The Lion alon...

The Camel
WHEN MAN first saw the Camel, he was so frightened at his vast size that he ran away. After a time, perceiving the meekness and gent...

The Wasp And The Snake
A WASP seated himself upon the head of a Snake and, striking him unceasingly with his stings, wounded him to death. The Snake, being...

The Dog And The Hare
A HOUND having started a Hare on the hillside pursued her for some distance, at one time biting her with his teeth as if he would tak...

The Bull And The Calf
A BULL was striving with all his might to squeeze himself through a narrow passage which led to his stall. A young Calf came up, and...

The Stag, The Wolf, And The Sheep
A STAG asked a Sheep to lend him a measure of wheat, and said that the Wolf would be his surety. The Sheep, fearing some fraud was i...

The Peacock And The Crane
A PEACOCK spreading its gorgeous tail mocked a Crane that passed by, ridiculing the ashen hue of its plumage and saying, "I am robed,...

The Fox And The Hedgehog
A FOX swimming across a rapid river was carried by the force of the current into a very deep ravine, where he lay for a long time ver...

The Eagle, The Cat, And The Wild Sow
AN EAGLE made her nest at the top of a lofty oak; a Cat, having found a convenient hole, moved into the middle of the trunk; and a Wi...

The Thief And The Innkeeper
A THIEF hired a room in a tavern and stayed a while in the hope of stealing something which should enable him to pay his reckoning. ...

The Mule
A MULE, frolicsome from lack of work and from too much corn, galloped about in a very extravagant manner, and said to himself: "My fa...

The Hart And The Vine
A HART, hard pressed in the chase, hid himself beneath the large leaves of a Vine. The huntsmen, in their haste, overshot the place ...

The Serpent And The Eagle
A SERPENT and an Eagle were struggling with each other in deadly conflict. The Serpent had the advantage, and was about to strangle ...

The Crow And The Pitcher
A CROW perishing with thirst saw a pitcher, and hoping to find water, flew to it with delight. When he reached it, he discovered to ...

The Two Frogs
TWO FROGS were neighbors. One inhabited a deep pond, far removed from public view; the other lived in a gully containing little wate...

The Wolf And The Fox
AT ONE TIME a very large and strong Wolf was born among the wolves, who exceeded all his fellow-wolves in strength, size, and swiftne...

The Walnut-tree
A WALNUT TREE standing by the roadside bore an abundant crop of fruit. For the sake of the nuts, the passers-by broke its branches w...

The Gnat And The Lion
A GNAT came and said to a Lion, "I do not in the least fear you, nor are you stronger than I am. For in what does your strength cons...

The Monkey And The Dolphin
A SAILOR, bound on a long voyage, took with him a Monkey to amuse him while on shipboard. As he sailed off the coast of Greece, a vi...

The Jackdaw And The Doves
A JACKDAW, seeing some Doves in a cote abundantly provided with food, painted himself white and joined them in order to share their p...

The Horse And The Stag
AT ONE TIME the Horse had the plain entirely to himself. Then a Stag intruded into his domain and shared his pasture. The Horse, de...

The Kid And The Wolf
A KID, returning without protection from the pasture, was pursued by a Wolf. Seeing he could not escape, he turned round, and said: ...

The Prophet
A WIZARD, sitting in the marketplace, was telling the fortunes of the passers-by when a person ran up in great haste, and announced t...

The Fox And The Monkey
A FOX and a Monkey were traveling together on the same road. As they journeyed, they passed through a cemetery full of monuments. "A...

The Thief And The Housedog
A THIEF came in the night to break into a house. He brought with him several slices of meat in order to pacify the Housedog, so that...

The Man, The Horse, The Ox, And The Dog
A HORSE, Ox, and Dog, driven to great straits by the cold, sought shelter and protection from Man. He received them kindly, lighted ...

The Apes And The Two Travelers
TWO MEN, one who always spoke the truth and the other who told nothing but lies, were traveling together and by chance came to the la...

The Wolf And The Shepherd
A WOLF followed a flock of sheep for a long time and did not attempt to injure one of them. The Shepherd at first stood on his guard...

The Hares And The Lions
THE HARES harangued the assembly, and argued that all should be equal. The Lions made this reply: "Your words, O Hares! are good; b...

The Lark And Her Young Ones
A LARK had made her nest in the early spring on the young green wheat. The brood had almost grown to their full strength and attaine...

The Fox And The Lion
WHEN A FOX who had never yet seen a Lion, fell in with him by chance for the first time in the forest, he was so frightened that he n...

The Weasel And The Mice
A WEASEL, inactive from age and infirmities, was not able to catch mice as he once did. He therefore rolled himself in flour and lay...

The Boy Bathing
A BOY bathing in a river was in danger of being drowned. He called out to a passing traveler for help, but instead of holding out a ...

Counsel Without Help Is Useless.
The Ass and the Wolf AN ASS feeding in a meadow saw a Wolf approaching to seize him, and immediately pretended to be lame. The W...

The Seller Of Images
A CERTAIN MAN made a wooden image of Mercury and offered it for sale. When no one appeared willing to buy it, in order to attract pu...

The Fox And The Grapes
A FAMISHED FOX saw some clusters of ripe black grapes hanging from a trellised vine. She resorted to all her tricks to get at them, ...

The Man And His Wife
A MAN had a Wife who made herself hated by all the members of his household. Wishing to find out if she had the same effect on the p...

The Peacock And Juno
THE PEACOCK made complaint to Juno that, while the nightingale pleased every ear with his song, he himself no sooner opened his mouth...

The Hawk And The Nightingale
A NIGHTINGALE, sitting aloft upon an oak and singing according to his wont, was seen by a Hawk who, being in need of food, swooped do...

The Dog, The Cock, And The Fox
A DOG and a Cock being great friends, agreed to travel together. At nightfall they took shelter in a thick wood. The Cock flying up,...

The Wolf And The Goat
A WOLF saw a Goat feeding at the summit of a steep precipice, where he had no chance of reaching her. He called to her and earnestly...

The Lion And The Bull
A LION, greatly desiring to capture a Bull, and yet afraid to attack him on account of his great size, resorted to a trick to ensure ...

The Goat And The Ass
A MAN once kept a Goat and an Ass. The Goat, envying the Ass on account of his greater abundance of food, said, "How shamefully you ...

The Town Mouse And The Country Mouse
A COUNTRY MOUSE invited a Town Mouse, an intimate friend, to pay him a visit and partake of his country fare. As they were on the ba...

The Wolf, The Fox, And The Ape
A WOLF accused a Fox of theft, but the Fox entirely denied the charge. An Ape undertook to adjudge the matter between them. When eac...

The Fly And The Draught-mule
A FLY sat on the axle-tree of a chariot, and addressing the Draught-Mule said, "How slow you are! Why do you not go faster? See if I ...

The Fishermen
SOME FISHERMEN were out trawling their nets. Perceiving them to be very heavy, they danced about for joy and supposed that they had ...

The Lion And The Three Bulls
THREE BULLS for a long time pastured together. A Lion lay in ambush in the hope of making them his prey, but was afraid to attack th...

The Fowler And The Viper
A FOWLER, taking his bird-lime and his twigs, went out to catch birds. Seeing a thrush sitting upon a tree, he wished to take it, an...

The Horse And The Ass
A HORSE, proud of his fine trappings, met an Ass on the highway. The Ass, being heavily laden, moved slowly out of the way. "Hardly,"...

The Fox And The Mask
A FOX entered the house of an actor and, rummaging through all his properties, came upon a Mask, an admirable imitation of a human he...

The Geese And The Cranes
THE GEESE and the Cranes were feeding in the same meadow, when a birdcatcher came to ensnare them in his nets. The Cranes, being lig...

The Blind Man And The Whelp
A BLIND MAN was accustomed to distinguishing different animals by touching them with his hands. The whelp of a Wolf was brought him,...

The Dogs And The Fox
SOME DOGS, finding the skin of a lion, began to tear it in pieces with their teeth. A Fox, seeing them, said, "If this lion were ali...

The Cobbler Turned Doctor
A COBBLER unable to make a living by his trade and made desperate by poverty, began to practice medicine in a town in which he was no...

The Wolf And The Horse
A WOLF coming out of a field of oats met a Horse and thus addressed him: "I would advise you to go into that field. It is full of f...

The Brother And The Sister
A FATHER had one son and one daughter, the former remarkable for his good looks, the latter for her extraordinary ugliness. While th...

The Wasps, The Partridges, And The Farmer
THE WASPS and the Partridges, overcome with thirst, came to a Farmer and besought him to give them some water to drink. They promise...

The Crow And Mercury
A CROW caught in a snare prayed to Apollo to release him, making a vow to offer some frankincense at his shrine. But when rescued fr...

The North Wind And The Sun
THE NORTH WIND and the Sun disputed as to which was the most powerful, and agreed that he should be declared the victor who could fir...

The Two Men Who Were Enemies
TWO MEN, deadly enemies to each other, were sailing in the same vessel. Determined to keep as far apart as possible, the one seated ...

The Gamecocks And The Partridge
A MAN had two Gamecocks in his poultry-yard. One day by chance he found a tame Partridge for sale. He purchased it and brought it h...

The Quack Frog
A FROG once upon a time came forth from his home in the marsh and proclaimed to all the beasts that he was a learned physician, skill...

The Lion, The Wolf, And The Fox
A LION, growing old, lay sick in his cave. All the beasts came to visit their king, except the Fox. The Wolf therefore, thinking th...

The Dog's House
IN THE WINTERTIME, a Dog curled up in as small a space as possible on account of the cold, determined to make himself a house. Howev...

The Wolf And The Lion
ROAMING BY the mountainside at sundown, a Wolf saw his own shadow become greatly extended and magnified, and he said to himself, "Why...

The Birds, The Beasts, And The Bat
THE BIRDS waged war with the Beasts, and each were by turns the conquerors. A Bat, fearing the uncertain issues of the fight, always...

The Spendthrift And The Swallow
A YOUNG MAN, a great spendthrift, had run through all his patrimony and had but one good cloak left. One day he happened to see a Sw...

The Fox And The Lion
A FOX saw a Lion confined in a cage, and standing near him, bitterly reviled him. The Lion said to the Fox, "It is not thou who revi...

The Owl And The Birds
AN OWL, in her wisdom, counseled the Birds that when the acorn first began to sprout, to pull it all up out of the ground and not all...

The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner
A TRUMPETER, bravely leading on the soldiers, was captured by the enemy. He cried out to his captors, "Pray spare me, and do not tak...

The Ass In The Lion's Skin
AN ASS, having put on the Lion's skin, roamed about in the forest and amused himself by frightening all the foolish animals he met in...

The Sparrow And The Hare
A HARE pounced upon by an eagle sobbed very much and uttered cries like a child. A Sparrow upbraided her and said, "Where now is thy...

The Flea And The Ox
A FLEA thus questioned an Ox: "What ails you, that being so huge and strong, you submit to the wrongs you receive from men and slave...

The Goods And The Ills
ALL the Goods were once driven out by the Ills from that common share which they each had in the affairs of mankind; for the Ills by ...

The Dove And The Crow
A DOVE shut up in a cage was boasting of the large number of young ones which she had hatched. A Crow hearing her, said: "My good f...

Mercury And The Workmen
A WORKMAN, felling wood by the side of a river, let his axe drop - by accident into a deep pool. Being thus deprived of the means of...

The Eagle And The Jackdaw
AN EAGLE, flying down from his perch on a lofty rock, seized upon a lamb and carried him aloft in his talons. A Jackdaw, who witness...

The Fox And The Crane
A FOX invited a Crane to supper and provided nothing for his entertainment but some soup made of pulse, which was poured out into a b...

Jupiter, Neptune, Minerva, And Momus
ACCORDING to an ancient legend, the first man was made by Jupiter, the first bull by Neptune, and the first house by Minerva. On the...

The Eagle And The Fox
AN EAGLE and a Fox formed an intimate friendship and decided to live near each other. The Eagle built her nest in the branches of a ...

The Man And The Satyr
A MAN and a Satyr once drank together in token of a bond of alliance being formed between them. One very cold wintry day, as they ta...

The Ass And His Purchaser
A MAN wished to purchase an Ass, and agreed with its owner that he should try out the animal before he bought him. He took the Ass h...

The Two Bags
EVERY MAN, according to an ancient legend, is born into the world with two bags suspended from his neck all bag in front full of hi...

The Stag At The Pool
A STAG overpowered by heat came to a spring to drink. Seeing his own shadow reflected in the water, he greatly admired the size and ...

The Jackdaw And The Fox
A HALF-FAMISHED JACKDAW seated himself on a fig-tree, which had produced some fruit entirely out of season, and waited in the hope th...

The Lark Burying Her Father
THE LARK (according to an ancient legend) was created before the earth itself, and when her father died, as there was no earth, she c...

The Gnat And The Bull
A GNAT settled on the horn of a Bull, and sat there a long time. Just as he was about to fly off, he made a buzzing noise, and inquir...

The Bitch And Her Whelps
A BITCH, ready to whelp, earnestly begged a shepherd for a place where she might litter. When her request was granted, she besought ...

The Dogs And The Hides
SOME DOGS famished with hunger saw a number of cowhides steeping in a river. Not being able to reach them, they agreed to drink up t...

The Shepherd And The Sheep
A SHEPHERD driving his Sheep to a wood, saw an oak of unusual size full of acorns, and spreading his cloak under the branches, he cli...

The Grasshopper And The Owl
AN OWL, accustomed to feed at night and to sleep during the day, was greatly disturbed by the noise of a Grasshopper and earnestly be...

The Monkey And The Camel
THE BEASTS of the forest gave a splendid entertainment at which the Monkey stood up and danced. Having vastly delighted the assembly...

The Peasant And The Apple-tree
A PEASANT had in his garden an Apple-Tree which bore no fruit but only served as a harbor for the sparrows and grasshoppers. He reso...

The Two Soldiers And The Robber
TWO SOLDIERS traveling together were set upon by a Robber. The one fled away; the other stood his ground and defended himself with h...

The Trees Under The Protection Of The Gods
THE GODS, according to an ancient legend, made choice of certain trees to be under their special protection. Jupiter chose the oak, ...

The Mother And The Wolf
A FAMISHED WOLF was prowling about in the morning in search of food. As he passed the door of a cottage built in the forest, he hear...

The Ass And The Horse
AN ASS besought a Horse to spare him a small portion of his feed. "Yes," said the Horse; "if any remains out of what I am now eating ...

Truth And The Traveler
A WAYFARING MAN, traveling in the desert, met a woman standing alone and terribly dejected. He inquired of her, "Who art thou?" "My ...

The Manslayer
A MAN committed a murder, and was pursued by the relations of the man whom he murdered. On his reaching the river Nile he saw a Lion...

The Lion And The Fox
A FOX entered into partnership with a Lion on the pretense of becoming his servant. Each undertook his proper duty in accordance wit...

The Lion And The Eagle
AN EAGLE stayed his flight and entreated a Lion to make an alliance with him to their mutual advantage. The Lion replied, "I have no...

The Hen And The Swallow
A HEN finding the eggs of a viper and carefully keeping them warm, nourished them into life. A Swallow, observing what she had done,...

The Buffoon And The Countryman
A RICH NOBLEMAN once opened the theaters without charge to the people, and gave a public notice that he would handsomely reward any p...

The Crow And The Serpent
A CROW in great want of food saw a Serpent asleep in a sunny nook, and flying down, greedily seized him. The Serpent, turning about,...

The Hunter And The Horseman
A CERTAIN HUNTER, having snared a hare, placed it upon his shoulders and set out homewards. On his way he met a man on horseback who...

The King's Son And The Painted Lion
A KING, whose only son was fond of martial exercises, had a dream in which he was warned that his son would be killed by a lion. Afra...

The Cat And Venus
A CAT fell in love with a handsome young man, and entreated Venus to change her into the form of a woman. Venus consented to her req...

The She-goats And Their Beards
THE SHE-GOATS having obtained a beard by request to Jupiter, the He-Goats were sorely displeased and made complaint that the females ...

The Miller, His Son, And Their Ass
A MILLER and his son were driving their Ass to a neighboring fair to sell him. They had not gone far when they met with a troop of w...

The Crow And The Sheep
A TROUBLESOME CROW seated herself on the back of a Sheep. The Sheep, much against his will, carried her backward and forward for a l...

The Fox And The Bramble
A FOX was mounting a hedge when he lost his footing and caught hold of a Bramble to save himself. Having pricked and grievously tom ...

The Wolf And The Lion
A WOLF, having stolen a lamb from a fold, was carrying him off to his lair. A Lion met him in the path, and seizing the lamb, took i...

The Dog And The Oyster
A DOG, used to eating eggs, saw an Oyster and, opening his mouth to its widest extent, swallowed it down with the utmost relish, supp...

The Ant And The Dove
AN ANT went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst, and being carried away by the rush of the stream, was on the point of drowni...

The Partridge And The Fowler
A FOWLER caught a Partridge and was about to kill it. The Partridge earnestly begged him to spare his life, saying, "Pray, master, p...

The Flea And The Man
A MAN, very much annoyed with a Flea, caught him at last, and said, "Who are you who dare to feed on my limbs, and to cost me so much...

The Thieves And The Cock
SOME THIEVES broke into a house and found nothing but a Cock, whom they stole, and got off as fast as they could. Upon arriving at h...

The Dog And The Cook
A RICH MAN gave a great feast, to which he invited many friends and acquaintances. His Dog availed himself of the occasion to invite...

The Hares And The Frogs
THE HARES, oppressed by their own exceeding timidity and weary of the perpetual alarm to which they were exposed, with one accord det...

The Lion, Jupiter, And The Elephant
THE LION wearied Jupiter with his frequent complaints. "It is true, O Jupiter!" he said, "that I am gigantic in strength, handsome ...

The Lamb And The Wolf
A WOLF pursued a Lamb, which fled for refuge to a certain Temple. The Wolf called out to him and said, "The Priest will slay you in s...

The Rich Man And The Tanner
A RICH MAN lived near a Tanner, and not being able to bear the unpleasant smell of the tan-yard, he pressed his neighbor to go away. ...

The Shipwrecked Man And The Sea
A SHIPWRECKED MAN, having been cast upon a certain shore, slept after his buffetings with the deep. After a while he awoke, and look...

The Mules And The Robbers
TWO MULES well-laden with packs were trudging along. One carried panniers filled with money, the other sacks weighted with grain. Th...

The Viper And The File
A LION, entering the workshop of a smith, sought from the tools the means of satisfying his hunger. He more particularly addressed h...

The Camel And Jupiter
THE CAMEL, when he saw the Bull adorned with horns, envied him and wished that he himself could obtain the same honors. He went to J...

The Panther And The Shepherds
A PANTHER, by some mischance, fell into a pit. The Shepherds discovered him, and some threw sticks at him and pelted him with stones...

The Ass And The Charger
AN ASS congratulated a Horse on being so ungrudgingly and carefully provided for, while he himself had scarcely enough to eat and not...

The Eagle And His Captor
AN EAGLE was once captured by a man, who immediately clipped his wings and put him into his poultry-yard with the other birds, at whi...

The Bald Man And The Fly
A FLY bit the bare head of a Bald Man who, endeavoring to destroy it, gave himself a heavy slap. Escaping, the Fly said mockingly, "...

The Olive-tree And The Fig-tree
THE OLIVE-TREE ridiculed the Fig-Tree because, while she was green all the year round, the Fig-Tree changed its leaves with the seaso...

The Eagle And The Kite
AN EAGLE, overwhelmed with sorrow, sat upon the branches of a tree in company with a Kite. "Why," said the Kite, "do I see you with ...

The Ass And His Driver
AN ASS, being driven along a high road, suddenly started off and bolted to the brink of a deep precipice. While he was in the act of...

The Thrush And The Fowler
A THRUSH was feeding on a myrtle-tree and did not move from it because its berries were so delicious. A Fowler observed her staying ...

The Rose And The Amaranth
AN AMARANTH planted in a garden near a Rose-Tree, thus addressed it: "What a lovely flower is the Rose, a favorite alike with Gods a...

The Frogs' Complaint Against The Sun
ONCE UPON A TIME, when the Sun announced his intention to take a wife, the Frogs lifted up their voices in clamor to the sky. Jupiter...

The Cock And The Pearl
A cock was once strutting up and down the farmyard among the hens when suddenly he espied something shinning amid the straw. "Ho! h...

The Wolf And The Lamb
Once upon a time a Wolf was lapping at a spring on a hillside, when, looking up, what should he see but a Lamb just beginning to dr...

The Dog And The Shadow
It happened that a Dog had got a piece of meat and was carrying it home in his mouth to eat it in peace. Now on his way home he ha...

The Lion's Share
The Lion went once a-hunting along with the Fox, the Jackal, and the Wolf. They hunted and they hunted till at last they surprised...

The Wolf And The Crane
A Wolf had been gorging on an animal he had killed, when suddenly a small bone in the meat stuck in his throat and he could not swa...

The Man And The Serpent
A Countryman's son by accident trod upon a Serpent's tail, which turned and bit him so that he died. The father in a rage got his ...

The Town Mouse And The Country Mouse
Now you must know that a Town Mouse once upon a time went on a visit to his cousin in the country. He was rough and ready, this co...

The Fox And The Crow
A Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and settle on a branch of a tree. "That's for me, as I am a Fox,"...

The Sick Lion
A Lion had come to the end of his days and lay sick unto death at the mouth of his cave, gasping for breath. The animals, his subj...

The Ass And The Lapdog
A Farmer one day came to the stables to see to his beasts of burden: among them was his favourite Ass, that was always well fed and...

The Lion And The Mouse
Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw ...

The Swallow And The Other Birds
It happened that a Countryman was sowing some hemp seeds in a field where a Swallow and some other birds were hopping about picking...

The Frogs Desiring A King
The Frogs were living as happy as could be in a marshy swamp that just suited them; they went splashing about caring for nobody and...

The Mountains In Labour
One day the Countrymen noticed that the Mountains were in labour; smoke came out of their summits, the earth was quaking at their f...

The Hares And The Frogs
The Hares were so persecuted by the other beasts, they did not know where to go. As soon as they saw a single animal approach th...

The Wolf And The Kid
A Kid was perched up on the top of a house, and looking down saw a Wolf passing under him. Immediately he began to revile and atta...

The Woodman And The Serpent
One wintry day a Woodman was tramping home from his work when he saw something black lying on the snow. When he came closer he saw...

The Bald Man And The Fly
There was once a Bald Man who sat down after work on a hot summer's day. A Fly came up and kept buzzing about his bald pate, and s...

The Fox And The Stork
At one time the Fox and the Stork were on visiting terms and seemed very good friends. So the Fox invited the Stork to dinner, and...

The Fox And The Mask
A Fox had by some means got into the store-room of a theatre. Suddenly he observed a face glaring down on him and began to be very ...

The Jay And The Peacock
A Jay venturing into a yard where Peacocks used to walk, found there a number of feathers which had fallen from the Peacocks when t...

The Frog And The Ox
"Oh Father," said a little Frog to the big one sitting by the side of a pool, "I have seen such a terrible monster! It was as big ...

Androcles
A slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest. As he was wandering about there he came upon a Lion l...

The Bat, The Birds, And The Beasts
A great conflict was about to come off between the Birds and the Beasts. When the two armies were collected together the Bat hesit...

The Hart And The Hunter
The Hart was once drinking from a pool and admiring the noble figure he made there. "Ah," said he, "where can you see such noble h...

The Serpent And The File
A Serpent in the course of its wanderings came into an armourer's shop. As he glided over the floor he felt his skin pricked by a ...

The Man And The Wood
A Man came into a Wood one day with an axe in his hand, and begged all the Trees to give him a small branch which he wanted for a p...

The Dog And The Wolf
A gaunt Wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a House-dog who was passing by. "Ah, Cousin," said the Dog. "I k...

The Belly And The Members
One fine day it occurred to the Members of the Body that they were doing all the work and the Belly was having all the food. So th...

The Hart In The Ox-stall
A Hart hotly pursued by the hounds fled for refuge into an ox-stall, and buried itself in a truss of hay, leaving nothing to be see...

The Fox And The Grapes
One hot summer's day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had bee...

The Horse, Hunter, And Stag
A quarrel had arisen between the Horse and the Stag, so the Horse came to a Hunter to ask his help to take revenge on the Stag. Th...

The Peacock And Juno
A Peacock once placed a petition before Juno desiring to have the voice of a nightingale in addition to his other attractions; but ...

The Fox And The Lion
When first the Fox saw the Lion he was terribly frightened, and ran away and hid himself in the wood. Next time however he came ne...

The Lion And The Statue
A Man and a Lion were discussing the relative strength of men and lions in general. The Man contended that he and his fellows were...

The Ant And The Grasshopper
In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearin...

The Tree And The Reed
"Well, little one," said a Tree to a Reed that was growing at its foot, "why do you not plant your feet deeply in the ground, and r...

The Fox And The Cat
A Fox was boasting to a Cat of its clever devices for escaping its enemies. "I have a whole bag of tricks," he said, "which contai...

The Wolf In Sheep's Clothing
A Wolf found great difficulty in getting at the sheep owing to the vigilance of the shepherd and his dogs. But one day it found th...

The Dog In The Manger
A Dog looking out for its afternoon nap jumped into the Manger of an Ox and lay there cosily upon the straw. But soon the Ox, retu...

The Man And The Wooden God
In the old days men used to worship stocks and stones and idols, and prayed to them to give them luck. It happened that a Man had ...

The Fisher
A Fisher once took his bagpipes to the bank of a river, and played upon them with the hope of making the fish rise; but never a one...

The Shepherd's Boy
There was once a young Shepherd Boy who tended his sheep at the foot of a mountain near a dark forest. It was rather lonely for hi...

The Young Thief And His Mother
A young Man had been caught in a daring act of theft and had been condemned to be executed for it. He expressed his desire to see ...

The Man And His Two Wives
In the old days, when men were allowed to have many wives, a middle-aged Man had one wife that was old and one that was young; each...

The Nurse And The Wolf
"Be quiet now," said an old Nurse to a child sitting on her lap. "If you make that noise again I will throw you to the Wolf." No...

The Tortoise And The Birds
A Tortoise desired to change its place of residence, so he asked an Eagle to carry him to his new home, promising her a rich reward...

The Two Crabs
One fine day two Crabs came out from their home to take a stroll on the sand. "Child," said the mother, "you are walking very ungr...

The Ass In The Lion's Skin
An Ass once found a Lion's skin which the hunters had left out in the sun to dry. He put it on and went towards his native village...

The Two Fellows And The Bear
Two Fellows were travelling together through a wood, when a Bear rushed out upon them. One of the travellers happened to be in fro...

The Two Pots
Two Pots had been left on the bank of a river, one of brass, and one of earthenware. When the tide rose they both floated off down...

The Four Oxen And The Lion
A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came nea...

The Fisher And The Little Fish
It happened that a Fisher, after fishing all day, caught only a little fish. "Pray, let me go, master," said the Fish. "I am much...

Avaricious And Envious
Two neighbours came before Jupiter and prayed him to grant their hearts' desire. Now the one was full of avarice, and the other ea...

The Crow And The Pitcher
A Crow, half-dead with thirst, came upon a Pitcher which had once been full of water; but when the Crow put its beak into the mouth...

The Man And The Satyr
A Man had lost his way in a wood one bitter winter's night. As he was roaming about, a Satyr came up to him, and finding that he ha...

The Goose With The Golden Eggs
One day a countryman going to the nest of his Goose found there an egg all yellow and glittering. When he took it up it was as hea...

The Labourer And The Nightingale
A Labourer lay listening to a Nightingale's song throughout the summer night. So pleased was he with it that the next night he set...

The Fox, The Cock, And The Dog
One moonlight night a Fox was prowling about a farmer's hen-coop, and saw a Cock roosting high up beyond his reach. "Good news, go...

The Wind And The Sun
The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveller coming down the road, and the Sun said: "...

Hercules And The Waggoner
A Waggoner was once driving a heavy load along a very muddy way. At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank half-...

The Man, The Boy, And The Donkey
A Man and his son were once going with their Donkey to market. As they were walking along by its side a countryman passed them and ...

The Miser And His Gold
Once upon a time there was a Miser who used to hide his gold at the foot of a tree in his garden; but every week he used to go and ...

The Fox And The Mosquitoes
A Fox after crossing a river got its tail entangled in a bush, and could not move. A number of Mosquitoes seeing its plight settle...

The Fox Without A Tail
It happened that a Fox caught its tail in a trap, and in struggling to release himself lost all of it but the stump. At first he w...

The One-eyed Doe
A Doe had had the misfortune to lose one of her eyes, and could not see any one approaching her on that side. So to avoid any dang...

Belling The Cat
Long ago, the mice had a general council to consider what measures they could take to outwit their common enemy, the Cat. Some said...

The Hare And The Tortoise
The Hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. "I have never yet been beaten," said he, "when I put forth my fu...

The Old Man And Death
An old labourer, bent double with age and toil, was gathering sticks in a forest. At last he grew so tired and hopeless that he th...

The Hare With Many Friends
A Hare was very popular with the other beasts who all claimed to be her friends. But one day she heard the hounds approaching and ...

The Lion In Love
A Lion once fell in love with a beautiful maiden and proposed marriage to her parents. The old people did not know what to say. Th...

The Bundle Of Sticks
An old man on the point of death summoned his sons around him to give them some parting advice. He ordered his servants to bring i...

The Lion, The Fox, And The Beasts
The Lion once gave out that he was sick unto death and summoned the animals to come and hear his last Will and Testament. So the Go...

The Ass's Brains
The Lion and the Fox went hunting together. The Lion, on the advice of the Fox, sent a message to the Ass, proposing to make an al...

The Eagle And The Arrow
An Eagle was soaring through the air when suddenly it heard the whizz of an Arrow, and felt itself wounded to death. Slowly it flu...

The Milkmaid And Her Pail
Patty the Milkmaid was going to market carrying her milk in a Pail on her head. As she went along she began calculating what she w...

The Cat-maiden
The gods were once disputing whether it was possible for a living being to change its nature. Jupiter said "Yes," but Venus said "...

The Horse And The Ass
A Horse and an Ass were travelling together, the Horse prancing along in its fine trappings, the Ass carrying with difficulty the h...

The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner
A Trumpeter during a battle ventured too near the enemy and was captured by them. They were about to proceed to put him to death w...

The Buffoon And The Countryman
At a country fair there was a Buffoon who made all the people laugh by imitating the cries of various animals. He finished off by ...

The Old Woman And The Wine-jar
You must know that sometimes old women like a glass of wine. One of this sort once found a Wine-jar lying in the road, and eagerly ...

The History Of Tom Thumb
It is said that in the days of the famed Prince Arthur, who was king of Britain, in the year 516, there lived a great magician, called Me...

The Cat And The Mouse
The cat and the mouse Played in the malt-house: The cat bit the mouse's tail off. "Pray, puss, give me my tail." "No," says...

Fire! Fire! Burn Stick!
And old woman was sweeping her house, and she found a little crooked sixpence. "What," said she, "shall I do with this little sixpence? ...

The Girl Monkey And The String Of Pearls
One day the king went for a long walk in the woods. When he came back to his own garden, he sent for his family to come down to the ...

The Three Fishes
Once upon a time three Fishes lived in a far-away river. They were named Thoughtful, Very-Thoughtful, and Thoughtless. One day th...

The Tricky Wolf And The Rats
Once upon a time a Big Rat lived in the forest, and many hundreds of other Rats called him their Chief. A Tricky Wolf saw this tr...

The Woodpecker, Turtle, And Deer
Once upon a time a Deer lived in a forest near a lake. Not far from the same lake, a Woodpecker had a nest in the top of a tree; and...

The Golden Goose
Once upon a time there was a Goose who had beautiful golden feathers. Not far away from this Goose lived a poor, a very poor woman, ...

The Stupid Monkeys
Once upon a time a king gave a holiday to all the people in one of his cities. The king's gardener thought to himself: "All my fr...

The Cunning Wolf
Once upon a time the people in a certain town went out into the woods for a holiday. They took baskets full of good things to eat. B...

The Penny-wise Monkey
Once upon a time the king of a large and rich country gathered together his army to take a faraway little country. The king and his ...

The Red-bud Tree
Once upon a time four young princes heard a story about a certain wonderful tree, called the Red-Bud Tree. No one of them had ever s...

The Woodpecker And The Lion
One day while a Lion was eating his dinner a bone stuck in his throat. It hurt so that he could not finish his dinner. He walked up ...

The Otters And The Wolf
One day a Wolf said to her mate, "A longing has come upon me to eat fresh fish." "I will go and get some for you," said he and he...

How The Monkey Saved His Troop
A mango-tree grew on the bank of a great river. The fruit fell from some of the branches of this tree into the river, and from other...

The Hawks And Their Friends
A family of Hawks lived on an island in a lake not far from the great forest. On the northern shore of this lake lived a Lion, King ...

The Brave Little Bowman
Once upon a time there was a little man with a crooked back who was called the wise little bowman because he used his bow and arrow ...

The Foolhardy Wolf
A lion bounded forth from his lair one day, looking north, west, south, and east. He saw a Buffalo and went to kill him. The Lion...

The Stolen Plow
At one time there were two traders who were great friends. One of them lived in a small village, and one lived in a large town near-...

The Lion In Bad Company
One day a young Lion came suddenly upon a Wolf. The Wolf was not able to get away, so he said to the Lion: "Please, Great Lion, coul...

The Wise Goat And The Wolf
Once upon a time, many, many wild Goats lived in a cave in the side of a hill. A Wolf lived with his mate not far from this cave. Li...

Prince Wicked And The Grateful Animals
Once upon a time a king had a son named Prince Wicked. He was fierce and cruel, and he spoke to nobody without abuse, or blows. Like...

Beauty And Brownie
Two Deer named Beauty and Brownie lived with their father and mother and great herds of Deer in a forest. One day their father calle...

Nature In Travail.
"I say, professor?" "Very well, Waldo; proceed." "Wonder if this isn't a portion of the glorious climate, broken loose from its ...

Professor Featherwit Taking Notes.
"To the house!" cried the professor, raising his voice to overcome yonder sullen roar, which was now beginning to come their way. "T...

Riding The Tornado.
Whether it was that the air-ship itself had increased its speed during those few moments of dense obscurity, or whether the madly whi...

The Professor's Little Experiment.
Again those involuntary riders of the tornado were tossed violently to and fro in their seemingly frail ship, while the balloon itsel...

The Professor's Unknown Land.
There was neither time nor opportunity for taking notes, for that long rope straightened out in the fraction of a second, throwing al...

A Brace Of Unwelcome Visitors.
Instinctively the brothers drew nearer each other, as though for mutual protection, each one letting hand drop to belt where a revolv...

The Professor's Great Anticipations.
A stretch and a yawn, which in Waldo's case ended in a prolonged howl, which would not have disgraced either of their four-footed vis...

A Duel To The Death.
Professor Featherwit nodded assent, and, after a brief chuckle, Waldo resumed: "You can take all those big fellows with the jaw-bre...

Grappling A Queer Fish.
At nearly the same moment both Bruno and Waldo caught a glimpse of water, shining clear and distinct amidst that sombre setting; but ...

Rescued And Rescuers.
Despite their very natural excitement, caused by this peril and its foiling, Professor Featherwit retained nearly all his customary ...

Another Surprise For The Professor.
The stranger laughed aloud at this, then seemed surprised that aught of mirth could be awakened where grief and despair had so long r...

The Story Of A Broken Life.
This was the idea that occurred to both uncle and nephews, but they had seen and heard enough to excuse all that, and Professor Feath...

The Lost City Of The Aztecs.
Uncle Phaeton was more than willing to do the honours of his pet invention, and this afforded a most happy diversion, although the de...

A Marvellous Vision.
But the night was considerably older ere any one of that quartette lost himself in slumber, for all had been too thoroughly wrought u...

Astounding, Yet True.
The professor gave a great start at this almost reluctant suggestion, shrinking back with a look which fell not far short of being ho...

Can It Be True?
That announcement came with all the force of a bolt from the blue, and even the professor dropped his glasses with a gasp of amazemen...

An Enigma For The Brothers.
In place of the indulgent smile for which he was playing, Waldo received a frown, and directly thereafter the professor spoke in tone...

Something Like A White Elephant.
Only a lad, slight-limbed and slenderly framed to the eye, yet for all that gifted with a gallant heart, else he surely must have bee...

The Children Of The Sun God.
No difficulty whatever was experienced in reaching that retreat, and milder prisoner never knew a guard than Ixtli proved himself to ...

The Professor And The Aztec.
Fortunately for all concerned, there proved to be no serious difficulty attached to that same holding. So far as outward semblance w...

Discussing Ways And Means.
In good measure prepared for some such result, in case their expectations should prove true, friendly hands at once closed upon the e...

A Daring Undertaking.
Still, that point was of too vital importance to justify hasty decision, and the professor did not make his surrender complete until ...

A Flight Underground.
That sudden appearance and flight of another man took Ixtli even more by surprise than it did Bruno, for he never even suspected such...

The Sun Children's Peril.
Not until the two young men passed beneath those heavy curtains did either one of the Sun Children really give thought to their own p...

Waldo Goes Fishing.
It was with stronger forebodings than he dared acknowledge even to himself, that Professor Featherwit watched the two young men out o...

Down Among The Dead.
Ixtli spoke with a degree of earnestness which left no room for doubt, even if the young man's own keen sense of hearing had not give...

Penetrating Grim Secrets.
Bruno caught an imperfect view of moving figures at no great distance ahead, but ere he could fairly decide just what they might be, ...

Brought Before The Gods.
Once again Aztotl, the Red Heron, was bowing humbly before the Children of the Sun God, but now there was stern grief impressed upon ...

Beneath The Sacrificial Stone.
Contrary to the expectations of Ixtli escape by way of the War God's temple was barred throughout the remainder of that eventful nigh...

Against Overwhelming Odds.
This double appearance--for Ixtli kept fair pace with his hot-headed white brother--caused no little stir, and added considerable to ...

Defending The Sun Children.
Louder than ever rose the voice of Lord Hua, after witnessing the fall of his ally, the high priest. In spite of the great odds agai...

Tommy Enjoys Himself
Tommy Fox was having a delightful time. If you could have come upon him in the woods you would have been astonished at his antics. H...

Johnnie Green Goes Hunting
When Tommy Fox discovered old Mother Grouse crouched beneath the evergreen tree he grew hungrier than ever. And he decided that he ...

Tommy Fox Learns To Hunt
Tommy Fox was hunting crickets in the field near his mother's house. Being a young fox, not much more than half-grown, Tommy knew ve...

Mother Grouse's Children
The very next day after his first lesson in hunting, when his mother had brought home the live woodchuck, Tommy Fox went off into th...

Tommy Fox Is Hungry
Tommy Fox kept a sharp look-out to see what he could capture to eat. But he could discover nothing at all. To be sure, there were bi...

Mr. Gray Squirrel's Mistake
Mr. Gray Squirrel certainly was mistaken, when he thought that Tommy Fox was dead and came down out of the chestnut tree to look at ...

Tommy Chases Mr. Woodchuck
Tommy Fox went up into Farmer Green's back-pasture, which, lay even nearer Blue Mountain than the field where Tommy and his mother l...

Something Makes Tommy Very Proud
Tommy Fox could think of nothing but Mr. Woodchuck. He thought there could be no use in going back to the hole beneath the big oak i...

Tommy Fox In Trouble
A few days after Tommy Fox caught old Mr. Woodchuck, something happened that set him thinking. Perhaps I should say _"a few nights"_...

Mrs. Fox Outwits Dog Spot
Poor Tommy Fox! How he wished that he had obeyed his mother, and kept away from Farmer Green's hen-house! Now Farmer Green's dog Spo...

Tommy Grows Too Careless
By the time summer was nearly over, Tommy Fox was much bigger than he had been in the spring. So many things had happened, and he ha...

Old Mr. Crow Is Pleased
There was a very good reason why Mrs. Fox did not come home that day when the dog Spot chased Tommy Fox into his house. She had hear...

Johnnie Green And His New Pet
Tommy Fox was in a terrible fix. He was caught fast by the foot in a trap; and if that isn't being in a fix, I should like to know w...

Tommy Fox Makes A Strange Friend
There was one thing, especially, that surprised Tommy Fox. And I think it surprised the dog Spot even more. Tommy and Spot became fr...

Johnnie Green Feels Sad
Yes--there was trouble when Farmer Green discovered that Tommy Fox had been stealing his hens. He fastened the end of Tommy's chain ...

Tommy Becomes Boastful
When Johnnie Green turned Tommy Fox loose, out in the meadow, in the moonlight, Tommy hurried across the fields as fast as he could ...

Paying A Call On A Friend
Mr. Crow had dared Tommy Fox to go down to pay a call on his friend dog Spot, at Farmer Green's place. And Tommy was trotting along ...

The World Turns White
After he outwitted the strange dog, Tommy Fox became more of a braggart than ever. He thought that he knew just about all there was ...

Tommy Fox Learns A New Trick
Now, there was a road that ran through the valley, along the bank of Swift River. And when Mrs. Fox reached it, with Tommy close beh...

The Drummer Of The Woods
Tommy Fox stopped short and listened. It was early spring, and the snow was still deep on the sides of Blue Mountain. _Thump--thu...

The Biggest Surprise Of All
It was a pretty big surprise for Tommy Fox, when Mr. Grouse sprang out of the snow, right beneath his feet. But it was nothing at al...

A Word To Grown Ups
To you;--parents, guardians, teachers and all others upon whom devolves the supremely important responsibility of directing the earl...

The Tale Of Jolly Robin
Of course, there is a time when Jolly Robin is only a nestling. Then one day, after he tumbles out of the apple tree and falls squawki...

The Tale Of Betsy Butterfly
Betsy Butterfly is the owner of a pair of such beautifully colored wings and her sweet disposition matches them so perfectly that it i...

Buster Bumblebee
Buster's intentions are all very good, but he is so awkward and stupid that he constantly stumbles into trouble, thereby causing his ...

The Tale Of Freddie Firefly
Freddie Firefly is most anxious to lighten the cares of his friends in Pleasant Valley for he is a most unselfish fellow and enjoys no...

The Tale Of Daddy Long-legs
Daddy is a person of such unusual appearance with, his eight scrawny legs in contrast to ordinary people's two, and everything about h...

The Tale Of Kiddie Katydid
Kiddy Katydid and his relatives were in possession of a secret that none of the Pleasant Valley folk can solve, though they waste much...

The Tale Of Old Mr. Crow
Mr. Crow has a very solemn look--unless you regard him closely. But it is a very sly, knowing look, if you take pains to stare boldly ...

The Tale Of Solomon Owl
All the folks down in Pleasant Valley know Solomon Owl. Well, It's this way. If you hear Solomon Owl on a dark night when his "Wha-Wha...

The Story Of Little Black Sambo
Prefix There is very little to say about the story of LITTLE BLACK SAMBO. Once upon a time there was an English lady in India, wh...

The Story Of Little Black Mingo
Once upon a time there was a little black girl, and her name was Little Black Mingo. She had no father and mother, so she h...

Piping Down The Valleys Wild
Piping down the valleys wild, Piping songs of pleasant glee, On a cloud I saw a child, And he laughing said to me:-- "Pipe ...

The Lamb
Little lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee, Gave thee life and bade thee feed By the stream and o'er the mead; ...

Laughing Song
When the green wood laughs with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry ...

The Wind
Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I But when the leaves hang trembling The wind is passing by. Who has seen the wind? ...

The City Mouse And The Garden Mouse
The city mouse lives in a house;-- The garden mouse lives in a bower, He's friendly with the frogs and toads, And sees the pre...

Lullaby
Lullaby, oh, lullaby! Flowers are closed and lambs are sleeping; Lullaby, oh, lullaby! Stars are up, the moon is peeping; L...

The Sisters
Sing me a song-- What shall I sing?-- Three merry sisters Dancing in a ring, Light and fleet upon their feet As birds upon...

The Wind
I saw you toss the kites on high And blow the birds about the sky; And all around I heard you pass, Like ladies' skirts across the...

Windy Nights
Whenever the moon and stars are set, Whenever the wind is high, All night long in the dark and wet, A man goes riding by. Lat...

The Whole Duty Of Children
A child should always say what's true And speak when he is spoken to, And behave mannerly at table; At least as far as he is able....

My Bed Is A Boat
My bed is like a little boat; Nurse helps me in when I embark; She girds me in my sailor's coat And starts me in the dark. ...

The Land Of Counterpane
When I was sick and lay abed, I had two pillows at my head, And all my toys beside me lay To keep me happy all the day. And som...

The Land Of Storybooks
At evening when the lamp is lit, Around the fire my parents sit; They sit at home and talk and sing, And do not play at anything. ...

If I Were A Sunbeam
"If I were a sunbeam, I know what I'd do; I would seek white lilies, Rainy woodlands through. I would steal among them, So...

The Rivulet
Run, little rivulet, run! Summer is fairly begun. Bear to the meadow the hymn of the pines, And the echo that rings where the ...

The Brown Thrush
There's a merry brown thrush sitting up in the tree. He's singing to me! He's singing to me! And what does he say, little girl, lit...

Meddlesome Matty
One ugly trick has often spoiled The sweetest and the best: Matilda, though a pleasant child, One grievous fault possessed, W...

The Violet
Down in a green and shady bed A modest violet grew, Its stalk was bent, it hung its head, As if to hide from view. And yet ...

The Star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. When the blazi...

The Way To Be Happy
How pleasant it is at the end of the day, No follies to have to repent, But reflect on the past and be able to say, My time has ...

Against Idleness And Mischief
How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day From every opening flower! How skillfu...

A Morning Song
My God, who makes the sun to know His proper hour to rise, And to give light to all below, Doth send him round the skies. W...

A Cradle Hymn
Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber! Holy angels guard thybed! Heavenly blessings without number Gently falling on thy head. ...

Jabberwocky
'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimbel in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe...

You Are Old, Father William
"You are old, father William," the young man said "And your hair has become very white; And yet you incessantly stand on your hea...

The Walrus And The Carpenter
The sun was shining on the sea, Shining with all his might; He did his very best to make The billows smooth and bright-- And ...

Edward Lear
There was an Old Man of the West, Who never could get any rest; So they set him to spin on his nose and his chin. Which cured that...

The Owl And The Pussy-cat
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat: They took some honey, and plenty of money Wrapped up in a...

The Jumblies
They went to sea in a sieve, they did; In a sieve they went to sea: In spite of all their friends could say, On a winter's morn,...

Bonny Barbara Allan
It was in and about the Martinmas time, When the green leaves were a-falling, That Sir John Graeme, in the West Country, Fell ...

Sir Patrick Spence
The king sits in Dunferling toune, Drinking the blude-reid wine; "O whar will I get a guid sailór To sail this schip of mine?"...

Robin Hood And Allin A Dale
Come listen to me, you gallants so free, All you that loves mirth for to hear, And I will tell you of a bold outlaw, That live...

Kinmont Willie
O! have ye na heard o' the fause Sakelde? O! have ye na heard o' the keen Lord Scroope? How they hae taen bauld Kinmont Willie ...

The Wreck Of The Hesperus
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow It was the schooner _Hesperus_, That sailed the wintry sea; And the skipper had taken his little ...

La Belle Dame Sans Merci
John Keats Ah, what can ail thee, wretched wight, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge is wither'd from the lake, And no b...

Lord Ullin's Daughter
Thomas Campbell A chieftain to the Highlands bound, Cries, "Boatman, do not tarry! And I'll give thee a silver pound To row...

Young Lochinvar
Sir Walter Scott Oh young Lochinvar is come out of the west, Through all the wide Border his steed was the best; And save his go...

How They Brought The Good News From Ghent To Aix
Robert Browning I sprang to the stirrup, and Joris, and he; I galloped, Dirck galloped, we galloped all three; "Good speed!"...

The Revenge A Ballad Of The Fleet
Alfred Tennyson I At Flores in the Azores Sir Richard Grenville lay, And a pinnace, like a flutter'd bird, came flying from fa...

Our Country America
Samuel Francis Smith My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty; Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of th...

My Native Land
Sir Walter Scott Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, "This is my own, my native land!" W...

Columbus
Joaquin Miller Behind him lay the gray Azores, Behind the Gates of Hercules; Before him not the ghost of shores, Before him...

The Landing Of The Pilgrim Fathers In New England
Felicia Browne Hemans Look now abroad! Another race has fill'd Those populous borders--wide the wood recedes, And towns shoot ...

Concord Hymn
Ralph Waldo Emerson By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April's breeze unfurled. Here once the embattl...

Old Ironsides
Oliver Wendell Holmes Ay, tear her tattered ensign down! Long has it waved on high, And many an eye has danced to see That ...

O Captain! My Captain!
Walt Whitman O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has wether'd every rack, the prize we sought is won, The...

To Lucasta, On Going To The Wars
Richard Lovelace Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind, That from the nunnery Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind, To war and arm...

She Walks In Beauty
George Gordon Byron She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that's best of dark and ...

A Red, Red Rose
Robert Burns O, my luve is like a red, red rose, That's newly sprung in June. O, my luve is like the melodie That's sweetly...

The Greenwood Tree
William Shakespeare Under the greenwood tree Who loves to lie with me, And turn his merry note Unto the sweet bird's throat-- ...

A Wet Sheet And A Flowing Sea
Allan Cunningham A wet sheet and a flowing sea, A wind that follows fast And fills the white and rustling sail, And bends the g...

Lyrics
The world of waters is our home. And merry men are we. There's tempest in yon horned moon, And lightning in yon cloud; And hark...

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud
William Wordsworth I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A hos...

The Rhodora On Being Asked, Whence Is The Flower?
Ralph Waldo Emerson In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes, I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods, Spreading its leafless...

To The Fringed Gentian
William Cullen Bryant Thou blossom bright with autumn dew, And colored with the heaven's own blue, That openest when the quiet l...

The Eagle
Alfred Tennyson He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ringed with the azure world, he stands....

On The Grasshopper And Cricket
John Keats The poetry of earth is never dead: When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, And hide in cooling trees, a vo...

To A Waterfowl
William Cullen Bryant Whither, midst falling dew, While glow the heavens with the last steps of days, Far, through their rosy ...

The Chambered Nautilus
Oliver Wendell Holmes This is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign, Sails the unshadowed main,-- The venturous bark that fl...

The Bugle Song
Alfred Tennyson The splendor falls on castle walls And snowy summits old in story; The long light shakes across th...

The Noble Nature
Ben Jonson It is not growing like a tree In bulk, doth make men better be, Or standing long an oak, three hundred year, To fall...

The Character Of A Happy Life
Sir Henry Wotton How happy is he born and taught, That serveth not another's will; Whose armor is his honest thought, And s...

Say Not, The Struggle Nought Availeth
Arthur Hugh Clough Say not, the struggle nought availeth, The labor and the wounds are vain, The enemy faints not, nor faileth...

For A' That An' A' That
Robert Burns Is there for honest poverty That hings his head, an' a' that? The coward slave, we pass him by,-- We dare be p...

Invictus
William Ernest Henly Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For ...

Opportunity
Edward Rowland Sill This I beheld, or dreamed it in a dream:-- There spread a cloud of dust along a plain; And underneath the cl...

A Psalm Of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream!-- For the soul is dead that slumbers,...

The Dog And The Shadow
A Dog, crossing a little rivulet with a piece of meat in his mouth, saw his own shadow represented in the clear mirror of the limpid...

The Fox And The Grapes
A Fox, very hungry, chanced to come into a vineyard, where there hung branches of charming ripe grapes; but nailed up to a trellis s...

The Hare And The Tortoise
A Hare laughed at a Tortoise upon account of his slowness, and vainly boasted her own great speed in running. "Let us make a match,...

The Shepherd's Boy
A certain Shepherd's Boy kept his sheep upon a common, and in sport and wantonness would often cry out, "The wolf! the wolf!" By th...

The Husbandman And The Stork
The Husbandman set a net in his fields to take the cranes and geese which came to feed upon the new-sown barley. He succeeded in ta...

The Wind And The Sun
A dispute once arose betwixt the North Wind and the Sun about the superiority of their power; and they agreed to try their strength ...

The Tortoise And The Geese
the Geese, and Other Fables of Bidpai,_ retold by Maude Barrows Button.] A Tortoise and two Geese lived together in a pond for m...

The Partridge And The Crow
A Crow flying across a road saw a Partridge strutting along the ground. "What a beautiful gait that Partridge has!" said the Crow...

The Fox And The Grapes
A fox, almost with hunger dying, Some grapes upon a trellis spying, To all appearance ripe, clad in Their tempting russet skin, ...

The Wolf And The Stork
The wolves are prone to play the glutton. One, at a certain feast, 'tis said, So stuffed himself with lamb and mutton, He seem...

The Old Woman And Her Pig
Joseph Jacobs An old woman was sweeping her house, and she found a little crooked sixpence. "What," said she, "shall I do with th...

The Story Of The Three Little Pigs
There was once an old sow with three little pigs, and as she had not enough to keep them, she sent them out to seek their fortune. T...

Hans In Luck
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Hans had served his master seven years, and at last said to him, "Master, my time is up; I should like to...

The Valiant Little Tailor
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm One summer's morning a little tailor was sitting on his table by the window; he was in good spirits, and ...

Cinderella Or The Little Glass Slipper
Once upon a time there was a gentleman who married, for his second wife, the proudest and most haughty woman that ever was seen. She...

The History Of Dick Whittington And His Cat
Old Chapbook In the reign of the famous King Edward the Third, there was a little boy called Dick Whittington, whose father and m...

The Ugly Duckling
Hans Christian Andersen It was glorious out in the country. It was summer, and the cornfields were yellow, and the oats were gree...

The Flax
Hans Christian Andersen The Flax was in full bloom. Its pretty blue blossoms were as soft as the wings of a moth, and still more ...

Blue Beard
Charles Perrault Once upon a time there was a man who had fine houses, both in town and country, a deal of silver and gold plate,...

Jack And The Beanstalk
Joseph Jacobs There was once upon a time a poor widow who had an only son named Jack, and a cow named Milky-white. And all they h...

The Elves
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm A shoemaker, by no fault of his own, had become so poor that at last he had nothing left but leather for ...

The Frog-prince
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm One fine evening a young princess went into a wood and sat down by the side of a cool spring of water. Sh...

The Quern At The Bottom Of The Sea
Peter Christen Asbjørnsen Once upon a time in the old, old days there were two brothers, one of whom was rich and the other poor....

Brother Rabbit And Brother Bull-frog
Joel Chandler Harris The day that the little boy got permission to go to mill with Uncle Remus was to be long remembered. It wa...

Brownie And The Cook
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik There was once a little Brownie who lived--where do you think he lived?--In a coal cellar. Now a coal...

How The Agricultural System Of The Black Brothers Was Interfered
In a secluded and mountainous part of Stiria there was in old time a valley of the most surprising and luxuriant fertility. It was...

Of The Proceedings Of The Three Brothers After The Visit Of Southwest
Southwest Wind, Esquire, was as good as his word. After the momentous visit above related, he entered the Treasure Valley no mo...

How Mr. Hans Set Off On An Expedition To The Golden River
The King of the Golden River had hardly made the extraordinary exit related in the last chapter before Hans and Schwartz came roa...

Stone.
...

How Mr. Schwartz Set Off On An Expedition To The Golden River
Poor little Gluck waited very anxiously alone in the house for Hans' return. Finding he did not come back, he was terribly frighte...

How Little Gluck Set Off On An Expedition To The Golden River
When Gluck found that Schwartz did not come back, he was very sorry, and did not know what to do. He had no money, and he was obl...

Brothers.
...

The Gorgon's Head
Nathaniel Hawthorne Perseus was the son of Danaë, who was the daughter of a king. And when Perseus was a very little boy, some ...

How Theseus Lifted The Stone
Once upon a time there was a princess in Troezene, Aithra, the daughter of Pittheus the king. She had one fair son, named Theseus, the...

How Theseus Slew The Devourers Of Men
So Theseus stood there alone, with his mind full of many hopes. And first he thought of going down to the harbor and hiring a swif...

How Theseus Slew The Minotaur
And at last they came to Crete, and to Cnossus, beneath the peaks of Ida, and to the palace of Minos the great king, to whom Zeus h...

How Theseus Fell By His Pride
But that fair Ariadne never came to Athens with her husband. Some say that Theseus left her sleeping on Naxos among the Cyclades; an...

Thor Goes A-fishing
Hamilton Wright Mabie Midway between Niflheim and Muspelheim lay Midgard, the home of men, its round disk everywhere encircled ...

The Dream
Upon a summer's afternoon it happened that Baldur the Bright and Bold, beloved of men and Æsir, found himself alone in his palace o...

The Peacestead
When Odin came back to Asgard, Hermod took the bridle from his father's hand and told him that the rest of the Aesir were gone to t...

Baldur Dead
One after another they turned and left the Peacestead, those friends and brothers of the slain. One after another they turned and w...

Helheim
When at last the ship Ringhorn had floated out so far to sea that it looked like a dull red lamp on the horizon, Frigga turned round...

Weeping
"Well, Hermod, what did she say?" asked the AEsir from the top of the hill as they saw him coming; "make haste and tell us what she...

The Hero Story
I told you, my dear Hugh, that Edward I of England had reduced Scotland almost entirely to the condition of a conquered coun...

The Tempest
Charles and Mary Lamb There was a certain island in the sea, the only inhabitants of which were an old man, whose name was Pros...

The Purple Jar
Maria Edgeworth Rosamond, a little girl of about seven years old, was walking with her mother in the streets of London. As she ...

Difference And Agreement; Or, Sunday Morning
Dr. John Aiken and Mrs. Anna Letitia Barbauld It was Sunday morning. All the bells were ringing for church, and the streets wer...

Eyes, And No Eyes; Or, The Art Of Seeing
Dr. John Aiken and Mrs. Anna Letitia Barbauld "Well, Robert, where have you been walking this afternoon?" said Mr. Andrews to o...

Rab And His Friends
John Brown Four-and-thirty years ago, Bob Ainslie and I were coming up Infirmary Street from the High School, our heads togethe...

The Busy Blue Jay
Olive Thorne Miller One of the most interesting birds who ever lived in my Bird Room was a blue jay named Jakie. He was f...

A Cry In The Night
William J. Long This is the rest of the story, just as I saw it, of the little fawns that I found under the mossy log by the br...

The Story Of Joseph
And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, ...

The Story Of Samson
And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord beg...

Some Psalms Of David
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the sea...

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. ...

Christ's Sermon On The Mount
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, an...

Paul's Discourse On Charity
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And...

Some Psalms Of David
...

Psalm 1
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of th...

Psalm 19
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night...

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. ...

Christ's Sermon On The Mount
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, an...

Paul's Discourse On Charity
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And...

Mappo And The Cocoanut
Once upon a time, not so very many years ago, there lived in a tree, in a big woods, a little monkey boy. It was in a far-off countr...

Mappo Plays A Trick
Mappo, who had started to climb down to the ground, to get the cocoanut he had lost, stopped short when he heard his brother Jacko c...

Mappo In A Net
Mappo crouched down on the ground, trying to hide under a green bush of the jungle. In his paw he held the empty cocoanut shell with...

Mappo In A Box
Poor Mappo was not a merry monkey just then. Usually he was a jolly little fellow, laughing and chattering in his own way, and playi...

Mappo On The Ship
Mappo, who had taken his paws down from his eyes long enough to look at the striped tiger, now blind-folded himself, with his paws a...

Mappo Meets Tum Tum
Mappo did not know what a ship was, nor how it floated over the ocean from one country to another, blown by the wind or pushed by st...

Mappo In The Circus
"Well, I declare!" exclaimed the sailor who had brought Mappo downstairs in the ship to see Tum Tum, the jolly elephant. "You two an...

Mappo And His Tricks
Mappo, the merry monkey, gave one look at the big dog rushing at him, and then, with a chatter of fright, sprang right up on the sho...

Mappo Runs Away
Mappo was so surprised, as he felt himself fairly flying through the paper hoop, that he did not know exactly what was happening. ...

Mappo And Squinty
Mappo, as soon as he got outside the traveling circus cage on wheels, looked all about him to see if any one were watching him. But ...

Mappo And The Organ-man
Some monkeys, if they had been caught by a boy, in the woods, would have bit and scratched and fought to get away. But Mappo was bot...

Mappo And The Baby
"Come back here! Come back! My monkey! He is running away!" cried the hand-organ man, as he raced after Mappo. Mappo looked behind, ...

Squinty And The Dog
Squinty was a little pig. You could tell he was a pig just as soon as you looked at him, because he had the cutest little curly tail, ...

Squinty Runs Away
Between the barking of Don, the dog, and the squealing of Squinty, the comical pig, who was being led along by his ear, there was so m...

Squinty Is Lost
This was the second time Squinty had run out of the pen and into the farmer's garden. The first time he had been caught and brought ba...

Squinty Gets Home
The rows of corn, in the field where Squinty the comical pig was lost, were like the streets of a city. They were very straight and ev...

Squinty And The Boy.
Did you ever have a little brother or sister who ran away from home, and was very glad to run back, or be brought back again, by a pol...

Squinty On A Journey
"Mamma, did you hear what they were saying about Squinty?" asked Wuff-Wuff, as the boy and the two men walked away from the pig pen. ...

Squinty Learns A Trick
Squinty, the comical pig, tried to look out through the slats of the box, in which he was being taken away, to see in which direction ...

Squinty In The Woods
Bob, the boy who had bought Squinty, the comical pig, laughed and clapped his hands. His two sisters, who were playing with their doll...

Squinty's Balloon Ride
This was the third time Squinty had run away. But not once did he intend to do any wrong; you see he knew no better. He just found h...

Squinty And The Squirrel
Up, up, and up some more went Squinty, the comical pig. At first the fast motion in the balloon made him a little dizzy, just as it mi...

Squinty And The Merry Monkey
"Where do you live, Squinty?" asked Slicko, the jumping squirrel, as she skipped from one tree branch to another, and so reached the g...

The Story Of The Amber Beads
Do you know Mother Nature? She it is to whom God has given the care of the earth, and all that grows in or upon it, just as he has g...

The New Life
It is May,--almost the end of May, indeed, and the Mayflowers have finished their blooming for this year. It is growing too warm for...

The Talk Of The Trees That Stand In The Village Street
How still it is! Nobody in the village street, the children all at school, and the very dogs sleeping lazily in the sunshine. Only a...

How The Indian Corn Grows
The children came in from the field with their hands full of the soft, pale-green corn-silk. Annie had rolled hers into a bird's-nes...

Water-lilies
The stream that crept down from the hills, three miles away, has worn a smooth bed for itself in the gravel; has watered the farmer'...

The Carrying Trade
Who wants to engage in the carrying trade? Come, Lottie and Lula and Nina and Mary, all bring your maps, and we will play merchants,...

Chapter I. The Star-fish Takes A Summer Journey.
Once there was a little star-fish, and he had five fingers and five eyes, one at the end of each finger,--so that he might be said t...

Chapter Ii. Coraltown On Roncador Bank.
Where is Roncador Bank, and who are the little settlers there? If you want me to answer this question, you must go back with me, or ...

Little Sunshine.
And now let us look at Coraltown once more. It is the first day of June of 1865. The sun is low in the West, and lights up the ...

What The Frost Giants Did To Nannie's Run
...

The Frost Giants
Do you believe in giants? No, do you say? Well, listen to my story, which is a really true one, and then answer my question. Many...

Nannie's Run
Can you imagine a beautiful oval-shaped bay, almost encircled by a long arm of sand stretching out from the mainland? In its deep wa...

The Indians
What will Nannie do now? Here in our New-England towns it would seem hard enough to have one's house swept away before one's eyes; b...

How Quercus Alba Went To Explore The Under-world: What Came Of It
Quercus Alba lay on the ground, looking up at the sky. He lay in a little brown, rustic cradle which would be pretty for any baby, b...

The Under-world
"How dark it is here, and how difficult for one to make his way through the thick atmosphere!" so thought little Alba, as he pushed ...

Quercus Alba's New Sight Of The Upper-world
It was a soft, helpless, little baby hand. Its folded fingers lay listlessly in the fairy's gentle grasp. "Now we will go up," she s...

A Peep Into One Of God's Storehouses
Once there was a father who thought he would build for his children a beautiful home, putting into it every thing they could need or...

The Hidden Light
There were plenty of gold-green beetles in the forest. Their violet- colored cousins also held royal state there; and scarlet or yel...

Sixty-two Little Tadpoles
Look at this mass of white jelly floating in a bowl of pond water. It is clear and delicate, formed of little globes the size of pea...

Golden-rod And Asters
Do you know that flowers, as well as people, live in families? Come into the garden, and I will show you how. Here is a red rose: th...

The Wise Men's Visit.
The birth of Jesus Christ was announced by two remarkable events: the coming of wise men from the East, and the appearance of angels...

The Angel's Tidings.
It was night. In the fields near Bethlehem a company of shepherds kept watch over their flocks. Probably they were holy men, and oft...

Jesus In The Temple.
When Jesus was twelve years of age, His parents took Him with them to Jerusalem to the feast of the Passover. Great numbers journeye...

The Wonderful Draught Of Fishes
One day, as the crowds pressed round Him to hear the Word of God, Jesus came to the Lake of Gennesaret and saw two boats drawn up on...

The House Built Upon The Sand.
What a foolish man the builder of the house shown in our picture must have been! Of course, when the wind blew and the waves dashed ...

Healing The Centurion's Servant.
Jesus entered into Capernaum, a city by the Sea of Galilee, and while He was there a certain Centurion, or captain in the Roman army...

Anointing The Feet Of Jesus.
On one occasion, a proud Pharisee, whose name was Simon, invited Jesus to eat with him. But the invitation was a cold one. There was...

The Rich Fool.
There was a certain rich man who owned much land. And his fields and vineyards were so productive that when the time of harvest came...

The Unfruitful Tree.
A certain man had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard, and he came and sought fruit thereon, but found none. Then he called to the ga...

Sowing The Seed.
A sower went out to sow his seed, and as he sowed some fell by the wayside and was trodden down, and birds came and devoured it. And...

The Enemy Sowing Tares.
A certain man sowed good seed in his field, but in the night, whilst men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and ...

The Parable Of The Leaven.
Christ said that the kingdom of heaven could be likened unto leaven (or yeast), which a woman took and hid in three measures of flou...

Seeking For Hidden Treasure.
The people of Canaan, both in ancient and modern days, have made a practice of hiding their treasures. This they have done to secure...

The Pearl Of Great Price.
Very similar to the parable of the Hidden Treasure is this one of the merchant seeking goodly pearls. "The kingdom of heaven is l...

The Parable Of The Net.
These fishermen have just returned to shore with their net full of fish. Now this is not a casting-net, which is thrown out from the...

The Man Possessed By Devils.
One day Jesus came with His disciples in a boat to the country of the Gadarenes, near Galilee. They landed near the tombs, that is, ...

Curing The Incurable.
Jesus went into Capernaum, followed by a great crowd of people, and among them was a woman who for twelve years had suffered from a ...

Jairus' Daughter.
Jairus was one of the rulers of the Jewish church, or synagogue, and he had a daughter who had been very ill and was now at the poin...

The Two Blind Men.
When Jesus had left the house of the ruler Jairus, there followed Him two blind men. They called out to Him, "Thou Son of David, hav...

Feeding Five Thousand.
One day Jesus went on board a ship and sailed to another part of the coast, where He and His disciples might have rest. For the peop...

Christ Walking On The Sea.
When the people had seen the miracle that Christ did in feeding so many with so few loaves, they felt sure that He was one of the ol...

The Woman Of Canaan.
Jesus came unto the borders of Tyre and Sidon, where the people were not Jews, but Gentiles. And there came to Him a woman of Canaan...

Peter And The Tribute-money.
It was a part of the Jewish law that all strangers passing among the Jews should pay to the priests of the Temple an offering to the...

The Good Samaritan.
As Jesus was talking to His disciples, a certain lawyer stood up and asked, "Who is my neighbour?" And Jesus answered by telling the...

Importunity Rewarded.
One day Jesus was asked by His disciples to teach them to pray. So Jesus taught them the prayer we all know so well, beginning with ...

The Unmerciful Servant.
A certain King took account of his servants and began to reckon what they owed him. And there was brought to him one that owed him n...

The Good Shepherd.
In one of His beautiful parables, Jesus compares Himself to a shepherd. "I am the good shepherd," says He, "the good shepherd giveth...

The Lost Piece Of Money.
Jesus had been preaching to a crowd of publicans and sinners. The publicans of those days were the collectors of taxes for the Roman...

The Prodigal Son.
A certain man had two sons, and the younger of them said to his father, "Father, give me the portion of thy wealth that would fall t...

Peter's Wife's Mother Cured.
After Jesus had left the Centurion He went to the house of his disciple Peter, and there He saw Peter's wife's mother, laid on a bed...

The Unjust Steward.
See where the steward, worldly wise, With wicked cunning in his eyes, Shows his lord's debtors how to cheat His ma...

The Rich Man And The Beggar.
There was a certain rich man who was clothed in rich silks and fine linen, and feasted on costly food each day. There was also a poo...

"avenge Me Of My Adversary."
In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared for man. And in the same city there was a widow that had an ene...

The Pharisee And The Tax-gatherer.
The tax-gatherers in those days were called Publicans. They were reputed to be very unjust, exacting from people more than the law ...

The Labourers In The Vineyard.
"Go, work within my vineyard's bound, At eve your 'penny'[1] shall be found:" So spake the vineyard's lord, and they ...

The Barren Fig-tree.
In the morning, when Jesus had left Bethany and was coming towards Jerusalem, He was hungry. Seeing a fig-tree afar off, covered wit...

The Wicked Husbandmen.
One day when the priests and elders of the Temple were asking questions of Jesus, He told them this parable. There was a certain ...

The Wedding Garment.
There was a certain King who gave a great feast upon the occasion of his son's wedding. And he sent out his servants to bring in tho...

The Foolish Virgins.
In certain parts of the East it is the custom for a man when he is married to bring home his bride at night, and for his relatives a...

The Parable Of The Talents
One day Jesus told His disciples this parable or story. A certain nobleman was called away to a far country to be appointed king ...

Man With The Withered Hand.
One Sabbath-day Jesus went into the synagogue, and there He saw a man that had a withered hand. By some means the muscles had lost t...

Jesus Ascends To Heaven.
Jesus had been cruelly put to death. His hands, which had been placed on the heads of little children when He blessed them, had been...

The Philippian Jailer.
Paul and Silas were in prison. They had done no wrong, but wicked men had taken them before the magistrates; and the magistrates had...

Timothy And His Mother Eunice.
Timothy was a youthful and earnest disciple of Jesus Christ, whom Paul loved dearly. Paul had found him during one of his missionary...

Christ Blessing The Children.
Jesus had left Galilee, and was journeying toward Jerusalem, where He was to be put to death. He was in the country beyond Jorda...

Adam And Eve.
In the beginning God made the heaven and the earth He also made the sun, moon, and stars; trees, flowers, and all vegetable life; an...

Cain And Abel.
What a sad story the Bible tells us in the fourth chapter of Genesis! Cain and Abel were brothers, the sons of Adam and Eve. How the...

The Flood.
About fifteen hundred years had passed since Cain slew Abel, during which time man had become more and more wicked. At length God sa...

The Tower Of Babel.
Babel means confusion. Was it not a strange name to give a tower? How did it get this? After Noah left the ark, God made a promis...

Lot's Flight From Sodom.
In Palestine, the land in which Jesus dwelt when He was upon earth, there is an inland sea, called the Dead Sea. Its waters are very...

Abraham And Isaac.
Abraham feared God and obeyed His commandments; and God promised to bless Abraham very greatly. He gave him riches in cattle, and si...

The Story Of Rebekah.
When Abraham had grown old, he desired that his son, Isaac, should take a wife. But he did not wish him to choose one from among the...

Joseph And His Brethren.
How wonderful is the way in which God works for those who fear Him! The history of Joseph teaches us this truth. Joseph had one y...

The Finding Of Moses.
Pharoah, becoming alarmed at the increasing power and numbers of the Israelites in Egypt, ordered that every male child who might be...

The Flight From Egypt.
When Moses was forty years old he had to flee from Egypt. He went to Midian, where he dwelt for forty years; at the end of which tim...

Moses Striking The Rock.
After the Israelites left Egypt they crossed the Red Sea, whose waters divided so that they passed through on dry land. Then they tr...

The Ten Commandments.
The Israelites journeyed onward and encamped before Mount Sinai. There God talked with Moses, and instructed him to remind the peopl...

Bezaleel And Aholiab.
After God had given the Ten Commandments, He called Moses up into the mountain; where he remained forty days and forty nights. Durin...

The Brazen Serpent.
Jesus Christ says that "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up." What did Jesus ...

The Passage Of The Jordan.
Having wandered for forty years in the wilderness, the Israelites drew near to the river Jordan, at a place opposite Jericho. Moses ...

The Captain Of The Lord's Host.
News of the miraculous way in which the Israelites had been brought across the Jordan spread rapidly among the Canaanites, and when ...

How Jericho Was Captured.
When men in olden times attacked a city, they tried to batter down the walls with heavy beams of wood, having heads of iron, called ...

Achan's Sin.
God commanded the Israelites to destroy Jericho; and all the gold, silver, and other riches found there were to be devoted to the Lo...

The Altar On Mount Ebal.
Before Moses died he called the Israelites together, and urged them to faithfully serve God; also directing that when they entered C...

The Cities Of Refuge.
Revenge is contrary to the teaching of Jesus Christ, "If thine enemy hunger, feed him," says the Saviour; but among the Israelites a...

Joshua's Exhortation.
Exhortation seems a hard word, but it simply means to strongly urge to good deeds, and this is what our artist shows Joshua to be do...

Gideon And The Fleece.
After the death of Joshua, the Israelites turned away from God, and served idols. Therefore the evils came upon them of which they h...

The Defeat Of The Midianites.
Large numbers of the Israelites gathered around Gideon, prepared to fight against the Midianites, who were encamped in a valley, "li...

The Death Of Samson.
Samson's birth was foretold by an angel. He was to grow up a Nazarite, forbidden to drink strong drink, neither was his head to be s...

Ruth And Naomi.
Naomi was the wife of a Jew named Elimelech, who left his own city of Bethlehem to go into the land of Moab, because there was a fam...

Boaz And Ruth.
When Naomi returned to Bethlehem she was poor. The poor were allowed at harvest time to follow the reapers; gleaning or gathering up...

Hannah Praying Before The Lord.
The Tabernacle, which had been set up by the Israelites in the wilderness, was after the conquest of Canaan erected at Shiloh, a cit...

Eli And Samuel.
Elkanah went up to Shiloh yearly to offer sacrifice: and when Samuel was old enough, Hannah went with her husband and took her littl...

Death Of Eli And His Sons.
In the morning Samuel feared to tell Eli what the Lord had shown him; but Eli bade him do so, saying to Samuel, "God do so to thee, ...

Playing On The Harp Before Saul.
We are not told much in the Bible concerning the early life of David. He was born in Bethlehem. We have seen who his father was, but...

David And Goliath.
How attentively David looks at the stones in his hand. His sling is on his arm, and his bag by his side. What is he about to do with...

Nathan Reproving The King.
David was now King. He had great riches and honour, and a palace had been built for him. He had brought the ark from Kirjath-jearim,...

David And Araunah.
After David had reigned may years, he numbered the people of Israel. This was wrong; and God sent a pestilence which destroyed seven...

Elijah Fed By Ravens.
God was displeased with King Ahab, and sent His prophet, Elijah the Tishbite, to say unto him, "As the Lord God of Israel liveth the...

Ploughing In Canaan.
In Scripture frequent mention is made of the husbandman and his work. Ploughing the land, sowing the seed, reaping the harvest, and ...

The Shunammite's Son.
Many interesting stories are told in the Bible, few of which are more touching than that of Elisha the prophet, and the Shunammite w...

The Little Captive Maid.
Naaman was a great general in the army of the King of Syria, who esteemed him highly, because it was Naaman that led the Syrians whe...

Jonah At Nineveh.
Jonah was commanded to go to Nineveh, and cry out that the city should be destroyed on account of the wickedness of its inhabitants....

Hezekiah And Sennacherib.
Sennacherib, the King of Assyria, invaded the land of Judah, and threatened to lay siege to Jerusalem. Then Hezekiah took counsel wi...

The Brave Hebrew Boys.
Brave boys and girls! We all wish to be brave, do we not? Then we must learn to say "No," when tempted to do wrong. These Hebrew ...

Daniel And The Lions.
When Darius came to the throne, upon the death of Belshazzar, he set over the kingdom a hundred and twenty princes. Over these he ap...

Esther Before The King.
Ahasuerus reigned over the vast empire of Persia, and Esther, the adopted daughter of a Jew named Mordecai, was Queen. None in the ...

David And Jonathan.
Jonathan was the son of Saul, the king. He loved David greatly, and regretted that his father, through jealousy, sought David's life...

Willie Winkie
Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town, Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown, Rapping at the window, crying through...

Five Little White Heads
Five little white heads peeped out of the mould, When the dew was damp and the night was cold; And they crowded the...

Bird Thoughts
I lived first in a little house, And lived there very well; I thought the world was small and round, ...

How We Came To Have Pink Roses
Once, ever and ever so long ago, we didn't have any pink roses. All the roses in the world were white. There weren't any red ones at a...

Raggylug
Once there was a little furry rabbit, who lived with his mother deep down in a nest under the long grass. His name was Raggylug, and h...

The Golden Cobwebs
friend, at the kindly instance of a common friend of both; the narrator had heard it at home from the lips of a father of story-lovin...

Why The Morning-glory Climbs
Once the Morning-Glory was flat on the ground. She grew that way, and she had never climbed at all. Up in the top of a tree near her l...

The Story Of Little Tavwots
This is the story an Indian woman told a little white boy who lived with his father and mother near the Indians' country; and Tavwots ...

The Pig Brother
There was once a child who was untidy. He left his books on the floor, and his muddy shoes on the table; he put his fingers in the jam...

The Cake
A child quarrelled with his brother one day about a cake. "It is my cake!" said the child. "No, it is mine!" said his brother...

The Pied Piper Of Hamelin Town
Once I made a pleasure trip to a country called Germany; and I went to a funny little town, where all the streets ran uphill. At the t...

Why The Evergreen Trees Keep Their Leaves In Winter
One day, a long, long time ago, it was very cold; winter was coming. And all the birds flew away to the warm south, to wait for the sp...

The Star Dollars
There was once a little girl who was very, very poor. Her father and mother had died, and at last she had no little room to stay in, a...

The Lion And The Gnat
Far away in Central Africa, that vast land where dense forests and wild beasts abound, the shades of night were once more descendi...

Nose!"
So at last the Gnat flew out from the Lion's nostril and went back to his waving grass-blade, while the Lion slunk away into the depth...

The Cat And The Parrot
Once there was a cat, and a parrot. And they had agreed to ask each other to dinner, turn and turn about: first the cat should ask t...

The Rat Princess
Once upon a time, there was a Rat Princess, who lived with her father, the Rat King, and her mother, the Rat Queen, in a ricefield...

The Frog And The Ox
Once a little Frog sat by a big Frog, by the side of a pool. "Oh, father," said he, "I have just seen the biggest animal in the world;...

The Fire-bringer
There was a Boy of the tribe who was swift of foot and keen of eye, and he and the Coyote ranged the wood together. They saw the m...

The Burning Of The Ricefields
Once there was a good old man who lived up on a mountain, far away in Japan. All round his little house the mountain was flat, and...

The Story Of Wylie
This is a story about a dog,--not the kind of dog you often see in the street here; not a fat, wrinkly pugdog, nor a smooth-skinne...

Little Daylight
Once there was a beautiful palace, which had a great wood at one side. The king and his courtiers hunted in the wood near the pala...

The Sailor Man
Once upon a time, two children came to the house of a sailor man, who lived beside the salt sea; and they found the sailor man sit...

The Story Of Jairus's Daughter
Once, while Jesus was journeying about, He passed near a town where a man named Jairus lived. This man was a ruler in the synagogu...

Arthur And The Sword
Once there was a great king in Britain named Uther, and when he died the other kings and princes disputed over the kingdom, each...

Tarpeia
There was once a girl named Tarpeia, whose father was guard of the outer gate of the citadel of Rome. It was a time of war,--the Sabin...

The Buckwheat
Down by the river were fields of barley and rye and golden oats. Wheat grew there, too, and the heaviest and richest ears bent low...

The Judgment Of Midas
The Greek God Pan, the god of the open air, was a great musician. He played on a pipe of reeds. And the sound of his reed-pipe was...

Why The Sea Is Salt
Once there were two brothers. One was rich, and one was poor; the rich one was rather mean. When the Poor Brother used to come to ask ...

Billy Beg And His Bull
Once upon a time, there was a king and a queen, and they had one son, whose name was Billy. And Billy had a bull he was very fond of, ...

The Little Hero Of Haarlem
A long way off, across the ocean, there is a little country where the ground is lower than the level of the sea, instead of higher, as...

The Last Lesson
Little Franz didn't want to go to school, that morning. He would much rather have played truant. The air was so warm and stil...

The Story Of Christmas
There was once a nation which was very powerful, very fortunate, and very proud. Its lands were fruitful; its armies were victorious i...

The Child-mind; And How To Satisfy It
"It is the grown people who make the nursery stories," wrote Stevenson, "all the children do is jealously to preserve the text." And...

Two Little Riddles In Rhyme
There's a garden that I ken, Full of little gentlemen; Little caps of blue they wear, And green ribbons, very ...

The Little Yellow Tulip
Once there was a little yellow Tulip, and she lived down in a little dark house under the ground. One day she was sitting there, all...

The Cock-a-doo-dle-doo
A very little boy made this story up "out of his head," and told it to his papa. I think you littlest ones will like it; I do. On...

The Cloud
One hot summer morning a little Cloud rose out of the sea and floated lightly and happily across the blue sky. Far below lay the ear...

The Little Red Hen
The little Red Hen was in the farmyard with her chickens, when she found a grain of wheat. "Who will plant this wheat?" she said....

The Gingerbread Man
Once upon a time there was a little old woman and a little old man, and they lived all alone in a little old house. They hadn't any ...

The Little Jackals And The Lion
Once there was a great big jungle; and in the jungle there was a great big Lion; and the Lion was king of the jungle. Whenever he wa...

The Country Mouse And The City Mouse
Once a little mouse who lived in the country invited a little mouse from the city to visit him. When the little City Mouse sat down ...

Little Jack Rollaround
Once upon a time there was a wee little boy who slept in a tiny trundle-bed near his mother's great bed. The trundle-bed had castors...

How Brother Rabbit Fooled The Whale And The Elephant
One day little Brother Rabbit was running along on the sand, lippety, lippety, when he saw the Whale and the Elephant talking togeth...

The Little Half-chick
There was once upon a time a Spanish Hen, who hatched out some nice little chickens. She was much pleased with their looks as they c...

The Blackberry-bush
A little boy sat at his mother's knees, by the long western window, looking out into the garden. It was autumn, and the wind was sad...

The Fairies
Up the airy mountain, Down the rushy glen, We daren't go a-hunting For fear of little men. Wee folk,...

The Adventures Of The Little Field Mouse
Once upon a time, there was a little brown Field Mouse; and one day he was out in the fields to see what he could find. He was runni...

Another Little Red Hen
Once upon a time there was a little Red Hen, who lived on a farm all by herself. An old Fox, crafty and sly, had a den in the rocks,...

The Story Of The Little Rid Hin
There was once't upon a time A little small Rid Hin, Off in the good ould country Where yees ha' nivir bin...

The Story Of Epaminondas And His Auntie
Epaminondas used to go to see his Auntie 'most every day, and she nearly always gave him something to take home to his Mammy. One...

The Boy Who Cried "wolf!"
There was once a shepherd-boy who kept his flock at a little distance from the village. Once he thought he would play a trick on the...

The Frog King
Did you ever hear the old story about the foolish Frogs? The Frogs in a certain swamp decided that they needed a king; they had alwa...

The Sun And The Wind
The Sun and the Wind once had a quarrel as to which was the stronger. Each believed himself to be the more powerful. While they were...

The Little Jackal And The Alligator
The little Jackal was very fond of shell-fish. He used to go down by the river and hunt along the edges for crabs and such things. A...

The Larks In The Cornfield
There was once a family of little Larks who lived with their mother in a nest in a cornfield. When the corn was ripe the mother Lark...

A True Story About A Girl
Once there were four little girls who lived in a big, bare house, in the country. They were very poor, but they had the happiest tim...

My Kingdom
The little Louisa I told you about, who wrote verses and stories in her diary, used to like to play that she was a princess, and tha...

Piccola
Poor, sweet Piccola! Did you hear What happened to Piccola, children dear? 'Tis seldom Fortune such favour grants ...

The Little Fir Tree
When I was a very little girl some one, probably my mother, read to me Hans Christian Andersen's story of the Little Fir Tree. It ha...

How Moses Was Saved
Thousands of years ago, many years before David lived, there was a very wise and good man of his people who was a friend and adviser...

The Ten Fairies
Once upon a time there was a dear little girl, whose name was Elsa. Elsa's father and mother worked very hard and became rich. But t...

The Elves And The Shoemaker
Once upon a time there was an honest shoemaker, who was very poor. He worked as hard as he could, and still he could not earn enough...

Who Killed The Otter's Babies?
Once the Otter came to the Mouse-deer and said, "Friend Mouse-deer, will you please take care of my babies while I go to the river, ...

The Brahmin, The Tiger, And The Jackal
Do you know what a Brahmin is? A Brahmin is a very good and gentle kind of man who lives in India, and who treats all the beasts as ...

The Little Jackal And The Camel
All these stories about the little Jackal that I have told you, show how clever the little Jackal was. But you know--if you don't, y...

The Gulls Of Salt Lake
The story I am going to tell you is about something that really happened, many years ago. A brave little company of pioneers from...

The Nightingale
A long, long time ago, as long ago as when there were fairies, there lived an emperor in China, who had a most beautiful palace, all...

Margery's Garden
There was once a little girl named Margery, who had always lived in the city. The flat where her mother and father lived was at the ...

Miss Margery Brown,
...

Primrose Cottage,
...

21 Narcissus Road,
...

Colchester.
From Seeds and Plants Company, Reading. Margery could hardly wait to open it. It was filled with little packages, all with pri...

The Little Cotyledons
This is another story about Margery's garden. The next morning after the garden was planted, Margery was up and out at six o'cloc...

The Talkative Tortoise
Once upon a time, a Tortoise lived in a pond with two Ducks, who were her very good friends. She enjoyed the company of the Ducks, b...

Robert Of Sicily
An old legend says that there was once a king named Robert of Sicily, who was brother to the Great Pope of Rome and to the Emperor o...

The Jealous Courtiers
I wonder if you have ever heard the anecdote about the artist of Duesseldorf and the jealous courtiers. This is it. It seems there w...

Prince Cherry
There was once an old king, so wise and kind and true that the most powerful good fairy of his land visited him and asked him to name ...

The Gold In The Orchard
There was once a farmer who had a fine olive orchard. He was very industrious, and the farm always prospered under his care. But he ...

Margaret Of New Orleans
If you ever go to the beautiful city of New Orleans, somebody will be sure to take you down into the old business part of the city, ...

The Dagda's Harp
You know, dears, in the old countries there are many fine stories about things which happened so very long ago that nobody knows exa...

The Tailor And The Three Beasts
There was once a tailor in Galway, and he started out on a journey to go to the king's court at Dublin. He had not gone far when ...

How The Sea Became Salt
This story was told long ago by our Northern forefathers who brought it with them in their dragon ships when they crossed the North ...

The Castle Of Fortune
One lovely summer morning, just as the sun rose, two travellers started on a journey. They were both strong young men, but one was a...

David And Goliath
A long time ago, there was a boy named David, who lived in a country in the Far East. He was good to look upon, for he had fair hair...

The Shepherd's Song
David had many fierce battles to fight for King Saul against the enemies of Israel, and he won them all. Then, later, he had to figh...

The Hidden Servants
This is a legend about a hermit who lived long ago. He lived high up on the mountainside in a tiny cave; his food was roots and acor...

Little Gottlieb
Across the North Sea, in a country called Germany, lived a little boy named Gottlieb. His father had died when he was but a baby, an...

How The Fir Tree Became The Christmas Tree
When you stand round the Christmas tree and look longingly at the toys hanging from the prickly branches, it does not occur to you t...

The Diamond And The Dewdrop
A costly Diamond, that had once sparkled in a lady's ring, lay in a field amid tall grasses and oxeye daisies. Just above it, was...

Christmas At Fezziwig's Warehouse
"Yo Ho! my boys," said Fezziwig. "No more work to-night! Christmas Eve, Dick! Christmas, Ebenezer! Let's have the shutters up!" c...

The Fir-tree
Out in the woods stood a nice little Fir-tree. The place he had was a very good one; the sun shone on him; as to fresh air, there ...

The Christmas Masquerade
On Christmas Eve the Mayor's stately mansion presented a beautiful appearance. There were rows of different coloured wax candles b...

The Shepherds And The Angels
And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. And an angel of th...

The Telltale Tile
It begins with a bit of gossip of a neighbour who had come in to see Miss Bennett, and was telling her about a family who had late...

Little Girl's Christmas Winnifred E. Lincoln
It was Christmas Eve, and Little Girl had just hung up her stocking by the fireplace--right where it would be all ready for Santa when...

"a Christmas Matinee"
It was the day before Christmas in the year 189-. Snow was falling heavily in the streets of Boston, but the crowd of shoppers see...

Toinette And The Elves
The winter's sun was nearing the horizon's edge. Each moment the tree shadows grew longer in the forest; each moment the crimson l...

The Voyage Of The Wee Red Cap
It was the night of St. Stephen, and Teig sat alone by his fire with naught in his cupboard but a pinch of tea and a bare mixing o...

A Story Of The Christ-child
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, on the night before Christmas, a little child was wandering all alone through the streets...

Jimmy Scarecrow's Christmas
Jimmy Scarecrow led a sad life in the winter. Jimmy's greatest grief was his lack of occupation. He liked to be useful, and in win...

The Birds' Christmas
Founded on fact. "Chickadee-dee-dee-dee! Chickadee-dee-dee-dee! Chicka--" "Cheerup, cheerup, chee-chee! Cheerup, cheerup, chee-...

The Little Sister's Vacation
It was to be a glorious Christmas at Doctor Brower's. All "the children"--little Peggy and her mother always spoke of the grown-up...

Little Wolff's Wooden Shoes
Once upon a time--so long ago that everybody has forgotten the date--in a city in the north of Europe--with such a hard name that ...

Christmas In The Alley
"I declare for 't, to-morrow is Christmas Day an' I clean forgot all about it," said old Ann, the washerwoman, pausing in her work...

A Christmas Star
"Come now, my dear little stars," said Mother Moon, "and I will tell you the Christmas story." Every morning for a week before ...

The Queerest Christmas
Betty stood at her door, gazing drearily down the long, empty corridor in which the breakfast gong echoed mournfully. All the usua...

Old Father Christmas
"The custom of Christmas-trees came from Germany. I can remember when they were first introduced into England, and what wonderful ...

A Christmas Carol
Master Peter, and the two ubiquitous young Cratchits went to fetch the goose, with which they soon returned in high procession. ...

The Legend Of Babouscka
It was the night the dear Christ-Child came to Bethlehem. In a country far away from Him, an old, old woman named Babouscka sat in h...

Christmas In The Barn
Only two more days and Christmas would be here! It had been snowing hard, and Johnny was standing at the window, looking at the so...

The Philanthropist's Christmas
"Did you see this committee yesterday, Mr. Mathews?" asked the philanthropist. His secretary looked up. "Yes, sir." "You ...

The First Christmas-tree
Two little children were sitting by the fire one cold winter's night. All at once they heard a timid knock at the door and one ran...

The First New England Christmas
It was a warm and pleasant Saturday--that twenty-third of December, 1620. The winter wind had blown itself away in the storm of th...

The Cratchits' Christmas Dinner
Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present stood in the city streets on Christmas morning, where (for the weather was severe) the pe...

Christmas In Seventeen Seventy-six
"On Christmas day in Seventy-six, Our gallant troops with bayonets fixed, To Trenton marched away." Children, have any of you ...

Christmas Under The Snow
It was just before Christmas, and Mr. Barnes was starting for the nearest village. The family were out at the door to see him star...

Mr. Bluff's Experiences Of Holidays
"I hate holidays," said Bachelor Bluff to me, with some little irritation, on a Christmas a few years ago. Then he paused an insta...

Master Sandy's Snapdragon
There was just enough of December in the air and of May in the sky to make the Yuletide of the year of grace 1611 a time of pleasu...

A Christmas Fairy
It was getting very near to Christmas time, and all the boys at Miss Ware's school were talking about going home for the holidays....

The Greatest Of These
The outside door swung open suddenly, letting a cloud of steam into the small, hot kitchen. Charlie Moore, a milk pail in one hand...

Little Gretchen And The Wooden Shoe
The following story is one of many which has drifted down to us from the story-loving nurseries and hearthstones of Germany. I can...

Christmas On Big Rattle
Archer sat by the rude hearth of his Big Rattle camp, brooding in a sort of tired contentment over the spitting fagots of var and ...

How Perseus And His Mother Came To Seriphos
Once upon a time there were two princes who were twins. Their names were Acrisius and Proetus, and they lived in the pleasant va...

How Perseus Vowed A Rash Vow
Fifteen years were past and gone, and the babe was now grown to be a tall lad and a sailor, and went many voyages after merchandis...

How Perseus Slew The Gorgon
So Perseus started on his journey, going dry-shod over land and sea; and his heart was high and joyful, for the winged sandals bor...

How Perseus Came To The Aethiops
So Perseus flitted onward to the north-east, over many a league of sea, till he came to the rolling sand-hills and the dreary Lybi...

How Perseus Came Home Again
And when a year was ended Perseus hired Phoenicians from Tyre, and cut down cedars, and built himself a noble galley; and painted ...

How The Centaur Trained The Heroes On Pelion
I have told you of a hero who fought with wild beasts and with wild men; but now I have a tale of heroes who sailed away into a di...

How Jason Lost His Sandal In Anauros
And ten years came and went, and Jason was grown to be a mighty man. Some of his fellows were gone, and some were growing up by ...

How They Built The Ship 'argo' In Iolcos
So the heralds went out, and cried to all the heroes of the Minuai, 'Who dare come to the adventure of the golden fleece?' And ...

How The Argonauts Sailed To Colchis
And what happened next, my children, whether it be true or not, stands written in ancient songs, which you shall read for yoursel...

How The Argonauts Were Driven Into The Unknown Sea
So they fled away in haste to the westward; but Aietes manned his fleet and followed them. And Lynceus the quick-eyed saw him co...

What Was The End Of The Heroes
And now I wish that I could end my story pleasantly; but it is no fault of mine that I cannot. The old songs end it sadly, and I ...

How Theseus Lifted The Stone
Once upon a time there was a princess in Troezene, Aithra, the daughter of Pittheus the king. She had one fair son, named Theseu...

How Theseus Slew The Devourers Of Men
So Theseus stood there alone, with his mind full of many hopes. And first he thought of going down to the harbour and hiring a sw...

How Theseus Slew The Minotaur
And at last they came to Crete, and to Cnossus, beneath the peaks of Ida, and to the palace of Minos the great king, to whom Zeus ...

How Theseus Fell By His Pride
But that fair Ariadne never came to Athens with her husband. Some say that Theseus left her sleeping on Naxos among the Cy...

The Night Before Christmas.
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings wer...

The Night After Christmas.
'Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the house Not a creature was stirring--excepting a mouse. The stockings were...

Santa Claus Does Not Forget.
Bertie was a very good boy. He was kind, obedient, truthful, and unselfish. He had, however, one great fault,--he always forgot. ...

M. A. Haley
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The Fairy Christmas.
It was Christmas Day, and Toddy and Tita were alone. Papa and mamma had gone out West to see their big boy who was ill. They had pro...

Etheldred B. Barry.
...

The Ball Game.
Did you ever know a boy Make believe he had a toy? That's the way Babies play; Babies who are young and s...

Christmas Day.
"Boys," said Mrs. Howard one morning, looking up from a letter she was reading, "I have had a letter from your grandmamma. She write...

Anna Morrison.
...

The Dolls' Christmas Party.
It was the week before Christmas, and the dolls In the toy-shop played together all night. The biggest one was from Paris. One ni...

Viola Roseborough
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Grandma's Christmas Gifts.
Grandma Burns sat knitting busily in the sun one bright morning the week before Christmas. The snow lay deep, and the hard crust gli...

Mama's Happy Christmas.
It had seemed to the little Wendell children that they would have a very sad Christmas. Mama had been very ill, and papa had been so...

Miriam T. Barnard.
...

The Christmas Carol Of The Birds.
Do you know, when we are having such good times at Christmas, what sweet music they have in Norway, that cold country across the sea...

Mrs. G. Hall.
...

A Turkey For One.
Lura's Uncle Roy is in Japan. He used to take Christmas dinner at Lura's home. Now he could only write her papa to say a box of gift...

Lavinia S. Goodwin.
...

Little Christmas Carollers.
We are a band of carollers, We march through frost and snow, But care not for the weather As on our way we go. At...

L.a. France
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What Happened Christmas Eve.
It was Christmas Eve and the frost fairies were busy getting ready for Christmas Day. First of all they spread the loveliest white s...

Oliver Herfold.
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Susy's Christmas Present.
"Tell us a story, nursie; please do", begged two little golden-haired girls, as they snuggled on the soft rug before the fire. "Did ...

Santa Claus's Letter.
Christmas was coming. Jamie and Ted had already begun to write long letters to Santa Claus. But one thing was rather queer: both boy...

Claus."
...

A Ragged Christmas Feast.
On Christmas day there is a great feast in Dublin. This, you know, is the chief city of Ireland. The feast is made for the children....

Little Red Riding Hood
There was once a sweet little maid who lived with her father and mother in a pretty little cottage at the edge of the village. At th...

The Goose-girl
There was once an old Queen who had a very beautiful daughter. The time came when the maiden was to go into a distant country to be ...

Babes In The Wood
Once upon a time there lived two little children whose parents were ill unto death. They begged their brother to care for the two li...

The Sleeping Beauty
Once upon a time there was a king and queen who for a very long time had no children, and when at length a little daughter was born ...

The Baker
I'd like to be a baker, and come when morning breaks, Calling out, "Beeay-ko!" (that's the sound he makes)-- Riding in a rattle-c...

The Dawn Dance
What do you think I saw to-day when I arose at dawn? Blue Wrens and Yellow-tails dancing on the lawn! Bobbing here, and bowing there,...

Cuppacumalonga
'Rover, rover, cattle-drover, where go you to-day?' I go to Cuppacumalonga, fifty miles away; Over plains where Summer rains have ...

The Swagman
Oh, he was old and he was spare; His bushy whiskers and his hair Were all fussed up and very grey He said he'd come a long, long way...

The Ant Explorer
Once a little sugar ant made up his mind to roam-- To fare away far away, far away from home. He had eaten all his breakfast, and he ...

Riding Song
Flippity-flop! Flippity-flop! Here comes the butcher to bring us a chop Cantering, cantering down the wide street On his litt...

The Funny Hatter
Harry was a funny man, Harry was a hatter; He ate his lunch at breakfast time and said it didn't matter. He made a pot of melon jam a...

The Postman
I'd like to be a postman, and walk along the street, Calling out, "Good Morning, Sir," to gentlemen I meet, Ringing every door-bell a...

The Traveller
As I rode in to Burrumbeet, I met a man with funny feet; And, when I paused to ask him why His feet were strange, he rolled his eye ...

Our Street
In our street, the main street Running thro' the town, You see a lot of busy folk Going up and down: Bag men and basket men...

The Little Red House
Very few grown-up people understand houses. Only children understand them properly, and, if I understand them just a little, it is bec...

The Pieman
I'd like to be a pieman, and ring a little bell, Calling out, "Hot pies! Hot pies to sell!" Apple-pies and Meat-pies, Cherry-pies as ...

The Triantiwontigongolope
There's a very funny insect that you do not often spy, And it isn't quite a spider, and it isn't quite a fly; It is something like a ...

The Circus
Hey, there! Hoop-la! the circus is in town! Have you seen the elephant? Have you seen the clown? Have you seen the dappled horse ga...

You And I
They say the eagle is a bird That sees some splendid sights When he soars high into the sky Upon his dizzy flights: He sees the gro...

Going To School
Did you see them pass to-day, Billy, Kate and Robin, All astride upon the back of old grey Dobbin? Jigging, jogging off to school, do...

Bird Song
I am friendly with the sparrow Though his mind is rather narrow And his manners--well, the less we say the better. But as day beg...

The Music Of Your Voice
A vase upon the mantelpiece, A ship upon the sea, A goat upon a mountain-top Are much the same to me; But when you mention me...

The Boy Who Rode Into The Sunset
Once upon a time--it was not so very long ago, either--a little boy, named Neville, lived with his people in a house which was almost ...

The Tram-man
I'd like to be a Tram-man, and ride about all day, Calling out, "Fares, please!" in quite a 'ficious way, With pockets full of pennie...

The Axe-man
High on the hills, where the tall trees grow, There lives an axeman that I know. From his little hut by a ferny creek, Day after day...

The Drovers
Out across the spinifex, out across the sand, Out across the saltbush to Never Never land That's the way the drovers go, jogging d...

The Long Road Home
When I go back from Billy's place I always have to roam The mazy road, the crazy road that leads the long way home. Ma always says, "...

The Band
Hey, there! Listen awhile! Listen awhile, and come. Down in the street there are marching feet, and I hear the beat of a drum. Bim!...

Bessie And The Bunyip
Bessie met a bunyip down along the track, In his hand a billy and a swag upon his back. And you will hardly believe it, but ...

Good Enough
I do not think there ever was, Or ever will, or ever could be, A little girl or little boy As good as she or as he should be. ...

The Porter
I'd like to be a porter, and always on the run, Calling out, "Stand aside!" and asking leave of none. Shoving trucks on people's toes...

Growing Up
Little Tommy Tadpole began to weep and wail, For little Tommy Tadpole had lost his little tail; And his mother didn't know him as ...

The Unsociable Wallaby
Willie spied a wallaby hopping through the fern-- Here a jump, here a thump, there a sudden turn. Willie called the wallaby, beggi...

The Song Of The Sulky Stockman
Come, let us sing with a right good ring (Sing hey for lifting lay, sing hey!) Of any old, sunny old, silly old thing. (Sing h...

Our Cow
Down by the sliprails stands our cow Chewing, chewing, chewing, She does not care what folks out there In the great, big world...

The Teacher
I'd like to be a teacher, and have a clever brain, Calling out, "Attention, please!" and "Must I speak in vain?" I'd be quite strict ...

The Spotted Heifers
Mr Jeremiah Jeffers Owned a pair of spotted heifers These he sold for two pounds ten To Mr Robert Raymond Wren Who reared them in...

Tea Talk
'Excuse me if I sit on you,' the cup said to the saucer. 'I fear I've been here all the afternoon.' 'Spare excuses,' said the sauc...

The Looking-glass
When I look into the looking glass I'm always sure to see-- No matter how I dodge about-- Me, looking out at me. I often wo...

Woolloomooloo
Here's a ridiculous riddle for you: How many o's are there in Woolloomooloo? Two for the W, two for the m, Four for the l's, an...

The Barber
I'd like to be a barber, and learn to shave and clip, Calling out, "Next please!" and pocketing my tip. All day I'd hear my scissors ...

Farmer Jack
Old farmer Jack gazed on his wheat, And feared the frost would nip it. Said he, "it's nearly seven feet-- I must begin to stri...

Old Black Jacko
Old Black Jacko Smokes tobacco In his little pipe of clay. Puff, puff, puff, He never has enough Though he smokes it all ...

Bird Song
I detest the Carrion Crow! (He's a raven, don't you know?) He's a greedy glutton, also, and a ghoul, And his sanctimonious caw R...

The Sailor
I'd like to be a sailor--a sailor bold and bluff-- Calling out, "Ship ahoy!" in manly tones and gruff. I'd learn to box the compass, ...

The Famine
Cackle and lay, cackle and lay! How many eggs did you get to-day? None in the manger, and none in the shed, None in the box where th...

The Feast
Cackle and lay, cackle and lay! How many eggs did you get to-day? Two in the manger, and four in the shed, Six in the box where the ...

Upon The Road To Rockabout
Upon the road to Rockabout I came upon some sheep-- A large and woolly flock about As wide as it was deep. I was about to turn ab...

A Change Of Air
Now, a man in Oodnadatta He grew fat, and he grew fatter, Though he hardly had a thing to eat for dinner; While a man in Boobooro...

Polly Dibbs
Mrs Dibbs--Polly Dibbs, Standing at a tub, Washing other people's clothes-- Rub-Rub-Rub. Poor, old, skinny arms White wit...

Lullaby
You are much too big to dandle, And I will not leave the candle. Go to sleep. You are growing naughty, rather, And I'll have to ...

The Publisher
I'd like to be a publisher, And publish massive tomes Written in a massive style by blokes with massive domes-- Science books, and hi...

Good Night
And so, Good Night. I'm rather tired. I hardly thought I'd be required To draw a lot of pictures, too, When I arranged to write...

The Box Tunnel
The 10:15 train glided from Paddington May 7, 1847. In the left compartment of a certain first-class carriage were four pa...

Minions Of The Moon
Our story is of the time when George III was king, and our scene of action lies only at an old farm-house six miles or so fr...

The Four-fifteen Express
The events which I am about to relate took place between nine and ten years ago. Sebastopol had fallen in the early spring, ...

The Wrong Black Bag
It was the eve of Good Friday. Within the modest parlour of No. 13 Primrose Terrace a little man, wearing a gray felt hat ...

The Three Strangers
Among the few features of agricultural England which retain an appearance but little modified by the lapse of centuries may ...

There Is No Fun Untill I Cum.
The other man, nothing loath, raised the mug to his lips, and drank on and on and on, till a curious blueness overspread the countenan...

Mr. Lismore And The Widow
Late in the autumn, not many years since, a public meeting was held at the Mansion House, London, under the direction of the...

"mary Callender."
Ernest looked up from the letter. "What can this possibly mean?" he wondered. But he was too sensible a man to be content with wond...

The Philosopher In The Apple Orchard
It was a charmingly mild and balmy day. The sun shone beyond the orchard, and the shade was cool inside. A light breeze st...

The Story Of The Three Little Pigs
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The Sleeping Beauty In The Wood
Once there was a royal couple who grieved excessively because they had no children. When at last, after long waiting, the queen pres...

Hop-o'-my-thumb
There once lived in a village a faggot-maker and his wife, who had seven children, all boys; the eldest was no more than ten years o...

Cinderella
There was once an honest gentle man who took for his second wife a lady, the proudest and most disagreeable in the whole country. ...

Adventures Of John Dietrich
There once lived in Rambin, a town near the Baltic Sea, an honest, industrious man named James Dietrich. He had several children, al...

Beauty And The Beast
There was once a very rich merchant, who had six children, three boys and three girls. As he was himself a man of great sense, he sp...

Little One Eye Little Two Eyes And Little Three Eyes
There was a woman who had three daughters, the eldest of whom was called Little One Eye, because she had only one eye in the middle ...

Jack The Giant-killer
In the reign of the famous King Arthur, there lived, near the Land's End of England, in the county of Cornwall, a worthy farmer, who...

Tom Thumb
In the days of King Arthur, Merlin, the most learned enchanter of his time, was on a journey; and being very weary, stopped one day ...

Rumpelstilzchen
There was once a miller who was very poor, but he had a beautiful daughter. Now, it happened that he came to speak to the king, and,...

Fortunatus
In the city of Famagosta, in the island of Cyprus, there lived a very rich gentleman. His name was Theodorus: he married a lady who ...

The Bremen Town Musicians
There was a man who owned a donkey, which had carried his sacks to the mill industriously for many years, but whose strength had com...

Riquet With The Tuft
Once upon a time a queen had a little son, who was so ugly and ill-made, that for a long time the poor little baby was thought hardl...

House Island
There lived in Norway, not far from the city of Drontheim, a rich and prosperous gentleman. He had an only daughter, called Aslog, t...

Snow-white And Rose-red
A poor widow lived alone in a little cottage, in front of which was a garden, where stood two little rose-trees: one bore white rose...

Jack And The Bean-stalk
In the days of King Alfred, there lived a poor woman, whose cottage was in a remote country village, many miles from London. She had...

Graciosa And Percinet
Once upon a time there lived a king and queen, who had an only daughter. Her incomparable beauty, sweetness, and intelligence caused...

The Iron Stove
In the days when magic was still of some avail, a king's son was enchanted by an old witch, and compelled to spend his life sitting ...

The Invisible Prince
There was a king and queen who were dotingly fond of their only son, notwithstanding that he was equally deformed in mind and person...

The Woodcutter's Daughter
There was once a poor woodcutter, very miserable, though prudent and industrious; he had a wife and three grown-up sons, yet their u...

Brother And Sister
A brother took his sister by the hand and said, Since our mother is dead we have no more happy hours: our stepmother beats us every ...

Little Red-riding-hood
Once there was a little village maiden, the prettiest ever seen. Her mother was foolishly fond of her, and her grandmother likewise....

Puss In Boots
A Miller, dying, divided all his property between his three children. This was a very simple matter, as he had nothing to leave but ...

The Wolf And The Seven Young Goslings
There was once an old goose who had seven young goslings, and loved them as only a mother can love her children. One day she was goi...

The Fair One With Golden Locks
There was once a king's daughter so beautiful that they named her the Fair One with Golden Locks. These golden locks were the most ...

The Butterfly
In the time of the illustrious Merinous, it was indeed a pleasure to be a king; the laws were just, the people obedient, and peace w...

The Frog-prince
In times of yore, when wishes were both heard and granted, lived a king whose daughters were all beautiful, but the youngest was so ...

The White Cat
There was once a king who had three sons, all handsome, brave and noble of heart. Nevertheless, some wicked courtiers made their fat...

Prince Cherry
Long ago there lived a monarch, who was such a very honest man that his subjects entitled him the Good King. One day, when he was ou...

Little Snowdrop
Once upon a time, in the middle of winter, when the flakes of snow fell like feathers from the sky, a queen sat at a window set in a...

The Blue Bird
A powerful and wealthy king, having lost his wife, was so inconsolable, that he shut himself up for eight entire days, in a little ...

The Yellow Dwarf
There was once a queen, who had been the mother of several children, but all were dead, except one daughter, of whom she was excessi...

The Six Swans
Once upon a time, a king, hunting in a great forest, chased a wild boar so eagerly, that none of his people could follow him. When ...

The Prince With The Nose
There was once a king who was passionately in love with a beautiful princess, but she could not be married because a magician had e...

The Hind Of The Forest
A beautiful queen, whose subjects adored her, and whose husband thought her the best woman in the world, had but one sorrow, which w...

The Juniper-tree
One or two thousand years ago, there was a rich man, who had a beautiful and pious wife; they loved one another dearly, but they had...

Clever Alice
Once upon a time there was a man who had a daughter, who was called Clever Alice; and when she was grown up, her father said, We mus...

The Laughing Prince
There was once a farmer who had three sons and one little daughter. The eldest son was a studious boy who learned so much out of boo...

Beauty And The Horns
There was once a rich man who when he was dying called his son to his bedside and said: Danilo, my son, I am leaving you my riche...

The Pigeon's Bride
There was once a King who had an only daughter. She was as lovely as a princess ought to be and by the time she reached a marriageab...

The Little Lame Fox
There was once a wealthy farmer who had three sons. The oldest was a selfish overbearing fellow. The second was a weak chap who alwa...

The Enchanted Peafowl
Have you ever heard the story of the Peafowl who became a Queen and of the Tsar's Youngest Son who married her? Well, here it is: ...

The Dragon's Strength
There was once a King who had three sons. One day the oldest son went hunting and when night fell his huntsmen came riding home with...

The Little Singing Frog
There was once a poor laborer and his wife who had no children. Every day the woman would sigh and say: If only we had a child! ...

The Nightingale In The Mosque
There was once a Sultan who was so pious and devout that he spent many hours every day in prayer. For the glory of Allah, he thou...

The Girl In The Chest
There was once a horrible Vampire who took the form of a handsome young man and went to the house of an old woman who had three daug...

The Wonderful Hair
There was once a poor man who had so many children that he was at his wit's end how to feed them all and clothe them. Unless some...

The Best Wish
There were once three brothers whose only possession was a pear tree. They took turns guarding it. That is to say while two of them ...

The Vilas' Spring
There was once a rich man who had two sons. The older son was overbearing, greedy, and covetous. He was dishonest, too, and thought ...

Lord And Master
There was once a young shepherd, an honest industrious fellow, who passed most of his time in the hills looking after his master's f...

The Silver Tracks
There were once three brothers who lived in the same village. One of them was very rich. He had houses and fields and barns. He had ...

Stan Bolovan
Once upon a time, something happened. If it hadn't happened, it wouldn't be told. At the edge of the village, where the peasants' ...

The Wonderful Bird
Once upon a time, something happened. If it had not happened, it would not be told. There was a good, pious emperor, who had three...

The Twins With The Golden Star
Once upon a time something happened. If it hadn't happened, it wouldn't be told. There was an emperor, who ruled over a whole worl...

Youth Without Age And Life Without Death
Once upon a time something happened whose like never occurred before—if it had not happened it would not be told—since the flea had o...

The Little Purse With Two Half-pennies
There was once an old man and an old woman. The old woman had a hen and the old man had a rooster; the old woman's hen laid two eggs ...

Mogarzea And His Son
There was once a young lad who had neither father nor mother. Every thing his parents had left him was in the care of guardians, and ...

Cunning Ileane
Once upon a time something happened. If it had not happened, it would not be told. There was once an emperor who had three daughte...

The Princess And The Fisherman
Once upon a time something happened. If it had not happened, it would not be told. There was once a fisherman, neither very well o...

Little Wild-rose
Once upon a time something extraordinary happened. If it had not happened it would not be told. It was when the wolves lay down to re...

The Voice Of Death
Once upon a time something happened. If it had not happened, it would not be told. There was once a man who prayed daily to God to...

The Old Woman And The Old Man
Once upon a time there was an old man and an old woman, who had not a single child in their old age, and it was very hard for them, b...

The Pea Emperor
Once upon a time something wonderful happened. If it hadn't happened, it wouldn't be told. There was once a good for nothing fello...

The Morning Star And The Evening Star
Once upon a time something extraordinary happened. If it had not happened it would not be told. There was once an emperor and empr...

The Two Step-sisters
Once upon a time there was an old widower, who had one daughter; he married again and took for his wife a widow, who also had a daugh...

The Poor Boy
Once upon a time something happened. If it hadn't happened, it wouldn't be told. There was once a poor widow, so poor that even th...

Mother's Darling Jack
Once upon a time something happened. If it had not happened it would not be told. There was once a man who had a child. This child...

Tellerchen
Once upon a time something very extraordinary happened. If it had not happened, it would not be told. There was once a husband and...

The Fairy Aurora
Once upon a time something happened. If it hadn't happened, it wouldn't be told. There was once a great and mighty emperor, whose ...

Little Snow-white
Once upon a time in the middle of winter, when the flakes of snow were falling like feathers from the clouds, a Queen sat at her...

The Ugly Duckling
It was beautiful in the country. It was summertime. The wheat was yellow, the oats were green, the hay was stacked up in the green ...

Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp
Aladdin was the only son of a poor widow who lived in China; but instead of helping his mother to earn their living, he let her d...

The Sleeping Beauty
Once upon a time there lived a King and Queen who had no children. They longed very much for a child; and when at last they had a...

Puss-in-boots
There was once a Miller, who, at his death, had nothing to leave to his three sons except his mill, his ass, and his cat. The eld...

Adventures Of Tom Thumb
A long time ago, a woodcutter lived with his wife in a small cottage not far from a great forest. They had seven children--all bo...

The Three Bears
There were once three bears who lived together in a little house in the middle of a wood. One of them was a Little, Small, Wee Be...

The Little Match Girl
It was dreadfully cold, it was snowing fast, and almost dark; the evening--the last evening of the Old Year--was drawing in. But col...

Beauty And The Beast
There was once a Merchant who had three daughters, the youngest of whom was so beautiful that everybody called her Beauty. This m...

The Story Of Cinderella
There was once a rich man, whose wife died, leaving him with one little girl. After some years, hoping to give his child a mother...

Jack The Giant Killer
In the reign of King Arthur there lived in the County of Cornwall a worthy farmer, who had an only son, named Jack. Jack was stro...

Jack And The Beanstalk
Jack was an idle, lazy boy who would do no work to support his widowed mother; and at last they both came to such poverty that th...

Dick Whittington And His Cat
In the reign of King Edward the Third there was a poor orphan boy, named Dick Whittington, living in a country village a long way...

The Story Of Blue Beard
Many years ago there was a rich man who had a singular blue beard, which made him very ugly. Being left a widower, he wished to m...

Little Red Riding-hood
Once upon a time there lived a little girl, who was so sweet and pretty and good that everybody loved her. Her old grandmother, w...

Sindbad The Sailor The First Voyage
My father died while I was young and left me a fortune. Having no one to restrain me, I fell into bad ways, by which I not only wasted...

Sindbad The Sailor The Second Voyage
Becoming weary of a quiet life in Balsora, and having bought trading goods, I again went to sea with some merchants. After touching...

Sindbad The Sailor The Third Voyage
I soon resolved upon a third voyage, and once more took ship at Balsora. After we had been at sea a few weeks, we were overtaken by a ...

Sindbad The Sailor My Fourth Voyage
My desire of seeing foreign countries rendered my pleasures at home unsatisfactory. I therefore arranged my affairs, commenced a vo...

Sindbad The Sailor The Fifth Voyage
Having forgotten my former perils, I built a ship at my own expense, loaded it with a rich cargo, and, taking with me other merchan...

Sindbad The Sailor The Sixth Voyage
At the expiration of another year, I prepared for a sixth voyage. This proved very long and unfortunate, for the pilot lost his cou...

Sindbad The Sailor The Seventh And Last Voyage
The Caliph Haroun Alrashid one day sent for me, and told me I must bear a present to the King of Serindib. I ventured to protest on...

Hansel And Gretel
Once upon a time there dwelt near a large wood a poor wood-cutter, with his wife and two children by his former marriage, a littl...

The Goose Girl
Once upon a time there lived an old Queen, whose husband had been dead some years, and left her with one child, a beautiful daughter...

The Eatyoup
Dicky Duck was a very wise young fellow. He swam about the pond alone long before his brothers left their mother, and such worms a...

The Tell-tale Goblin
Once upon a time there was a Little Fairy who loved to wander by the river, and as the Fairy Queen does not like her subjects to go...

Dame Cricket's Story
"Come, children, it is time to get up," said Dame Cricket to her ten little crickets. "Hurry, now, and take your bath and put on...

The Playroom Wedding
Paper Doll had been the maid of honor, but she did not at all approve of the match. "It will never be a happy marriage," she told ...

Morning-glory
Once upon a time there was a very little Morning-glory that grew on the end of a high vine, and one day when the wind was blowing a...

The Peacock Butterflies
Plain little Miss Butterfly sat on a bush one day, when along came Mr. Peacock, with his tail full spread. "Oh--oh!" sighed litt...

The Revenge Of The Gnomes
The Fairies decided to give a party one night, and invited the Goblins, but they did not ask the Gnomes, because they did not think...

The Little China Shepherdess
On the parlor mantel of a farmhouse stood little China Shepherdess. In one hand she held a gilt crook and with the other she shade...

How The Buttercup Grew Yellow
Long, long ago it is told that the flowers were all white and that each received its color by some magic power. The little Daisy...

Was It The Field Fairy?
Jack and his sister Nina were two little orphans who had to beg from door to door for their food and a place to sleep. One day a...

The Frogs And The Fairies
In a pond in a dell lived a big family of frogs, and one day when the sun was shining all the young bullfrogs came up out of the wa...

Jack The Preacher
One morning in very early springtime the big Evergreen Trees began to talk about the part they took in telling all the woodland flo...

Mr Crow Goes And Tells
Mr. Coon and Mr. Possum lived near each other in the woods, and one day they decided to give a supper the first bright moonlight ni...

Discontented Dewdrop
One morning a little Dewdrop was resting on the petal of a wild rose that grew beside a river. The sun shining on it made it gli...

Inquisitive Mr Possum
It was Mr. Owl who gave the wood folk the warning by calling out one night, "To whom it may concern!" At least the wood people kne...

What The Flowers Told Martha
Martha was visiting her grandmother, who lived in the country. At the back of the farmhouse was a very large porch, and in the fro...

When Jack Frost Was Young
Not that he is old now, for Jack is a snappy, bright fellow, and will never really grow old--that is, in anything but experience. ...

The Revenge Of The Fireflies
The Fireflies and the Goblins had always been good friends, just as they were with the Fairies, until one night when the Goblins he...

Sallie Hicks's Forefinger
Sallie Hicks was a little girl who was good most of the time, but she had one bad habit, and that was caused by her forefinger on h...

The Rain Elves
The Rain Elf children had been shut up in their houses for ever so long, for it had been hot and the Rain Elves do not like very ho...

Mr Fox's Housewarming
Mr. Fox had been so much disturbed by Mr. Dog and his master that he decided to try living somewhere besides on the ground floor of...

Little Pitcher-man
On a pantry shelf there once lived a funny squatty-looking pitcher-man. His cap was brown and that was the top of the pitcher. His...

The Windflower's Story
One day a little Windflower growing in a garden heard the Rosebush say to the Pansies, "What a quiet little creature the Windflower...

Pussy Willow's Furs
Miss Pussy Willow put on her furs one day in March and stepped out into the sunshine; but, while the sun was warm, March's breath w...

Orianna
Bunny White, one night when the Fairies were holding a revel, peeped out of his window to see the frolic, for Bunny and the Fairies...

Old North Wind
Old North Wind lived away up in the North Pole Land in the winter, and there her children, the Icebergs, grew. Old North Wind wa...

Mr Fox Cuts The Cottontails
Mr. Fox decided that the only way to get all the wood animals to have a good opinion of him was to give a big dinner, for he had so...

Little Never-upset
Little Never-upset was a roly-poly fellow, with weights in his little body so placed that no matter how he was treated or tumbled a...

The Spotted Fawn
When Nimble's mother first looked at him she couldn't believe she would ever be able to raise him. He was such a tiny, frail, spotte...

Learning Things
Nimble's mother hadn't liked Mr. Grouse's remark about Foxes. Somehow she couldn't put Foxes out of her mind. And not once did she m...

An Interrupted Nap
Nimble, the fawn, stole away into the woods while his mother was sleeping. And when he went he took great pains not to disturb her. ...

Planning A Picnic
While he was only a fawn Nimble became very fond of water lilies. But he didn't carry them as a bouquet, nor wear one in his buttonh...

Nimble's Mistake
One morning Nimble's mother said to him, "To-night, just as the moon rises, we'll start for Farmer Green's garden patch." He knew...

An Unexpected Party
Nimble's mother's plans went all awry. She had expected to give her son a treat by taking him quietly to Farmer Green's carrot patch...

The Strange Light
Weeks went by; and still Nimble's mother said no more about visiting Farmer Green's carrot patch. Nimble himself did not dare to men...

Mrs Deer Explains
For the first time in his life Nimble felt quite grown up. He forgot that he had not yet lived a whole summer. He had made a suggest...

A Spike Horn
Nimble didn't mind losing his spots, when he grew older. He had something else that gave him much more pleasure than they ever had. ...

At The Carrot Patch
During his first summer Nimble never reached Farmer Green's carrot patch once. His mother had planned to take him there. But on acco...

Cuffy And The Cave
Nimble did not spend all his spare moments with the other Spike Horns. Once in a while he met Cuffy Bear prowling about near the foo...

Cuffy Is Missing
Far up on the dark mountainside, in the driving snow, Nimble waited in front of the cave where Cuffy Bear had vanished. And all the ...

Cuffy Bear Wakens
The winter after Nimble lost his spike horns was a mild one. The snowfall was light. And Nimble was able to roam up and down Pleasan...

Antlers
Although Nimble had lost his horns he managed to go through the winter without missing them as much as he had expected. And in time ...

A Mock Battle
When Nimble had three-points on each of his antlers, in his fourth summer, he felt that he was at last grown up. He was now a "thre...

Mr Crow Looks On
Nimble and his friend Dodger the Deer picked themselves up off the ground where they had fallen after their collision in the air. Th...

What Brownie Wanted
Nimble Deer had stopped at Brownie Beaver's pond to get a drink. Just as he raised his head from the water he spied Brownie a little...

The Muley Cow
Nimble Deer was a famous jumper. And so was the Muley Cow. In Farmer Green's herd there was no other that could match her. Living...

The Jumping Contest
Having had Mr. Crow's permission, the Muley Cow went on stretching her legs as much as she pleased. She jumped the pasture fence; an...

Solving A Problem
Jimmy Rabbit was going to give a party. Up and down Pleasant Valley and all about Blue Mountain the field and forest people were tal...

An Untold Secret
All the field and forest people soon knew that at last Jimmy Rabbit had invited Nimble Deer to his party. And everybody was pleased-...

The New Hat-rack
The night of Jimmy Rabbit's party arrived at last. The time was an hour after sunset. The place was Farmer Green's back pasture. And...

How Nimble Helped
Billy Woodchuck and Fatty Coon had come early to Jimmy Rabbit's party. And Jimmy had told them to hang their hats and coats upon his...

Uncle Jerry Chuck
Soon Jimmy Rabbit's friends arrived at his party in throngs. And soon Nimble Deer's antlers bristled with hats and coats of many kin...

The Royal Oak
There is in Shropshire a fine oak-tree which the country people there call the "Royal Oak". They say it is the great-grandson, or pe...

Bonnie Prince Charlie
Prince Charlie was the grandson of King James II, who was driven away from the throne of England because he was a selfish man and a ...

Nelson And Hardy
Lord Nelson was one of the greatest seamen that ever lived. He commanded the British fleet at the battle of Trafalgar, when the navi...

Watt And The Kettle
There was once a little Scotch boy named James Watt. He was not a strong child, and could not always run and play with other boys, b...

Queen Victoria And Her Soldiers
Queen Victoria was always proud of her brave soldiers. In time of war, she gave orders that news of them was to be sent to her every...

The Relief Of Lucknow
During the time of the terrible Indian Mutiny, when most of the native troops rose against their British rulers, and vowed to kill e...

Grace Darling
On a small rocky island, off the north coast of England, there is a lighthouse. A man named William Darling was once keeper of this ...

David Livingstone
At one time many people believed that the middle of Africa was a sandy desert, where nothing could live but camels and ostriches. Bu...

The Battle Of Waterloo
Fields of waving corn, green woods, fruitful orchards, a pretty farmhouse and a few cottages--such was the plain of Waterloo. And th...

The Charge Of The Light Brigade
Forward the Light! Such was the order given during a great battle to the leader of a band of six hundred British soldiers. Forwar...

The Coronation Of King Edward Vii
Never had a country a more popular king than King Edward VII, nor a more gracious queen than Queen Alexandra, and never was a happie...

War
Over the broad, fair valley, Filling the heart with fear, Comes the sound of tramping horses, And the news of danger n...

A Brave Queen
Long ago, when this country was a wild land, there lived a beautiful and brave queen named Boadicea. Her husband, the king, was d...

King Alfred And The Cakes
Once, when good King Alfred of England was forced to flee from his strong foes the Danes, he hid himself in a wood. In this wood, th...

Not Angles But Angels
In old days the people of England were not all free, as they are now. Sometimes young men, and women, and little children were sold ...

Hereward The Wake
When William of Normandy came over the sea, and took the crown of England, many English people would not call him king. The young lo...

Canute
There was once a king of England, named Canute, who was a brave and clever man. But he had many lords in his court who were very foo...

The Brave Men Of Calais
Many years ago, King Edward III of England took the town of Calais from the French king. He could not take it by force, for the wall...

Wat Tyler
In our days, all people in our land, except prisoners, are free to go where they will, and to do what work they please. In olden tim...

Bruce And The Spider
Robert Bruce, King of Scotland, sad and weary, lay upon the floor of a lonely cave among the hills. His mind was full of anxious tho...

Richard And Blondel
In a gloomy prison, in a foreign land, lay Richard I, King of England. He had been with some other kings to a great war in the Holy ...

The White Ship
The night was dark, and a stormy wind was blowing, when the White Ship set sail from the shore of France. Prince William of England ...

Joan Of Arc
In a village in the green country of France, there once lived a girl named Joan. She spent her days in sewing and spinning, and in m...

Queen Margaret And The Robbers
There were once two kings of England at the same time. One was Henry VI. He was the rightful king, but a very weak and feeble man, a...

William Caxton
In old days, books were not printed as they are now; they were written by hand. This took a long time to do, so there were not many ...

Sir Philip Sidney
When Elizabeth was Queen of England it was a time of great deeds and great men. The queen was brave and clever herself, so she liked...

The Revenge
In the days of Queen Elizabeth, English sailors first began to find their way across the seas to new lands, from which they brought ...

The Pilgrim Fathers
There was a time when the people of England were not allowed to pray to God in the way they thought right, but were punished if they...

Guy Fawkes
In the time of James I, many of the English people were very hardly treated because of their religion. At last they could bear the i...

Cromwell And His Ironsides
When Charles I came to the throne of England, it was soon seen that he was as bad a king as his father James I had been. He did n...

The Spanish Armada
The Armada was a great fleet which the King of Spain sent to attack England, in the days of Queen Elizabeth. There were more than a ...

The Defence Of Lathom House
Lathom House is an old English castle. When the war broke out between King Charles I and his people, the Earl of Derby, who was the ...

The Story Of The Three Bears
THERE were once three bears, who lived in a wood, Their porridge was thick, and their chairs and beds good....

The Woodcraft Kalendar
The Woodcraft K...

Climbing The Mountain
Afar in our dry southwestern country is an Indian village; and in the offing is a high mountain, towering up out of the desert. It i...

The Sandpainting Of The Fire
The...

Beauty And The Beast
...

Springtime Or The Wedding Of Maka Ina And El Sol
Oh, that was a stirring, glowing time! All the air, and the underwood seemed throbbed with pleasant murmuring voices. The streams we...

Running The Council
Every good Woodcrafter should know the way of the Council Ring. Select some quiet level place out of doors; in the woods if ...

The Sweetest Sad Song In The Woods
Once a great American poet was asked which he thought was the sweetest voice in the woods. He said: "The sweetest sound in Natu...

A Flower Book
...

Nine Lives Of A Cat
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The Snowstorm
It was at the great winter Carnival of Montreal not long ago. Looking out of a window on a stormy day were five children of differen...

The Fairy Lamps
There was once a little barelegged, brown-limbed boy who spent all his time in the woods. He loved the woods and all that was in the...

How The Wren Became King Of The Birds
The story is very old, and it may not be true, but this is how they tell it in many countries. The animals had chosen the lio...

The Council Robe
The Woodcraft Council Robe is something which every one may have, and should make for himself. It may be of any shade, of gray, buff...

The Caribou Dance
Horns...

The Animal Dance Of Nana-bo-jou
For this we need a Nana-bo-jou; that is, a grown-up who can drum and sing. He has a drum and drumstick, and a straw or paper club; a...

A Natural Autograph Album
If you live in the country, I can show you an old Woodcraft trick. Look for a hollow tree. Sometimes you can pick one out afar, by t...

The Crooked Stick
Once upon a time there was a girl who was very anxious to know what sort of a husband she should get; so, of course, she went to the...

Moving Pictures
One of the best developers of imagination is the Moving Picture. Sometimes called Pantomime, or Dumb-show which means all signs with...

A Treasure Hunt
Make 24 little white sticks, each about three inches long, and as thick as a pencil. They are easy to make of willow shoots, after t...

Quickness
Put down 12 potatoes (or other round things) in a row, each one exactly 6 feet from the last, and the last 12 feet from a box with a...

Guessing Length
Take two common nails, or other thin bits of metal, and lay them on a table or board, at what you guess to be exactly one yard (36 i...

Aim Or Limb-control
Take 25 medium-sized potatoes, and set up a bucket or bag whose mouth is round and exactly one foot across. Draw a line exactly 10 f...

Quicksight
Take two boards, cards or papers, each about half a foot square; divide them with black lines into 25 squares each, i. e. 5 each way...

Hearing
Can you hear like an owl? An owl can find his prey by hearing after dark. His ears are wonderful. Let us try if yours are. 1...

Feeling
1. Have you got wise fingers like a blind man? Put 10 nickels, 10 coppers and 10 dimes in a hat or in one hand if you like. Th...

Snowflakes The Sixfold Gems Of Snowroba
Snowflakes You have heard of...

Farsight
1. Hold up a page of this book, and see how far off you can read it. If at 60 inches, measured with a tapeline from your eye to the ...

The Indian Pot
This is something everyone can make, no matter how young, and each, including the Guide, should make one. Get a lump of good ...

Bird-boxes
Bird-boxes You can win honou...

A Hunter's Lamp
A Hunter's Lamp In...

The Coon Hunt
Take a little bundle of white rags, or paper, as large as a walnut; call this the "Coon." While all the young folks hide t...

The Woods In Winter
Go out to the nearest chestnut tree, and get half a small burr; trim it neatly. Fill it with putty; set four wooden pegs in this for...

The Fish And The Pond
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Smoke Prints Of Leaves
Smoke Prints of...

The Horsetail And The Jungle
The...

The Ox-eye Daisy Or Marguerite
...

A Monkey-hunt
The...

The Angel Of The Night
O Guide of the young Tribe! Know you the Twelfth Secret of the Woods? Know you what walked around your tent on that thirtieth night ...

Poison Ivy Or The Three-fingered Demon Of The Woods
The Poison Ivy You h...

The Medicine In The Sky
This is one of the greatest and best secrets of Woodcraft—The Medicine in the Sky. Let me tell you a story about it. Th...

Why The Dog Turns Around Three Times Before Lying Down
Yes, they all do it; the big St. Bernard, the foolish littlest lap Dog, the ragged street Dog; give them bare boards, or a silken cu...

The Deathcup Of Diablo
The Deathcup To...

Why The Squirrel Wears A Bushy Tail
"Oh, Mother, look at that Gray Squirrel!" shouted Billie. "What a beautiful bushy tail he has!" Then, after a pa...

Why A Dog Wags His Tail
There is an old story that the Dog said to the Cat: "Cat, you are a fool; you growl when you are pleased and wag your tail when...

Sign Language
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The Language Of Hens
Yes; Hens talk somewhat as we do; only they haven't so many words, and don't depend on them as we have to. There are only ten...

Symbols
If you have thought much about it, O Guide! you will surely find that, for decoration, it is better to use a beautiful symbol of any...

Blazes
All hunters and Indians have signs to let their people know the way. Some of these signs are on trees, and are called "Blazes.&...

Totems
A Totem is a simple form used as the emblem or symbol of a man, a group of men, an animal, or an idea; it does not use or refer to w...

How The Pine Tree Tells Its Own Story
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The Fingerboard Goldenrod
"Oh, Mother Carey! All-mother! Lover of us little plants as well as the big trees! Listen to us little slender Goldenrods. ...

Woodchuck Day February Second Sixth Secret Of The Woods
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The Singing Hawk
Listen, Guide and young folk, I want to add another bird to your list to-day; another secret of the woods to your learning. ...

Tracks And The Stories They Tell
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A Rabbit's Story Of His Life Written By Himself
Yes, the Rabbit wrote it himself and about himself in the oldest writing on earth, that is the tracks of his feet. ...

The Twin Stars
Two-Bright-Eyes went wandering out To chase the Whippoorwill; Two-Bright-Eyes got lost and left Our teep...

The Pleiades That Orion Fired At The Bull
The Pleiades When late a...

Orion The Hunter And His Fight With The Bull
In the 49th Tale I told you there were two giants among the mighty hunters in the sky, Boötes, whose adventure with the Bears y...

The North Star Or The Home Star
The...

The Pappoose On The Squaw's Back
Now that you know how the Bears and the Big Dipper came, you should know the Indian story of the Old Squaw. ...

How The Indian Summer Came
Wahkonda, the Great Spirit, the Ruler of the World, had found pleasure the whole summer long in making mountains, lakes, and forests...

The Digger Wasp That Killed The Cicada
Strange things are done in the realm of Mother Carey; strange things and cruel. At least so they seem to us, for we do not know the ...

The Cicada And The Katydid
Once upon a time, long, long ago, the birds whose job it was to make the woods merry with their songs, decided to go on strike. They...

The Mud-dauber Wasp
If you look under the roof of any wooden barn in Eastern America you are likely to see the nest of the common Mud-wasp. ...

The Wood-witch And The Bog-nuts
Once upon a time there was a rich boy, who knew all about the city, and nothing about the woods. He went for an outing into the wild...

How The Shad Came And How The Chestnut Got Its Burrs
In the woods of Poconic there once roamed a very discontented Porcupine. She was forever fretting. She complained that everything wa...

How The Littlest Owl Came
After the Great Spirit had made the world and the creatures in it, he made the Gitchee O-kok-o-hoo. This was like an Owl, but bigger...

The Witch-hazel
Witch-hazel These are the ...

The Story Of The Quaking Aspen Or Poplar
The leaf of the Quaking Asp is like the one marked "a" in the drawing. Its trunk is smooth, greenish, or whitish, with bla...

Why The Chicadee Goes Crazy Twice A Year
A long time ago, when it was always summer in our woods, the Chicadees lived merrily with their cousins, and frolicked the whole yea...

The Purple And Gold Of Autumn
T...

The Hickory Horn-devil
Hush, whisper! Did you ever meet a Hickory Horn-devil? No! Well I did, and I tell you he is a terror. Look at this picture of him. I...

How The Indian Pipe Came
How the Ind...

The Cucumber Under The Brownie's Umbrella
The Indians had Brownies, only they called them Pukwudjies, and I am going to tell you a story of an Indian Brownie. ...

Jack-in-the-pulpit
Jack-in-the-Pulpit ...

The Fairy Bird Or The Humming-bird Moth
When I was a schoolboy, a number of my companions brought the news that the strangest bird in the world had come that day to our gar...

The Wicked Hoptoad And The Little Yellow Dragon
...

The Green Fairy With The Long Train
Some fairies are Brownies and some are Greenies, and of all that really and truly dance in the moonlight right here in America, Luna...

The Great Splendid Silk-moth Or Samia Cecropia
When I was a very small boy, I saw my father bring in from the orchard a ragged looking thing like parchment wrapped up with some ta...

The Beautiful Poison Caterpillar
...

The Four Butterflies You See Every Summer
...

Dutchman's Breeches
...

The Seven Sour Sisters
If you look along any half-open bank in the edge of the woods, or even in the woods itself, you are sure to see one of the Seven Sor...

Self-heal Or Blue-curls In The Grass
...

The Mecha-meck
That fearful time when the forest fire set all the Brownies busy burying their food and dishes at the feast-hall, you remember it to...

Crinkleroot; Or Who Hid The Salad?
It has long been the custom of the Brownies to have a great feast on the first of the merry month of May, to celebrate the return of...

The Indian Basket-maker
The Indian Basket ...

The Shamrock And Her Three Sisters
The Shamrock i...

How The Red Clover Got The White Mark On Its Leaves
...

The Pot-herb That Sailed With The Pilgrims
"Come," said the Guide, "to-day I am going to show you a Pot-herb that came from England with the Pilgrim Fathers and...

How The Mouse-bird Made Fun Of The Brownie
...

The Silver Bells Of The False Solomon Seal
...

The Bells Of The Solomon Seal
Let us go out into the woods, and look for the Solomon Seal. This is May and we should find it in some half open place, where it is ...

The Wandering Monarch
Did you ever read the old Greek story of Ulysses, King of Ithaca, the Wandering Monarch, who for twenty years roamed over sea and la...

The Mourning-cloak Butterfly Or The Camberwell Beauty
There was once a lady who dwelt in Camberwell. She was so good to see that people called her "The Camberwell Beauty." She ...

Butterflies And Moths
Do you remember the dear old fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast? How Beauty had to marry the Beast to save her father's life? But as...

Brook Brownie Or How The Song Sparrow Got His Streaks
His Mother was the Brook and his sisters were the Reeds, They, every one, applauded when he sang about his deeds. ...

Diablo And The Dogwood
The Dogwood Bloom ...

The Woolly-bear
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How The Violets Came
The Meadow she was sorry For her sister Sky, you see, 'Cause, though her robe of blue was bright, 'Twas ...

Cocoons
Everyone loves to go a-hunting. Our forebears were hunters for so many ages that the hunting spirit is strong in all of us, even tho...

Robin The Bird That Loves To Make Clay Pots
Everyone knows the Robin; his reddish-brown breast, gray back, white throat, and dark wings and tail are easily remembered. If you c...

How The Bluebird Came
Nana-bo-jou, that some think is the Indian name for El Sol and some say is Mother Carey, was sleeping his winter's sleep in the big ...

The Cat's-eye Toad A Child Of Maka Ina
When you were little, O Guide! didn't you delight in the tales of gnomes or nibelungen, those strange underground creatures...

The Prairie-girl With Yellow Hair
The Prairie-girl ...

The Story Of The White Dawnsinger Or How The Bloodroot Came
Have you noticed that there are no snow-white birds in our woods during summer? Mother Carey long ago made it a rule that all snow-w...

Stoutheart And His Black Cravat
Do you know the bird that wears a black cravat, which he changes once a year? It is the English Sparrow, the commonest of all our bi...

Blue-eyes The Snow Child Or The Story Of Hepatica
HAVE you ever seen El Sol, the Chief of the Wonder-workers, brother to Mother Carey? Yes, you have, though probably you did not know...

Bird-nesting In Winter
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Ribgrass Or Whiteman's-foot
If you live in the country or in a small town, you will not have to go many steps, in summer time, before you find the little plant ...


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The Cinder-maid
Once upon a time, though it was not in my time or in your time, or in anybody else's time, there was a great King who had an only so...

All Change
There was once a man who was the laziest man in all the world. He wouldn't take off his clothes when he went to bed because he didn'...

The King Of The Fishes
Once upon a time there was a fisherman who was very poor and felt poorer still because he had no children. Now one day as he was fis...

Scissors
Once upon a time, though it was not in my time nor in your time nor in anybody else's time, there lived a cobbler named Tom and his ...

Beauty And The Beast
There was once a merchant that had three daughters, and he loved them better than himself. Now it happened that he had to go a long ...

Reynard And Bruin
You must know that once upon a time Reynard the Fox and Bruin the Bear went into partnership and kept house together. Would you like...

The Dancing Water The Singing Apple And The Speaking Bird
There was once an herb-gatherer who had three daughters who earned their living by spinning. One day their father died and left them...

The Language Of Animals
There was once a man who had a son named Jack, who was very simple in mind and backward in his thought. So his father sent him away ...

The Three Soldiers
Once upon a time three soldiers returned from the wars; one was a sergeant, one was a corporal, and the third was a simple private. ...

A Dozen At A Blow
A little tailor was sitting cross-legged at his bench and was stitching away as busy as could be when a woman came up the street ca...

The Earl Of Cattenborough
Once upon a time there was a miller who had three sons, Charles, Sam, and John. And every night when the servant went to bed he used...

The Swan Maidens
There was once a hunter who used often to spend the whole night stalking the deer or setting traps for game. Now it happened one nig...

Androcles And The Lion
It happened in the old days at Rome that a slave named Androcles escaped from his master and fled into the forest, and he wandered ...

Day-dreaming
Now there was once a man at Bagdad who had seven sons, and when he died he left to each of them one hundred dirhems; and his fifth s...

Keep Cool
There was once a man and he had three sons, and when he died they all had to go out to seek a living. So the eldest went out first, ...

The Master Thief
There was once a farmer who had a son named Will, and he sent him out in the world to learn a trade and seek his fortune. Now he had...

The Unseen Bridegroom
Once upon a time there was a king and queen, as many a one has been, and they had three daughters, all of them beautiful; but the mo...

The Master-maid
There was once a king and a queen and they had a bonny boy whom they loved beyond anything. Now when he was grown up into a fine you...

A Visitor From Paradise
There was once a woman, good but simple, who had been twice married. One day when her husband was in the field--of course that was h...

Inside Again
A man was walking through the forest one day when he saw a funny black thing like a whip wriggling about under a big stone. He was c...

John The True
There was once a king who had long been unmarried. Now one day, going through his palace, he came to a room that he had never opened...

Johnnie And Grizzle
There was once a poor farmer who had two children named Johnnie and Grizzle. Now things grew worse and worse for the farmer till he ...

The Clever Lass
Now there was once a farmer who had but one daughter of whom he was very proud because she was so clever. So whenever he was in any ...

Thumbkin
A woman was once stringing beans in her kitchen, and she thought to herself: "Oh, why have I not got a little baby boy; if I had ...

Snowwhite
There was once a queen who had no children, and it grieved her sorely. One winter's afternoon she was sitting by the window sewing w...

Introduction To Notes
Ever since the Brothers Grimm in 1812 made for the first time a fairly complete collection of the folk-tales of a definite local or ...

The Fairy's New Year Gift
BY EMILIE POULSSON (ADAPTED) Two little boys were at play one day when a Fairy suddenly appeared before them and said: "I have been...

The Little Match Girl
BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (TRANSLATED) It was very, very cold; it snowed and it grew dark; it was the last evening of the year, Ne...

The Twelve Months - A Slav Legend
BY ALEXANDER CHODZKO (ADAPTED) There was once a widow who had two daughters, Helen, her own child by her dead husband, and Marouckl...

The Mail-coach Passengers
BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (ADAPTED) It was bitterly cold. The sky glittered with stars, and not a breeze stirred. "Bump,"--an old ...

He Rescues The Birds
BY NOAH BROOKS (ADAPTED) Once, while riding through the country with some other lawyers, Lincoln was missed from the party, and was...

Lincoln And The Little Girl
BY CHARLES W. MOORES In the old days, when Lincoln was one of the leading lawyers of the State, he noticed a little girl of ten who...

Training For The Presidency
BY ORISON SWETT MARDEN "I meant to take good care of your book, Mr. Crawford," said the boy, "but I've damaged it a good deal witho...

Why Lincoln Was Called Honest Abe
BY NOAH BROOKS In managing the country store, as in everything that he undertook for others, Lincoln did his very best. He was hone...

A Stranger At Five-points
(ADAPTED) One afternoon in February, 1860, when the Sunday School of the Five-Point House of Industry in New York was assembled, th...

A Solomon Come To Judgment
BY CHARLES W. MOORES Lincoln's practical sense and his understanding of human nature enabled him to save the life of the son of his...

George Pickett's Friend
BY CHARLES W. MOORES George Pickett, who had known Lincoln in Illinois, years before, joined the Southern army, and by his conspicu...

Lincoln The Lawyer
BY Z. A. MUDGE (ADAPTED) He delighted to advocate the cases of those whom he knew to be wronged, but he would not defend the cause ...

The Courage Of His Convictions
(ADAPTED) Mr. Lincoln made the great speech of his famous senatorial campaign at Springfield, Illinois. The convention before which...

Mr Lincoln And The Bible
BY Z. A. MUDGE (ADAPTED) A visitor in Washington once had an appointment to see Mr. Lincoln at five o'clock in the morning. The gen...

His Springfield Farewell Address
It was on the morning of February 11, 1861, that the President-elect, together with his family and a small party of friends, bade adie...

Saint Valentine
The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs, and for thi...

Prisoner's Valentine
BY MILLICENT OLMSTED (ADAPTED) Charles, Duke of Orleans, who was taken prisoner at the battle of Agincourt in 1415, and detained in...

A Girl's Valentine Charm
AS TOLD BY HERSELF (FROM THE CONNOISSEUR, 1775) Last Friday was Valentine's Day, and I'll tell you what I did the night before. ...

Mr Pepys His Valentine
AS RELATED BY HIMSELF IN 1666 (ADAPTED) This morning, came up to my wife's bedside, I being up dressing myself, little Will Merc...

Cupid And Psyche
BY JOSEPHINE PRESTON PEABODY THE ENCHANTED PALACE Once upon a time, through that Destiny that overrules the gods, Love himself g...

The Trial Of Psyche:
Over mountains and valleys Psyche journeyed alone until she came to the city where her two envious sisters lived with the princes wh...

Three Old Tales
BY M. L. WEEMS (ADAPTED) I. THE CHERRY TREE When George was about six years old, he was made the wealthy master of a hatch...

Young George And The Colt
BY HORACE E. SCUDDER There is a story told of George Washington's boyhood,--unfortunately there are not many stories,--which is to ...

Washington The Athlete
BY ALBERT F. BLAISDELL AND FRANCIS E. BALL Many stories are told of the mighty power of Washington's right arm. It is said that he ...

Washington's Modesty
BY HENRY CABOT LODGE (ADAPTED) Washington as soon as Fort Duquesne had fallen hurried home, resigned his commission, and was marrie...

Washington At Yorktown
BY HENRY CABOT LODGE During the assault Washington stood in an embrasure of the grand battery, watching the advance of the men. He ...

A Lesson Of Faith
BY MRS. ALFRED GATTY (ADAPTED) "Let me hire you as a nurse for my poor children," said a butterfly to a quiet caterpillar, who was ...

A Child's Dream Of A Star
BY CHARLES DICKENS There was once a child, and he strolled about a good deal, and thought of a number of things. He had a sister, w...

The Loveliest Rose In The World
BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (ADAPTED) Once there reigned a queen, in whose garden were found the most glorious flowers at all season...

The Snowdrop
BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (ADAPTED) [Footnote 1: From For the Children's Hour, by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey and Clara M. Lewis. Copyr...

The Three Little Butterfly Brothers
(FROM THE GERMAN) [Footnote 2: From Deutsches Drittes Lesebuch, by W. H. Weick and C. Grebner. Copyright, 1886, by Van Antwerp, Bra...

The Water-drop
BY FRIEDRICH WILHELM CAROVE' (ADAPTED FROM THE TRANSLATION BY SARAH AUSTIN) There was once a child who lived in a little hut, and...

The Spring Beauty
AN OJIBBEWAY LEGEND BY HENRY R. SCHOOLCRAFT (ADAPTED) An old man was sitting in his lodge, by the side of a frozen stream. It wa...

The Fairy Tulips
ENGLISH FOLK-TALE Once upon a time there was a good old woman who lived in a little house. She had in her garden a bed of beautiful...

The Stream That Ran Away
BY MARY AUSTIN (ADAPTED) In a short and shallow canyon running eastward toward the sun, one may find a clear, brown stream called t...

The Elves
AN IROQUOIS LEGEND BY HARRIET MAXWELL CONVERSE (ADAPTED) The little Elves of Darkness, so says the old Iroquois grandmother, were...

The Canyon Flowers
BY RALPH CONNOR (ADAPTED) At first there were no canyons, but only the broad, open prairie. One day the Master of the Prairie, walk...

Clytie The Heliotrope
BY OVID (ADAPTED) There was once a Nymph named Clytie, who gazed ever at Apollo as he drove his sun-chariot through the heavens. Sh...

Hyacinthus
BY OVID (ADAPTED) Once when the golden-beamed Apollo roamed the earth, he made a companion of Hyacinthus, the son of King Amyclas o...

Echo And Narcissus
BY OVID (ADAPTED) Long ago, in the ancient world, there was born to the blue-eyed Nymph Liriope, a beautiful boy, whom she called N...

The Lark And Its Young Ones
A HINDU FABLE BY P. V. RAMASWAMI RAJU (ADAPTED) A child went up to a lark and said: "Good lark, have you any young ones?" "Ye...

Cornelia's Jewels
BY JAMES BALDWIN It was a bright morning in the old city of Rome many hundred years ago. In a vine-covered summer-house in ...

Queen Margaret And The Robbers
BY ALBERT F. BLAISDELL (ADAPTED) One day when roses were in bloom, two noblemen came to angry words in the Temple Gardens, by the s...

The Revenge Of Coriolanus
BY CHARLES MORRIS (ADAPTED) Caius Marcius was a noble Roman youth, who fought valiantly, when but seventeen years of age, in the ba...

The Widow And Her Three Sons
(ADAPTED) One day a poor woman approached Mr. Lincoln for an interview. She was somewhat advanced in years and plainly clad, wearin...

Betsy Ross And The Flag
BY HARRY PRINGLE FORD (ADAPTED) On the 14th day of June, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the following resolution: "RESOLVED,...

The Star-spangled Banner
BY EVA MARCH TAPPAN (ADAPTED) In 1814, while the War of 1812 was still going on, the people of Maryland were in great trouble, for ...

The Little Drummer-boy
BY ALBERT BUSHNELL HART (ADAPTED) A few days before a certain regiment received orders to join General Lyon, on his march to Wilson...

A Flag Incident
BY M. M. THOMAS (ADAPTED) When marching to Chattanooga the corps had reached a little wooded valley between the mountains. The colo...

Two Hero-stories Of The Civil War
BY BEN LA BREE (ADAPTED) I. BRAVERY HONORED BY A FOE In a rifle-pit, on the brow of a hill near Fredericksburg, were a number of...

Ii The Bravery Of Richard Kirtland
Richard Kirtland was a sergeant in the Second Regiment of South Carolina Volunteers. The day after the great battle of Fredericksbur...

The Young Sentinel
BY Z. A. MUDGE (ADAPTED) In the summer of 1862, a young man belonging to a Vermont regiment was found sleeping at his post. He was ...

The Colonel Of The Zouaves
BY NOAH BROOKS (ADAPTED) Among those who accompanied Mr. Lincoln, the President-elect, on his journey from Illinois to the national...

General Scott And The Stars And Stripes
BY E. D. TOWNSEND (ADAPTED) One day, as the general was sitting at his table in the office, the messenger announced that a person d...

The Declaration Of Independence
BY WASHINGTON IRVING While danger was gathering round New York, and its inhabitants were in mute suspense and fearful anticipations...

The Signing Of The Declaration Of Independence
BY H. A. GUERBER [4] [Footnote 4: From The Story of the Thirteen Colonies. Copyright, 1898, by H. A. Guerber. American Book Company...

A Brave Girl
BY JAMES JOHONNOT (ADAPTED) In the year 1781 the war was chiefly carried on in the South, but the North was constantly troub...

The Boston Tea-party
BY JOHN ANDREWS (ADAPTED) [5] On November 29, 1773, there arrived in Boston Harbor a ship carrying an hundred and odd chests ...

A Gunpowder Story
BY JOHN ESTEN COOKE (ADAPTED) In the autumn of 1777 the English decided to attack Fort Henry, at Wheeling, in northwestern Vi...

The Capture Of Fort Ticonderoga
BY WASHINGTON IRVING (ADAPTED) Some bold spirits in Connecticut conceived the project of surprising the old forts of Ticonderoga an...

Washington And The Cowards
BY WASHINGTON IRVING (ADAPTED) During the evacuation of New York by Washington, two divisions of the enemy, encamped on Long Island...

The Smithy
A HINDU FABLE BY P. V. RAMASWAMI RAJU (ADAPTED) Once words ran high in a smithy. The furnace said: "If I cease to burn, the sm...

The Nail
BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM A merchant had done good business at the fair; he had sold his wares, and filled his bag with gold and...

The Elves And The Shoemaker
BY HORACE E. SCUDDER There was once a shoemaker who worked very hard and was honest. Still, he could not earn enough to live on. At...

The Hillman And The Housewife
BY JULIANA HORATIA EWING (ADAPTED) It is well known that the Fairy People cannot abide meanness. They like to be liberally dealt wi...

Hofus The Stone-cutter
A JAPANESE LEGEND FROM THE RIVERSIDE THIRD READER (ADAPTED) Once upon a time in Japan, there was a poor stone-cutter, named Hofus...

Arachne
BY JOSEPHINE PRESTON PEABODY There was a certain maiden of Lydia, Arachne by name, renowned throughout the country for her skill as...

The Metal King
A GERMAN FOLE-TALE (ADAPTED) Once long ago there was a high mountain whose rocks were veined with gold and silver and seamed wit...

The Choice Of Hercules
BY XENOPHON (ADAPTED) Long, long ago, when the world was young, there were many deeds waiting to be wrought by daring heroes. It wa...

The Speaking Statue
FROM GESTA ROMANORUM (ADAPTED) There was once a great emperor who made a law that whosoever worked on the birthday of his eldest so...

The Champion Stone-cutter
BY HUGH MILLER David Fraser was a famous Scotch hewer. On hearing that it had been remarked among a party of Edinburgh masons that,...

Bill Brown's Test
BY CLEVELAND MOFFETT All firemen have courage, but it cannot be known until the test how many have this particular kind,--Bill Brow...

Columbus And The Egg
BY JAMES BALDWIN (ADAPTED) [8] One day Columbus was at a dinner which a Spanish gentleman had given in his honor, and several p...

Columbus At La Rabida
BY WASHINGTON IRVING (ADAPTED) About half a league from the little seaport of Palos de Moguer, in Andalusia, there stood, and conti...

The Mutiny
BY A. DE LAMARTINE (ADAPTED) When Columbus left the Canaries to pass with his three small ships into the unknown seas, the eruption...

The First Landing Of Columbus In The New World
BY WASHINGTON IRVING (ADAPTED) It was on Friday morning, the 12th of October, that Columbus first beheld the New World. As the day ...

The Old Witch
BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM (TRANSLATED) There was once a little girl who was very willful and who never obeyed when her elders spoke to ...

Shippeitaro
A JAPANESE FOLK-TALE: BY MARY F. NIXON-ROULET (ADAPTED) Once upon a time there was a brave soldier lad who was seeking his fo...

Hansel And Grethel
BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM (ADAPTED) Hard-by a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his two children and his wife who was their st...

Burg Hill's On Fire
A CELTIC FAIRY TALE BY ELIZABETH W. GRIERSON (ADAPTED) Once upon a time there was a rich farmer who had a thrifty wife. She us...

The King Of The Cats
AN ENGLISH FOLK-TALE BY ERNEST RHYS Once upon a time there were two brothers who lived in a lonely house in a very lonely part o...

The Strange Visitor
AN ENGLISH FOLK-TALE BY JOSEPH JACOBS A woman was sitting at her reel one night; and still she sat, and still she reeled, and st...

The Benevolent Goblin
FROM GESTA ROMANORUM (ADAPTED) In the kingdom of England there is a hillock in the midst of a dense wood. Thither in old days knigh...

The Phantom Knight Of The Vandal Camp
FROM GESTA ROMANORUM (ADAPTED) There was once in Great Britain, a knight named Albert, strong in arms and adorned with every virtue...

The First Harvest-home In Plymouth
BY W. DE LOSS LOVE, JR (ADAPTED) After prayer and fasting and a farewell feast, the Pilgrim Fathers left the City of Leyden, and so...

The Master Of The Harvest
BY MRS. ALFRED GATTY (ADAPTED) The Master of the Harvest walked by the side of his cornfields in the springtime. A frown was on his...

Saint Cuthbert's Eagle
BY THE VENERABLE BEDE (ADAPED) Once upon a time, the good Saint Cuthbert of Lindesfarne, went forth from his monastery to preach to...

The Ears Of Wheat
BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM (TRANSLATED) Ages upon ages ago, says the German grandmother, when angels used to wander on earth, the ground...

How Indian Corn Came Into The World
AN OJIBBEWAY LEGEND BY HENRY R. SCHOOLCRAFT (ADAPTED) Long, long ago, in a beautiful part of this country, there lived an Indian...

The Nutcracker Dwarf
BY COUNT FRANZ POCCI (TRANSLATED) Two boys gathered some hazelnuts in the woods. They sat down under a tree and tried to eat them, ...

The Pumpkin Pirates
A TALE FROM LUCIAN BY ALFRED J. CHURCH (ADAPTED) Once upon a time, one Lucian the Greek was filled with a desire to see strange ...

The Spirit Of The Corn
AN IROQUOIS LEGEND BY HARRIET MAXWELL CONVERSE (ADAPTED) There was a time, says the Iroquois grandmother, when it was not needful...

The Horn Of Plenty
BY OVID (ADAPTED) Aeneus, King of Aetolia, had a daughter whose name was Deianira. So beautiful was the maiden that her fame spread...

After Celia Thaxter
In the sunny land of France there lived many years ago a sweet little maid named Piccola. Her father had died when she was a baby, ...

The Stranger Child
A LEGEND BY COUNT FRANZ POCCI (TRANSLATED) There once lived a laborer who earned his daily bread by cutting wood. His wife and t...

Saint Christopher
A GOLDEN LEGEND ENGLISHED BY WILLIAM CAXTON (ADAPTED) Christopher was a Canaanite, and he was of a right great stature, twelve c...

The Christmas Rose
AN OLD LEGEND BY LIZZIE DEAS (ADAPTED) When the Magi laid their rich offerings of myrrh, frankincense, and gold, by the bed of t...

The Wooden Shoes Of Little Wolff
BY FRANCOIS COPPEE (ADAPTED) Once upon a time,--so long ago that the world has forgotten the date,--in a city of the North of Europ...

The Pine Tree
BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (TRANSLATED) I. WHEN IT WAS LITTLE Out in the woods stood such a nice little Pine Tree: he had a goo...

The Christmas Cuckoo
BY FRANCES BROWNE (ADAPTED) Once upon a time there stood in the midst of a bleak moor, in the North Country, a certain village. All...

The Christmas Fairy Of Strasburg
A GERMAN FOLK-TALE BY J. STIRLING COYNE (ADAPTED) Once, long ago, there lived near the ancient city of Strasburg, on the river R...

The Three Purses
A LEGEND BY WILLIAM S. WALSH (ADAPTED) When Saint Nicholas was Bishop of Myra, there were among his people three beautiful maide...

The Thunder Oak
A SCANDINAVIAN LEGEND WILLIAM S. WALSH AND OTHER SOURCES When the heathen raged through the forests of the ancient Northland the...

The Christmas Thorn Of Glastonbury
A LEGEND OF ANCIENT BRITAIN ADAPTED FROM WILLIAM OF MALMESBURY AND OTHER SOURCES There is a golden Christmas legend and it relate...

The Three Kings Of Cologne
A LEGEND OF THE MIDDLE AGES BY JOHN OF HILDESHEIM-MODERNIZED BY H. S. MORRIS (ADAPTED) THE STAR Now, when the Children of Isra...

The Little Tree That Longed For Other Leaves
BY FRIEDRICH RUCHERT (TRANSLATED) There was a little tree that stood in the woods through both good and stormy weather, and it was ...

Why The Evergreen Trees Never Lose Their Leaves
BY FLORENCE HOLBROOK Winter was coming, and the birds had flown far to the south, where the air was warm and they could find berrie...

Why The Aspen Quivers
OLD LEGEND Long, long ago, so the legend says, when Joseph and Mary and the Holy Babe fled out of Bethlehem into Egypt, they passed...

The Wonder Tree
BY FRIEDRICH ADOLPH KRUMMACHER (ADAPTED) One day in the springtime, Prince Solomon was sitting under the palm trees in the royal ga...

The Proud Oak Tree
OLD FABLE (TRANSLATED) The oak said to the reed that grew by the river: "It is no wonder that you make such a sorrowful moani...

Baucis And Philemon
ADAPTED FROM H. P. MASKEL'S RENDERING OF THE GREEK MYTH On the slopes of the Phrygian hills, there once dwelt a pious old couple na...

The Unfruitful Tree
BY FRIEDRICH ADOLPH KRUMMACHER A farmer had a brother in town who was a gardener, and who possessed a magnificent orchard full of t...

The Dryad Of The Old Oak
BY JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL (ADAPTED) In olden times there was a youth named Rhoecus. One day as he wandered through the wood he saw an...

Daphne
BY OVID (ADAPTED) In ancient times, when Apollo, the god of the shining sun, roamed the earth, he met Cupid, who with bended bow an...

The Old Woman Who Became A Woodpecker
BY PHOEBE CARY (ADAPTED) Afar in the Northland, where the winter days are so short and the nights so long, and where they harness t...

The Boy Who Became A Robin
AN OJIBBEWAY LEGEND BY HENRY R. SCHOOLCRAFT (ADAPTED) Once upon a time there was an old Indian who had an only son, whose name w...

The Tongue-cut Sparrow
BY A. B. MITFORD (ADAPTED) Once upon a time there lived a little old man and a little old woman. The little old man had a kind hear...

The Quails A Legend Of The Jataka
FROM THE RIVERSIDE FOURTH READER Ages ago a flock of more than a thousand quails lived together in a forest in India. They would ha...

The Magpie's Nest
BY JOSEPH JACOBS All the birds of the air came to the magpie and asked her to teach them how to build nests. For the magpie is the ...

The Greedy Geese
FROM IL LIBRO D'ORO (ADAPTED) Many years ago there was near the sea a convent famed for the rich crops of grain that grew on its fa...

The King Of The Birds
BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM (TRANSLATED) One day the birds took it into their heads that they would like a master, and that one of their ...

The Dove Who Spoke Truth
BY ABBIE FARWELL BROWN The dove and the wrinkled little bat once went on a journey together. When it came toward night a storm aros...

The Busy Blue Jay
BY OLIVE THORNE MILLER (ADAPTED) One of the most interesting birds who ever lived in my Bird Room was a blue jay named Jakie. He wa...

Babes In The Woods
BY JOHN BURROUGHS One day in early May, Ted and I made an expedition to the Shattega, a still, dark, deep stream that loiters silen...

The Pride Of The Regiment
BY HARRY M. KIEFFER (ADAPTED) "Old Abe" was the war-eagle of the Eighth Wisconsin Volunteers. Whoever it may have been that first c...

The Mother Murre
BY DALLAS LORE SHARP One of the most striking cases of mother-love which has ever come under my observation, I saw in the summer of...

The Palace Of The Eagles
East of the Land of the Rising Sun there dwelled a king who spent all his days and half his nights in pleasure. His kingdom was on t...

The Giant Of The Flood
Just before the world was drowned all the animals gathered in front of the Ark and Father Noah carefully inspected them. "All ye ...

The Fairy Princess Of Ergetz
I In a great and beautiful city that stood by the sea, an old man lay dying. Mar Shalmon was his name, and he was the richest man...

The Higgledy-piggledy Palace
Sarah, the wife of the patriarch Abraham, and the great mother of the Jewish people, was the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Ev...

The Red Slipper
Rosy-red was a sweet little girl, with beautiful blue eyes, soft pink cheeks and glorious ruddy-gold hair of the tinge that artists ...

The Star-child
When Abraham was born, his father, Terah, who was one of the chief officers of King Nimrod, gave a banquet to a large number of his ...

Abi Fressah's Feast
There was not in the whole city of Bagdad a greedier man than Abi Fressah, and you may be sure he was not popular. It was not that h...

The Beggar King
Proud King Hagag sat on his throne in state, and the high priest, standing by his side, read from the Holy Book, as was his daily c...

The Quarrel Of The Cat And Dog
In the childhood of the world, when Adam named all the animals and ruled over them, the dog and the cat were the greatest good frien...

The Water-babe
Floating in a basket on the River Nile, Princess Bathia, the daughter of Pharaoh, King of Egypt, found a tiny little water-babe. Pri...

Sinbad Of The Talmud
"Rabba, Rabba, silly, silly Rabba, have you caught another whale to-day?" With this strange cry a number of children followed an ...

The Outcast Prince
There lived a king who had an only son, on whom he doted. No one, not even his oldest tutor, was permitted to utter a word of correc...

The Story Of Bostanai
In the days of long ago, when Persia was a famous and beautiful land, with innumerable rose gardens that perfumed the whole country ...

From Shepherd-boy To King
On a desolate plain, a little shepherd-boy stood alone. His day's work was over and he had wandered through field and forest listeni...

The Magic Palace
Ibrahim, the most learned and pious man of the city, whom everybody held in esteem, fell on troubled days. To none did he speak of h...

King For Three Days
Godfrey de Bouillon was a famous warrior, a daring general and bold leader of men, who gained victories in several countries. And so...

The Palace In The Clouds
Ikkor, the Jewish vizier of the king of Assyria, was the wisest man in the land, but he was not happy. He was the greatest favorite ...

The Pope's Game Of Chess
Nearly a thousand years ago in the town of Mayence, on the bank of the Rhine, there dwelt a pious Jew of the name of Simon ben Isaac...

The Slave's Fortune
Ahmed was the only child of the wealthiest merchant in Damascus. His father devoted his days to doing everything possible to anticip...

The Paradise In The Sea
Hiram, king of Tyre, was a foolish old man. He lived so long and grew to such a venerable age that he absuredly imagined he would ne...

The Rabbi's Bogey-man
Rabbi Lion, of the ancient city of Prague, sat in his study in the Ghetto looking very troubled. Through the window he could see the...

The Fairy Frog
Once upon a time there lived a man of learning and wealth who had an only son, named Hanina. To this son, who was grown up and marri...

The Princess Of The Tower
I Princess Solima was sick, not exactly ill, but so much out of sorts that her father, King Zuliman, was both annoyed and perturb...

The Vision Of Victory
More than two thousand years ago there lived a king in the land of Macedon who was a great conqueror, and when his son, Alexander, was...

The Land Of Darkness And The Gate Of Paradise
After many days King Alexander came to the Mountains of Darkness. Acting on the advice of the wise men, he had provided himself with ...

The Wonders Of The World
One day a strange rumbling noise was heard, and toward evening the army halted by the side of a river even more mysterious than the Ri...

The Stone-cutter
Once upon a time there lived a stone-cutter, who went every day to a great rock in the side of a big mountain and cut out slabs for ...

Prince Kindhearted
Once upon a time there lived a king who had but one son, and he was called the Kindhearted. When the prince was twenty years old, he...

The Timid Hare And The Flight Of The Beasts
Once upon a time when Brahmadatta reigned in Benares, the Bodhisatta came to life as a young lion. And when fully grown he lived in ...

The Bee The Harp The Mouse And The Bum-clock
Once there was a widow, and she had one son, called Jack. Jack and his mother owned just three cows. They lived well and happy for a...

The Tale Of The Pointer Tray
In a voyage which I made to the East Indies with Captain Hamilton, I took a favorite pointer with me; he was, to use a common phrase...

The Enchanted Princess
In a certain kingdom there once served in the king's army a soldier. He served him honestly and faithfully for twenty-five years. Fo...

It Is Quite True!
"That is a terrible story!" said a Hen in a quarter of the town where the affair had not happened. "That is a terrible story from a ...

The Old Hag's Long Leather Bag
Once on a time, long, long ago, there was a widow woman who had three daughters. When their father died, their mother thought they n...

The Wolf And The Seven Little Goats
There was once an old goat who had seven little ones, and was as fond of them as ever mother was of her children. One day she had to...

The Tale Of The Snow And The Steeple
I set off from Rome on a journey to Russia, in the midst of winter, from a just notion that frost and snow must of course mend the r...

King Longbeard
A story about King Berendey; his son Prince Ivan; about the cunning of the immortal King Koshchey, and about the wisdom of his daugh...

The Toy-goose
A Flea, a Grasshopper, and a Toy-goose once wanted to see which of them could jump highest, and so they invited the whole world and ...

Yellow Lily
Once upon a time, when fairies were as plentiful as dandelions in the meadow, there dwelt in Ireland a mighty king and his good quee...

The Mouse The Bird And The Sausage
Once upon a time, a Mouse, a Bird, and a Sausage, entered into partnership and set up house together. For a long time all went well;...

The Tale Of The Wolf In Harness
The horse carried me well. Advancing into the interior parts of Russia, I found traveling on horseback rather unfashionable in winte...

The Golden Bird
A certain king had a beautiful garden, and in the garden stood a tree which bore golden apples. These apples were always counted, and ...

Hans In Luck
Some men are born to good luck: all they do or try to do comes right--all that falls to them is so much gain--all their geese are swa...

Jorinda And Jorindel
There was once an old castle, that stood in the middle of a deep gloomy wood, and in the castle lived an old fairy. Now this fairy cou...

The Travelling Musicians
An honest farmer had once an ass that had been a faithful servant to him a great many years, but was now growing old and every day mor...

Old Sultan
A shepherd had a faithful dog, called Sultan, who was grown very old, and had lost all his teeth. And one day when the shepherd and hi...

The Straw The Coal And The Bean
In a village dwelt a poor old woman, who had gathered together a dish of beans and wanted to cook them. So she made a fire on her hear...

Briar Rose
A king and queen once upon a time reigned in a country a great way off, where there were in those days fairies. Now this king and quee...

The Dog And The Sparrow
A shepherd's dog had a master who took no care of him, but often let him suffer the greatest hunger. At last he could bear it no longe...

The Twelve Dancing Princesses
There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. They slept in twelve beds all in one room; and when they went to bed, the doors w...

The Fisherman And His Wife
There was once a fisherman who lived with his wife in a pigsty, close by the seaside. The fisherman used to go out all day long a-fish...

The Willow-wren And The Bear
Once in summer-time the bear and the wolf were walking in the forest, and the bear heard a bird singing so beautifully that he said: '...

The Frog-prince
One fine evening a young princess put on her bonnet and clogs, and went out to take a walk by herself in a wood; and when she came to ...

Cat And Mouse In Partnership
A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse, and had said so much to her about the great love and friendship she felt for her, ...

The Goose-girl
The king of a great land died, and left his queen to take care of their only child. This child was a daughter, who was very beautiful;...

The Adventures Of Chanticleer And Partlet
1. HOW THEY WENT TO THE MOUNTAINS TO EAT NUTS 'The nuts are quite ripe now,' said Chanticleer to his wife Partlet, 'suppose we go...

Rapunzel
There were once a man and a woman who had long in vain wished for a child. At length the woman hoped that God was about to grant her d...

Fundevogel
There was once a forester who went into the forest to hunt, and as he entered it he heard a sound of screaming as if a little child we...

The Valiant Little Tailor
One summer's morning a little tailor was sitting on his table by the window; he was in good spirits, and sewed with all his might. The...

Hansel And Gretel
Hard by a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his wife and his two children. The boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. He ...

The Mouse The Bird And The Sausage
Once upon a time, a mouse, a bird, and a sausage, entered into partnership and set up house together. For a long time all went well; ...

Mother Holle
Once upon a time there was a widow who had two daughters; one of them was beautiful and industrious, the other ugly and lazy. The moth...

Little Red-cap [little Red Riding Hood]
Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her, but most of all by her grandmother, and the...

The Robber Bridegroom
There was once a miller who had one beautiful daughter, and as she was grown up, he was anxious that she should be well married and pr...

Tom Thumb
A poor woodman sat in his cottage one night, smoking his pipe by the fireside, while his wife sat by his side spinning. 'How lonely it...

Rumpelstiltskin
By the side of a wood, in a country a long way off, ran a fine stream of water; and upon the stream there stood a mill. The miller's h...

Clever Gretel
There was once a cook named Gretel, who wore shoes with red heels, and when she walked out with them on, she turned herself this way a...

The Old Man And His Grandson
There was once a very old man, whose eyes had become dim, his ears dull of hearing, his knees trembled, and when he sat at table he co...

The Little Peasant
There was a certain village wherein no one lived but really rich peasants, and just one poor one, whom they called the little peasant....

Frederick And Catherine
There was once a man called Frederick: he had a wife whose name was Catherine, and they had not long been married. One day Frederick s...

Sweetheart Roland
There was once upon a time a woman who was a real witch and had two daughters, one ugly and wicked, and this one she loved because she...

Snowdrop
It was the middle of winter, when the broad flakes of snow were falling around, that the queen of a country many thousand miles off sa...

The Pink
There was once upon a time a queen to whom God had given no children. Every morning she went into the garden and prayed to God in heav...

Clever Elsie
There was once a man who had a daughter who was called Clever Elsie. And when she had grown up her father said: 'We will get her marri...

The Miser In The Bush
A farmer had a faithful and diligent servant, who had worked hard for him three years, without having been paid any wages. At last it ...

Ashputtel
The wife of a rich man fell sick; and when she felt that her end drew nigh, she called her only daughter to her bed-side, and said, 'A...

The White Snake
A long time ago there lived a king who was famed for his wisdom through all the land. Nothing was hidden from him, and it seemed as if...

The Wolf And The Seven Little Kids
There was once upon a time an old goat who had seven little kids, and loved them with all the love of a mother for her children. One d...

The Queen Bee
Two kings' sons once upon a time went into the world to seek their fortunes; but they soon fell into a wasteful foolish way of living,...

The Elves And The Shoemaker
There was once a shoemaker, who worked very hard and was very honest: but still he could not earn enough to live upon; and at last all...

The Juniper-tree
Long, long ago, some two thousand years or so, there lived a rich man with a good and beautiful wife. They loved each other dearly, bu...

The Turnip
There were two brothers who were both soldiers; the one was rich and the other poor. The poor man thought he would try to better himse...

Clever Hans
The mother of Hans said: 'Whither away, Hans?' Hans answered: 'To Gretel.' 'Behave well, Hans.' 'Oh, I'll behave well. Goodbye, mother...

The Three Languages
An aged count once lived in Switzerland, who had an only son, but he was stupid, and could learn nothing. Then said the father: 'Hark ...

The Fox And The Cat
It happened that the cat met the fox in a forest, and as she thought to herself: 'He is clever and full of experience, and much esteem...

The Four Clever Brothers
'Dear children,' said a poor man to his four sons, 'I have nothing to give you; you must go out into the wide world and try your luck....

Lily And The Lion
A merchant, who had three daughters, was once setting out upon a journey; but before he went he asked each daughter what gift he shoul...

The Fox And The Horse
A farmer had a horse that had been an excellent faithful servant to him: but he was now grown too old to work; so the farmer would giv...

The Blue Light
There was once upon a time a soldier who for many years had served the king faithfully, but when the war came to an end could serve no...

The Raven
There was once a queen who had a little daughter, still too young to run alone. One day the child was very troublesome, and the mother...

The Golden Goose
There was a man who had three sons, the youngest of whom was called Dummling,[*] and was despised, mocked, and sneered at on every occ...

The Water Of Life
Long before you or I were born, there reigned, in a country a great way off, a king who had three sons. This king once fell very ill--...

The Twelve Huntsmen
There was once a king's son who had a bride whom he loved very much. And when he was sitting beside her and very happy, news came that...

The King Of The Golden Mountain
There was once a merchant who had only one child, a son, that was very young, and barely able to run alone. He had two richly laden sh...

Doctor Knowall
There was once upon a time a poor peasant called Crabb, who drove with two oxen a load of wood to the town, and sold it to a doctor fo...

The Seven Ravens
There was once a man who had seven sons, and last of all one daughter. Although the little girl was very pretty, she was so weak and s...

The Wedding Of Mrs Fox
FIRST STORY There was once upon a time an old fox with nine tails, who believed that his wife was not faithful to him, and wished...

The Salad
As a merry young huntsman was once going briskly along through a wood, there came up a little old woman, and said to him, 'Good day, g...

The Story Of The Youth Who Went Forth To Learn What Fear Was
A certain father had two sons, the elder of who was smart and sensible, and could do everything, but the younger was stupid and could ...

King Grisly-beard
A great king of a land far away in the East had a daughter who was very beautiful, but so proud, and haughty, and conceited, that none...

Iron Hans
There was once upon a time a king who had a great forest near his palace, full of all kinds of wild animals. One day he sent out a hu...

Cat-skin
There was once a king, whose queen had hair of the purest gold, and was so beautiful that her match was not to be met with on the whol...

Snow-white And Rose-red
There was once a poor widow who lived in a lonely cottage. In front of the cottage was a garden wherein stood two rose-trees, one of w...

The Autors The Brothers Grimm Bio
The Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859), were born in Hanau, near Frankfurt, in the German state of Hesse. Thr...

Madschun
Once upon a time there lived, in a small cottage among some hills, a woman with her son, and, to her great grief, the young man, tho...

The Blue Parrot
In a part of Arabia where groves of palms and sweet-scented flowers give the traveller rest after toilsome journeys under burning sk...

Geirlaug The King's Daughter
One day a powerful king and his beautiful wife were sitting in the gardens of their capital city, talking earnestly about the future...

The Story Of Little King Loc
Two or three miles from the coast of France, anyone sailing in a ship on a calm day can see deep, deep down, the trunks of great tre...

A Long-bow Story
One day a bunniah,[1] or banker, was walking along a country road when he overtook a farmer going in the same direction. Now the bun...

Jackal Or Tiger?
One hot night, in Hindustan, a king and queen lay awake in the palace in the midst of the city. Every now and then a faint air blew ...

The Comb And The Collar
Once upon a time there was a king of Lombardy who, though he was uglier than any of his subjects, loved beauty in others, so he marr...

The Thanksgiving Of The Wazir
Once upon a time there lived in Hindustan two kings whose countries bordered upon each other; but, as they were rivals in wealth and...

Samba The Coward
In the great country far away south, through which flows the river Nile, there lived a king who had an only child called Samba. N...

Kupti And Imani
Once there was a king who had two daughters; and their names were Kupti and Imani. He loved them both very much, and spent hours in ...

The Strange Adventures Of Little Maia
Once upon a time there lived a woman who had a pretty cottage and garden right in the middle of a forest. All through the summer she...

Diamond Cut Diamond
In a village in Hindustan there once lived a merchant who, although he rose early, worked hard, and rested late, remained very poor;...

The Green Knight
There lived once a king and queen who had an only daughter, a charming and beautiful girl, dearer to them than anything else in the ...

The Five Wise Words Of The Guru
Once there lived a handsome young man named Ram Singh, who, though a favourite with everyone, was unhappy because he had a scold for...

The Golden-headed Fish
Once upon a time there lived in Egypt a king who lost his sight from a bad illness. Of course he was very unhappy, and became more s...

Dorani
Once upon a time there lived in a city of Hindustan a seller of scents and essences, who had a very beautiful daughter named Dorani....

The Satin Surgeon
Once upon a time there was a very rich and powerful king who, in spite of having been married several times, had only two daughters....

The Billy Goat And The King
Once there lived a certain king who understood the language of all birds and beasts and insects. This knowledge had of course been g...

The Story Of Zoulvisia
In the midst of a sandy desert, somewhere in Asia, the eyes of travellers are refreshed by the sight of a high mountain covered with...

Grasp All Lose All
Once, in former times, there lived in a certain city in India a poor oil-seller, called Dena, who never could keep any money in his ...

The Fate Of The Turtle
In a very hot country, far away to the east, was a beautiful little lake where two wild ducks made their home, and passed their days...

The Snake Prince
Once upon a time there lived by herself, in a city, an old woman who was desperately poor. One day she found that she had only a han...

The Prince And Princess In The Forest
There were, once upon a time, a king and queen of Denmark who had an only son, a handsome and clever lad. When he was eighteen, his ...

The Clever Weaver
Once upon a time the king of a far country was sitting on his throne, listening to the complaints of his people, and judging between...

The Boy Who Found Fear At Last
Once upon a time there lived a woman who had one son whom she loved dearly. The little cottage in which they dwelt was built on the ...

He Wins Who Waits
Once upon a time there reigned a king who had an only daughter. The girl had been spoiled by everybody from her birth, and, besides ...

The Steel Cane
Once upon a time there lived an old woman who had a small cottage on the edge of the forest. Behind the cottage was a garden in whic...

The Punishment Of The Fairy Gangana
Once upon a time there lived a king and queen who ruled over a country so small that you could easily walk round it in one day. They...

The Silent Princess
Once upon a time there lived in Turkey a pasha who had only one son, and so dearly did he love this boy that he let him spend the wh...

The Bronze Ring
Once upon a time in a certain country there lived a king whose palace was surrounded by a spacious garden. But, though the gardener...

Prince Hyacinth And The Dear Little Princess
Once upon a time there lived a king who was deeply in love with a princess, but she could not marry anyone, because she was under a...

East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon
Once upon a time there was a poor husbandman who had many children and little to give them in the way either of food or clothing. T...

The Yellow Dwarf
Once upon a time there lived a queen who had been the mother of a great many children, and of them all only one daughter was left. ...

Little Red Riding Hood
Once upon a time there lived in a certain village a little country girl, the prettiest creature was ever seen. Her mother was exces...

The Sleeping Beauty In The Wood
There were formerly a king and a queen, who were so sorry that they had no children; so sorry that it cannot be expressed. They wen...

Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp
There once lived a poor tailor, who had a son called Aladdin, a careless, idle boy who would do nothing but play ball all day long ...

The Tale Of A Youth Who Set Out To Learn What Fear Was
A father had two sons, of whom the eldest was clever and bright, and always knew what he was about; but the youngest was stupid, an...

Rumpelstiltzkin
There was once upon a time a poor miller who had a very beautiful daughter. Now it happened one day that he had an audience with th...

Beauty And The Beast
Once upon a time, in a very far-off country, there lived a merchant who had been so fortunate in all his undertakings that he was e...

The Master-maid
Once upon a time there was a king who had many sons. I do not exactly know how many there were, but the youngest of them could not ...

Why The Sea Is Salt
Once upon a time, long, long ago, there were two brothers, the one rich and the other poor. When Christmas Eve came, the poor one h...

The Master Cat Or Puss In Boots
There was a miller who left no more estate to the three sons he had than his mill, his ass, and his cat. The partition was soon mad...

Felicia And The Pot Of Pinks
Once upon a time there was a poor laborer who, feeling that he had not much longer to live, wished to divide his possessions betwee...

The White Cat
Once upon a time there was a king who had three sons, who were all so clever and brave that he began to be afraid that they would w...

The Water-lily The Gold-spinners
Once upon a time, in a large forest, there lived an old woman and three maidens. They were all three beautiful, but the youngest wa...

The Terrible Head
Once upon a time there was a king whose only child was a girl. Now the King had been very anxious to have a son, or at least a gran...

The Story Of Pretty Goldilocks
Once upon a time there was a princess who was the prettiest creature in the world. And because she was so beautiful, and because he...

The History Of Whittington
Dick Whittington was a very little boy when his father and mother died; so little, indeed, that he never knew them, nor the place w...

The Wonderful Sheep
Once upon a time--in the days when the fairies lived--there was a king who had three daughters, who were all young, and clever, and...

Little Thumb
There was, once upon a time, a man and his wife fagot-makers by trade, who had several children, all boys. The eldest was but ten y...

The Forty Thieves
In a town in Persia there dwelt two brothers, one named Cassim, the other Ali Baba. Cassim was married to a rich wife and lived in ...

Hansel And Grettel
Once upon a time there dwelt on the outskirts of a large forest a poor woodcutter with his wife and two children; the boy was calle...

Snow-white And Rose-red
A poor widow once lived in a little cottage with a garden in front of it, in which grew two rose trees, one bearing white roses and...

The Goose-girl
Once upon a time an old queen, whose husband had been dead for many years, had a beautiful daughter. When she grew up she was betro...

Toads And Diamonds
THERE was once upon a time a widow who had two daughters. The eldest was so much like her in the face and humor that whoever looked...

Prince Darling
ONCE upon a time there lived a king who was so just and kind that his subjects called him "the Good King." It happened one day, whe...

Blue Beard
There was a man who had fine houses, both in town and country, a deal of silver and gold plate, embroidered furniture, and coaches ...

Trusty John
Once upon a time there was an old king who was so ill that he thought to himself, "I am most likely on my death-bed." Then he said,...

The Brave Little Tailor
One summer's day a little tailor sat on his table by the window in the best of spirits, and sewed for dear life. As he was sitting ...

A Voyage To Lilliput
CHAPTER I My father had a small estate in Nottinghamshire, and I was the third of four sons. He sent me to Cambridge at fourte...

The Princess On The Glass Hill
Once upon a time there was a man who had a meadow which lay on the side of a mountain, and in the meadow there was a barn in which ...

The Story Of Prince Ahmed And The Fairy Paribanou
There was a sultan, who had three sons and a niece. The eldest of the Princes was called Houssain, the second Ali, the youngest Ahm...

What The Rose Did To The Cypress
Once upon a time a great king of the East, named Saman-lalposh, had three brave and clever sons--Tahmasp, Qamas, and Almas-ruh-baks...

Ball-carrier And The Bad One
Far, far in the forest there were two little huts, and in each of them lived a man who was a famous hunter, his wife, and three or f...

How Ball-carrier Finished His Task
After Ball-Carrier had managed to drown the Bad One so that he could not do any more mischief, he forgot the way to his grandmother'...

The Bunyip
Long, long ago, far, far away on the other side of the world, some young men left the camp where they lived to get some food for the...

Father Grumbler
Once upon a time there lived a man who had nearly as many children as there were sparrows in the garden. He had to work very hard ...

The Story Of The Yara
Down in the south, where the sun shines so hotly that everything and everybody sleeps all day, and even the great forests seem sil...

The Cunning Hare
In a very cold country, far across the seas, where ice and snow cover the ground for many months in the year, there lived a little...

The Turtle And His Bride
There was once a turtle who lived among a great many people of different kinds, in a large camp near a big river which was born ri...

How Geirald The Coward Was Punished
Once upon a time there lived a poor knight who had a great many children, and found it very hard to get enough for them to eat. On...

Habogi
Once upon a time there lived two peasants who had three daughters, and, as generally happens, the youngest was the most beautiful ...

How The Little Brother Set Free His Big Brothers
In a small hut, right in the middle of the forest, lived a man, his wife, three sons and a daughter. For some reason, all the anim...

The Sacred Milk Of Koumongoe
Far way, in a very hot country, there once lived a man and woman who had two children, a son named Koane and a daughter called Tha...

The Wicked Wolverine
One day a wolverine was out walking on the hill-side, when, on turning a corner, he suddenly saw a large rock. 'Was that you I ...

The Husband Of The Rat's Daughter
Once upon a time there lived in Japan a rat and his wife who came of an old and noble race, and had one daughter, the loveliest gi...

The Mermaid And The Boy
Long, long ago, there lived a king who ruled over a country by the sea. When he had been married about a year, some of his subject...

Pivi And Kabo
When birds were men, and men were birds, Pivi and Kabo lived in an island far away, called New Claledonia. Pivi was a cheery littl...

The Elf Maiden
Once upon a time two young men living in a small village fell in love with the same girl. During the winter, it was all night exce...

How Some Wild Animals Became Tame Ones
Once upon a time there lived a miller who was so rich that, when he was going to be married, he asked to the feast not only his ow...

Fortune And The Wood-cutter
Several hundreds of years ago there lived in a forest a wood-cutter and his wife and children. He was very poor, having only his a...

The Enchanted Head
Once upon a time an old woman lived in a small cottage near the sea with her two daughters. They were very poor, and the girls sel...

The Sister Of The Sun
A long time ago there lived a young prince whose favourite playfellow was the son of the gardener who lived in the grounds of the ...

The Prince And The Three Fates
Once upon a time a little boy was born to a king who ruled over a great country through which ran a wide river. The king was nearl...

The Fox And The Lapp
Once upon a time a fox lay peeping out of his hole, watching the road that ran by at a little distance, and hoping to see somethin...

Kisa The Cat
Once upon a time there lived a queen who had a beautiful cat, the colour of smoke, with china-blue eyes, which she was very fond o...

The Lion And The Cat
Far away on the other side of the world there lived, long ago, a lion and his younger brother, the wild cat, who were so fond of e...

Which Was The Foolishest?
In a little village that stood on a wide plain, where you could see the sun from the moment he rose to the moment he set, there li...

Asmund And Signy
Long, long ago, in the days when fairies, witches, giants and ogres still visited the earth, there lived a king who reigned over a...

Rubezahl
Over all the vast under-world the mountain Gnome Rubezahl was lord; and busy enough the care of his dominions kept him. There were...

Story Of The King Who Would Be Stronger Than Fate
Once upon a time, far away in the east country, there lived a king who loved hunting so much that, when once there was a deer in s...

Story Of Wali Dad The Simple-hearted
Once upon a time there lived a poor old man whose name was Wali Dad Gunjay, or Wali Dad the Bald. He had no relations, but lived a...

Tale Of A Tortoise And Of A Mischievous Monkey
Once upon a time there was a country where the rivers were larger, and the forests deeper, than anywhere else. Hardly any men came...

The Knights Of The Fish
Once upon a time there lived an old cobbler who worked hard at his trade from morning till night, and scarcely gave himself a mome...

Donkey Skin
There was once upon a time a king who was so much beloved by his subjects that he thought himself the happiest monarch in the who...

The Goblin Pony
‘Don't stir from the fireplace to-night,' said old Peggy, ‘for the wind is blowing so violently that the house shakes; besides, t...

An Impossible Enchantment
There once lived a king who was much loved by his people, and he, too, loved them warmly. He led a very happy life, but he had the...

The Story Of Dschemil And Dschemila
There was once a man whose name was Dschemil, and he had a cousin who was called Dschemila. They had been betrothed by their pare...

Janni And The Draken
Once there was a man who shunned the world, and lived in the wilderness. He owned nothing but a flock of sheep, whose milk and wo...

The Partnership Of The Thief And The Liar
There was once upon a time a thief, who, being out of a job, was wandering by himself up and down the seashore. As he walked he p...

Fortunatus And His Purse
Once upon a time there lived in the city of Famagosta, in the island of Cyprus, a rich man called Theodorus. He ought to have bee...

The Goat-faced Girl
There was once upon a time a peasant called Masaniello who had twelve daughters. They were exactly like the steps of a staircase,...

What Came Of Picking Flowers
There was once a woman who had three daughters whom she loved very much. One day the eldest was walking in a water-meadow, when s...

The Story Of Bensurdatu
There was once a king and a queen who had three wonderfully beautiful daughters, and their one thought, from morning till night, ...

The Magician's Horse
Once upon a time, there was a king who had three sons. Now it happened that one day the three princes went out hunting in a large...

The Little Gray Man
A nun, a countryman, and a blacksmith were once wandering through the world together. One day they lost their way in a thick, dark...

Herr Lazarus And The Draken
Once upon a time there was a cobbler called Lazarus, who was very fond of honey. One day, as he ate some while he sat at work, the...

The Story Of The Queen Of The Flowery Isles
There once lived a queen who ruled over the Flowery Isles, whose husband, to her extreme grief, died a few years after their marr...

Udea And Her Seven Brothers
Once upon a time there was a man and his wife who had seven boys. The children lived in the open air and grew big and strong, and ...

The White Wolf
Once upon a time there was a king who had three daughters; they were all beautiful, but the youngest was the fairest of the three...

Mohammed With The Magic Finger
Once upon a time, there lived a woman who had a son and a daughter. One morning she said to them: 'I have heard of a town where t...

Bobino
Once on a time there was a rich merchant, who had an only son called Bobino. Now, as the boy was clever, and had a great desire f...

The Dog And The Sparrow
There was once upon a time a sheep-dog whose master was so unkind that he starved the poor beast, and ill- treated him in the cru...

The Story Of The Three Sons Of Hali
Till his eighteenth birthday the young Neangir lived happily in a village about forty miles from Constantinople, believing that M...

The Story Of The Fair Circassians
'We were born in Circassia of poor people, and my sister's name is Tezila and mine Dely. Having nothing but our beauty to help us ...

The Jackal And The Spring
Once upon a time all the streams and rivers ran so dry that the animals did not know how to get water. After a very long search, ...

The Bear
Once on a time there was a king who had an only daughter. He was so proud and so fond of her, that he was in constant terror that ...

The Sunchild
Once there was a woman who had no children, and this made her very unhappy. So she spoke one day to the Sunball, saying: 'Dear Su...

The Daughter 0f Buk Ettemsuch
Once upon a time there lived a man who had seven daughters. For a long time they dwelt quite happily at home together, then one m...

Laughing Eye And Weeping Eye Or The Limping Fox
Once upon a time there lived a man whose right eye always smiled, and whose left eye always cried; and this man had three sons,...

The Unlooked-for Prince
A long time ago there lived a king and queen who had no children, although they both wished very much for a little son. They tr...

The Simpleton
There lived, once upon a time, a man who was as rich as he could be; but as no happiness in this world is ever quite complete, he...

The Street Musicians
A man once possessed a donkey which had served him faithfully for many years, but at last the poor beast grew old and feeble, and ...

The Twin Brothers
Once there was a fisherman who had plenty of money but no children. One day an old woman came to his wife and said: ‘What use is ...

Cannetella
There was once upon a time a king who reigned over a country called ‘Bello Puojo.' He was very rich and powerful, and had everyth...

The Ogre
There lived, once upon a time, in the land of Marigliano, a poor woman called Masella, who had six pretty daughters, all as uprig...

A Fairy's Blunder
Once upon a time there lived a fairy whose name was Dindonette. She was the best creature in the world, with the kindest heart; b...

Long Broad And Quickeye
Once upon a time there lived a king who had an only son whom he loved dearly. Now one day the king sent for his son and said to...

Prunella
There was once upon a time a woman who had an only daughter. When the child was about seven years old she used to pass every da...

The Blue Bird
Once upon a time there lived a King who was immensely rich. He had broad lands, and sacks overflowing with gold and silver; but h...

The Half-chick
Once upon a time there was a handsome black Spanish hen, who had a large brood of chickens. They were all fine, plump little bird...

The Story Of Caliph Stork
I. Caliph Chasid, of Bagdad, was resting comfortably on his divan one fine afternoon. He was smoking a long pipe, and from time t...

The Enchanted Watch
Once upon a time there lived a rich man who had three sons. When they grew up, he sent the eldest to travel and see the world, and...

Rosanella
Everybody knows that though the fairies live hundreds of years they do sometimes die, and especially as they are obliged to pass ...

Sylvain And Jocosa
Once upon a time there lived in the same village two children, one called Sylvain and the other Jocosa, who were both remarkable f...

The Yellow Bird
Once upon a time a Fairy, who had somehow or other got into mischief, was condemned by the High Court of Fairyland to live for se...

Fairy Gifts
It generally happens that people's surroundings reflect more or less accurately their minds and dispositions, so perhaps that is ...

Prince Narcissus And The Princess Potentilla
Once upon a time there lived a King and Queen who, though it is a very long while since they died, were much the same in their ta...

Prince Featherhead And The Princess Celandine
Once upon a time there lived a King and Queen, who were the best creatures in the world, and so kind-hearted that they could not ...

The Three Little Pigs
There was once upon a time a pig who lived with her three children on a large, comfortable, old-fashioned farmyard. The eldest of ...

Heart Of Ice
Once upon a time there lived a King and Queen who were foolish beyond all telling, but nevertheless they were vastly fond of one ...

The Enchanted Ring
Once upon a time there lived a young man named Rosimond, who was as good and handsome as his elder brother Bramintho was ugly and ...

The Snuff-box
As often happens in this world, there was once a young man who spent all his time in travelling. One day, as he was walking along...

The Golden Blackbird
Once upon a time there was a great lord who had three sons. He fell very ill, sent for doctors of every kind, even bonesetters, b...

The Little Soldier
I Once upon a time there was a little soldier who had just come back from the war. He was a brave little fellow, but he had los...

The Magic Swan
There were once upon a time three brothers, of whom the eldest was called Jacob, the second Frederick, and the youngest Peter. Thi...

The Dirty Shepherdess
Once upon a time there lived a King who had two daughters, and he loved them with all his heart. When they grew up, he was suddenl...

The Enchanted Snake
There was once upon a time a poor woman who would have given all she possessed for a child, but she hadn't one. Now it happened...

The Biter Bit
Once upon a time there lived a man called Simon, who was very rich, but at the same time as stingy and miserly as he could be. He...

King Kojata From The Russian
There was once upon a time a king called Kojata, whose beard was so long that it reached below his knees. Three years had passed ...

Prince Fickle And Fair Helena
There was once upon a time a beautiful girl called Helena. Her own mother had died when she was quite a child, and her stepmoth...

Puddocky
There was once upon a time a poor woman who had one little daughter called 'Parsley.' She was so called because she liked eatin...

The Story Of Hok Lee And The Dwarfs
There once lived in a small town in China a man named Hok Lee. He was a steady industrious man, who not only worked hard at his tr...

The Story Of The Three Bears
Once upon a time there were Three Bears, who lived together in a house of their own in a wood. One of them was a Little, Small, We...

Prince Vivien And The Princess Placida
Once upon a time there lived a King and Queen who loved one another dearly. Indeed the Queen, whose name was Santorina, was so pr...

Little One-eye Little Two-eyes And Little Three-eyes
There was once a woman who had three daughters, of whom the eldest was called Little One-eye, because she had only one eye in the ...

Jorinde And Joringel
There was once upon a time a castle in the middle of a thick wood where lived an old woman quite alone, for she was an enchantress...

Allerleirauh Or The Many-furred Creature
There was once upon a time a King who had a wife with golden hair, and she was so beautiful that you couldn't find anyone like her...

The Twelve Huntsmen
Once upon a time there was a King's son who was engaged to a Princess whom he dearly loved. One day as he sat by her side feeling...

Spindle Shuttle And Needle
Once upon a time there lived a girl who lost her father and mother when she was quite a tiny child. Her godmother lived all alone ...

The Crystal Coffin
Now let no one say that a poor tailor can't get on in the world, and, indeed, even attain to very high honour. Nothing is required...

The Three Snake-leaves
There was once a poor man who could no longer afford to keep his only son at home. So the son said to him, 'Dear father, you are s...

The Riddle
A King's son once had a great desire to travel through the world, so he started off, taking no one with him but one trusty servant...

Jack My Hedgehog
There was once a farmer who lived in great comfort. He had both lands and money, but, though he was so well off, one thing was wa...

The Golden Lads
A poor man and his wife lived in a little cottage, where they supported themselves by catching fish in the nearest river, and got...

The White Snake
Not very long ago there lived a King, the fame of whose wisdom was spread far and wide. Nothing appeared to be unknown to him, and...

The Story Of A Clever Tailor
Once upon a time there lived an exceedingly proud Princess. If any suitor for her hand ventured to present himself, she would give...

The Golden Mermaid
A powerful king had, among many other treasures, a wonderful tree in his garden, which bore every year beautiful golden apples. Bu...

The War Of The Wolf And The Fox
There was once upon a time a man and his wife who had an old cat and an old dog. One day the man, whose name was Simon, said to hi...

The Story Of The Fisherman And His Wife
There was once a fisherman and his wife who lived together in a little hut close to the sea, and the fisherman used to go down ev...

The Three Musicians
Once upon a time three musicians left their home and set out on their travels. They had all learnt music from the same master, and...

The Three Dogs
There was once upon a time a shepherd who had two children, a son and a daughter. When he was on his death-bed he turned to them a...

The Shifty Lad
In the land of Erin there dwelt long ago a widow who had an only son. He was a clever boy, so she saved up enough money to send ...

The False Prince And The True
The king had just awakened from his midday sleep, for it was summer, and everyone rose early and rested from twelve to three, a...

The Jogi's Punishment
Once upon a time there came to the ancient city of Rahmatabad a jogi[FN#1: A Hindu holy man.] of holy appearance, who took up h...

The Heart Of A Monkey
A long time ago a little town made up of a collection of low huts stood in a tiny green valley at the foot of a cliff. Of course...

The Fairy Nurse
There was once a little farmer and his wife living near Coolgarrow. They had three children, and my story happened while the yo...

A Lost Paradise
In the middle of a great forest there lived a long time ago a charcoal-burner and his wife. They were both young and handsome a...

How Brave Walter Hunted Wolves
A little back from the high road there stands a house which is called 'Hemgard.' Perhaps you remember the two beautiful mountain...

The King Of The Waterfalls
When the young king of Easaidh Ruadh came into his kingdom, the first thing he thought of was how he could amuse himself best. ...

A French Puck
Among the mountain pastures and valleys that lie in the centre of France there dwelt a mischievous kind of spirit, whose delight...

The Three Crowns
There was once a king who had three daughters. The two eldest were very proud and quarrelsome, but the youngest was as good as ...

The Story Of A Very Bad Boy
Once upon a time there lived in a little village in the very middle of France a widow and her only son, a boy about fifteen, wh...

The Brown Bear Of Norway
There was once a king in Ireland, and he had three daughters, and very nice princesses they were. And one day, when they and the...

Little Lasse
There was once a little boy whose name was Lars, and because he was so little he was called Little Lasse; he was a brave little ...

'moti'
Once upon a time there was a youth called Moti, who was very big and strong, but the clumsiest creature you can imagine. So clum...

The Enchanted Deer
A young man was out walking one day in Erin, leading a stout cart-horse by the bridle. He was thinking of his mother and how po...

A Fish Story
Perhaps you think that fishes were always fishes, and never lived anywhere except in the water, but if you went to Australia and...

The Wonderful Tune
Maurice Connor was the king, and that's no small word, of all the pipers in Munster. He could play jig and reel without end, and...

The Rich Brother And The Poor Brother
There was once a rich old man who had two sons, and as his wife was dead, the elder lived with him, and helped him to look after...

The One-handed Girl
An old couple once lived in a hut under a grove of palm trees, and they had one son and one daughter. They were all very happy ...

The Bones Of Djulung
In a beautiful island that lies in the southern seas, where chains of gay orchids bind the trees together, and the days and nig...

The Sea King's Gift
There was once a fisherman who was called Salmon, and his Christian name was Matte. He lived by the shore of the big sea; where...

The Raspberry Worm
'Phew!' cried Lisa. 'Ugh!' cried Aina. 'What now?' cried the big sister. 'A worm!' cried Lisa. 'On the raspberry!' cr...

The Stones Of Plouhinec
Perhaps some of you may have read a book called 'Kenneth; or the Rear-Guard of the Grand Army' of Napoleon. If so, you will rem...

The Castle Of Kerglas
Peronnik was a poor idiot who belonged to nobody, and he would have died of starvation if it had not been for the kindness of t...

The Battle Of The Birds
There was to be a great battle between all the creatures of the earth and the birds of the air. News of it went abroad, and the ...

The Lady Of The Fountain
In the centre of the great hall in the castle of Caerleon upon Usk, king Arthur sat on a seat of green rushes, over which was t...

The Four Gifts
In the old land of Brittany, once called Cornwall, there lived a woman named Barbaik Bourhis, who spent all her days in looking ...

The Groac'h Of The Isle Of Lok
In old times, when all kinds of wonderful things happened in Brittany, there lived in the village of Lanillis, a young man name...

The Story Of The Hero Makoma
From the Senna (Oral Tradition) Once upon a time, at the town of Senna on the banks of the Zambesi, was born a child. He ...

The Magic Mirror
From the Senna A long, long while ago, before ever the White Men were seen in Senna, there lived a man called Gopani-Kufa. On...

The Goldsmith's Fortune
Once upon a time there was a goldsmith who lived in a certain village where the people were as bad and greedy, and covetous, as t...

The Enchanted Wreath
Once upon a time there lived near a forest a man and his wife and two girls; one girl was the daughter of the man, and the other ...

The Foolish Weaver
Once a weaver, who was in want of work, took service with a certain farmer as a shepherd. The farmer, knowing that the man was...

The Clever Cat
Once upon a time there lived an old man who dwelt with his son in a small hut on the edge of the plain. He was very old, and had...

The Story Of Manus
Far away over the sea of the West there reigned a king who had two sons; and the name of the one was Oireal, and the name of the ...

Pinkel The Thief
Long, long ago there lived a widow who had three sons. The two eldest were grown up, and though they were known to be idle fello...

The Adventures Of A Jackal
In a country which is full of wild beasts of all sorts there once lived a jackal and a hedgehog, and, unlike though they were, th...

The Adventures Of The Jackal's Eldest Son
Now, though the jackal was dead, he had left two sons behind him, every whit as cunning and tricky as their father. The elder of...

The Adventures Of The Younger Son Of The Jackal
Now that the father and elder brother were both dead, all that was left of the jackal family was one son, who was no less cunning...

The Three Treasures Of The Giants
Long, long ago, there lived an old man and his wife who had three sons; the eldest was called Martin, the second Michael, while t...

The Rover Of The Plain
A long way off, near the sea coast of the east of Africa, there dwelt, once upon a time, a man and his wife. They had two childr...

The White Doe
Once upon a time there lived a king and queen who loved each other dearly, and would have been perfectly happy if they had only h...

The Girl-fish
Once upon a time there lived, on the bank of a stream, a man and a woman who had a daughter. As she was an only child, and very ...

The Owl And The Eagle
Once upon a time, in a savage country where the snow lies deep for many months in the year, there lived an owl and an eagle. Tho...

The Frog And The Lion Fairy
Once upon a time there lived a king who was always at war with his neighbours, which was very strange, as he was a good and kind ...

The Adventures Of Covan The Brown-haired
On the shores of the west, where the great hills stand with their feet in the sea, dwelt a goatherd and his wife, together with t...

The Princess Bella-flor
Once upon a time there lived a man who had two sons. When they grew up the elder went to seek his fortune in a far country, and ...

The Bird Of Truth
Once upon a time there lived a poor fisher who built a hut on the banks of a stream which, shunning the glare of the sun and the ...

The Mink And The Wolf
In a big forest in the north of America lived a quantity of wild animals of all sorts. They were always very polite when they me...

Adventures Of An Indian Brave
A long, long way off, right away in the west of America, there once lived an old man who had one son. The country round was cove...

How The Stalos Were Tricked
'Mother, I have seen such a wonderful man,' said a little boy one day, as he entered a hut in Lapland, bearing in his arms the bu...

Andras Baive
Once upon a time there lived in Lapland a man who was so very strong and swift of foot that nobody in his native town of Vadso co...

The White Slipper
Once upon a time there lived a king who had a daughter just fifteen years old. And what a daughter! Even the mothers who had ...

The Magic Book
There was once an old couple named Peder and Kirsten who had an only son called Hans. From the time he was a little boy he had b...

The Twelve Dancing Princesses
I ONCE upon a time there lived in the village of Montignies-sur- Roc a little cow-boy, without either father or mother. His real n...

The Princess Mayblossom
ONCE upon a time there lived a King and Queen whose children had all died, first one and then another, until at last only one little ...

Soria Moria Castle
THERE was once upon a time a couple of folks who had a son called Halvor. Ever since he had been a little boy he had been unwilling t...

The Death Of Koshchei The Deathless
IN a certain kingdom there lived a Prince Ivan. He had three sisters. The first was the Princess Marya, the second the Princess Olga,...

The Black Thief And Knight Of The Glen
IN times of yore there was a King and a Queen in the south of Ireland who had three sons, all beautiful children; but the Queen, thei...

The Master Thief
THERE was once upon a time a husbandman who had three sons. He had no property to bequeath to them, and no means of putting them in t...

Brother And Sister
BROTHER took sister by the hand and said: `Look here; we haven't had one single happy hour since our mother died. That stepmother of ...

Princess Rosette
ONCE upon a time there lived a King and Queen who had two beautiful sons and one little daughter, who was so pretty that no one who s...

The Norka
ONCE upon a time there lived a King and Queen. They had three sons, two of them with their wits about them, but the third a simpleton...

The Wonderful Birch
ONCE upon a time there were a man and a woman, who had an only daughter. Now it happened that one of their sheep went astray, and the...

Jack And The Beanstalk
JACK SELLS THE COW ONCE upon a time there was a poor widow who lived in a little cottage with her only son Jack. Jack was a gidd...

The Little Good Mouse
ONCE upon a time there lived a King and Queen who loved each other so much that they were never happy unless they were together. Day ...

Graciosa And Percinet
ONCE upon a time there lived a King and Queen who had one charming daughter. She was so graceful and pretty and clever that she was c...

The Three Princesses Of Whiteland
THERE was once upon a time a fisherman, who lived hard by a palace and fished for the King's table. One day he was out fishing, but c...

The Voice Of Death
ONCE upon a time there lived a man whose one wish and prayer was to get rich. Day and night he thought of nothing else, and at last h...

The Six Sillies
ONCE upon a time there was a young girl who reached the age of thirty-seven without ever having had a lover, for she was so foolish t...

Kari Woodengown
THERE was once upon a time a King who had become a widower. His Queen had left one daughter behind her, and she was so wise and so pr...

Drakestail
DRAKESTAIL was very little, that is why he was called Drakestail; but tiny as he was he had brains, and he knew what he was about, fo...

The Ratcatcher
A VERY long time ago the town of Hamel in Germany was invaded by bands of rats, the like of which had never been seen before nor will...

T He True History Of Little Golden Hood
YOU know the tale of poor Little Red Riding-hood, that the Wolf deceived and devoured, with her cake, her little butter can, and her ...

The Golden Branch
ONCE upon a time there was a King who was so morose and disagreeable that he was feared by all his subjects, and with good reason, as...

The Three Dwarfs
THERE was once upon a time a man who lost his wife, and a woman who lost her husband; and the man had a daughter and so had the woman...

Dapplegrim
THERE was once upon a time a couple of rich folks who had twelve sons, and when the youngest was grown up he would not stay at home a...

The Enchanted Canary
I ONCE upon a time, in the reign of King Cambrinus, there lived at Avesnes one of his lords, who was the finest man--by which I me...

The Twelve Brothers
THERE were once upon a time a King and a Queen who lived happily together, and they had twelve children, all of whom were boys. One d...

Rapunzel
ONCE upon a time there lived a man and his wife who were very unhappy because they had no children. These good people had a little wi...

The Nettle Spinner
I ONCE upon a time there lived at Quesnoy, in Flanders, a great lord whose name was Burchard, but whom the country people called B...

Farmer Weatherbeard
THERE was once upon a time a man and a woman who had an only son, and he was called Jack. The woman thought that it was his duty to g...

Mother Holle
ONCE upon a time there was a widow who had two daughters; one of them was pretty and clever, and the other ugly and lazy. But as the ...

Minnikin
THERE was once upon a time a couple of needy folk who lived in a wretched hut, in which there was nothing but black want; so they had...

Bushy Bride
THERE was once on a time a widower who had a son and a daughter by his first wife. They were both good children, and loved each other...

Snowdrop
ONCE upon a time, in the middle of winter when the snow-flakes were falling like feathers on the earth, a Queen sat at a window frame...

The Golden Goose
THERE was once a man who had three sons. The youngest of them was called Dullhead, and was sneered and jeered at and snubbed on every...

The Seven Foals
THERE was once upon a time a couple of poor folks who lived in a wretched hut, far away from everyone else, in a wood. They only just...

The Marvellous Musician
THERE was once upon a time a marvellous musician. One day he was wandering through a wood all by himself, thinking now of one thing, ...

The Story Of Sigurd
[This is a very old story: the Danes who used to fight with the English in King Alfred's time knew this story. They have carved on the...

A Tale Of The Tontlawald
Long, long ago there stood in the midst of a country covered with lakes a vast stretch of moorland called the Tontlawald, on which no...

The Finest Liar In The World
At the edge of a wood there lived an old man who had only one son, and one day he called the boy to him and said he wanted some corn ...

The Story Of Three Wonderful Beggars
There once lived a merchant whose name was Mark, and whom people called 'Mark the Rich.' He was a very hard-hearted man, for he coul...

Schippeitaro
It was the custom in old times that as soon as a Japanese boy reached manhood he should leave his home and roam through the land in s...

The Three Princes And Their Beasts
(LITHUANIAN FAIRY TALE) Once on a time there were three princes, who had a step-sister. One day they all set out hunting together....

The Goat's Ears Of The Emperor Trojan
Once upon a time there lived an emperor whose name was Trojan, and he had ears like a goat. Every morning, when he was shaved, he as...

The Nine Pea-hens And The Golden Apples
Once upon a time there stood before the palace of an emperor a golden apple tree, which blossomed and bore fruit each night. But eve...

The Lute Player
Once upon a time there was a king and queen who lived happily and comfortably together. They were very fond of each other and had no...

The Grateful Prince
Once upon a time the king of the Goldland lost himself in a forest, and try as he would he could not find the way out. As he was wan...

The Child Who Came From An Egg
Once upon a time there lived a queen whose heart was sore because she had no children. She was sad enough when her husband was at ho...

Stan Bolovan
Once upon a time what happened did happen, and if it had not happened this story would never have been told. On the outskirts of a ...

The Two Frogs
Once upon a time in the country of Japan there lived two frogs, one of whom made his home in a ditch near the town of Osaka, on the s...

The Story Of A Gazelle
Once upon a time there lived a man who wasted all his money, and grew so poor that his only food was a few grains of corn, which he s...

How A Fish Swam In The Air And A Hare In The Water
Once upon a time an old man and his wife lived together in a little village. They might have been happy if only the old woman had ha...

Two In A Sack
What a life that poor man led with his wife, to be sure! Not a day passed without her scolding him and calling him names, and indeed...

The Envious Neighbour
Long, long ago an old couple lived in a village, and, as they had no children to love and care for, they gave all their affection to ...

The Fairy Of The Dawn
Once upon a time what should happen DID happen; and if it had not happened this tale would never have been told. There was once an ...

The Enchanted Knife
Once upon a time there lived a young man who vowed that he would never marry any girl who had not royal blood in her veins. One day ...

Jesper Who Herded The Hares
There was once a king who ruled over a kingdom somewhere between sunrise and sunset. It was as small as kingdoms usually were in old...

The Underground Workers
On a bitter night somewhere between Christmas and the New Year, a man set out to walk to the neighbouring village. It was not many m...

The History Of Dwarf Long Nose
It is a great mistake to think that fairies, witches, magicians, and such people lived only in Eastern countries and in such times as...

The Nunda Eater Of People
Once upon a time there lived a sultan who loved his garden dearly, and planted it with trees and flowers and fruits from all parts of...

The Story Of Hassebu
Once upon a time there lived a poor woman who had only one child, and he was a little boy called Hassebu. When he ceased to be a bab...

The Maiden With The Wooden Helmet
In a little village in the country of Japan there lived long, long ago a man and his wife. For many years they were happy and prospe...

The Monkey And The Jelly-fish
Children must often have wondered why jelly-fishes have no shells, like so many of the creatures that are washed up every day on the ...

The Headless Dwarfs
There was once a minister who spent his whole time in trying to find a servant who would undertake to ring the church bells at midnig...

The Young Man Who Would Have His Eyes Opened
Once upon a time there lived a youth who was never happy unless he was prying into something that other people knew nothing about. A...

The Boys With The Golden Stars
Once upon a time what happened did happen: and if it had not happened, you would never have heard this story. Well, once upon a ti...

The Frog
Once upon a time there was a woman who had three sons. Though they were peasants they were well off, for the soil on which they live...

The Princess Who Was Hidden Underground
Once there was a king who had great riches, which, when he died, he divided among his three sons. The two eldest of these lived in r...

The Girl Who Pretended To Be A Boy
Once upon a time there lived an emperor who was a great conqueror, and reigned over more countries than anyone in the world. And whe...

The Story Of Halfman
In a certain town there lived a judge who was married but had no children. One day he was standing lost in thought before his house,...

The Prince Who Wanted To See The World
There was once a king who had only one son, and this young man tormented his father from morning till night to allow him to travel in...

Virgilius The Sorcerer
Long, long ago there was born to a Roman knight and his wife Maja a little boy called Virgilius. While he was still quite little, hi...

Mogarzea And His Son
There was once a little boy, whose father and mother, when they were dying, left him to the care of a guardian. But the guardian who...

The Cat And The Mouse In Partnership
A cat had made acquaintance with a mouse, and had spoken so much of the great love and friendship she felt for her, that at last the ...

The Six Swans
A king was once hunting in a great wood, and he hunted the game so eagerly that none of his courtiers could follow him. When evening...

The Dragon Of The North
'Der Norlands Drache,' from Esthnische Mahrchen. Kreutzwald, Very long ago, as old people have told me, there lived a terrible mo...

Hollenmadchen
'But where is he to find the Witch-maiden?' said the first bird. 'She has no settled dwelling, but is here to-day and gone to-morr...

Story Of The Emperor's New Clothes
Andersen. Many years ago there lived an Emperor who was so fond of new clothes that he spent all his money on them in order to be ...

The Golden Crab
'Prinz Krebs,' from Griechische Mahrchen. Schmidt. Once upon a time there was a fisherman who had a wife and three children. Eve...

Ein Mohr
The old man went and did his errand. When he had brought the precious robes, the Crab put on the golden garment and then crept upo...

The Iron Stove
Grimm. Once upon a time when wishes came true there was a king's son who was enchanted by an old witch, so that he was obliged to ...

The Dragon And His Grandmother
There was once a great war, and the King had a great many soldiers, but he gave them so little pay that they could not live upon it. ...

The Donkey Cabbage
There was once a young Hunter who went boldly into the forest. He had a merry and light heart, and as he went whistling along there ...

The Little Green Frog
Cabinet des Fees. In a part of the world whose name I forget lived once upon a time two kings, called Peridor and Diamantino. The...

The Seven-headed Serpent
'Die Siebenkopfige Schlange,' from Schmidt's Griechische Mahrchen. Once upon a time there was a king who determined to take a long...

Convent Gnothi
The Queen gave money to the old woman, and bought the apple from her. Then she peeled it, ate it, and threw the rind out of the wi...

The Giants And The Herd-boy
From the Bukowniaer. Von Wliolocki. There was once upon a time a poor boy who had neither father nor mother. In order to gai...

The Invisible Prince
Once upon a time there lived a Fairy who had power over the earth, the sea, fire, and the air; and this Fairy had four sons. The eld...

The Crow
From the Polish. Kletke. Once upon a time there were three Princesses who were all three young and beautiful; but the youngest, a...

How Six Men Travelled Through The Wide World
There was once upon a time a man who understood all sorts of arts; he served in the war, and bore himself bravely and well; but when ...

The Wizard King
From Les fees illustres. In very ancient times there lived a King, whose power lay not only in the vast extent of his dominions, b...

The Nixy
From the German. Kletke. There was once upon a time a miller who was very well off, and had as much money and as many goods as he...

The Glass Mountain
From the Polish. Kletke. Once upon a time there was a Glass Mountain at the top of which stood a castle made of pure gold, and in...

Alphege Or The Green Monkey
Many years ago there lived a King, who was twice married. His first wife, a good and beautiful woman, died at the birth of her littl...

Fairer-than-a-fairy
Once there lived a King who had no children for many years after his marriage. At length heaven granted him a daughter of such remar...

The Three Brothers
From the Polish. Kletke. There was once upon a time a witch, who in the shape of a hawk used every night to break the windows of ...

The Boy And The Wolves Or The Broken Promise
A North American Indian story. Once upon a time an Indian hunter built himself a house in the middle of a great forest, far away f...

The Glass Axe
From the Hungarian. Kletke. There was once upon a time a King and Queen who had everything they could possibly wish for in this w...

The Dead Wife
From the Iroquois. Once upon a time there were a man and his wife who lived in the forest, very far from the rest of the tribe. V...

In The Land Of Souls
From the Red Indian. Far away, in North America, where the Red Indians dwell, there lived a long time ago a beautiful maiden, who ...

The White Duck
Once upon a time a great and powerful King married a lovely Princess. No couple were ever so happy; but before their honeymoon was o...

The Witch And Her Servants
From the Russian. Kletke. Long time ago there lived a King who had three sons; the eldest was called Szabo, the second Warza, and...

The Magic Ring
Once upon a time there lived an old couple who had one son called Martin. Now when the old man's time had come, he stretched himself...

The Flower Queen's Daughter
From the Bukowinaer. Von Wliolocki. A young Prince was riding one day through a meadow that stretched for miles in front of him, ...

The Flying Ship
From the Russian. Once upon a time there lived an old couple who had three sons; the two elder were clever, but the third was a re...

The Snow-daughter And The Fire-son
From the Bukowinaer Tales and Legends. Von Wliolocki. There was once upon a time a man and his wife, and they had no children, wh...

The Story Of King Frost
From the Russian. There was once upon a time a peasant-woman who had a daughter and a step-daughter. The daughter had her own way...

The Death Of The Sun-hero
From the Bukowinaer Tales and Legends. Von Wliolocki. Many, many thousand years ago there lived a mighty King whom heaven had ble...

The Witch
From the Russian. Once upon a time there was a peasant whose wife died, leaving him with two children--twins--a boy and a girl. F...

The Hazel-nut Child
From the Bukowniaer. Van Wliolocki. There was once upon a time a couple who had no children, and they prayed Heaven every day to ...

The Story Of Big Klaus And Little Klaus
In a certain village there lived two people who had both the same name. Both were called Klaus, but one owned four horses and the ot...

Prince Ring
From the Icelandic. Once upon a time there was a King and his Queen in their kingdom. They had one daughter, who was called Ingi...

The Swineherd
There was once a poor Prince. He possessed a kingdom which, though small, was yet large enough for him to marry on, and married he w...

How To Tell A True Princess
There was once upon a time a Prince who wanted to marry a Princess, but she must be a true Princess. So he travelled through the who...

The Blue Mountains
There were once a Scotsman and an Englishman and an Irishman serving in the army together, who took it into their heads to run away o...

The Tinder-box
A soldier came marching along the high road--left, right! A left, right! He had his knapsack on his back and a sword by his side, f...

The Witch In The Stone Boat
From the Icelandic. There were once a King and a Queen, and they had a son called Sigurd, who was very strong and active, and good-...

Thumbelina
There was once a woman who wanted to have quite a tiny, little child, but she did not know where to get one from. So one day she wen...

The Nightingale
In China, as I daresay you know, the Emperor is a Chinaman, and all his courtiers are also Chinamen. The story I am going to tell yo...

Hermod And Hadvor
From the Icelandic. Once upon a time there were a King and a Queen who had an only daughter, called Hadvor, who was fair and beaut...

The Steadfast Tin-soldier
There were once upon a time five-and twenty tin-soldiers--all brothers, as they were made out of the same old tin spoon. Their unifo...

Blockhead-hans
Far away in the country lay an old manor-house where lived an old squire who had two sons. They thought themselves so clever, that i...

A Story About A Darning-needle
There was once a Darning-needle who thought herself so fine that she believed she was an embroidery-needle. 'Take great care to hold...

The Road To Fairy Land
The day is dull and dreary, And chilly winds and eerie Are sweeping through the tall oak tr...

The Beautiful Princess Goldenlocks
There was once a lovely Princess who had such beautiful golden hair that everyone called her Goldenlocks. She possessed everything t...

Prince Hyacinth And The Dear Little Princess
BY MADAME LEPRINCE DE BEAUMONT Once upon a time there lived a King who was deeply in love with a Princess, but she could not marr...

Cinderella
BY CHARLES PERRAULT Once there was a gentleman who married, for his second wife, the proudest and most haughty woman that was eve...

The Sleeping Beauty
ADAPTED FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM The King and Queen of a faraway country once had a little daughter, who was more beautiful than a...

Beauty And The Beast
There was once a merchant who was extremely rich. He had six children--three boys and three girls; and as he was a very sensible ma...

Prince Darling
Once upon a time there was a young Prince who was so well liked by everyone in the kingdom where he lived that they named him Prince...

Rumpelstiltskin
ADAPTED FROM THE GRIMM BROTHERS Once upon a time, in a kingdom far away from here, there lived a miller who was very proud, and a...

Rapunzel Or The Fair Maid With Golden Hair
BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM There were once a man and a woman who wished very much to have a little child. Now, these people had a smal...

Snow-white And Rose-red
BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM There was once a poor Widow, who lived alone in her hut with her two children, who were called Snow-White a...

Hansel And Grethel
BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM Once upon a time there dwelt near a large wood a poor wood-cutter, with his wife and two children by his fo...

The Flag-bearer
BY CAROLYN SHERWIN BAILEY The primary class had a very beautiful American flag, and some child was going to carry it from the sch...

Johnny Chuck Finds The Best Thing In The World
BY THORNTON W. BURGESS Old Mother West Wind had stopped to talk with the Slender Fir Tree. "I've just come across the Green Mea...

Little Wee Pumpkin's Thanksgiving
BY MADGE A. BINGHAM It was the night before Thanksgiving in Peter Pumpkin-eater's garden. Great Big Pumpkin, Middle-Sized Pumpkin...

The Coming Of The King
BY LAURA E. RICHARDS Some children were at play in their playground one day when a herald rode through the town, blowing a trumpe...

The Little Pig
BY MAUD LINDSAY Once upon a time a little black-and-white pig with a curly tail went out to take a morning walk. He intended to g...

The Travels Of The Little Toy Soldier
BY CAROLYN SHERWIN BAILEY He was the largest and the best dressed and the bravest looking of all the toy soldiers in the toy shop...

What Happened To Dumps
BY CAROLYN SHERWIN BAILEY Once upon a time there was a queer little elf named Dumps, who lived all by himself in a dark little ho...

The Wreck Of The Hesperus
BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW It was the schooner Hesperus, That sailed the wintry sea; And the skipper had taken ...

By Abbie Farwell Brown
It was a little, little page, Was brought from far away, To bear the great queen's velvet train Upon her brida...

The Snow-image
BY NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE One afternoon of a cold winter's day, when the sun shone forth with chilly brightness, after a long storm,...

The Castle Of Gems
BY SOPHIE MAY Once upon a time, though I cannot tell when, and in what country I do not now remember, there lived a maiden as fai...

The Hen That Hatched Ducks
BY HARRIET BEECHER STOWE Once there was a nice young hen that we will call Mrs. Feathertop. She was a hen of most excellent famil...

By Anna Hempstead Branch
There was a lad named Piping Will With tattered coat and poor; He had no home to bide him in, But roamed f...

Little Annie's Dream Or The Fairy Flower
BY LOUISA M. ALCOTT In a large and pleasant garden sat little Annie, all alone, and she seemed very sad, for drops that were not ...

Companions
BY HELEN HUNT JACKSON During the whole of one of a summer's hottest days I had the good fortune to be seated in a railway car nea...

Prince Little Boy
BY S. WEIR MITCHELL A great many children live on the borders of Fairy-land and never visit it at all, and really there are peopl...

The Bee-man Of Orn
BY FRANK R. STOCKTON In the ancient country of Orn there lived an old man who was called the Bee-man, because his whole time was ...

The Pot Of Gold
BY MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN The Flower family lived in a little house in a broad grassy meadow, which sloped a few rods from their...

The Fairy Thorn
An Ulster Ballad BY SAMUEL FERGUSON "Get up, our Anna dear, from the weary spinning wheel, For your father's on the ...

Fairy Days
BY WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY Beside the old hall fire, upon my nurse's knee, Of happy fairy days, what tales were told ...

The Fairy Queen
Come, follow, follow me-- You, fairy elves that be, Which circle on the green-- Come, follow Mab, your que...

The Sea Princess
In a palace of pearl and sea-weed, Set round with shining shells, Under the deeps of the ocean, The little Sea...

Long Ago
When the fairies used to live here, Long ago, There was never any dark, Or any snow; But the great big su...

Thistle-tassel
BY FLORENCE HARRISON Thistle-Tassel, Thistle-Tassel, Dancing in the sunlight; Thistle-Tassel, Thistle-Tassel, ...

Song Of The Fairy
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Over hill, over dale, Through bush, through brier, Over park, over pale, Thr...

The Fairies
BY WILLIAM ALLINGHAM Up the airy mountain, Down the rushy glen, We daren't go a-hunting For fear of little ...

Oh Where Do Fairies Hide Their Heads?
BY THOMAS HAYNES BAYLY Oh, where do fairies hide their heads When snow lies on the hills, When frost has spoiled t...

The Elf Of The Woodlands
RETOLD FROM RICHARD HENGIST HORNE BY WILLIAM BYRON FORBUSH One morning when the summer sun was still sleeping an Elf came up from ...

Princess Finola And The Dwarf
BY EDMUND LEAMY A long, long time ago there lived in a little hut in the midst of a bare, brown, lonely moor an old woman and a y...

The Straw Ox
A Russian Tale An old man and an old woman lived in an old house on the edge of the forest. The old man worked in the field all d...

The Little Princess Of The Fearless Heart
BY B. J. DASKAM Once upon a time the great, yellow stork carried a baby Princess to the Queen of that country which lies next to ...

Mopsa The Fairy
RETOLD FROM JEAN INGELOW "For he that hath his own world Hath many worlds more." A boy, whom I knew very well, was o...

The Line Of Golden Light Or The Little Blind Sister[i]
BY ELIZABETH HARRISON Once upon a time there lived a child whose name was Avilla; she was sweet and loving, and fair to look upon...

The Bad Temper Of The Princess
By Marian Burton 1 Once upon a time, in a dainty little kingdom all parks and rivers and cottages and flowers, there lived a j...

The Flying Ship
A Russian Tale Once upon a time there was a Princess who was always wanting something new and strange. She would not look at the ...

Robin Of The Loving Heart
BY EMMA ENDICOTT MAREAN "Please, Mother, tell us a story. Have him a wood-chopper boy this time. Please, Mother, quick, for Eliza...

A Famous Case
BY THEODORE C. WILLIAMS Two honey-bees half came to blows About the lily and the rose, Which might the sweeter be;...

The Twelve Huntsmen
Hundreds of thousands of years ago a prince met a fair maiden as he traveled through the Enchanted Land. The prince loved the maiden...

The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Once upon a time there was a King who had twelve daughters, each more beautiful than the other. The twelve princesses slept in a lar...

Edwy And The Echo
It was in the time of good Queen Anne, when none of the trees in the great forest of Norwood, near London, had begun to be cut down,...

The Little Old Woman Who Lived In A Vinegar-bottle
There was once upon a time a little old woman who lived in a vinegar-bottle. One day, as she was sweeping out her house, she found a...

The Snow Queen
Once upon a time there was a little boy called Kay. And there was a little girl. Her name was Gerda. They were not brother and si...

The Master-maid
Once there was a King who had a son, and this Prince would not stay at home, but went a long, long way off to a very far country. Th...

Cap O' Rushes
Well, there was once a very rich gentleman who had three daughters, and he thought he'd see how fond they were of him. So he says to...

Fulfilled
It was Christmas eve, and in the great house on the hill there was much rejoicing and preparation for the feasting on the morrow. A ...

King Grisly-beard
RETOLD FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM Once there was a great King who had a daughter that was very beautiful, but so haughty and vain sh...

The Country Rat And The Town Rat
A Country Rat invited a Town Rat, an intimate friend, to pay him a visit, and partake of his country fare. As they were on the ba...

The Fox And The Goat
A Fox one day tried to drink at a well when he caught his feet on a stone and fell into the water. It was not so deep as to drown hi...

The Two Frogs
Two Frogs were neighbors. The one inhabited a deep pond, far removed from public view; the other lived in a gully containing little ...

The Dog In The Manger
A cross Dog lay in a manger full of hay; and when the Ox came near to eat his own food, the rude and ill-bred cur at once began to s...

The War-horse And The Ass
A War-Horse, grand in all the trappings of war, came with a great noise down the road. The ground rang with the sound of his hoofs. ...

The Frogs Who Wanted A King
In old times when the Frogs swam at ease through the ponds and lakes, they grew tired of their tame mode of life. They thought they ...

The Ox And The Frog
An ox, drinking at a pool, trod on a brood of young frogs, and crushed one of them to death. The mother coming up, and missing one o...

The Heron Who Was Hard To Please
A heron having bolted down too large a fish, burst its deep gullet-bag and lay down on the shore to die. A kite seeing it, exclaimed...

The Shepherd Boy And The Wolf
A Shepherd Boy, who tended his sheep in a field near a village, used to make fun of his friends by crying out now and then, "A Wolf!...

The Ass The Cock And The Lion
An Ass and a Cock one day ate together just as a fine Lion passed by. As soon as he had cast his eyes on the Ass, he made up his min...

The Lion The Bear And The Fox
A Lion and a Bear were roaming together in the wood when they found a dead Fawn. "This belongs to me," cried the Bear, for she had b...

The Horse And The Stag
The Horse had the plain entirely to himself. A Stag intruded into his domain, and shared his pasture. The Horse desiring to revenge ...

The Lion And The Boar
On a summer day, when the great heat induced a general thirst, a Lion and a Boar came at the same moment to a small well to drink. T...

The Huntsman And The Fisherman
A Huntsman, returning with his dogs from the field, fell in by chance with a Fisherman, bringing home a basket well laden with fish....

The Ass In The Lion's Skin
An ass, having put on the lion's skin, roamed about in the forest, and amused himself by frightening all the foolish animals he met ...

The Hare And The Tortoise
A hare one day ridiculed the short feet and slow pace of the tortoise. The latter laughing, said: "Though you be swift as the wind, ...

The Fox And The Wood-cutter
A Fox, running before the hounds, came across a Wood-cutter felling an oak, and besought him to show him a safe hiding-place. The Wo...

The Lion And Other Beasts On A Hunt
The Lion and a lot of other Beasts made a plan to share whatever they caught when they went on a hunt. The first day they went out t...

The Eagle And The Arrow
A man shot a shaft at an Eagle, and hit him in the heart. When in the pains of death, the Eagle saw that the dart was made in part w...

The Mouse And The Frog
One day a Mouse met a Frog, and so well did they like each other that they said they would travel together. The Frog feared lest the...

The Wolf And The Goat
As a Goat stood on the top of a high rock, a Wolf who could not get at her where she was thus spoke to her: "Pray come down; I much ...

The Bad Dog
There was once a Dog which was so fierce and bad that his master had to tie a big clog round his neck lest he should bite and tease ...

The Kid And The Wolf
A Kid who had left the side of her dam was caught by a Wolf. When she saw that the Wolf had got her fast, and that there was no chan...

The Fox And The Grapes
A famished fox saw some clusters of rich black grapes hanging from a trellised vine. She resorted to all her tricks to get them, but...

The Fox And The Raven
A raven having stolen a bit of cheese, perched in a tree, and held it in her beak. A fox seeing her longed to possess himself of the...

The Bull And The Goat
A Bull fled from a Lion and ran into a cave where a Goat lived. The Goat tried to stop his entrance, and struck at him with his horn...

The Raven And The Swan
A Raven who did not like his black coat had the wish to grow as white as a Swan. So he left his old friends and haunts, and went to ...

The Thief And The Dog
One night a Thief came to a house that he meant to rob; but he knew that he had no chance to do this till he had made the Dog who to...

The Horse And The Loaded Ass
A man who had a Horse and an Ass had a way of putting all the load on the back of the Ass, and none on the Horse. One day as they we...

The Ass With The Salt
A Man who had an Ass heard that salt was to be bought for less gold at the seaside than where he was, so he went there to buy some. ...

The Cock And The Jewel
As a young Cock tried to find food for himself and his Hens in a farmyard, he saw a gem which shone with bright rays, and which some...

The Fox Who Had Lost His Tail
A Fox, caught in a trap, escaped with the loss of his "brush." Henceforth feeling his life a burden from the shame and ridicule to ...

The Eagle And The Jackdaw
An eagle flying down from his eyrie on a lofty rock, seized upon a lamb, and carried him aloft in his talons. A jackdaw, who witness...

The Hen And The Golden Eggs
A Cottager and his wife had a hen which laid every day a golden egg. They supposed that it must contain a great lump of gold in its ...

The Dog And The Ass
An Ass laden with loaves of bread was going on a long journey with a dog to guard him from harm. Before the journey was ended both w...

The North Wind And The Sun
The North Wind and the Sun had a discussion as to which was the stronger, and had the more power, and finally agreed that the first ...

The Fox And The Lion
A Fox who had never yet seen a Lion, when he fell in with him by a certain chance for the first time in the forest, was so frightene...

The Crow And The Pitcher
A Crow perishing with thirst saw a pitcher, and, hoping to find water, flew to it with great delight. When he reached it, he discove...

The Ass And His Shadow
A Traveler hired an Ass to convey him to a distant place. The day being intensely hot, and the sun shining in its strength, the trav...

The Wolf And The Crane
A Wolf, having a bone stuck in his throat, hired a Crane for a large sum to put his head into his throat and draw out the bone. When...

The Fox And The Crane
A fox invited a crane to supper, and provided nothing for his entertainment but some soup made of pulse, and poured out into a broad...

The Cat And The Monkey
A monkey once found some chestnuts, which he put on the hot coals of a fire to roast. He was puzzled, however, as to how he shoul...

The Dancing Monkeys
A Prince had some Monkeys trained to dance. Being naturally great mimics of men's actions, they showed themselves most apt pupils; a...

The Hares And The Frogs
The Hares, oppressed with a sense of their own exceeding timidity, and weary of the perpetual alarm to which they were exposed, with...

The Lion And The Gnat
A Gnat came to a Lion and said: "I do not the least fear you, nor are you stronger than I am. You can scratch with your claws, and b...

The Frogs And The Bulls
Two frogs, sitting on the edge of a pond saw two Bulls fighting in a meadow close by. "Alas!" cried one of the frogs. "Those dreadfu...

The Lark And Her Young Ones
A Lark had made her nest in the early Spring on the young green wheat. The brood had almost grown to their proper strength, and atta...

Belling The Cat
The mice who lived in the old house met one day to discuss the means to be used to get rid of a large, fierce black cat that had tak...

A Miller His Son And Their Ass
A miller and his son were driving their ass to a neighboring fair to sell him. They had not gone far when they met a troop of women ...

The Tortoise And The Eagle
A Tortoise, lazily basking in the sun, complained to the sea-birds of her hard fate, that no one would teach her to fly. An Eagle ho...

The Peacock And Juno
The Peacock made complaint to Juno that, while the small nightingale pleased every ear with his song, he no sooner opened his mouth ...

The Lion The Fox And The Ass
The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass entered into an agreement to assist each other in the chase. Having secured a large booty, the Lion, ...

The Father And His Sons
A Father had a family of sons who were perpetually quarreling among themselves. When he failed to heal their disputes by his exhorta...

The Dove And The Ant
An ant went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst, and, being carried away by the rush of the stream, was on the point of bein...

The Fox And The Cat
A fox was boasting to a cat of its clever devices for escaping its enemies. "I have a whole bag of tricks," he said, "which contains...

The Ants And The Grasshopper
The ants were employing a fine winter's day in drying grain collected in the summer-time. A grasshopper, perishing from famine, pass...

The Glow-worm And The Daw
A Jackdaw once ran up to a Glow-Worm and was about to seize him. "Wait a moment, good friend," said the Worm; "and you shall hear some...

The Fox And The Villagers
A Fox that had long been the dread of the village poultry yard was one day found lying breathless in a field. The report went abroad...

The Frog And The Snake
A Snake and a Frog were friends in a pond. The Snake taught the Frog to hiss, and the Frog taught the Snake to croak. The Snake woul...

The Assembly Of Animals
Once there was a great assembly of the animals in a wood. The Lion said, "Look how great my valor! 'Tis this that makes me king of t...

The Cock And His Three Hens
A Cock, named Crimson Crest, was once strutting about with his three hens, Meek Love, Bright Wit, and Fine Feather. The hens, being ...

The Black Dog And The White Dog
A Man in the East once went about saying, "I can put these two dogs together, one of which is white, and the other black, as you see...

The Elephant And The Ape
An Elephant named Grand Tusk and an Ape named Nimble were friends. Grand Tusk observed, "Behold, how big and powerful I am!" Ni...

The Crow And The Dawn
A Crow that lived on a tree by a great city in the East thought that the day dawned because of his cawing. One day he said to himsel...

The Lion And The Goat
A Lion was eating up one after another the animals of a certain country. One day an old Goat said, "We must put a stop to this. I ha...

The Sunling
In the good old days a Clown in the East, on a visit to a city kinsman, while at dinner, pointed to a burning candle and asked what ...

The Mushroom And The Goose
A Goose that was once cackling with great pride thought that a Mushroom was gazing at it, and said, "You contemptible thing, why do ...

The Fables Of Pilpay The Hindu
Pilpay is thought to have been a Hindu who lived many centuries before Jesus was born, and who wrote fables that have been translate...

The Fox And The Hen
A hungry Fox, spying a fine fat Hen, made up his mind to eat her. But as he was about to spring upon her he heard a great noise, and...

The Three Fishes
Three Fishes lived in a pond. The first was wise, the second had a little sense, and the third was foolish. A fisherman saw the fish...

The Falcon And The Hen
"How ungrateful you must be!" said a Falcon to a Hen. "You are fed with the best of food, you have a snug bed provided for you at ni...

The King Who Grew Kind
A cruel King was riding out one day, when he saw a fox attack a hen. But just then a dog ran after the fox and bit his leg. The fox,...

The Horses' Council
ADAPTED FROM JOHN GAY Once upon a time, a restless, dissatisfied horse persuaded all the other horses on the farm that they were ...

The Oak And The Reed
ADAPTED FROM THE FRENCH OF LA FONTAINE One day the Oak said to the Reed: "Nature has been indeed unkind to you. She has made you ...

The Advantage Of Knowledge
ADAPTED FROM THE FRENCH OF LA FONTAINE Two citizens lived beside each other in a town in France. The one was rich and had a fine ...

The Torrent And The River
ADAPTED FROM THE FRENCH OF LA FONTAINE With great noise and much tumult a torrent fell down the mountain side. All fled before it...

The Tomtit And The Bear
BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM One summer day, as a Wolf and a Bear were walking together in a wood, they heard a bird singing most swee...

Why Jimmy Skunk Wears Stripes
BY THORNTON W. BURGESS Jimmy Skunk, as everybody knows, wears a striped suit, a suit of black and white. There was a time, long, ...

How Cats Came To Purr
BY JOHN BENNETT A Boy having a Pet Cat which he Wished to Feed, Said to Her, "Come, Cat, Drink this Dish of Cream; it will Keep y...

The Greedy Cat
Once on a time there was a man who had a Cat, and she was so awfully big, and such a beast to eat, he couldn't keep her any longer. ...

Gudbrand On The Hillside
There was once upon a time a man whose name was Gudbrand. He had a farm which lay far away up on the side of a hill, and therefore t...

Pork And Honey
At dawn the other day, when Bruin came tramping over the bog with a fat pig, Reynard sat up on a stone by the moorside. "Good day...

How Reynard Outwitted Bruin
Once on a time there was a bear, who sat on a hillside in the sun and slept. Just then Reynard came slouching by and caught sight of...

The Cock And The Crested Hen
There was once a Cock who had a whole farmyard of hens to look after and manage; and among them was a tiny little Crested Hen. She t...

The Old Woman And The Tramp
There was once a tramp who went plodding his way through a forest. The distance between the houses was so great that he had little h...

The Old Woman And The Fish
There was once upon a time an old woman who lived in a miserable cottage on the brow of a hill overlooking the town. Her husband had...

The Lad And The Fox
There was once upon a time a little lad, who was on his way to church, and when he came to a clearing in the forest he caught sight ...

Adventures Of Ashpot
Norwegian children are just as fond of fairy stories as are any other children, and they are lucky in having a great number, for tha...

Norwegian Bird-legends
The Norwegians have several quaint old legends connected with some of their birds. This is the story of the goldcrest, known in Norw...

The Ugly Duckling
BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN It was glorious out in the country. It was summer, and the corn-fields were yellow, and the oats were...

The Wild Swans
BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN Far away, where the swallows fly when our Winter comes on, lived a King who had eleven sons, and one d...

Taper Tom
In a certain kingdom there was a very beautiful Princess, but she was so sad that no one could make her laugh; she would not even sm...

The Boy Who Went To The North Wind
"Go you now to the safe and get some meal," said the mother of the Boy. "And mind that you carry it carefully, for there is but litt...

The Wonderful Iron Pot
Once upon a time a little boy and his mother lived together in a small brown house at the foot of a hill. They were very poor, for t...

The Sheep And Pig Who Set Up Housekeeping
Once upon a time a Sheep stood in a pen to be fattened for the winter's feast. He lived well, for he was given the best of everythin...

Doll-in-the-grass
Once upon a time there was a King who had twelve sons. These sons did not like to do useful things--they only liked to ride and to h...

Boots And His Brothers
Once upon a time there was a King who had seven sons. One day he said to the six older ones: "You must go forth into the world, each...

Viggo And Beate
Translated by Mrs. Gudrun Thorne-Thompson THE DOLL UNDER THE BRIER ROSEBUSH There was once a girl, and her name was Beate. On h...

The Four White Swans
In the days of long ago there lived in the Green Isle of Erin a race of brave men and fair women--the race of the Dedannans. North, ...

The Mishaps Of Handy Andy
Andy Rooney was a fellow who had the most singularly ingenious knack of doing everything the wrong way. He grew up in his humble Iri...

The Greedy Shepherd
Once upon a time there lived in the South Country two brothers, whose business it was to keep sheep. No one lived on that plain but ...

The Cobblers And The Cuckoo
Once upon a time there stood in the midst of a bleak moor, in the North Country, a certain village; all its inhabitants were poor, f...

The Merry Cobbler And His Coat
Spare, the merry cobbler, of whom we read in the last story, was treated like a prince at the King's court; and the news of his good...

The Story Of Child Charity
BY FRANCES BROWNE Once upon a time there lived a little girl who had neither father nor mother: they both died when she was very ...

The Selfish Giant
BY OSCAR WILDE Every afternoon, as they were coming from school, the children used to go and play in the Giant's garden. It wa...

The Battle Of The Birds Or The Grateful Raven And The Prince
A Scotch Tale Once upon a time a great contest took place between every wild creature. The son of the King of Tethertown went to ...

Jack And The Beanstalk
RETOLD BY MARY LENA WILSON A long, long time ago there was a boy named Jack. He and his mother were very poor, and lived in a tin...

Tom Thumb
RETOLD BY LAURA CLARKE Have you ever heard about Little Thumb, or Tom Thumb as he was sometimes called? Such a queer little fello...

Whittington And His Cat
In the reign of the famous King Edward III there was a little boy called Dick Whittington, whose father and mother died when he was ...

Wild Robin
A Scotch Fairy Tale RETOLD BY SOPHIE MAY In the green valley of the Yarrow, near the castle-keep of Norham, dwelt an honest li...

The Story Of Merlin
Merlin was a King in early Britain; he was also an Enchanter. No one knows who were his parents, or where he was born; but it is said ...

The Cub's Triumph
Once upon a time there lived in a forest a badger and a mother fox with one little Cub. There were no other beasts in the wood, b...

Chin-chin Kobakama
Once there was a little girl who was very pretty, but also very lazy. Her parents were rich, and had a great many servants; and thes...

The Wonderful Mallet
Once upon a time there were two brothers. The elder was an honest and good man, but he was very poor, while the younger, who was dis...

The Selfish Sparrow And The Houseless Crows
A Sparrow once built a nice little house for herself, and lined it well with wool and protected it with sticks, so that it resisted ...

The Story Of Zirac
Once upon a time a raven, a rat, and a tortoise, having agreed to be friends together, were having a pleasant chat when they saw a w...

My Lord Bag Of Rice
Long, long ago there lived in Japan a brave warrior known to all as Tawara Toda, or "My Lord Bag of Rice." His true name was Fujiwar...

The Little Hare Of Oki
A Japanese Fairy Tale RETOLD BY B. M. BURRELL Alice lived in New York, but she still had the nurse who had taken care of her w...

The Little Brother Of Loo-lee Loo
By MARGARET JOHNSON In flowery, fair Cathay, That kingdom far away, Where, odd as it seems, 't is always ...

The Curious Case Of Ah-top
(A Chinese Legend) The slant-eyed maidens, when they spied The cue of Ah-Top, gaily cried, "It is some mandarin...

The Jackal And The Camel
A Hindu Tale The Jackal stood looking across the river where the crabs lay in the sun on the sand. "Oh," said the Jackal, "if ...

Hashnu The Stonecutter
A Japanese Story Hashnu the Stonecutter sat beside the highway cutting stone. It was hard work, and the sun shone hot upon him. ...

The Tiger The Brahman And The Jackal[n]
Once upon a time a Tiger was caught in a trap. He tried in vain to get out through the bars, and rolled and bit with rage and grief ...

The Story Of The Willow Pattern Plate
RETOLD BY M. ALSTON BUCKLEY Once upon a time there lived in China a rich and haughty mandarin, who had great riches in lands, and...

Brother Fox's Tar Baby
TRANSLATED BY JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS Once upon a time Brother Fox and Brother Rabbit lived near each other in the woods. But they h...

The Rabbit And The Peas
BY MRS. M. R. ALLEN A long time ago there was a Bear that had a fine pea patch. He and his wife had to work in the field every da...

Br'er Rabbit's Fishing
One day, Br'er Rabbit, and Br'er Fox, and Br'er Bear, and Br'er Coon, and all the rest of them were clearing up a new piece of groun...

Br'er Possum Loves Peace
One night Br'er Possum called for Br'er Coon, and they rambled forth to see how the others were getting along. Br'er Possum he ate h...

Br'er Fox Tackles Old Br'er Tarrypin
One day Br'er Fox struck up with Br'er Tarrypin right in the middle of the big road. Br'er Tarrypin he heard Br'er Fox coming, and h...

How Cousin Wildcat Served Br'er Fox
Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox had both been paying calls one evening at the same house. They sat there, and after a while Br'er Rabbit ...

Plantation Stories
BY GRACE MACGOWAN COOKE I.--MRS. PRAIRIE-DOG'S BOARDERS Texas is a near-by land to the dwellers in the Southern States. Many of...

Robin Redbreast
There was once a hunter who had only one son, and when his son grew up he said to him: "My son, I am growing old, and you must hunt ...

The Three Wishes
Once upon a time there were three brothers who set out on a visit to Goose-cap, the wise one, who said that any one might come and s...

The Joker
This story is about Lox. He called himself the joker, and he was very proud of his jokes; but nobody else could see anything in them...

Little Moccasin's Ride On The Thunder-horse
BY COLONEL GUIDO ILGES "Little Moccasin" was, at the time we speak of, fourteen years old, and about as mischievous a boy as coul...

Waukewa's Eagle
BY JAMES BUCKHAM One day, when the Indian boy Waukewa was hunting along the mountain-side, he found a young eagle with a broken w...

A Huron Cinderella
BY HOWARD ANGUS KENNEDY Many years ago there was an Indian chief who had three daughters; and they lived in a lodge by the side o...

The Fire Bringer
BY MARY AUSTIN They ranged together by wood and open swale, the boy who was to be called Fire Bringer, and the keen, gray dog of ...

Scar Face
An Indian Tale The mother of Scar Face the Youth was Feather Woman, who had fallen in love with Morning Star, and vowed that she ...

Why The Baby Says Goo
RETOLD BY EHRMA G. FILER On a sloping highland near the snow-capped mountains of the North was an Indian village. The Chief of th...

Baby's Ten Little Live Playthings By J K Barry
These ten little live playthings can be held in every baby's hand, five in one and five in the other and be the baby ever so poor yet ...

Monday
Here's a little wash bench, Here's a little tub. Here's a little scrubbing-board, And here's the way to rub. ...

Finger Play
By Edith Goodyear. The little space 'twixt fingers & thumbs Is round as a circle you see! While in there, a tiny sq...

Counting The Fingers
This is the thumb, you see; This finger shakes the tree; And then this finger comes up; And this one eats th...

An Old Norse Finger Play
Thicken man, build the barn, Thinner man, spool the yarn, Longen man, stir the brew, Gowden man, make a shoe, ...

Baby's Toes
Dear little bare feet, Dimpled and white, In your long nightgown Wrapped for the night. Come, let me...

Baby's Toes
BY EDITH A. BENTLEY Five little piggie wiggies Standing in a row, We always have to toddle Where the baby...

This Is The Way My Fingers Stand
To the tune of "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush." This is the way my fingers stand, Fingers stand, fingers stand, ...

Thumbkin Pointer
Thumbkin, Pointer, Middleman big, Sillyman, Weeman, rig-a-jig-jig. ...

Naming The Fingers
BY LAURA E. RICHARDS This is little Tommy Thumb, Round and smooth as any plum. This is busy Peter Pointer: Su...

Robert Barns
Robert Barns, fellow fine, Can you shoe this horse of mine, So that I may cut a shine? Yes, good sir, and that...

Shall I Oh! Shall I?
A little boy and a little girl Lived in an alley; Said the little boy to the little girl, "Shall I, oh! shal...

Jack Be Nimble
Jack, be nimble, Jack, be quick; (Jack is one hand walking along on its fore- and middle-fingers.) Jack, ju...

Two Little Hands
Two little hands so soft and white, This is the left--this is the right. Five little fingers stand on each, So I...

Pat A Cake
Pat a cake, pat a cake, baker's man. So I do, master, as fast as I can. Pat it, and prick it, and mark it with T, ...

Clap Your Hands
Baby, Baby, clap your hands! Where London's built, there London stands. And there's a bed in London Town, On whi...

The Bird's Nest
A Froebel Finger Play Here upon the leaves at rest A little bird has built her nest. Two tiny eggs within she's lai...

Two Little Blackbirds
There were two blackbirds sitting on a hill, (Little pieces of paper perched on forefingers.) One named Jack, ...

Master Smith
Is Master Smith within? Yes, that he is. Can he set a shoe? Ay, marry, two. Here a nail, and there a nail, ...

Greeting
Good little Mother, How do you do? Dear strong "Daddy," Glad to see you! Big tall Brother, Ple...

A Play For The Arms
Pump, pump, pump, Water, water, come; Here a rush, there a gush, Done, done, done. ...

The Little Window
A Froebel Finger Play Look, my dear, at this window clear. See how the light shines through in here. If you would a...

Sing A Song Of Sixpence
Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye; Four-and-twenty blackbirds Baked in a pie; When the pie...

The Pigeon House
A Froebel Finger Play Now I'm going to open my pigeon-house door. The pigeons fly out to the light, Straight to t...

Said This Little Fairy
Said this little fairy, "I'm as thirsty as can be." Said this little fairy, "I'm hungry, too, dear me!" Said this litt...

A Burrowing Game
See the little mousie, creeping up the stair, Looking for a warm nest--there, oh, there! (Mother's fingers creep up the ...

Pat A Cake
A Froebel Finger Play Baby, would you like to make For yourself a little cake? Pat it gently, smooth it down. ...

A Knee Game
What do I see? Baby's knee. Tickily, tickily, tic, tac, tee. One for a penny, two for a pound; Tickily, tickily,...

A Foot Play
Up, down--up, down. One foot up and one foot down, All the way to London town. Tra la la la la la. ...

Putting The Fingers To Sleep
My fingers are so sleepy It's time they went to bed, So first, you Baby Finger Tuck in your Little Head. ...

Ten Little Squirrels
Ten little squirrels up in a tree-- (Ten fingers outspread.) The first two said: "What do I see?" ...

My Little Garden
See my little garden, How I rake it over, Then I sow the little brown seeds, And with soft earth cover. No...

The Family
BY EMILIE POULSSON This is the mother, so busy at home, Who loves her dear children, whatever may come. This is t...

Johnny Shall Have A New Bonnet
Johnny shall have a new bonnet, And Johnny shall go to the fair, And Johnny shall have a new ribbon To tie u...

To Market Ride The Gentlemen
To market ride the gentlemen, So do we, so do we; Then comes the country clown, Hobbledy gee, Hobbledy gee; ...

Here Goes My Lord
Here goes my lord-- A trot! a trot! a trot! a trot! Here goes my lady-- A canter! a canter! a canter! a ...

A Farmer Went Trotting
A farmer went trotting upon his gray mare; Bumpety, bumpety, bump! With his daughter behind him, so rosy and fair; ...

Up To The Ceiling
Up to the ceiling, down to the ground, Backward and forward, round and round; Dance, little baby, and mother will sing...

The Messenger
Here in the morning we're starting so soon, Give us a message, we'll ride to the moon, Straight through the meadows an...

Catch Him Crow
Catch him, crow! Carry him, kite! Take him away till the apples are ripe; When they are ripe and ready to fall, ...

Ride A Cock-horse
Ride a Cock-Horse to Charing Cross, To see a Young Lady jump on a White Horse, With Rings on her Fingers, and Bells on...

This Is The Way
This is the way the ladies ride, Nin! Nin! Nin! This is the way the gentlemen ride, Trot! Trot! Trot! ...

Ride Away Ride Away
Ride away, ride away, Johnny shall ride, And he shall have pussy-cat Tied to one side; And he shall ha...

To Market To Market
To market, to market, To buy a plum bun; Home again, home again, My journey is done. ...

Trot Trot The Baby Goes
BY MARY F. BUTTS Every evening Baby goes Trot, trot, to town-- Across the river, through the fields, Up h...

Ride A Cock-horse
Ride a cock-horse to Banbury-cross, To see what Tommy can buy; A penny white loaf, a penny white cake, And a...

Who Are These?
...

I Saw A Ship A-sailing
I saw a ship a-sailing, A-sailing on the sea; And, oh! it was all laden With pretty things for thee! ...

Goosey Goosey Gander
Goosey, goosey, gander, where dost thou wander? Up stairs and down stairs, and in my lady's chamber; There I met an ol...

The Wind
Arthur O'Bower has broken his band, He comes roaring up the land-- A King of Scots, with all his power, Cannot t...

Once I Saw A Little Bird
Once I saw a little bird Come hop, hop, hop, So I said, "Little bird, Will you stop, stop, stop?" I ...

Ring-a-ring-a-roses
Ring-a-ring-a-roses, A pocket full of posies; Hush! hush! hush! hush! We're all tumbled down. ...

Cross Patch
Cross patch, Draw the latch, Sit by the fire and spin; Take a cup, And drink it up, And ca...

Happy Let Us Be
Merry are the bells, and merry would they ring; Merry was myself, and merry could I sing; With a merry ding-dong, happ...

The Old Woman In The Basket
There was an old woman tossed up in a basket, Nineteen times as high as the moon; Where she was going I couldn't but...

The Fox And The Old Gray Goose
The fox and his wife they had a great strife, They never ate mustard in all their whole life; ...

Jack And Jill
Jack and Jill went up the hill, To draw a pail of water; Jack fell down and broke his crown, And Jill came t...

Willy Boy
Willy boy, Willy boy, where are you going? I will go with you if I may "I'm going to the meadow to see them a-mowing,...

Bonny Lass
Bonny lass, bonny lass, wilt thou be mine? Thou shalt not wash dishes, nor yet serve the swine: Thou shalt sit on a cu...

Oh Where Are You Going?
Oh, where are you going, My pretty maiden fair, With your red rosy cheeks, And your coal-black hair? ...

Bobby Shaftoe
Bobby Shaftoe's gone to sea, Silver buckles on his knee; He'll come back and marry me, Pretty Bobby Shaftoe. ...

Ding-dong-bell
Ding-- Dong-- Bell! Pussy's in the well. Who put her in? Little Johnny Green. ...

London Bridge
London bridge is broken down, Dance over my Lady Lee, London bridge is broken down, With a gay ladye. ...

Green Gravel
All round the green gravel the grass grows so green, And all the pretty maids are fit to be seen, Wash them in milk, d...

Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard To get her poor dog a bone; But when she came there The cu...

Little Bo-peep
Little Bo-Peep, she lost her sheep, And can't tell where to find them; Leave them alone, and they'll come home, ...

Come Out To Play
Boys and girls, come out to play, The moon does shine as bright as day; Leave your supper, and leave your sleep, ...

Little Robin Redbreast
Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a tree, Up went the Pussy-Cat, and down went he! Down came Pussy-Cat, away Robin ran, ...

Little Boy Blue
Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn, The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn. What! Is this the way you mind...

My Maid Mary
My maid Mary She minds her dairy, While I go a-hoeing and mowing each morn. Merrily runs the r...

Beggars Are Come To Town
Hark! Hark! The dogs do bark! The beggars are come to town; Some in rags, Some in jags, ...

Blow Wind Blow!
Blow, wind, blow! and go, mill, go! That the miller may grind his corn; That the baker may take it, And into rol...

Bye Baby Bunting
Bye, Baby bunting, Father's gone a-hunting, Mother's gone a-milking, Sister's gone a-silking, And Brot...

Three Little Kittens
Three little kittens, they lost their mittens, And they began to cry: "O mother dear, We very much fea...

Tom Was A Piper's Son
Tom, Tom was a piper's son, He learned to play when he was young, And all the tune that he could play Was "Over ...

Daffy-down-dilly
Daffy-down-dilly is new come to town, With a petticoat green, and a bright yellow gown, And her white blossoms are pee...

Billy Boy
Oh, where have you been, Billy Boy, Billy Boy, Oh, where have you been, charming Billy? "I have been to seek a wife,...

Three Wise Men Of Gotham
Three wise men of Gotham Went to sea in a bowl, And if the bowl had been stronger My song had been longer. ...

Little Tommy Tucker
"Little Tommy Tucker, Sing for your supper." "What shall I sing?" "White bread and butter." "How shall...

Pussy And The Mice
Nine little mice sat down to spin; Pussy passed by, and she peeped in. "What are you at, my little men?" "Making...

When I Was A Little Boy
When I was a little boy, I lived by myself, And all the bread and cheese I got I put upon a shelf; The rats and the mi...

Little Fat Boy
What a bonny little fellow is this fat boy of mine! He makes people die of joy! What a fine little fellow is this fa...

A Finger Test
You strike three times on the top, you see, And strike three times on the bottom for me, Then top and bottom you strik...

Our Baby
Mrs. Chang, Mrs. Lee, Mama has a small babee; Stands up firm, Sits up straight, Won't eat milk, But ...

The Little Golden Sister
My little golden sister Rides a golden horse slow, And we'll use a golden whip If the horse doesn't go. ...

Ten Fingers
(A Chinese finger-play) Three horses are drinking, Three horses are feeding, The two men are fighting, Th...

A Riddle
A plum blossom foot, And a pudding face sweet; He's taller when he's sitting Than when standing on his feet....

The Five Fingers
(Another finger-play) A great big brother, And a little brother so, A big bell-tower, And a temple and a ...

Ladybug
Ladybug, ladybug, Fly away, do; Fly to the mountain, And feed upon dew. Feed upon dew, And s...

The Spider
Oh, my dear brother spider, With your body big and red, From the eaves you are hanging On a single little th...

The Great Wall
The wily Emperor Tsin Chi-hwang He built a wall both great and strong. The steps were narrow, but the wall was stout, ...

Pussy Cat Pussy Cat
"Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?" "I've been to London, to see the Queen." "Pussy cat, pussy cat, what did ...

Little Boy Blue
"Little boy Blue, come blow your horn, The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn. Is this the way you mind your ...

Pat-a-cake
"Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man Bake me a cake as quick as you can Pat it and prick it, and mark it with B, ...

How Many Miles To Babylon?
"HOW MANY MILES TO BABYLON? THREE SCORE MILES AND TEN CAN I GET THERE BY CANDLELIGHT? YES, AND BACK AGAIN." ...

Hark! Hark!
Hark, Hark the dogs do bark! The beggars have come to town. Some in rags, and some in tags, And some in velv...

There Was An Old Woman
"There was an old woman Who lived in a shoe, Who had so many children She didn't know what to do She gave t...

Humpty Dumpty
"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the King's horses and all the King's men Couldn...

The Queen Of Hearts
"The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts All on a summer's day The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts ...

Old King Cole
"Old King Cole was a merry old soul, And a merry old soul was he: He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl...

Pussy Sits Beside The Fire
"Pussy sits beside the fire How can she be fair? Then comes in the little dog. "Pussy, are you there? ...

The North Wind Doth Blow
"The north wind doth blow, and we shall have snow, And what will the robin do then, poor thing? He'll sit in the barn a...

I Had A Little Husband
"I had a little husband No bigger than my thumb, I put him in a pint pot, And there I bid him drum I bought...

There Was A Man In Our Town
"There was a man in our town, And he was wondrous wise He jumped into a bramble bush And scratched out both his e...

See Saw Sacaradown
"See saw, sacaradown, Which is the way to Boston town? One foot up, the other foot down. That is the way to Bost...

Sing A Song O' Sixpence
"Sing a song o' sixpence Pocket full of rye; Four-and-twenty blackbirds Baked in a pie. When the pie w...

I Love Little Pussy
"I love little pussy, her coat is so warm, And if I don't hurt her, she'll do me no harm. I'll sit by the fire and give...

The Horner Brothers
BY Elizabeth Raymond Woodward Jack Horner had three brothers, Their names were Horner, too-- One was James, and o...

There Was A Man In Our Town
There was a man in our town, And all he did each day Was to skip and hop along the streets And on a trumpet ...

A Most Wonderful Sight
The most wonderful sight I ever did see Was an owl on the branch of our old oak-tree; His eyes were so large and his h...

Sailing
Afloat, afloat, in a golden boat! Hoist the sail to the breeze! Steer by a star to lands afar That sleep in ...

An Up-to-date Pussy-cat
Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been? I've been to London in my new machine. Pussy cat, pussy cat, what did you t...

Misery In Company
The rain is falling, The fire is out! Jane has the toothache, John has the gout! ...

Court News
BY LUCY FITCH PERKINS The king and queen went out to-day, A-riding on a load of hay. The king fell off and lost his...

A Message To Mother Goose
By Ellen Manly. Once on a time there lived a child--so it was told to me-- Who never heard of Mother Goose and her fine...

Sweet And Low
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson Sweet and low, sweet and low, Wind of the Western Sea. Low, low, breathe and blow, ...

The Sleepy-time Story
BY GERTRUDE SMITH One night Arabella and Araminta's mamma was sewing, and their papa was reading his newspaper. And there was a fir...

The Go-sleep Story
BY EUDORA S. BUMSTEAD "How can I go to bed," said Penny, the flossy dog, "till I say good-night to Baby Ray? He gives me part of hi...

The Gentle Dark
BY W. GRAHAME ROBERTSON So it is over, the long bright Day, And little Maid Twilight, quiet and meek, Comes steal...

The Ferry For Shadowtown
Sway to and fro in the twilight gray; This is the ferry for Shadowtown; It always sails at the end of the day, ...

Hush-a-bye Baby
Hush-a-bye, baby, in the tree top: When the wind blows, the cradle will rock; When the bough breaks, the cradle will f...

The Kitten And The Falling Leaves
BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH See the kitten on the wall, Sporting with the leaves that fall, Withered leaves--one--two--an...

Late
By Josephine Preston Peabody My father brought Somebody up To show us all asleep. They came as softly up the Stai...

A Blessing For The Blessed
BY LAURENCE ALMA-TADEMA When the sun has left the hilltop, And the daisy-fringe is furled, When the birds from wo...

My Dolly
Hush, Dolly, bye, Dolly, sleep, Dolly, dear, See what a bed, Dolly, I've for you here; Therefore, to sleep, Dolly! don...

The Child And The World
I see a nest in a green elm-tree With little brown sparrows--one, two, three! The elm-tree stretches its branches wide...

Evening Song
BY C. FRANCES ALEXANDER Little birds sleep sweetly In their soft round nests, Crouching in the cover Of t...

Rock-a-bye Baby
Rock-a-bye, baby, your cradle is green, Father's a nobleman, mother's a queen, And Betty's a lady, and wears a gold ri...

The Sandman
BY MARGARET VANDERGRIFT The rosy clouds float overhead The sun is going down, And now the Sandman's gentle ...

The Fairy Folk
BY ROBERT BIRD Come cuddle close in daddy's coat Beside the fire so bright, And hear about the fairy folk ...

Queen Mab
BY THOMAS HOOD A little fairy comes at night; Her eyes are blue, her hair is brown, With silver spots upon her wi...

Lullaby
BY GERTRUDE THOMPSON MILLER Come lay your head on my breast, my dear, That I may feel your sweet form near; Then we...

Kentucky Babe
BY RICHARD HENRY BUCK Skeeters am a hummin' on de honeysuckle vine, Sleep, Kentucky Babe! San'man am a comin' to ...

My Possessions
I'm a rich man, If ever there was one: I've a horse and an apple, And both are my own. But some othe...

The Wake-up Story
BY EUDORA S. BUMSTEAD The sun was up and the breeze was blowing, and the five chicks, and four geese, and three rabbits, and two ki...

About Six Little Chickens
BY S. L. ELLIOTT A Mother Biddy sat on her nest, with what do you think in the nest? Six smooth white eggs! After she had sat th...

Trade-last
BY LUCY FITCH PERKINS "My frock is green." "My frock is blue." "You look pretty." "So do you." ...

Philip's Horse
Little Philip was very fond of horses, and as he was too old to sit on a chair or box or trunk and make believe a rocking-horse was...

What Could The Farmer Do?
BY GEORGE WILLIAM OGDEN There was an old farmer who had a cow, Moo, moo, moo! She used to stand on the pump and b...

Fledglings
BY LUCY FITCH PERKINS I saw a stork on a chimney high, And called to him as I passed by, "O stork! what'll you brin...

Maggie's Very Own Secret
By SARA JOSEPHINE ALBRIGHT (For Very Little Folk) Mr. and Mrs. Squeaky were two little, gray mice. They lived away back in the c...

The Good Little Piggie And His Friends
BY L. WALDO LOCKLING Once there was a little piggie, a very good little piggie, who obeyed his mother so well that often she let hi...

Baby's Paradise
BY LUCY FITCH PERKINS Over the hills and far away, There's a beautiful, wonderful place, Where happy babies in ga...

Disobedience
"Wait, Kitty; here's soap and water, And I must wash your face; For the way you do it with your paws Is simp...

For A Little Girl Of Three
BY UNCLE NED. Moo, moo! What can I do For my little girl of three? I will eat the sweet grass, ...

A Funny Family
There was a little lady she was'nt very big She had a spotted cow ... Also a spotted pig ... Her dress had dots ... Her dog had lots ....

Little By Little
When Charley awoke one morning, he looked from the window, and saw the ground deeply covered with snow. On the side of the house ne...

The House That Jack Built
This is the house that Jack built. This is the malt That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the rat, ...

Giant Thunder Bones
I This is Giant Thunder Bones. II This is the Dwarf with anxious looks ...

The House That Jill Built
BY CAROLYN WELLS This is the House that Jill built. This is the Doll that lived in the House that Jill built. T...

The Old Woman And Her Pig
An old woman was sweeping her house, and she found a little crooked sixpence. "What," said she, "shall I do with this little sixpence?...

The Lambikin
Once upon a time there was a wee, wee Lambikin, who frolicked about on his little tottery legs, and enjoyed himself amazingly. Now one...

The Cat And The Mouse
The cat and the mouse Played in the malt-house: The cat bit the mouse's tail off. "Pray, puss, give me my tail." "No," s...

Henny-penny
One day Henny-penny was picking up corn in the cornyard when--whack!--something hit her upon the head. "Goodness gracious me!" says H...

Three Goats In The Ryefield
ADAPTED BY CECILIA FARWELL Once upon a time there was a little boy whose task it was to drive the goats to and from the hills. One ...

Teeny Tiny
There was once upon a time a teeny-tiny woman who lived in a teeny-tiny house in a teeny-tiny village. Now, one day this teeny-tiny wo...

Song Of The Pear Tree
Out in the green, green orchard Standeth a fine pear tree; The fine pear tree has leaves, too. What on the t...

Cock-alu And Hen-alie
BY MARY HOWITT In this tale is shown to you How large the boast of Cock-alu; But, when he comes to act, you'll see ...

There Is The Key Of The Kingdom
There is the key of the Kingdom. In that Kingdom there is a city; In that city there is a town; In that town the...

Tommy And His Sister And Their New Pony-cart
BY DEWITT CLINTON FALLS Tommy took his sister out in their new pony-cart for a ride. They met a little friend very soon, and aske...

The Adventures Of Three Little Kittens
THE LITTLE KITTENS' SURPRISE ...

Ted's Foolish Wish
"I WISH I WAS AN OWL" SAID TEDDY, WITH A SCOWL, "CAUSE THEN I COULD SIT UP THE WHOLE NIGHT THROUGH." BUT SOME FA...

Nonsense Rhyme
from the Negro quarters Jay-bird a-sittin' on a Hickory limb. He winked at me, I winked at him. 'Taint gwine to...

Timothy Trundle
By FREDERICK MOXON. Oh! Timothy Trundle was bouncingly fat, As round as a robin was he; The jolliest babe ever sa...

The Frog's Fiasco
by D. K. Stevens There was once a Frog In a lonesome Bog With a voice that was well worth praising. H...

The Musical Trust
By D. K. Stevens There was once a man who could execute "Old Zip Coon" on a yellow flute, And s...

The Cautious Cat
by D.K. Stevens A Cautious Cat And a Reckless Rat Went to sea with an Innocent Lamb. ...

Three Little Bears
BY M. C. McNEILL Three little bears came into the town. "How do you do?" said everybody. Their faces were smiling...

The Snowman
BY W. W. ELLSWORTH One day we built a snowman. We made him out of snow; You'd ought to see how fine he was-- ...

Tiny Hare And The Wind Ball
...

A Story For Very Little Folk To Read No Word In It Has More Than Four Letters
BY A. L. SYKES "I want to do just as I like," said Tiny Hare to his Mama one day, as he ran to the door of his home. "What do yo...

How Tiny Hare Met Cat
[IN WORDS OF NOT MORE THAN FOUR LETTERS] BY A. L. SYKES Once, just as the long, dark time that is at the end of each day cam...

The Wee Hare And The Red Fire
[IN WORDS OF NOT MORE THAN FOUR LETTERS] BY A. L. SYKES One day in the cold time when he lay snug and warm by his Mama, Tiny...

The Good King
By Margaret and Clarence Weed Once upon a time there was a King in Spain who had only one leg. He was a Good King and he had a big An...

Early And Late
BY W. S. REED Go to bed early--wake up with joy; Go to bed late--cross girl or boy. Go to bed early--ready for play; Go to ...

The Little Pink Pig And The Big Road
BY JASMINE STONE VAN DRESSER Once there was a little pink pig with five little spotted brothers and sisters. They had a nice home i...

Juggerjook
BY L. FRANK BAUM Author of "Queen Zixi of Ix," "The Wizard of Oz," etc. "Oh, Mama!" cried Fuzzy Wuz, running into the burrow wher...

The Little Gray Kitten
BY MARY LAWRENCE TURNBULL Once upon a time there was a little gray kitten, who had wandered far away from home. At first she liked ...

Pussy's Wheels
BY ANNIE W. McCULLOUGH I wonder what you're thinking of, my darling little cat. It may be meat, it may be cream, that mak...

The Rabbit The Turtle And The Owl
The little girl and the little boy stood in the corn-field near the hollow tree where the Owl lived. The corn was in shocks like wigwa...

Homes
BY ANNIE WILLIS McCULLOUGH My bunnies like their cozy house, although they scamper out to play; My chickens like the slat...

The Fine Good Show
BY JESSIE WRIGHT WHITCOMB A little girl and a little boy started down the road together to take a walk. They met a dog. "Good...

Gay And Spy
(A Rhyming Story for Little Folk) One beautiful day in the month of May, A little girl whose name was Gay (They ...

The Ballad Of A Runaway Donkey:
by Emilie Poulsson: here shadow'd forth in divers pictures by Alfred Brenon. A sturdy little Donkey, All dressed in so...

The Three Bears
Once upon a time there were three bears who lived in a castle in a great wood. One of them was a great big bear, and one was a middlin...

The Little Bear's Story
BY C. F. HOLDER "Yes," the little bear cub would say, "that is my picture. I am a native of the State of California. I don't rememb...

The Hare And The Hedgehog
BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM This tale, my young readers, will seem to you to be quite false; but still it must be true, for my Grandfathe...

The Wee Robin's Christmas Song
A SCOTCH STORY, ATTRIBUTED TO ROBERT BURNS ADAPTED BY JENNIE ELLIS BURDICK There was an old gray Pussy Cat, and she went away dow...

The Fox
The Fox set out in a hungry plight, And begged the moon to give him light, For he'd many a mile to travel that night...

Three Companions
BY DINAH MARIA MULOCK-CRAIK We go on our walk together-- Baby and dog and I-- Three little merry companions, ...

'fraid Cat!
BY FRANK MUNRO To Pussy-town, the other day, The movies came. And you must know, The only chance ...

The Spider And The Fly
BY MARY HOWITT "Will you walk into my parlor?" said the Spider to the Fly, "'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever yo...

A Little Gentleman
When Mother drops things on the floor, My father asks me: "Who Should always pick them up for her?" And so I...

Time For Everything
There's a time to run and a time to walk; There's a time for silence, a time for talk; There's a time for work and a t...

Umbrellas And Rubbers
Umbrellas and rubbers You never forget, Whenever it's raining Or snowy or wet; But if it should clea...

Whispering In School
"Do not whisper" is a rule You will find in every school, And the reason here is given In a rhyme: ...

Recess
The romping boys Make lots of noise, And run and jump and laugh and shout, While here and there, ...

After School
Although we like to go to school, We're rather glad to put away Our books and slates and other things, When ...

Monday's Lessons
Study them well on Friday, For it's much the better way, Because when once they're finished You've all Satur...

At Dinner
No matter where we children are We run in answer to the bell, And dinner comes in piping hot; It makes us hu...

Valor
BY LUCY FITCH PERKINS. There isn't any giant Within this forest grim, And if there were, I wouldn't be A ...

A Domestic Tragedy
BY LUCY FITCH PERKINS My doll, my doll, my Annabel, She's really feeling far from well! Her wig is gone, her eyes a...

The Capitalist
I always buy at the lollipop-shop, On the very first day of spring, A bag of marbles, a spinning-top, And a ...

In Merry England
BY LUCY FITCH PERKINS. In merry, merry England, In the merry month of May, Miss Mary Ella Montague Went o...

The Goose Girl
BY LUCY FITCH PERKINS. Oh, I'm a goose, and you're a goose, and we're all geese together. We wander over hill and dale, a...

The Philosopher
BY LUCY FITCH PERKINS Let me make you acquainted with Mrs. O'Toole, Though she's had little learning, she's nobody's fool...

Every-day Verses
BY ALDEN ARTHUR KNIPE PICTURES BY EMILIE BENSON KNIPE THIRSTY FLOWERS I have a little wat'ring-pot, It holds two ...

Sharing With Others
Sometimes Mother gives to me Such a lot of money--See! But it's very hard to buy All the things you'd like to tr...

Pockets
Pockets are fine For marbles and twine, For knives and rubber bands; So, stuff them tight ...

Waiting For Dinner
When one is very hungry, It's hard to wait, I know, For minutes seem like hours And the clock is always slow...

The Critic
If only more people would write fewer books How well pleased I would be! If all the authors would change into cooks ...

Diplomacy
BY LUCY FITCH PERKINS The Widow Hill has a fine plum-tree! The Widow Hill is fond o' me. I'll call on her to-day!...

If I Were Queen
BY LUCY FITCH PERKINS. If I were Queen of Anywhere, I'd have a golden crown, And sit upon a velvet chair, ...

Thoughts In Church
BY LUCY FITCH PERKINS Oh, to be a sailor And sail to foreign lands-- To Greenland's icy mountains And Ind...

This Is The Way
This is the way we wash our clothes, Wash our clothes, Wash our clothes; This is the way we wash our clothes...

The Washing
They that wash on Monday Have all the week to dry; They that wash on Tuesday Are not so much awry; The...

Solomon Grundy
Solomon Grundy, Born on a Monday, Christened on Tuesday, Married on Wednesday, Took ill on Thursday, ...

Baby's Play Days
How many days has my baby to play? Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sun...

Which Do You Choose?
"Oh, ho! little maidens, all in a row, And each one wearing a butterfly bow. Which is the prettiest, Betty, or Lo...

Seven Little Mice
BY STELLA GEORGE STERN Little-Mouse-Sunday found a great, big bun; Little-Mouse-Monday wished that he had one; Litt...

Visiting
"Good morning, Monday! Tell me how is Tuesday?" "Very well, Dame Wednesday. Please to tell Miss Thursday, ...

Little Tommy's Monday Morning
(In a meter neither new nor difficult) BY TUDOR JENKS All was well on Sunday morning, All was quiet Sunday evening; ...

St Saturday
BY HENRY JOHNSTONE Oh, Friday night's the queen of nights, because it ushers in The Feast of good St. Saturday, when stud...

Number Rhymes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 One Two Three Four Five I caught a hare alive. ...

Over In The Meadow
BY OLIVE A. WADSWORTH Over in the meadow, In the sand, in the sun, Lived an old mother toad And her littl...

Counting Apple-seeds
One, I love, Two, I love, Three, I love, I say, Four, I love with all my heart, And five, I cast away; ...

Twins
BY LUCY FITCH PERKINS Here's a baby! Here's another! A sister and her infant brother. Which is which 'tis hard to t...

The Rhyme Of Ten Little Rabbits
BY KATE N. MYTINGER 1 little rabbit, =one= went out in the field to run. 2 little rabbits, =two= Said they ...

In July
BY A. S. WEBBER. 10 Ten little fire crackers Standing in a line, One thought he'd light a match ...

The Wish Of Priscilla Penelope Powers
Priscilla Penelope Powers one day Took tea at a neighbor's just over the way. Two pieces of pie they urged her to t...

Winklelman Von Winkel
Winkelman Von Winkel is the wisest man alive, He Knows that one and one make two, and two and three make five; He know...

Ten Little Cookies
Ten little cookies, brown and crisp and fine-- Grandma gave Baby one; then there were nine. Nine little cookies on a...

Our Baby
One head with curly hair, Two arms so fat and bare, Two hands and one wee nose, Two feet with ten pink toes, ...

Long Time Ago
BY ELIZABETH PRENTISS Once there was a little Kitty, White as the snow; In a barn she used to frolic, Lon...

Buckle My Shoe
One, Two--buckle my shoe; Three, Four--open the door; Five, Six--pick up sticks; Seven, Eight--lay them straight...

A Pair Of Gloves
BY H. G. DURYEE The little girls who lived on Amity Street all wore mittens when they went to school in winter. Nobody's mother eve...

A Very Little Story Of A Very Little Girl
BY ALICE E. ALLEN Molly was such a little girl that she didn't seem big enough to have a party all her own with truly ice-cream in ...

Edith's Tea-party
BY LOIS WALTERS Edith was a little girl who was just learning to write. Her mother told her one day that she could have a tea-party...

Rebecca
BY ELEANOR PIATT I have a doll, Rebecca, She's quite a little care, I have to press her ribbons And co...

Dorothea's School Gifts
BY EUNICE WARD "It seems very queer," said Dorothea thoughtfully, "people who are going to do something nice always have presents g...

The Lost Money
BY BOLTON HALL Doris's papa gave her a five-dollar bill, such a lot of money! Doris went to a big bank and asked if they could give...

A Dutch Treat
BY AMY B. JOHNSON "I've been crying again, father." "Have you, sweetheart? I'm sorry." "Father." "Yes, darling." "I don'...

The Jingle Of The Little Jap
BY ISABEL ECCLESTON MACKAY There lives in a town that is called Chu-Bo A little Jap girl named Nami-Ko. She learns ...

The Seventh Birthday Of The Little Cousin From Constantinople
BY EMMA C. DOWD The Little Cousin from Constantinople was to have been given a party on her seventh birthday; but, just before the ...

Little Red Riding-hood
RETOLD FROM GRIMM There was once a sweet little girl, who had gained the love of every one, even those who had only seen her once. ...

Dolly's Doctor
MARY Come and see my baby dear; Doctor, she is ill, I fear. Yesterday, do what I would, She would touch ...

Thumbelina
BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN She had a little house of her own, a little garden, too, this woman of whom I am going to tell you, but ...

The Fox And The Little Red Hen
Once upon a time there was a little red hen. She lived in a little white house and she had a little green garden. Every day she worked...

The Shoemaker And The Little Elves
BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM There was once a shoemaker, who, from no fault of his own, had become so poor that at last he had nothing lef...

The Gingerbread Boy
Now you shall hear a story that somebody's great, great-grandmother told a little girl ever so many years ago: There was once a lit...

Mischief
BY ROSAMOND UPHAM Mischief was a cunning little fellow from the very first day that I saw him. Such a round, plump little body, suc...

Willie And His Dog Diver
BY H. N. POWERS Willie was a very little child and lived near a mill. One day he saw a big cruel boy come along and throw a little ...

Gordon's Toy Castle On The Hill
BY EVERETT WILSON Last Christmas little Gordon Bruce had a fine, large Christmas tree and lots of toys, just as a great many other ...

Hans The Innocent
WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY M. I. WOOD Once upon a time there was a woman called Mrs. Stockchen and she had a son named Hans. They l...

A Real Little Boy Blue
BY CAROLINE S. ALLEN Once there were four little brothers. The oldest had black eyes. He was called Little Boy Black. But I haven't...

Travels Of A Fox
ADAPTED BY CECILIA FARWELL The Fox was digging under an old tree and found a bumblebee. He gathered it up and put it into his bag a...

Oeyvind And Marit
Oeyvind was his name. A low barren cliff overhung the house in which he was born, fir and birch looked down on the roof, and wild-cher...

What The Cat And Hen Did
Four little children were playing in their garden one day. There were Mollie and Jamie and Betty and Teddy. 'MRS. TOMKINS.'"] ...

Dot's Birthday Cake
Once there was a little girl called Dot. And she was just five years old. And she had a fine birthday cake. It was big and round, and ...

Ned And Rover And Jack
A boy named Ned had a little puppy-dog named Rover. One day, Ned's papa gave him a nice new toy wagon. Ned was pulling it around the y...

How Polly Had Her Picture Taken
BY EVERETT WILSON It was a bright spring morning, and all the animals on the Meadowbrook Farm had been given their breakfast, and t...

Idle Ben
Idle Ben was a naughty boy (If you please, this story's true), He caused his teachers great annoy, And his w...

The Hole In The Canna-bed
BY ISABEL GORDON CURTIS One evening in May, Chuckie Wuckie's papa finished setting out the plants in the front yard. Into one large...

The Conceited Mouse
BY ELLA FOSTER CASE Once upon a time there was a very small mouse with a very, very large opinion of himself. What he didn't know h...

A Boy's Mother
BY JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY My mother she's so good to me, Ef I was good as I could be, I couldn't be as good--no, sir!...

Mother
BY ROSE FYLEMAN When mother comes each morning She wears her oldest things, She doesn't make a rustle, Sh...

The Goodest Mother
Evening was falling, cold and dark, And people hurried along the way As if they were longing soon to mark Th...

Mother's Way
BY CARRIE WILLIAMS Nowadays girls go to cooking-school And learn to cook just so by rule; But all I know, I'm glad ...

Who Is It?
BY ETHEL M. KELLEY Whose hair is all curly, an' eyes "baby-blue"? Who wakes up too early 'fore night-time is fru? W...

My Dearest Is A Lady
BY MIRIAM S. CLARK My dearest is a lady, she wears a gown of blue, She sits beside the window where the yellow sun comes ...

How Many Lumps!
How many lumps of sugar Ought a little girl to use To sweeten a cup of chocolate? I can take just what I cho...

When Mother Goes Away
BY CLARA ODELL LYON Says Bobby to Mother: "I'll be good as I can." "I know you will, Bobby; You're Mother...

An Old Song There's No Place Like Home!
When people ask me where I live, I hate to have to go and give A name like Smithville, plain. I'd rather say...

Grandmother's Memories
BY HELEN A. BYROM Grandmother sits in her easy-chair, In the ruddy sunlight's glow; Her thoughts are wandering...

Great-aunt Lucy Lee
By Cora Walker Hayes Sometimes when I am tired of play My mother says to me, "Come, daughter, we will call to-day...

Our Visitors
By Isabel Lyndall When grandma comes to visit, She very often brings Her satchel full of cookies, And gin...

Beautiful Grandmamma
Grandmamma sits in her quaint arm-chair-- Never was lady more sweet and fair! Her gray locks ripple like silver shells...

Thanksgiving Day
BY LYDIA MARIA CHILD Over the river and through the wood, To grandfather's house we go; The horse knows the w...

Grandma's Minuet
Grandma told me all about it; Told me so I couldn't doubt it; How she danced--my grandma danced, Long ...

Aunt Jan
BY NORMAN GALE When Aunt Jan's coming there's such romping in the house, She's sweeter than a daffodil and softer than a ...

After Tea
Very often in the evening, Shortly after tea, Father, when he's read the paper, Takes me on his knee. ...

Tingle Tangle Titmouse
"Come hither, little puppy-dog, I'll give you a new collar, If you will learn to read your book, And be a cl...

An English Alphabet
Ale, A is for Apple, Artichoke, and Ann; Brown Bear, B is for Black Bear, ...

Nonsense Alphabet
BY EDWARD LEAR A was an ant Who seldom stood still, And who made a nice house In the side of a hill. ...

Past History
BY EDWARD LEAR a A was once an apple-pie, Pidy, Widy, Tidy, Pidy, N...

The Apple Pie
A was an apple pie, B bit it; C cut it; D dealt it; E ate it; F fought for it; G got it; ...

Who's Who In The Zoo?
BY CAROLYN WELLS. A is for the Antelope, A beast that I have never met; They say he jumps the skipping-rope ...

A Was An Archer
A was an Archer, who shot at a frog; B was a Butcher, and had a great dog. C was a Captain, all covered with lace; ...

A Little Folks' Alphabet
BY CAROLYN WELLS Affable Andy Ate sugar candy. Boisterous Ben Shot at a hen. Careless Corinne ...

Child Health Alphabet
BY MRS. FREDERICK PETERSON A is for Apples and also for Air; Children need both and we have them to spare...

Here's A B C D
Here's A, B, C, D, E, F and G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z, ...

Our Stories
A is Aladdin B is Little Boy Blue C is Cinderella D is A Year with Dolly E is Echo and Narcissus F i...

Trot And Cap'n Bill
"Nobody," said Cap'n Bill solemnly, "ever sawr a mermaid an' lived to tell the tale." "Why not?" asked Trot, looking earnestly up...

The Mermaids
The next morning, as soon as Trot had helped wipe the breakfast dishes and put them away in the cupboard, the little girl and Cap'n ...

The Depths Of The Deep Blue Sea
Cap'n Bill stood up in the boat as if undecided what to do. Never a sailor man was more bewildered than this old fellow by the stra...

The Palace Of Queen Aquareine
Trot was surprised to find it was not at all dark or gloomy as they descended farther into the deep sea. Things were not quite so cl...

The Sea-serpent
Just then Trot happened to look up at the glass roof and saw a startling sight. A big head with a face surrounded by stubby gray wh...

Exploring The Ocean
The queen now requested her guests to recline upon couches that they might rest themselves from their long swim and talk more at the...

The Aristocratic Codfish
The three swam slowly along, quite enjoying the cool depths of the water. Every little while they met with some strange creature--or...

A Banquet Under Water
The palaces of the mermaids were all aglow with lights as they approached them, and Trot was amazed at the sight. "Where do the l...

The Bashful Octopus
It was a lovely day, and the sea was like azure under the rays of the sun. Over the flower beds and through the gardens they swam...

The Undiscovered Island
In following the fleet of argonauts, the four explorers had risen higher in the water and soon found they had wandered to an open s...

Zog The Terrible And His Sea Devils
"The sun must be going under a cloud," said Trot, looking ahead. They had descended far into the ocean depths again--further, the ...

The Enchanted Island
All at once it grew dark around them. Neither Cap'n Bill nor Trot liked this gloom, for it made them nervous not to be able to see ...

Prisoners Of The Sea Monster
The room in the enchanted castle which Zog called the "den" and in which the wicked sea monster passed most of his time was a perfec...

Cap'n Joe And Cap'n Bill
The rooms Zog had given his prisoners were as handsome as all other parts of this strange enchanted castle. Gold was used plentifull...

The Magic Of The Mermaids
When Trot and Cap'n Bill entered the Rose Chamber they found the two mermaids reclining before an air fountain that was sending thou...

The Top Of The Great Dome
Cap'n Bill's heart was beating pretty vast, but he did not let Zog know that. Trot was so sure of the protection of the fairy mermai...

The Queen's Golden Sword
"Goodness me!" exclaimed Trot, raising herself by a flirt of her pink-scaled tail and a wave of her fins, "isn't it dreadful hot he...

A Dash For Liberty
Trot dreamed that she was at home in her own bed, but the night seemed chilly and she wanted to draw the coverlet up to her chin. S...

King Anko To The Rescue
The great magician Zog never slept. He was always watchful and alert. Some strange power warned him that his prisoners were about t...

The Home Of The Ocean Monarch
Trot sobbed quietly with her head on Cap'n Bill's shoulder. She had been a brave little girl during the trying times they had exper...

King Joe
As they swam out of Anko's palace and the doll-faced fishes left them, Aquareine asked: "Would you rather go back to our mermaid ...

Trot Lives To Tell The Tale
Aquareine was thoughtful for a time. Then she drew from her finger a ring, a plain gold band set with a pearl of great value, and ga...

Blondine
There was once a king called Benin. He was good and all the world loved him; he was just and the wicked feared him. His wife, the Qu...

Blondine Lost
Blondine grew to be seven years old and Brunette three. The king had given Blondine a charming little carriage drawn by ostriches...

The Forest Of Lilacs
When Blondine entered the forest she commenced gathering the beautiful branches of lilacs. She rejoiced in their profusion and delig...

Blondine's Awakening Beau-minon
Blondine slept calmly all night; no ferocious beast came to trouble her slumbers. She did not suffer from the cold and awakened at a...

Bonne-biche
Beau-Minon had entered by a little passage, which seemed made expressly for him and had probably given notice to some one at the cas...

Blondine's Second Awakening
Blondine slept profoundly, and on awaking she found herself entirely changed. Indeed, it seemed to her she could not be the same per...

The Parrot
Six months had passed since Blondine awaked from her seven years' sleep. It seemed to the little princess a long time. The remembran...

Repentance
Blondine was stupefied! Her conduct now appeared to her in all its horror. She had shown a monstrous ingratitude towards the friends...

The Tortoise
One day Blondine was seated at the entrance of her hut, musing sadly as usual, thinking of her lost friends and of her father, when ...

The Journey And Arrival
The journey of Blondine lasted, as the Tortoise had said, six months. They were three months passing through the forest. At the end ...

The Poor Sick Mother
There was a poor woman, a widow, who lived alone with her little son Henry. She loved him tenderly and she had good reason to do so,...

The Crow The Cock And The Frog
Little Henry marched resolutely to the mountain which he found much more distant than it had appeared to him. Instead of arriving in...

The Harvest
Henry walked a long, long time but he walked in vain for he saw that he was no farther from the foot of the mountain and no nearer t...

The Vintage
Henry began to walk rapidly and perceived with great delight that every step brought him nearer to the summit of the mountain. In th...

The Chase
Henry was within a half-hour's walk of the summit of the mountain when he reached a pit so wide that he could not possibly jump to t...

The Fishing
At last, after so many labors and perils, Henry saw the lattice of the garden in which the plant of life was growing and his heart b...

The Plant Of Life
When he had saluted the Cat respectfully, Henry ran towards the garden of the plant of life, which was only a hundred steps from him...

The Farm
There was once a king and queen, who had three daughters. The two eldest were twins--Orangine and Roussette--and their parents loved...

Rosette At The Court Of The King Her Father
They were but two hours on the way, for the king's capital was only ten leagues from the farm. When Rosette arrived, she was surpris...

Family Council
While Rosette was only occupied with smiling and pleasant thoughts, the king, the queen and the princesses Orangine and Roussette we...

Second Day Of The Festival
In the morning a coarse servant brought Rosette bread and milk and offered her services to dress her. Rosette, who did not wish this...

Third And Last Day Of The Festival
While Rosette was thus sleeping peacefully, the king, the queen, and Orangine and Roussette, purple with rage, were quarrelling and ...

The Little House
There was once a man named Prudent, who was a widower and he lived alone with his little daughter. His wife had died a few days afte...

The Fairy Detestable
Rosalie looked in eagerly. The little house was dark; she could see nothing but she heard the little voice:-- "Thanks, Rosalie, i...

The Prince Gracious
While Rosalie was thus quietly sleeping, the prince Gracious was engaged in a hunt through the forest by torch-light. The fawn, purs...

The Tree In The Rotunda
Rosalie admired all the flowers very much but she waited with some impatience for the prince to remove the cloth which enveloped thi...

The Casket
Thus passed the entire day. Rosalie suffered cruelly with thirst. "Ought I not suffer even more than I do?" she said to herself, "...

The Lark And The Toad
There was once a pretty woman named Agnella, who cultivated a farm. She lived alone with a young servant named Passerose. The farm w...

Birth And Infancy Of Ourson
Three months after the appearance of the toad and the cruel sentence of the fairy Furious, Agnella gave birth to a boy whom she name...

Violette
Ourson at eight years of age was tall and strong, with magnificent eyes and a sweet voice; his bristles were no longer stiff but his...

The Dream
In the morning Ourson was the first awake, aroused by the lowing of the cow. He rubbed his eyes and looked about him and asked himse...

The Toad Again
Some years passed away in this peaceful manner without the occurrence of any remarkable event. Ourson and Violette both grew rapidly...

Violette's Sacrifice
When the dinner hour came, Violette arose, dressed herself and entered the dining-room where Agnella and Passerose were awaiting her...

The Wild Boar
Two years passed. One day Ourson had been cutting wood in the forest. Violette was to bring him his dinner and return with him in th...

The Conflagration
Ourson now forbade Violette to go alone in the forest. She was no longer allowed to carry him his dinner so he always returned to th...

The Well
Agnella, Violette and Passerose walked slowly towards the burned walls of the farmhouse. With the courage of despair they removed th...

The Farm The Castle The Forge
Ourson walked more than three hours before he arrived at a large and beautiful farm where he hoped to obtain employment. He saw from...

The Sacrifice
Ourson turned his steps homeward, discouraged and exhausted. He walked slowly and arrived at the farm late. Violette ran to meet him...

The Combat
Violette was about to reply, when a kind of roaring was heard in the air, and they saw descend a chariot made of crocodile's skin, d...

The Recompense
Prince Marvellous looked at Violette and sighed heavily; Violette gazed at the prince and smiled sweetly. "How handsome you are, ...

What's The Use Of It?
A CHRISTMAS STORY In a village that was close to the great forest, though it had already become the suburb of a large town, lived...

The Engineer And The Dwarfs
A tunnel had been dug through a crag which had hitherto been considered as a serious obstacle in the railway route; the light now sh...

Kaethchen And The Kobold
Half-way up the long steep hill that leads from Soden to Koenigstein, a rough road branches off to the left, plunging suddenly into ...

The Old King
Walter had been playing with his kite in the garden. Somehow or other it would never mount properly, unless his father was there to ...

The Dragon's Tail
I wonder if the girls and boys who read these stories, have heard of the charming and romantic town of Eisenach? I suppose not, for ...

The Easter Hare
It is curious how little children of one country know about the lives and interests of the children of another. Perhaps if English p...

The Easter Hare Family
Story by BARBARA ARNDT Two children, Paulchen and Luischen, were wandering about in the country on Easter Day, they said sorrowfull...

The Nixy Lake
In one of the wildest and most romantic parts of Germany, there is a high mountain which is as renowned for the strange stories that...

King Reinhold
There are villages in the heart of the Taunus Mountains that are little altered by this progressive age; no railway, not even the po...

The Witch's Granddaughter
PART I In a green valley between two mountain-slopes lay a little village crowned by the Castle of Eppenhain, that stood on the m...

Holiday Adventures
PART I O it was so hot, so hot; the earth was well-nigh parched up, and moreover the use of water was restricted in the town wher...

The Sunday Story
When Englishmen and Englishwomen are little boys and girls, they listen with open ears to the tales of Golden-hair and the three Bears...

The Monday Story
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there lived a very saintly king. One day he formed the wish to fill the shrine o...

The Tuesday Story
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. [4] In it there lived a bania who had no son. Every day a religious mendicant used to ...

The Wednesday And Thursday Story
There was once upon a time a town called Atpat. In it there lived a prince who had seven sons and seven daughters-in-law. Every day t...

The Friday Story
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there lived a miserably poor Brahman. He had a wife who was as poor as he was. O...

The Saturday Story
Once upon a time there was a town-called Atpat. In it there lived a poor Brahman who had three daughters-in-law. He rose early even du...

Mahalaxmi And The Two Queens
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there lived a king who had two queens. Of one of them he was very fond, but the...

The Island Palace
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there lived a Brahman. He had a disciple who used every day to go to the village...

Nagoba The Snake-king
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there lived a Brahman who had seven little daughters-in-law. In the fulness of ...

Parwati And The Beggar-man
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In It there lived a Brahman. He had seven daughters, and when they had reached a marr...

Parwati And The Brahman
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there lived a poor Brahman. When the month of Bhadrapad came round, every househ...

Soma The Washerwoman
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there lived a poor Brahman who had seven sons and seven daughters-in-law. He had...

Vasishta And The Four Queens
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there ruled a king who had four wives. They were always quarrelling over the ho...

The Lamps And The King's Daughter-in-law
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there lived a king who had one little daughter-in-law. Now she was a very greedy...

Parwati And The Priest
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there was a temple to the god Shiva. One day when Shiva and his wife Parwati we...

The Rishi And The Brahman
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there lived a Brahman. For many years he lived happily and cultivated his fields...

The King And The Water-goddesses
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. Over it there ruled a king. One day he founded a new village, and close by he built a ...

The Lid Of The Sacred Casket
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there lived a Brahman who had two twin sons. While they were still quite young, ...

The Brahman Wife And Her Seven Sons
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there lived a poor Brahman who used always to perform Shradh or memorial ceremon...

The Golden Temple
Once upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there reigned a king who had four daughters-in-law. He loved three of them very ...

Clytie
Clytie was a beautiful little water nymph who lived in a cave at the bottom of the sea. The walls of the cave were covered with pear...

Golden-rod And Aster
Golden Hair and Blue Eyes lived at the foot of a great hill. On the top of this hill in a little hut lived a strange, wise woman. ...

The Wise King And The Bee
Long ago there lived in the East the greatest king in the world. It was believed that no one could ask him a question which he cou...

King Solomon And The Ants
One morning the Queen of Sheba started back to her home in the south. King Solomon and all his court went with her to the gates of t...

Arachne
Arachne was a beautiful maiden and the most wonderful weaver that ever lived. Her father was famed throughout the land for his great...

Aurora And Tithonus
The beautiful youth, Tithonus, loved Aurora, the queen of the dawn. He was the first one to greet her each day as she drew back the ...

How The Robin's Breast Became Red
Long ago in the far North, where it is very cold, there was only one fire. A hunter and his little son took care of this fire and...

An Indian Story Of The Robin
When an Indian boy was eleven years old, he was sent into a forest far away from his home. He had to stay there all alone and fas...

The Red-headed Woodpecker
There was an old woman who lived on a hill. You never heard of any one smaller or neater than she was. She always wore a black dress...

The Story Of The Pudding Stone
Once upon a time a family of giants lived upon the high mountains in the West. One day the mother giant was called away from home...

Story Of Sisyphus
Little White Cloud was the Ocean's daughter. The Ocean loved her, and wished always to keep her near him. One day, when her fathe...

The Palace Of Alkinoos
On a high plain covered with flowers once lived good King Alkinoos and his gentle people, the Phaiakians. They were great sailors...

Phaethon
Phaethon was the son of Helios, who drove the chariot of the sun. He lived with his mother, the gentle Clymene, in a beautiful valle...

The Grateful Foxes
It was springtime in Japan, and the blossoms hung thick on the cherry trees. Butterflies and dragon flies fluttered over the gold...

Persephone
Demeter had the care of all the plants, fruits and grains in the world. She taught the people how to plow the fields and plant the...

The Swan Maidens
A long, long time ago there was born in the east a wonderful king. He was called "The King of the Golden Sword." Every day he c...

The Poplar Tree
One night, just at sunset, an old man found the pot of gold which lies under the end of the rainbow. His home was far beyond the ...

The Donkey And The Salt
One time a merchant went to the seashore for a load of salt. There were many hills and streams to cross on the journey. As the ...

The Secret Of Fire
A TREE STORY. One summer night a great army of pine trees settled down in a quiet valley to rest. They were a tall, dark, grave-l...

A Fairy Story
Some fairies once lived in a dark glen in a pine forest. They were real fairies, many of them not higher than a pin. Their grea...

Philemon And Baucis
On a high hill in Greece, long ago, lived Philemon and Baucis. They had always been poor but never unhappy. At the time of this s...

Daphne
Daphne was the daughter of the River Peneus. She was a beautiful child and her father loved her more than anything else in the wo...

An Indian Story Of The Mole
An Indian once saw a squirrel sunning himself in a tree top. The squirrel saw the hunter and leaped upon a passing cloud. He ha...

How The Spark Of Fire Was Saved
Long ago when fire was first brought to earth, it was given into the care of two beldams at the end of the world. The Cahroc Indi...

Balder
The people in the North once believed that high above the clouds was the beautiful plain of Asgard. Odin, ruler of Asgard, mighty...

How The Chipmunk Got The Stripes On Its Back
Do you all know the little striped chipmunk which lives in our woods? He has a cousin in far off India called the geloori. It i...

The Fox And The Stork
A fox met a stork and invited him to dinner. "With all my heart, friend," said the stork. When they arrived at the home of the ...

Prometheus
Greece is far away to the east over a great ocean. It is a very small country with high mountains in every part of it. The people...

Hermes
AEolus was the father of all the winds, great and small. Long ago, they all lived happily together in a dark cave near the sea. ...

Iris' Bridge
In the sky where the amber tints are seen on the clouds, Iris was born. She loved her home and all the beautiful things around her...

East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon
Once on a time there was a poor husbandman who had so many children that he hadn't much of either food or clothing to give them. Pre...

The Blue Belt
Once on a time there was an old beggar-woman, who had gone out to beg. She had a little lad with her, and when she had got her bag f...

Prince Lindworm
Once upon a time, there was a fine young King who was married to the loveliest of Queens. They were exceedingly happy, all but for o...

The Lassie And Her Godmother
Once on a time a poor couple lived far, far away in a great wood. The wife was brought to bed, and had a pretty girl, but they were ...

The Husband Who Was To Mind The House
Once on a time there was a man, so surly and cross, he never thought his Wife did anything right in the house. So, one evening, in ...

The Lad Who Went To The North Wind
Once on a time there was an old widow who had one son; and as she was poorly and weak, her son had to go up into the safe to fetch m...

The Three Princesses Of Whiteland
Once on a time there was a fisherman who lived close by a palace, and fished for the King's table. One day when he was out fishing h...

Soria Moria Castle
Once on a time there was a poor couple who had a son whose name was Halvor. Ever since he was a little boy he would turn his hand to...

The Giant Who Had No Heart In His Body
Once on a time there was a King who had seven sons, and he loved them so much that he could never bear to be without them all at onc...

The Princess On The Glass Hill
Once on a time there was a man who had a meadow, which lay high up on the hill-side, and in the meadow was a barn, which he had buil...

The Widow's Son
Once on a time there was a poor, poor Widow, who had an only Son. She dragged on with the boy till he had been confirmed, and then s...

The Three Billy-goats Gruff
Once on a time there were three Billy-goats, who were to go up to the hill-side to make themselves fat, and the name of all three wa...

The Three Princesses In The Blue Mountain
There were once upon a time a King and Queen who had no children, and they took it so much to heart that they hardly ever had a happ...

The Cat On The Dovrefell
Once on a time there was a man up in Finnmark who had caught a great white bear, which he was going to take to the King of Denmark. ...

One's Own Children Are Always Prettiest
A sportsman went out once into a wood to shoot, and he met a Snipe. "Dear friend," said the Snipe, "don't shoot my children!" "...

Longshanks Girth And Keen
There was once an aged king who had an only son. One day he called the prince to him and said: "My dear son, you know that ripe fruit ...

The Three Golden Hairs
THE STORY OF A CHARCOAL-BURNER'S SON WHO MARRIED A PRINCESS There was once a king who took great delight in hunting. One day he f...

The Flaming Horse
THE STORY OF A COUNTRY WHERE THE SUN NEVER SHINES There was once a land that was dreary and dark as the grave, for the sun of heave...

The Three Citrons
THE STORY OF A PRINCE WHO CLIMBED THE GLASS HILL Once upon a time there was an aged king who had an only son. One day he called...

Prince Bayaya
THE STORY OF A MAGIC HORSE While the king of a distant country was off at the wars, his wife, the queen, gave birth to twin sons. T...

Katcha And The Devil
THE STORY OF A CLINGING VINE There was once a woman named Katcha who lived in a village where she owned her own cottage and gar...

The Betrothal Gifts
THE STORY OF KUBIK AND THE FROG A farmer who had three sons was much troubled in his mind as to how he should leave his property....

Grandfather's Eyes
THE STORY OF THREE WICKED YEZINKAS Once upon a time there was a poor boy whom everybody called Yanechek. His father and mother ...

Rattle-rattle-rattle And Chink-chink-chink
THE STORY OF LONG BEARD, THE DWARF, AND THE TWO SISTERS There was once a poor man whose wife died leaving him a daughter. The lit...

The Bird With The Golden Gizzard
THE STORY OF TWO BROTHERS There was once a poor man who had a large family. He was so poor that he had nothing to feed the children...

The Wood Maiden
THE STORY OF BETUSHKA AND THE GOLDEN BIRCH LEAVES Betushka was a little girl. Her mother was a poor widow with nothing but a tumb...

The Golden Spinning Wheel
THE STORY OF KING DOBROMIL AND THE GOOD DOBRUNKA There was once a poor woman who had twin daughters. The girls were exactly alike...

The Golden Godmother
THE STORY OF POOR LUKAS There was once a wealthy farmer named Lukas who was so careless in the management of his affairs that the...

The Golden Duck
THE STORY OF PRINCE RADUZ AND THE FAITHFUL LUDMILA Once upon a time there was a king who had four sons. One day the queen said to...

The Story That Never Ends
Once upon a time there was a shepherd who had a great flock of sheep. He used to pasture them in a meadow on the other side of a brook...

Trotty Veck And His Daughter Meg
"TROTTY" seems a strange name for an old man, but it was given to Toby Veck because of his always going at a trot to do his errands;...

Tiny Tim
IT will surprise you all very much to hear that there was once a man who did not like Christmas. In fact, he had been heard on sever...

The Runaway Couple
THE Boots at the Holly Tree Inn was the young man named Cobbs, who blacked the shoes, and ran errands, and waited on the people at t...

Little Dorrit
MANY years ago, when people could be put in prison for debt, a poor gentleman, who was unfortunate enough to lose all his money, was...

The Toy-maker And His Blind Daughter
CALEB PLUMMER and his blind daughter lived alone in a little cracked nutshell of a house. They were toy-makers, and their house, whi...

Little Nell
THE house where little Nell and her grandfather lived was one of those places where old and curious things were kept, one of those o...

Little David Copperfield
I, little David Copperfield, lived with my mother in a pretty house in the village of Blunderstone in Suffolk. I had never known my ...

Jenny Wren
WALKING into the city one holiday, a great many years ago, a gentleman ran up the steps of a tall house in the neighborhood of St. M...

Pip's Adventure
ALL that little Philip Pirrip, usually called Pip, knew about his father and mother, and his five little brothers, was from seeing t...

Todgers
THIS is the story of a visit made by Mr. Pecksniff, a very pompous man, and his two daughters Miss Mercy and Miss Charity, to the bo...

Dick Swiveller And The Marchioness
RICHARD SWIVELLER, a good-hearted, though somewhat queer young man, the clerk of Sampson Brass, a scheming lawyer, often found time ...

Mr Wardle's Servant Joe
AN old country gentleman named Wardle had a servant of whom he was very proud, not because of the latter's diligence, but because Jo...

A Brave And Honest Boy Oliver Twist
LITTLE Oliver Twist was an orphan. He never saw his mother or his father. He was born at the workhouse, the home for paupers, where ...

Edward S Ellis
Edward S. Ellis, the popular writer of boys' books, is a native of Ohio, where he was born somewhat more than a half-century ago. Hi...

Jack And The Bean-stalk
In the days of King Alfred there lived a poor woman whose cottage was in a remote country village many miles from London. She had be...

The Sleeping Beauty In The Wood
Once there was a royal couple who grieved excessively because they had no children. When at last, after long waiting, the queen pres...

Little Red-riding-hood
Once there was a little village maiden, the prettiest ever seen. Her mother was foolishly fond of her, and her grandmother likewise....

The Ugly Duckling
The country was lovely just then; it was summer! The wheat was golden and the oats still green; the hay was stacked in the rich, low...

Hop-o'-my-thumb
There once lived in a village a fagot-maker and his wife who had seven children--all boys; the eldest was no more than ten years old...

Beauty And The Beast
There was once a very rich merchant who had six children--three boys and three girls. As he was himself a man of great sense, he spa...

Little Snowdrop
Once upon a time, in the middle of winter, when the flakes of snow fell like feathers from the sky, a queen sat at a window set in a...

The Story Of The Three Bears
Once upon a time there were Three Bears, who lived together in a house of their own in a wood. One of them was a Little, Small, Wee ...

Snow-white And Rose-red
A poor widow lived alone in a little cottage, in front of which was a garden, where stood two little rose-trees: one bore white rose...

The Wild Swans
Far away, where the swallows take refuge in winter, lived a king who had eleven sons and one daughter, Elise. The eleven brothers--t...

Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp
There once lived a poor tailor who had a son called Aladdin, a careless, idle boy who would do nothing but play all day long in the ...

Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves
In a town in Persia there dwelt two brothers, one named Cassim, the other Ali Baba. Cassim was married to a rich wife and lived in p...

The Second Voyage Of Sindbad The Sailor
I designed, after my first voyage, to spend the rest of my days at Bagdad, but it was not long ere I grew weary of an indolent life,...

The History Of Ali Cogia A Merchant Of Bagdad
In the reign of the Caliph Haroun-al-Raschid there lived at Bagdad a merchant named Ali Cogia, who was neither of the richest nor ye...

The Fir Tree
FAR away in the forest, where the warm sun and the fresh air made a sweet resting place, grew a pretty little fir tree. The situatio...

Little Tuk
LITTLE TUK! An odd name, to be sure! However, it was not the little boy's real name. His real name was Carl; but when he was so youn...

The Ugly Duckling
IT was so beautiful in the country. It was the summer time. The wheat fields were golden, the oats were green, and the hay stood in ...

Little Ida's Flowers
"MY POOR flowers are quite faded!" said little Ida. "Only yesterday evening they were so pretty, and now all the leaves are drooping...

The Steadfast Tin Soldier
THERE were once five and twenty tin soldiers. They were brothers, for they had all been made out of the same old tin spoon. They all...

Little Thumbelina
THERE was once a woman who wished very much to have a little child. She went to a fairy and said: "I should so very much like to hav...

Sunshine Stories
"I AM going to tell a story," said the Wind. "I beg your pardon," said the Rain, "but now it is my turn. Have you not been howlin...

The Darning-needle
THERE was once a Darning-needle who thought herself so fine that she came at last to believe that she was fit for embroidery. "Mi...

The Little Match Girl
IT was dreadfully cold; it was snowing fast, and was almost dark, as evening came on--the last evening of the year. In the cold and ...

The Loving Pair
A WHIPPING Top and a Ball lay close together in a drawer among other playthings. One day the Top said to the Ball, "Since we are liv...

The Leaping Match
THE Flea, the Grasshopper, and the Frog once wanted to see which of them could jump the highest. They made a festival, and invited t...

The Happy Family
THE largest green leaf in this country is certainly the burdock. Put one in front of your waist, and it is just like an apron; or la...

The Greenies
A ROSE TREE stood in the window. But a little while ago it had been green and fresh, and now it looked sickly--it was in poor health...

Ole-luk-oie The Dream God
THERE is nobody in the whole world who knows so many stories as Ole-Luk-Oie, or who can relate them so nicely. In the evening whi...

The Money Box
IN a nursery where a number of toys lay scattered about, a money box stood on the top of a very high wardrobe. It was made of clay i...

Elder-tree Mother
THERE was once a little boy who had taken cold by going out and getting his feet wet. No one could think how he had managed to do so...

The Snow Queen
STORY THE FIRST WHICH DESCRIBES A LOOKING-GLASS AND ITS BROKEN FRAGMENTS YOU must attend to the beginning of this story, for wh...

The Roses And The Sparrows
IT really appeared as if something very important were going on by the duck pond, but this was not the case. A few minutes before...

The Old House
A VERY old house once stood in a street with several others that were quite new and clean. One could read the date of its erection, ...

The Conceited Apple Branch
IT WAS the month of May. The wind still blew cold, but from bush and tree, field and flower, came the welcome sound, "Spring is come...

The Flax
THE flax was in full bloom; it had pretty little blue flowers, as delicate as the wings of a moth. The sun shone on it and the showe...

The Daisy
NOW listen. Out in the country, close by the roadside, stood a pleasant house; you have seen one like it, no doubt, very often. In f...

The Pea Blossom
THERE were once five peas in one shell; they were green, and the shell was green, and so they believed that the whole world must be ...

The Storks
ON the last house in the village there lay a stork's nest. The mother stork sat in it with her four little ones, who were stretching...

The Wild Swans
FAR away, in the land to which the swallows fly when it is winter, dwelt a king who had eleven sons, and one daughter, named Eliza. ...

The Last Dream Of The Old Oak
IN THE forest, high up on the steep shore and not far from the open seacoast, stood a very old oak tree. It was just three hundred a...

The Portuguese Duck
A DUCK once arrived from Portugal. There were some who said she came from Spain, but that is almost the same thing. At all events, s...

The Snow Man
"IT IS so delightfully cold that it makes my whole body crackle," said the Snow Man. "This is just the kind of wind to blow life int...

The Farmyard Cock And The Weathercock
THERE were once two cocks; one of them stood on a dunghill, the other on the roof. Both were conceited, but the question is, Which o...

The Red Shoes
THERE was once a pretty, delicate little girl, who was so poor that she had to go barefoot in summer and wear coarse wooden shoes in...

The Little Mermaid
FAR out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep...

Buckwheat
IF YOU should chance, after a tempest, to cross a field where buckwheat is growing, you may observe that it looks black and singed, ...

What Happened To The Thistle
AROUND a lordly old mansion was a beautiful, well-kept garden, full of all kinds of rare trees and flowers. Guests always expressed ...

The Pen And The Inkstand
IN A POET'S room, where his inkstand stood on the table, the remark was once made: "It is wonderful what can be brought out of an in...

The Teapot
THERE was once a proud teapot; it was proud of being porcelain, proud of its long spout, proud of its broad handle. It had something...

Soup From A Sausage Skewer
"WE HAD such an excellent dinner yesterday," said an old lady-mouse to another who had not been present at the feast. "I sat number ...

What The Goodman Does Is Always Right
I WILL tell you a story that was told to me when I was a little boy. Every time I think of this story it seems to me more and more c...

The Old Street Lamp
DID you ever hear the story of the old street lamp? It is not remarkably interesting, but for once you may as well listen to it. ...

The Shepherdess And The Chimney Sweep
HAVE you ever seen an old wooden cabinet, quite worn black with age, and ornamented with all sorts of carved figures and flourishes?...

The Drop Of Water
YOU know, surely, what the microscope is--that wonderful little glass which makes everything appear a hundred times larger than it r...

The Swineherd
THERE was once a poor prince who had a kingdom, but it was a very small one. Still it was quite large enough to admit of his marryin...

The Metal Pig
IN THE city of Florence, not far from the Piazza del Granduca, runs a little cross street called Porta Rosa. In this street, just in...

The Flying Trunk
THERE was once a merchant who was so rich that he could have paved a whole street with gold, and would even then have had enough lef...

The Butterfly
THERE was once a butterfly who wished for a bride; and, as may be supposed, he wanted to choose a very pretty one from among the flo...

The Goblin And The Huckster
THERE was once a regular student, who lived in a garret and had no possessions. And there was also a regular huckster, to whom the h...

Everything In Its Right Place
MORE than a hundred years ago, behind the wood and by a deep lake, stood an old baronial mansion. Round it lay a deep moat, in which...

The Real Princess
THERE was once a prince who wanted to marry a princess. But she must be a real princess, mind you. So he traveled all round the worl...

The Emperor's New Clothes
MANY years ago there was an emperor who was so fond of new clothes that he spent all his money on them. He did not give himself any ...

Great Claus And Little Claus
IN A VILLAGE there once lived two men of the same name. Both of them were called Claus. But because one of them owned four horses wh...

A Wonderful Engine
We all have seen a steam engine, have we not? There are engines that pull trains on the railroad, and there are engines that make fa...

Two Little Plants
Look at this lovely little plant with its pretty bright leaves and beautiful pink blossoms. Well may we ask what makes the little pl...

The Story Of A Fly
I was hatched one sunny day in May in the nicest, warmest, dirtiest spot you ever saw. It was in a barnyard heap, just outside a cit...

Swat The Fly
S is for Sunshine, keeps nature clean, And makes Mr. Fly feeble and lean. W is for Waste, where t...

The Story Of The Rain Barrel
O John! did you know that I almost fell on my head into the rain barrel at the corner of the house this morning? I was looking at th...

Malaria
You remember, John, I told you about the "wiggle-tails," or baby mosquitoes, in the rain barrel, and how eager my mother was to put ...

Jack Frost
Children, do you know who Jack Frost is? Well, he is a frisky little fellow. He never seems to lose his youth and freshness, althoug...

Jack Frost
A mischief-maker is old Jack Frost, His pranks are many indeed; He comes and goes with the speed of t...

A Story Of Tuberculosis
PART I Mary, did you and Tom see the poor, sick woman on the cars when we were going to visit grandmother last week? Did you see ...

It Is Time That You Should Stop
"Whenever you spit, whenever you sneeze, Whenever your rugs you beat, When you scatter dust with a ...

A True Story
In a little city near the great Mississippi River, lived two boys who were the very best of friends. Every day they played together ...

Two Little Windows
In every house there is a window. Some houses have many windows to let in the bright sunshine and the pure fresh air, and to let us ...

Merry Sunshine
"Good morning, Merry Sunshine, How did you wake so soon? You've scared the little stars away, ...

A Wonderful Stream
I am going to tell you of a wonderful stream that flows through our bodies. We may call it the stream of life. It is made of tiny ri...

Two Mills
Come, children, listen to the story Uncle Ned told to me. It was the story of a long time ago when Uncle Ned was a little boy. One d...

A Child's Calendar
"January first is cold, February winds are bold, March runs whistling round the hill, A...

The Toothbrush Brigade
The toothbrush brigade is a happy club We boys and girls have made, We try to care for our teeth ...

Mr Fly And Mrs Mosquito
One day in the summer, Mr. Fly and Mrs. Mosquito stopped to rest on the window pane of a house in the country. Mr. Fly, after ...

A Hygiene Song
A FOLK SONG 1. We're for happiness and health, hurrah! But we have no claims on wealth, hurrah! ...

Our Little Enemies
"Hello, Central, give me 1882, Mrs. Consumption Germ. Oh, is that you, I am so glad to hear your voice. Do tell me what you have bee...

One Little Girl
One little girl Said, "Oh, dear, dear, I want to go to school, I will be late, I fear....

Clovis The Boy King
Long, long ago, on the banks of the Rhine, there lived a brave and war like tribe called Franks. Their name means "Freemen." I alway...

What Temperance Brings
More of good than we can tell; More to buy with, more to sell; More of comfort, less of care; ...

The White Ship
We are going to have a story to-day about something that happened nearly eight hundred years ago. In that far-away time there liv...

A Queer Case
Agnes, you and John may look at this watch. Don't you think its covering is very pretty? The covering of the watch is called its cas...

The Little Girl And The Butterfly
Virginia is a little girl who lives in Not Far-Away Land. Her mother is a wise woman, and she wants her little girl to grow up into ...

Little Barefoot
"Look out, little Barefoot, the hookworm will catch you if you don't watch." This is what Will seemed to hear a wee small voice s...

The Little Fairies
Once there was a little girl who was very beautiful. This little girl was a princess, and her name was Hilda. Hilda had many servant...

The Red Cross Seal
I am only a tiny bit of paper, with a little green and red color in the form of a cross or a wreath. I am not much larger than a pos...

The Sand Bed
I have a sand bed, and there I play, There in the sand for half the day. And mother comes and sits ...

The House That Jack Built
"Oh, Jack, Uncle John says, if we will build a play-house for Mary and her dolls, he will take us to Washington with him when he goe...

A New Story Of The Lion And The Mouse
A long while ago, so the story goes, there was a time when the Lion, King of Beasts, had a little mouse at his mercy. The Lion was a...

First Aid To The Injured And The Boy Scouts
"I say, Jack, what do you think; I am going to join the Boy Scouts." "What is that, Tom? I don't know anything about Boy Scouts. I...

Some Things Jack And Tom Learned To Do As Boy Scouts
(FIRST AID, IT IS CALLED) When a person faints, lay him flat, loosen his collar and belt, and bathe the face in cool water. When...

An Invitation
"What do you say?" said the Work to be Done. "Shall we start bravely together, Up with the morning s...

A Great Fight
Tom, Uncle John told me last night that he was going to make a hard fight. I thought he was going to war. He could not tell me all a...

The Five Best Doctors
The five best doctors anywhere, And no one can deny it, Are Doctors Sunshine, Water, Air, ...

Glossary
To facilitate the pronunciation of the words in this glossary the correct syllabication has been indi...

How The Whale Got His Throat
IN the sea, once upon a time, O my Best Beloved, there was a Whale, and he ate fishes. He ate the starfish and the garfish, and the ...

How The Camel Got His Hump
NOW this is the next tale, and it tells how the Camel got his big hump. In the beginning of years, when the world was so new and a...

How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin
ONCE upon a time, on an uninhabited island on the shores of the Red Sea, there lived a Parsee from whose hat the rays of the sun wer...

How The Leopard Got His Spots
IN the days when everybody started fair, Best Beloved, the Leopard lived in a place called the High Veldt. 'Member it wasn't the Low...

The Elephant's Child
IN the High and Far-Off Times the Elephant, O Best Beloved, had no trunk. He had only a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that...

The Sing-song Of Old Man Kangaroo
NOT always was the Kangaroo as now we do behold him, but a Different Animal with four short legs. He was grey and he was woolly, and...

The Beginning Of The Armadillos
THIS, O Best Beloved, is another story of the High and Far-Off Times. In the very middle of those times was a Stickly-Prickly Hedgeh...

How The First Letter Was Written
ONCE upon a most early time was a Neolithic man. He was not a Jute or an Angle, or even a Dravidian, which he might well have been, ...

How The Alphabet Was Made
THE week after Taffimai Metallumai (we will still call her Taffy, Best Beloved) made that little mistake about her Daddy's spear and...

The Crab That Played With The Sea
BEFORE the High and Far-Off Times, O my Best Beloved, came the Time of the Very Beginnings; and that was in the days when the Eldes...

The Cat That Walked By Himself
HEAR and attend and listen; for this befell and behappened and became and was, O my Best Beloved, when the Tame animals were wild. T...

The Butterfly That Stamped
THIS, O my Best Beloved, is a story--a new and a wonderful story--a story quite different from the other stories--a story about The ...

Connla And The Fairy Maiden
Connla of the Fiery Hair was son of Conn of the Hundred Fights. One day as he stood by the side of his father on the height of Usna,...

Guleesh
There was once a boy in the County Mayo; Guleesh was his name. There was the finest rath a little way off from the gable of the hous...

The Field Of Boliauns
One fine day in harvest--it was indeed Lady-day in harvest, that everybody knows to be one of the greatest holidays in the year--...

The Horned Women
A rich woman sat up late one night carding and preparing wool, while all the family and servants were asleep. Suddenly a knock wa...

Conall Yellowclaw
Conall Yellowclaw was a sturdy tenant in Erin: he had three sons. There was at that time a king over every fifth of Erin. It fell ou...

Hudden And Dudden And Donald O'neary
There was once upon a time two farmers, and their names were Hudden and Dudden. They had poultry in their yards, sheep on the upl...

The Shepherd Of Myddvai
Up in the Black Mountains in Caermarthenshire lies the lake known as Lyn y Van Vach. To the margin of this lake the shepherd of M...

The Sprightly Tailor
A Sprightly tailor was employed by the great Macdonald, in his castle at Saddell, in order to make the laird a pair of trews, use...

The Story Of Deirdre
There was a man in Ireland once who was called Malcolm Harper. The man was a right good man, and he had a goodly share of this wo...

Munachar And Manachar
There once lived a Munachar and a Manachar, a long time ago, and it is a long time since it was, and if they were alive now they ...

Gold-tree And Silver-tree
Once upon a time there was a king who had a wife, whose name was Silver-tree, and a daughter whose name was Gold-tree. On a certa...

King O'toole And His Goose
Och, I thought all the world, far and near, had heerd of King O'Toole--well, well but the darkness of mankind is untollable! Well, ...

The Wooing Of Olwen
Shortly after the birth of Kilhuch, the son of King Kilyth, his mother died. Before her death she charged the king that he should no...

Jack And His Comrades
Once there was a poor widow, as often there has been, and she had one son. A very scarce summer came, and they didn't know how they'...

The Shee An Gannon And The Gruagach Gaire
The Shee an Gannon was born in the morning, named at noon, and went in the evening to ask his daughter of the king of Erin. "I wi...

The Story-teller At Fault
At the time when the Tuatha De Danann held the sovereignty of Ireland, there reigned in Leinster a king, who was remarkably fond of ...

The Sea-maiden
There was once a poor old fisherman, and one year he was not getting much fish. On a day of days, while he was fishing, there rose a...

A Legend Of Knockmany
What Irish man, woman, or child has not heard of our renowned Hibernian Hercules, the great and glorious Fin M'Coul? Not one, from ...

Fair Brown And Trembling
King Hugh Curucha lived in Tir Conal, and he had three daughters, whose names were Fair, Brown, and Trembling. Fair and Brown had...

Jack And His Master
A poor woman had three sons. The eldest and second eldest were cunning, clever fellows, but they called the youngest Jack the Fool, ...

Beth Gellert
Prince Llewelyn had a favourite greyhound named Gellert that had been given to him by his father-in-law, King John. He was as gentle...

The Tale Of Ivan
There were formerly a man and a woman living in the parish of Llanlavan, in the place which is called Hwrdh. And work became scar...

Andrew Coffey
My grandfather, Andrew Coffey, was known to the whole barony as a quiet, decent man. And if the whole barony knew him, he knew the w...

The Battle Of The Birds
I will tell you a story about the wren. There was once a farmer who was seeking a servant, and the wren met him and said: "What a...

Brewery Of Eggshells
In Treneglwys there is a certain shepherd's cot known by the name of Twt y Cymrws because of the strange strife that occurred the...

The Lad With The Goat-skin
Long ago a poor widow woman lived down near the iron forge, by Enniscorth, and she was so poor she had no clothes to put on her son;...

Nursery Antiquities
Although the names of Scott and Grimm may be enumerated amongst the writers who have acknowledged the ethnological and philosophic v...

Fireside Nursery Stories
The efforts of modern romance are so greatly superior to the best fictions of a former age, that old wives' tales are not so readily...

Teeny-tiny
[This simple tale seldom fails to rivet the attention of children, especially if well told. The last two words should be said loudly w...

The Story Of Mr Vinegar
[This story was obtained from oral tradition in the West of England. It is undoubtedly a variation of the "Hans im Glueck" of Grimm, w...

The Story Of Chicken-licken
As Chicken-licken went one day to the wood, an acorn fell upon her poor bald pate, and she thought the sky had fallen. So she said s...

The Miser And His Wife
["Let us cast away nothing," says Mr. Gifford, "for we know not what use we may have for it." So will every one admit whose reading ha...

The Three Questions
There lived formerly in the county of Cumberland a nobleman who had three sons, two of whom were comely and clever youths, but the oth...

The Cat And The Mouse
[This tale has been traced back fifty years, but it is probably considerably older.] The cat and the mouse Play'd in t...

The Princess Of Canterbury
In days of yore, when this country was governed by several sovereigns, amongst them was the King of Canterbury, who had an only daught...

Lazy Jack
[From oral tradition in Yorkshire.] Once upon a time there was a boy whose name was Jack, and he lived with his mother on a dreary ...

The Three Heads Of The Well
[This story is abridged from the old chap-book of the Three Kings of Colchester. The incident of the heads rising out of the well is v...

The Maiden And The Frog
[This tale of the frog-lover is known in every part of Germany, and is alluded to by several old writers of that country. It is the ta...

The Story Of Mr Fox
[A simple, but very curious tale, of considerable antiquity. It is alluded to by Shakespeare, and was contributed to the variorum edit...

The Oxford Student
[Obtained in Oxfordshire from tradition.] Many years ago there lived at the University of Oxford a young student, who, having seduc...

Jack Hornby
[This little tale was most likely copied from the commencement of the original edition of Jack the Giant-killer, where similar inciden...

Mally Dixon And Knurre-murre
Stories of fairies appearing in the shape of cats are common in the North of England. Mr. Longstaffe relates that a farmer of Staindro...

The Bull Of Norroway
[This is a modern version, taken down from recitation, of the very old tale of the Black Bull of Norroway, mentioned in the Complaynt ...

Puss In Boots
[One of the tales of Perrault, 1697. The plot was taken from the first novel of the eleventh night of Straparola. Its moral is that ta...

Jack And The Giants
[The present copy of this tale is taken, with a few necessary alterations, from the original editions, which differ very considerably ...

Tom Hickathrift
[Tom Hickathrift belongs to the same series as Jack the Giant-killer, one of the popular corruptions of old northern romances. It seem...

Tom Thumb
[Thumb stories are common in German and Danish, and the English tale comprises much that is found in the Northern versions. A writer i...

Game-rhymes
The most obvious method of arranging the rhymes employed in the amusements of children is to commence with the simple lines used by ...

Toe-games
Harry Whistle, Tommy Thistle, Harry Whible, Tommy Thible, And little Oker-bell. A game with the five toes, each ...

The Five Fingers
I do not recollect to have seen anywhere noticed the somewhat singular fact, that our ancestors had distinct names for each of the fiv...

Face-songs
Bo Peeper, Nose dreeper, Chin chopper, White lopper, Red rag, And little gap. These lines a...

Knee-songs
This is the way the ladies ride; Tri, tre, tre, tree, Tri, tre, tre, tree! This is the way the ladie...

Bo-peep
The children's game of bo-peep is as old as the hills, hiding from each other, and saying,-- Bo-Peep, Little Bo-Peep: ...

Miscellaneous Puerile Amusements
I went to the sea, And saw twentee Geese all in a row: My glove I would give Full of gold, if my wi...

See-saw
A common game, children vacillating on either end of a plank supported on its centre. While enjoying this recreation, they have a song...

Hitty-titty
Hitty-titty in-doors, Hitty-titty out; You touch Hitty-titty, And Hitty-titty will bite you. These li...

Beans And Butter
So the game of hide-and-seek is called in some parts of Oxfordshire. Children hide from each other, and when it is time to commence th...

Drop-cap
In the game where the following lines are used, one person goes round inside a ring of children, clapping a cap between his hands. Whe...

My Sow Has Pigged
A game at cards, played now only by children. It is alluded to by Taylor the Water-poet, in his Motto, 12mo. Lond. 1622, and it is als...

Niddy-noddy
A simple but very amusing game at cards, at which any number can play. The cards are dealt round, and one person commences the game by...

Slate Games
Entertaining puzzles or exercises upon the slate are generally great favorites with children. A great variety of them are current in t...

Game Of The Cat
This is another slate game, in which, by means of a tale and appropriate indications on the slate, a rude figure of a cat is delineate...

Handy-dandy
This game is now played as follows:--a child hides something in one hand, and then places both fists endways on each other, crying,-- ...

Barley-bridge
A string of boys and girls, each holding by his predecessor's skirts, approaches two others, who, with joined and elevated hands, form...

The Town Lovers
A game played by boys and girls. A girl is placed in the middle of a ring, and says the following lines, the names being altered to su...

Mary Brown Fair Gundela
A slightly dramatic character may be observed in this game, which was obtained from Essex. Children form a ring, one girl kneeling in ...

My Daughter Jane
Eccleshall version, played as a game by the schoolgirls. See the Nursery Rhymes of England, p. 114. Suitors. Here come two du...

Hewley-puley
The children are seated and the following questions put by one of the party, holding a twisted handkerchief or something of the sort i...

The Diamond Ring
Children sit in a ring or in a line, with their hands placed together palm to palm, and held straight, the little fingers downmost bet...

The Poor Soldier
Children form a half-circle, first choosing one of their number to represent the poor soldier. The chief regulation is that none of th...

The Bramble-bush
A ring-dance imitation-play, the metrical portion of which is not without a little melody. The bramble-bush is often imaginative, but ...

The Game Of Dump
A boy's amusement in Yorkshire, in vogue about half a century ago, but now, I believe, nearly obsolete. It is played in this manner. T...

Dancing Looby
Now we dance looby, looby, looby, Now we dance looby, looby, light. Shake your right hand a little And turn ...

Drop-glove
Children stand round in a circle, leaving a space between each. One walks round the outside, and carries a glove in her hand, saying, ...

Nettles Grow In An Angry Bush
Nettles grow in an angry bush, An angry bush, an angry bush; Nettles grow in an angry bush, With my High...

Game Of The Gipsy
One child is selected for Gipsy, one for Mother, and one for Daughter Sue. The Mother says,-- I charge my daughters every one...

Game Of The Fox
One child is Fox. He has a knotted handkerchief, and a home to which he may go whenever he is tired, but while out of home he must alw...

The Old Dame
One child, called the Old Dame, sits on the floor, and the rest, joining hands, form a circle round her, and dancing, sing the followi...

The Poor Woman Of Babylon
One child stands in the middle of a ring formed by the other children joining hands round her. They sing-- Here comes a poor ...

Queen Anne
Queen Anne, Queen Anne, who sits on her throne, As fair as a lily, as white as a swan; The king sends you three let...

Counting-out Rhymes
The operation of counting-out is a very important mystery in many puerile games. The boys or girls stand in a row, and the operator be...

Alphabet Rhymes
Amongst the various devices to establish a royal road to infantine learning, none are more ancient or useful than the rhymes which s...

A Apple-pie
Eachard, a learned clergyman of the Church of England, published a work in 1671,[36] in which he condescends to illustrate his argumen...

Riddle-rhymes
A very favorite class of rhymes with children, though the solutions are often most difficult to guess. Nursery riddle-rhymes are ext...

The Demands Joyous
It is not generally known that many of our popular riddles are centuries old. Yet such is the fact, and those whose course of reading ...

Nature-songs
Rhymes upon natural objects and rural sayings are perhaps more generally interesting than any other relics of the popular anthology....

The Rainbow
Rainbow i' th' morning Shipper's warning; Rainbow at night Shipper's delight. This, in one form or other,...

Weather-rhymes
The ev'ning red, and the morning gray, Are the tokens of a bonny day. Winter's thunder Is the world's wond...

Snow
In Yorkshire, when it begins to snow, the boys exclaim,-- Snow, snow faster, The cow's in the pasture. When the stor...

The Wind
When the wind is in the east, Then the fishes do bite least; When the wind is in the west, Then the fishes b...

The Moon
The inhabitants of most of our rural districts still retain the old dislike to a new moon on Friday, and perpetuate it by the saying,-...

The Cuckoo
We are usefully reminded of the season of the cuckoo by the following homely proverbial lines: In April, The cuckoo sh...

The Robin And The Wren
The superstitious reverence with which these birds are almost universally regarded takes its origin from a pretty belief that they un...

The Owl
To-whoo--to-whoo! Cold toe--toe! expresses the hooting of the owl. This bird, according to old ballads and legends, wa...

Magpies
Wide-spread is the superstition that it is unlucky to see magpies under certain conditions, but these vary considerably in different l...

Who Kill'd Cock Robin
Who kill'd Cock Robin? I, said the sparrow, With my bow and arrow, I kill'd Cock Robin. Who see...

Crows
In Essex they have a rhyme respecting crows very similar to that above quoted regarding magpies. The following lines are said to be tr...

Pigeons
Pigeons never do know woe, Till they do a benting go. This means that pigeons are never short of food except when they ...

Lapwing And Ringdove
The common people in the North Riding of Yorkshire, says Brockett, ii. 71, believe that at one period the cushat, or ringdove, laid it...

The Wood-pigeon
An Isle of Wight legend respecting this bird tells us that, soon after the creation of the world, all the birds were assembled for the...

Domestic Poultry
The clucking conversation of poultry, the cackling of the hen, and the replying chuckle of the cock, is represented by the following d...

Dragon-flies
In some parts of the Isle of Wight, these insects are found of a peculiarly large size, and their colours are extremely beautiful. The...

The Snail
In Yorkshire, in evenings when the dew falls heavily, the boys hunt the large black snails, and sing: Snail, snail! put out y...

Apples
Children in the North of England, when they eat apples, or similar fruit, delight in throwing away the pippin, exclaiming-- P...

The Walnut-tree
There is a common persuasion amongst country people that whipping a walnut-tree tends to increase the produce, and improve the flavour...

The Ash
Burn ash-wood green, 'Tis a fire for a queen: Burn ash-wood sear, 'Twill make a man swear. Ash, when gree...

Peas
Children get the pods of a pea, and flinging them at each other, cry Pea-pod hucks, Twenty for a pin; If you d...

Pimpernell
No heart can think, no tongue can tell, The virtues of the pimpernell. Gerard enumerates several complaints for which t...

Marum
If you set it, The cats will eat it; If you sow it, The cats will know it. BIRD-SHOOER'S SONG. ...

The Gnat
In the eastern counties of England, and perhaps in other parts of the country, children chant the following lines when they are pursui...

The Trout
In Herefordshire the alder is called the aul, and the country people use the following proverbial lines: When the bud of the ...

Tobacco
Tobacco hic, Will make you well If you be sick. Tobacco was formerly held in great esteem as a medicine. Sicknes...

Jack-a-dandy
Boys have a very curious saying respecting the reflection of the sun's beams from the surface of water upon a ceiling, which they call...

Proverb-rhymes
Metrical proverbs are so numerous, that a large volume might be filled with them without much difficulty; and it is, therefore, unne...

Tit For Tat
The proverb of tit for tat may perhaps be said to be going out of fashion, but it is still a universal favorite with children. When an...

Lazy Lawrence
Lazy Lawrence, let me go, Don't me hold summer and winter too. This distich is said by a boy who feels very lazy, yet w...

Places And Families
This division, like the last, might be greatly extended by references to Ray and Grose. ...

Elton
The following lines are still remembered by the members of the Elton family: Upon Sir Abraham Elt being knighted, and taking ...

Noel
N. for a word of deniance, E. with a figure of L. fiftie, Spelleth his name that never Will be thriftie. ...

Collingwood
The Collingwoods have borne the name, Since in the bush the buck was ta'en; But when the bush shall hold the buck, ...

The Cauld Lad Of Hilton
This fairy or goblin was seldom seen, but his gambols were heard nightly in the hall of the great house. He overturned everything in t...

Felton
The little priest of Felton, The little priest of Felton, He kill'd a mouse within his house, And ne'er a on...

Preston
Proud Preston, poor people, Fine church, and no steeple. ...

Lancashire
Little lad, little lad, where wast thou born? Far off in Lancashire, under a thorn, Where they sup sour milk in a r...

Leyland
A village in Lancashire, not far from Chorley. There is, or was sixty years since, a tradition current here, to the effect that the ch...

Hugh Of Lincoln
He tossed the ball so high, so high, He tossed the ball so low; He tossed the ball in the Jew's garden, ...

Cuckstone
If you would go to a church miswent, You must go to Cuckstone in Kent. So said because the church is "very unusual in p...

Saint Levan
When with panniers astride A pack-horse can ride Through St. Levan's stone, The world will be done. St. L...

Rollright
The "Druidical" stones at Rollright, Oxfordshire, are said to have been originally a general and his army who were transformed into st...

Hampden
The following relation is given in the additions to Camden's Britannia, co. Bucks, p. 318. Tradition says the Black Prince, who held H...

Ribchester
It is written upon a wall in Rome Ribchester was as rich as any town in Christendom. Camden says that Ribchester was fa...

Hawley
Blow the wind high, blow the wind low, It bloweth good to Hawley's hoe. These lines are said to relate to one John Hawl...

Gotham
Three wise men of Gotham Went to sea in a bowl; And if the bowl had been stronger, My song would have been l...

Buckland
Buckland and Laverton, Stanway and Staunton, Childswickham, Wickamford, Badsey and Aston. These are place...

Colebrook
There were three cooks of Colebrook, And they fell out with our cook; And all was for a pudding he took From...

Gilling
Tradition informs us, but leaves us in ignorance as to the nature of the offence offered, that once upon a time, a long time ago, his ...

Shrewsbury
The inhabitants of Shropshire, and, it is said, especially Shrewsbury, have an unfortunate habit of misplacing the letter h. It is sca...

Jack Robinson
There are few proverbial expressions more common than the saying, "As soon as you can say Jack Robinson," implying excessive rapidity....

Wrangham
Swing'em, swang'em, bells at Wrangham, Three dogs in a string, hang'em, hang'em. A hit at the Cheshire provincial pronu...

Leicestershire
Higham on the hill, Stoke in the vale; Wykin for buttermilk, Hinckley for ale. ...

Brockley-hill
No heart can think, nor tongue can tell, What lies between Brockley-hill and Penny-well. Brockley-hill lies near Elstre...

Stanton Drew
Stanton Drew, A mile from Pensford, Another from Chue. A Somersetshire proverb, mentioned by Stukeley, in the wo...

Severn
Blessed is the eye, That's between Severn and Wye. Ray gives this proverb, but appears to misunderstand it, the first l...

Sherston Magna
The following very curious observations on this town are extracted from an anonymous MS. in my possession, written forty or fifty year...

North Acre
The Lord Dacre Was slain in North Acre. North Acre is or was the name of the spot where Lord Dacre perished at the bat...

Bellasis
[Communicated by Mr. Longstaffe.] Johnny tuth' Bellas daft was thy poll, When thou changed Bellas for Henknoll. This...

Roseberry-topping
"Not far from Gisborough is Ounsberry-hill, or Roseberry-topping, which mounts aloft and makes a great shew at a distance, serving unt...

Lincoln
"As for the town, though it flourished mightily for some years together after the Norman Conquest, by reason of a staple for wooll and...

Skiddaw
"After we had passed these borders we arrived again safe in our own native soil, within the precincts of Cumberland, which, like the r...

Ingleborough
"Here are three great hills, not far distant asunder, seeming to be as high as the clouds, which are Ingleborow, Penigent, and Pendle,...

The Kirby Feight
Eighty-eight wor Kirby feight, When nivver a man was slain; They yatt ther meaat, an drank ther drink, A...

Thornton
At the Westgate came Thornton in With a hap, a halfpenny, and a lambskin. A Newcastle distich relating to Roger Thornto...

Isle Of Man
All the bairns unborn will rue the day That the Isle of Man was sold away; And there's ne'er a wife that loves a dr...

Earsdon
Hartley and Hallowell, a' ya' bonnie lassie, Fair Seaton-Delaval, a' ya'; Earsdon stands on a hill, a' ya', ...

Superstition-rhymes
Although the spread of education has doubtlessly weakened in an extraordinary degree the hold which superstition formerly maintained...

Charm-rhymes
The subject of rural charms, many of which are lineal descendants from those used by our Anglo-Saxon ancestors, is one of great intere...

Buckee Bene
Buckee, Buckee, biddy Bene, Is the way now fair and clean? Is the goose ygone to nest, And the fox ygone to ...

The Ox
In Herefordshire, on the eve of Twelfth-day, the best ox, white or spotted, has a cake placed on his left horn; the men and girls of t...

Love Divinations
Butter-dock.--The seeds of butterdock must be sowed by a young unmarried woman half an hour before sunrise on a Friday morning, in a ...

St Agnes' Night
"The women have several magical secrets handed down to them by tradition, as on St. Agnes' night, 21st January. Take a row of pins, an...

Kale
The young women of some districts in the North of England have a method of divination by kale or broth, which is used for the purpose ...

Ball-divination
Cook a ball, cherry-tree; Good ball, tell me How many years I shall be Before my true love I do see? ...

The Even-ash
A girl must pluck a leaf from the even-ash, and, holding it in her hand, say-- This even-ash I hold in my hand, The fi...

Dock
Nettle in, dock out, Dock rub nettle out! If a person is stung with a nettle, a certain cure will be effected by rubbi...

The Yarrow
This plant, in the eastern counties, is termed yarroway, and there is a curious mode of divination with its serrated leaf, with which ...

Vervain
The herb vervain was formerly held of great efficacy against witchcraft, and in various diseases. Sir W. Scott mentions a popular rhym...

Finger-nails
There is a superstition, says Forby, ii. 411, respecting cutting the nails, and some days are considered more lucky for this operation...

Days Of Birth
Monday's child is fair in face, Tuesday's child is full of grace, Wednesday's child is full of woe, Thursday...

Colours
Colour-superstitions, though rapidly disappearing, still obtain in the remote rural districts. The following lines were obtained from ...

The Man In The Moon
The Man in the Moon Sups his sowins with a cutty-spoon. A Northumberland dish called sowins, is composed of the coarse ...

Custom-rhymes
It is greatly to be feared that, notwithstanding the efforts made within the last few years by individuals who have desired to see t...

Christmas
Ha wish ye a merry Chresamas, An a happy new year, A pantry full a' good rost beef, An a barril full a' ...

Christmas Mummers' Play
A rude drama is performed at Christmas by the guisers or mummers in most parts of England and Scotland, but the versions are extremely...

New Year's Day
God bless the master of this house, The mistress also, And all the little children That round the table ...

Twelfth-night
The following verses are said to be in some way or other connected with the amusements of this festival. They refer probably to the ch...

Catherning
Catharine and Clement, be here, be here, Some of your apples, and some of your beer: Some for Peter, and some for P...

Valentine's Day
In the western counties, the children, decked with the wreaths and true-lover's knots presented to them, gaily adorn one of their numb...

Youling
In Rogation week there is or was an odd custom in the country about Keston and Wickham, in Kent. A number of young men meet together f...

Boy's Bailiff
An old custom, formerly in vogue at Wenlock, in Shropshire, thus described by Mr. Collins: "I am old enough to remember an old custom,...

Pace-egging
It is a custom in some parts of England for boys to go round the village on Easter eve begging for eggs or money, and a sort of dramat...

Collop-monday
Collop Monday, Pancake Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Bludee Thursday, Friday's lang, but will be dune, ...

Isle Of Wight Shrovers
Until within about the last thirty years, it had been the custom in the Isle of Wight from time immemorial at all the farms and some o...

Easter-gloves
Love, to thee I send these gloves, If you love me, Leave out the G, And make a pair of loves! ...

Lent-crocking
Parties of young people, during Lent, go to the most noted farmhouses, and sing, in order to obtain a crock of cake, an old song begin...

Care-sunday
Care Sunday, care away, Palm Sunday and Easter-day. Care-Sunday is the Sabbath next before Palm Sunday, and the second ...

April-fool-day
The custom of making fools on the 1st of April is one of the few old English merriments still in general vogue. We used to say on the ...

May-day
Rise up, fair maidens, fie, for shame, For I've been four lang miles from hame; I've been gathering my garlands gay...

Harvest-home
Here's a health unto our maister, The founder of the feast, And I hope to God wi' all my heart, His soul...

The Barley Mow
Here's a health to the barley mow, Here's a health to the man, Who very well can Both harrow, and plough...

All-souls' Day
"November 2nd is All Souls, a day instituted by the Church of Rome in commemoration of all the faithful departed this life, that by th...

Fifth Of November
The fifth of November, Since I can remember, Gunpowder treason and plot: This was the day the plot was con...

Barbers' Forfeits
---- laws for all faults, But faults so countenanc'd, that the strong statutes Stand like the f...

Cockle-bread
My granny is sick, and now is dead,[56] And we'll go mould some cockle-bread; Up with my heels and down with my hea...

A Drinking Custom
A pie sat on a pear tree, A pie sat on a pear tree, A pie sat on a pear tree, Heigh ho! heigh ho! heigh ho! ...

Nursery Songs
The earliest and simplest form in which the nursery song appears is the lullaby, which may be defined a gentle song used for the purpo...

Billy My Son
The following lines are very common in the English nursery, and resemble the popular German ditty of Grandmother Addercook, inserted i...

My Cock Lily-cock
An inferior version of the following, which was obtained from Essex, is printed in Mr. Chambers's Popular Rhymes of Scotland, ed. 1847...

Jack Sprat
Fragments of this tale are common in the nursery, but I have only met with one copy of the following poem, which appears to be of some...

Dabbling In The Dew
The following pretty ballad appears to be a humorous imitation of an Elizabethan eclogue-song. Its style guarantees its antiquity: ...

Hey Diddle Diddle![58]
Hey diddle diddle, The cat scraped the fiddle, The cow jump'd over the moon; The little dog bay...

Tommy Linn
Tommy Linn is a Scotchman born, His head is bald and his beard is shorn; He has a cap made of a hare skin, A...

The Beggars Of Ratcliffe Fair
As I went to Ratcliffe Fair, there I met with a jolly beggare, Jolly beggare, and his name was John, and his wife's name w...

Conclusion
Our collection of vernacular scraps, which, like the "brave beggars of Coudingham fair," have been gathered from the lanes and by-wa...

Green Willow
Tomodata, the young samurai, owed allegiance to the Lord of Noto. He was a soldier, a courtier, and a poet. He had a sweet voice and...

The Flute
Long since, there lived in Yedo a gentleman of good lineage and very honest conversation. His wife was a gentle and loving lady. To ...

The Tea-kettle
Long ago, as I've heard tell, there dwelt at the temple of Morinji, in the Province of Kotsuke, a holy priest. Now there were thr...

The Peony Lantern
In Yedo there dwelt a samurai called Hagiwara. He was a samurai of the hatamoto, which is of all the ranks of samurai the most h...

The Sea King And The Magic Jewels
This is a tale beloved by the children of Japan, and by the old folk--a tale of magical jewels and a visit to the Sea King's palace....

The Good Thunder
Folks say that Rai-den, the Thunder, is an unloving spirit, fearful and revengeful, cruel to man. These are folks who are mortally a...

The Black Bowl
Long ago, in a part of the country not very remote from Kioto, the great gay city, there dwelt an honest couple. In a lonely place w...

The Star Lovers
All you that are true lovers, I beseech you pray the gods for fair weather upon the seventh night of the seventh moon. For pat...

Horaizan
Jofuku was the Wise Man of China. Many books he read, and he never forgot what was in them. All the characters he knew as he knew th...

Reflections
Long enough ago there dwelt within a day's journey of the city of Kioto a gentleman of simple mind and manners, but good estate. ...

The Story Of Susa The Impetuous
When Izanagi, the Lord who Invites, turned his back upon the unclean place, and bade farewell to Yomi, the World of the Dead, whithe...

The Wind In The Pine Tree
It was a Deity from High Heaven that planted the Pine Tree. So long ago that the crane cannot remember it, and the tortoise knows ...

Flower Of The Peony
Aya, sweet maid, was the only child of a daimyo of the Province of Omi. Mother had she none, and her father was a noble lord and a w...

The Mallet
There were once two farmer men who were brothers. Both of them worked hard in seed-time and in harvest-time. They stood knee-deep in...

The Bell Of Dojoji
The monk Anchin was young in years but old in scholarship. Every day for many hours he read the Great Books of the Good Law and n...

The Maiden Of Unai
The Maiden of Unai was fair as an earthly deity, but the eyes of man might not behold her. She dwelt in a hidden place in her father...

The Robe Of Feathers
Mio Strand is in the Province of Suruga. Its sand is yellow and fine, strewn with rose shells at the ebb tide. Its pine trees are an...

The Singing Bird Of Heaven
Ama Terassu, the Glorious, the Light of High Heaven, commanded, saying, "His Augustness, my August Child, who is called the Conqu...

The Cold Lady
Once an old man and a young man left their village in company, in order to make a journey into a distant province. Now, whether they...

The Fire Quest
The Wise Poet sat reading by the light of his taper. It was a night of the seventh month. The cicala sang in the flower of the pomeg...

A Legend Of Kwannon
In the days of the gods, Ama-no-Hashidate was the Floating Bridge of Heaven. By way of this bridge came the deities from heaven t...

The Espousal Of The Rat's Daughter
Mr. Nedzumi, the Rat, was an important personage in the hamlet where he lived--at least he was so in his own and his wife's estim...

The Land Of Yomi
From the glorious clouds of High Heaven, from the divine ether, the vital essence, and the great concourse of eternal deities, there...

The Spring Lover And The Autumn Lover
This is a story of the youth of Yamato, when the gods still walked upon the Land of the Reed Plains and took pleasure in the fresh a...

The Strange Story Of The Golden Comb
In ancient days two samurai dwelt in Sendai of the North. They were friends and brothers in arms. Hasunuma one was named, and ...

The Jelly-fish Takes A Journey
Once upon a time the jelly-fish was a very handsome fellow. His form was beautiful, and round as the full moon. He had glittering sc...

Urashima
Urashima was a fisherman of the Inland Sea. Every night he plied his trade. He caught fishes both great and small, being upon the...

Tamamo The Fox Maiden
A pedlar journeyed with his pack upon the great high-road which leads to the city of Kioto. He found a child sitting all alone by th...

Momotaro
If you'll believe me there was a time when the fairies were none so shy as they are now. That was the time when beasts talked to men...

The Matsuyama Mirror
A long, long time ago there lived in a quiet spot a young man and his wife. They had one child, a little daughter, whom they both...

Broken Images
Once there lived two brothers who were princes in the land. The elder brother was a hunter. He loved the deep woods and the chase....

The Tongue-cut Sparrow
Once upon a time there was an old man who lived all alone. And there was an old woman who lived all alone. The old man was merry and...

The Nurse
Ide the samurai was wedded to a fair wife and had an only child, a boy called Fugiwaka. Ide was a mighty man of war, and as often...

The Beautiful Dancer Of Yedo
This is the tale of Sakura-ko, Flower of the Cherry, who was the beautiful dancer of Yedo. She was a geisha, born a samurai's da...

Hana-saka-jiji
In the early days there lived a good old couple. All their lives long they had been honest and hard-working, but they had always bee...

The Moon Maiden
There was an old bamboo cutter called Take Tori. He was an honest old man, very poor and hard-working, and he lived with his good ol...

Karma
The young man, Ito Tatewaki, was returning homeward after a journey which he had taken to the city of Kioto. He made his way alon...

The Sad Story Of The Yaoya's Daughter
There was a wandering ballad-singer who came to a great house in Yedo where they wished to be entertained. "Will you have a dance...

England
INTRODUCTION.--The law of England regards marriage as a contract, a status and an institution. As a contract it is in its essence an...

Scotland
The Act of Union between England and Scotland, A. D. 1707 (6 Anne, c. 2), which made one legislature, the present British Parliament...

Ireland
Ireland like Scotland has its separate judicial system, and many of its laws differ from those of all other parts of the British Emp...

The French Law Of Marriage And Divorce
MARRIAGE.--A man cannot contract a marriage before he has completed his eighteenth year and a woman until she has completed her fift...

Italy
MARRIAGE.--Marriage in Italy is governed in practically all its aspects and connections by the regulations contained in the chapter ...

Belgium
REQUIREMENTS FOR MARRIAGE.--A man who has not completed his eighteenth year and a woman who has not completed her fifteenth year can...

Switzerland
The marriage and divorce laws of the Swiss Republic are federal--that is, operating throughout all the cantons of the confederation....

German Law
The German Empire consists of twenty-six political States. These include four kingdoms, six grandduchies, five duchies, seven princi...

Austria-hungary
The Austria-Hungary Empire comprises five countries, each bearing the name of kingdom--viz., Hungary, Bohemia, Galicia, Illyria and ...

Hungarian Marriage And Divorce Laws
In Hungary proper and Transylvania, together with Fiume and certain parts of the Military Boundary, the marriage law of 1894, supple...

Sweden
MARRIAGE.--Swedish law recognizes marriages which are to take effect in the future (sponsalia de futuro), and the existence of a bet...

Denmark
Justice is administered in Denmark in the first instance by the judges of the hundreds in the rural communities and by the city magi...

The Norwegian Law
In many respects the laws of marriage and divorce in Norway resemble those of Denmark. There are, of course, historical and politica...

The Russian Empire
There have always been plenty of laws in Russia, the chief difficulty being not with the quantity but the quality. Another perplexin...

Holland
MARRIAGE.--A male must be eighteen years or more and a female sixteen years or more in order to be lawfully married. Marriage is ...

The Japanese Civil Code
The East and the West, the Past and the Present, meet in the Japanese Civil Code, which became law in January, 1893. It is the fi...

Spain
Spain is a constitutional and hereditary monarchy, the powers of which are defined by the fundamental law of June 30, 1876. The legi...

Civil Code Of Portugal
On the third day of October, 1910, King Manuel II. of Portugal was dethroned and a Republic was proclaimed throughout the country. A...

Roumania
Roumania is the name officially adopted by the united kingdom that comprises the former principalities of Walachia and Moldavia. In ...

Servia
Servia is a kingdom in the northwestern part of the Balkan Peninsula. In 1882 it became a constitutional monarchy. The judiciary is ...

Bulgaria
The national religion of the Bulgarian people is that of the Orthodox Greek Church, and consequently the laws of that church on the ...

The Kingdom Of Greece
Because of its matchless philosophy, literature and art, ancient Greece is still the marvel of the modern world, but little credit i...

The Mohammedan Law Of Turkey Persia Egypt India Morocco And Algeria
The laws of Mohammedanism which are founded on the Koran and the Traditions of Mohammed to-day constitute the civil and religious co...

The United States Of America
The United States as such, that is, in its Federal capacity, has no single system of marriage and divorce laws applicable to all the...

Dominion Of Canada And Newfoundland
The Dominion of Canada now consists of the Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Pr...

The Republic Of Mexico
Mexico is a federative Republic composed of twenty-seven States, three Territories and a Federal District. Under the present Cons...

Argentine Republic
The Civil Code of the Argentine Republic shows strong evidences of the Spanish origin of its precepts. As in the old motherland marr...

The United States Of Brazil
The United States of Brazil (Estados Unidos do Brazil), the largest country in South America and one of the most extensive political...

The Republic Of Cuba
A nation may in a day overthrow a dynasty which has ruled for centuries, it may in a few years completely revolutionize its system o...

Commonwealth Of Australia
The Commonwealth of Australia, created by an act of the Imperial Parliament in 1900 (63 and 64 Vic. cap. 12), is a federal State und...

Dominion Of New Zealand
The Dominion of New Zealand is a colony of Great Britain consisting of North, South and Stewart Islands, or New Zealand proper, and ...

The Hindu Law
For every person in the world whose rule of civil conduct is based upon the English system of jurisprudence there are two others to ...

The Chinese Empire
A treatise on the marriage and divorce laws of the world would be incomplete without a chapter dealing with the law of the most comp...

Dame Grumble And Her Curious Apple Tree
I Long, long ago, in a country quite close to the top of the earth, where the North Wind blew fiercely each spring, there lived a...

A Tale Of The Northland Kingdom
I Long, long ago, in a certain far-off region of the world, there was a land of ice and snow, and this land was called the Northl...

The Little Tree That Never Grew Up
Long, long ago, when the world was very young, so young that the flowers and trees and grasses had voices and talked with each ...

The Tale Of Punchinello
There lived once long ago, in days of jesters and court fools and harlequins, a certain clown called Punchinello. This Punchine...

The Strange Tale Of Brown Bear
Long, long ago, in the very far north, there lived a mammoth Brown Bear. Never in all the world was seen such a gigantic creature. B...

The Beggar Princess
Once upon a time there lived a king who had great wealth and also many daughters, among whom he divided his kingdom before he died. ...

Sweep And Little Sweep
I Once upon a time, in days long ago, there lived a Chimney Sweep and a little Crossing Sweeper. This Chimney Sweep was called "S...

Kings And Queens And Peasant Folk
Once upon a time, in a splendid palace on the top of a high hill, there dwelled a very old king and his wife, who was likewise a ver...

The Goose Girl And The Blue Gander
Once upon a time there was a goose girl who tended her flock in a green meadow. The meadow was dotted with forget-me-nots and y...

The Little Brown Man
Once upon a time, there lived at the top of a very tall tree a little magic sprite. Now this magic sprite was called the Little Brow...

A Tale For Halloween
Babette and Antone were the children of a very poor woodcutter. They lived in a little cottage on the side of a steep mountain,...

How Glooskap Made The Birds
Once upon a time long before the white men came to Canada there lived a wicked giant who caused great trouble and sorrow wherever he...

Rabbit And The Grain Buyers
Once long ago when the Indians lived in Canada before the white men came, Rabbit was very lazy. He had worked long for Glooskap...

Saint Nicholas And The Children
Two little children lived with their old grandmother in a remote place in the Canadian forest. They were twin children--a boy a...

The Fall Of The Spider Man
In olden times the Spider Man lived in the sky-country. He dwelt in a bright little house all by himself, where he weaved webs ...

The Boy Who Was Called Thick-head
Three brothers lived with their old Indian mother in the forest near the sea. Their father had long been dead. At his death he ...

Rabbit And The Indian Chief
Long ago an Indian Chief was living with his people far in the Canadian forest. Life was good and food was plentiful and the pe...

Great Heart And The Three Tests
Somewhere near the sea in olden times a boy was living with his father and mother. He had no brothers or sisters. His father wa...

The Boy Of The Red Twilight Sky
Long ago there dwelt on the shores of the Great Water in the west a young man and his younger wife. They had no children and th...

How Raven Brought Fire To The Indians
Many ages ago when the world was still young, Raven and White Sea-gull lived near together in Canada, far in the north country ...

The Girl Who Always Cried
On the bank of a stream far in the West, Owl-man lived long ago in a little house under the ground. He had very strange habits....

Ermine And The Hunter
Far away in the Canadian North Country an old man lived with his wife and children. They lived far from other people, but they ...

How Rabbit Deceived Fox
Long ago in Indian days in Canada, when Rabbit worked for Glooskap as his forest guide, he was a great thief. He liked most of ...

The Boy And The Dragon
Once, long ago, before the white man came to Canada, a boy was living with his parents in a village near the ocean. As he had n...

Owl With The Great Head And Eyes
Long ago, when Glooskap was the ruler of the Indians in Eastern Canada, and when the animals all worked for him and talked like...

The Tobacco Fairy From The Blue Hills
A man and his wife and two little children were living long ago on the shores of a lake surrounded by large trees, deep in the ...

Rainbow And The Autumn Leaves
In olden days, long before the Indians came to Canada, all the animals talked and worked like men. Every year after midsummer t...

Rabbit And The Moon-man
Once, long ago, Rabbit lived with his old grandmother deep in the Canadian forest, far from all other people. He was a great hu...

The Children With One Eye
Two little children, a boy and a girl, lived long ago with their widowed mother in the Canadian forest. The woman was very poor...

The Giant With The Grey Feathers
Once long ago, when the Blackfeet Indians dwelt on the Canadian plains, there was a great famine in all the land. For many mont...

The Cruel Stepmother
Once long ago, when the Blackfeet Indians dwelt on the Canadian prairies, a poor Indian and his two children, a boy and a girl, were...

The Boy Who Was Saved By Thoughts
A poor widow woman once lived near the sea in Eastern Canada. Her husband had been drowned catching fish one stormy day far off the ...

The Song-bird And The Healing Waters
Once when the snow lay very deep on the ground and the days were grey with frost, there was great sorrow in an Indian village. ...

The Boy Who Overcame The Giants
Once long ago, before the white man came to Canada, an orphan boy was living alone with his uncle. He was not very happy, for he had...

The Youth And The Dog-dance
Once long ago, when the Indians dwelt in the country in the north-west, a youth went far away from his native village to catch bird...

Sparrow's Search For The Rain
Long ago, in a village near the sea, many Indian people were living. Among them was a very nice old warrior who had been given great...

The Boy In The Land Of Shadows
Two orphan children, a boy and a girl, lived alone near the mountains. Their parents had long been dead and the children were l...

Gentleman Phil
"He is gentil that doth gentil dedes."--CHAUCER. The birds have been awake, chirping and twittering for more than an hour, and t...

Boxer
"The poor dog, in life the firmest friend-- The first to welcome, foremost to defend-- Whose honest heart is still his master's ...

It Was All Those Horrid Bellows!
A STORY TOLD BY A LITTLE GIRL. I heard Dick--he's my biggest brother--learning his "Rep" the other day. I don't quite know what "...

Gull's Twinses
"Children of wealth or want, to each is given One spot of green, and all the blue of heaven!" "Mind! mind! I say, Tom, you're ...

The B D S
The Bill had passed the House of Commons [I mean, you know, that nurse had approved of it], and much anxiety was felt among the litt...

The Frog Princess
There was once a king, who was very old; but he had three grown-up sons. So he called them to him, and said: "My dear sons, I am ...

Princess Miranda And Prince Hero
Far away, in the wide ocean there was once a green island where lived the most beautiful princess in the world, named Miranda. She h...

The Eagles
There was once a king, who had lost his wife. They had a family of thirteen--twelve gallant sons, and one daughter, who was exquisit...

The Whirlwind
In a far-off country, beyond the sea and the mountains, there lived a king and queen, with a beautiful daughter, who was called Prin...

The Good Ferryman And The Water Nymphs
There was once an old man, very poor, with three sons. They lived chiefly by ferrying people over a river; but he had had nothing bu...

The Princess Of The Brazen Mountain
There was a young prince, who was not only most handsome and well-grown, but also most kind-hearted and good. Now sooner or later ki...

The Bear In The Forest Hut
There was once an old man, who was a widower, and he had married an old woman, who was a widow. Both had had children by their first...

Thomas The Rhymer
Of all the young gallants in Scotland in the thirteenth century, there was none more gracious and debonair than Thomas Learmont, Lai...

Gold-tree And Silver-tree
In bygone days there lived a little Princess named Gold-Tree, and she was one of the prettiest children in the whole world. Altho...

Whippety-stourie
I am going to tell you a story about a poor young widow woman, who lived in a house called Kittlerumpit, though whereabouts in Scotl...

The Red-etin
There were once two widows who lived in two cottages which stood not very far from one another. And each of those widows possessed a...

The Seal Catcher And The Merman
Once upon a time there was a man who lived not very far from John o' Groat's house, which, as everyone knows, is in the very north o...

The Page-boy And The Silver Goblet
There was once a little page-boy, who was in service in a stately Castle. He was a very good-natured little fellow, and did his duti...

The Black Bull Of Norroway
In bygone days, long centuries ago, there lived a widowed Queen who had three daughters. And this widowed Queen was so poor, and had...

The Wee Bannock
"Some tell about their sweethearts, How they tirled them to the winnock, But I'll tell you a bonnie tale About a...

The Elfin Knight
There is a lone moor in Scotland, which, in times past, was said to be haunted by an Elfin Knight. This Knight was only seen at rare...

What To Say To The New Mune
New Mune, true Mune, Tell unto me, If my ane true love He will marry me. If he marry me in ...

Habetrot The Spinstress
In byegone days, in an old farmhouse which stood by a river, there lived a beautiful girl called Maisie. She was tall and straight, ...

Nippit Fit And Clippit Fit
In a country, far across the sea, there once dwelt a great and mighty Prince. He lived in a grand Castle, which was full of beautifu...

The Fairies Of Merlin's Crag
About two hundred years ago there was a poor man working as a labourer on a farm in Lanarkshire. He was what is known as an "Orra Ma...

The Wedding Of Robin Redbreast And Jenny Wren
There was once an old grey Pussy Baudrons, and she went out for a stroll one Christmas morning to see what she could see. And as she...

The Dwarfie Stone
Far up in a green valley in the Island of Hoy stands an immense boulder. It is hollow inside, and the natives of these northern isla...

Canonbie Dick And Thomas Of Ercildoune
It chanced, long years ago, that a certain horse-dealer lived in the South of Scotland, near the Border, not very far from Longtown....

The Laird O' Co'
It was a fine summer morning, and the Laird o' Co' was having a dander on the green turf outside the Castle walls. His real name was...

Poussie Baudrons
"Poussie, Poussie Baudrons, Where hae ye been?" "I've been at London, Seeing the Queen!" "Poussie, Pous...

The Milk-white Doo
There was once a man who got his living by working in the fields. He had one little son, called Curly-Locks, and one little daughter...

The Draiglin' Hogney
There was once a man who had three sons, and very little money to provide for them. So, when the eldest had grown into a lad, and sa...

The Brownie O' Ferne-den
There have been many Brownies known in Scotland; and stories have been written about the Brownie o' Bodsbeck and the Brownie o' Bled...

The Witch Of Fife
In the Kingdom of Fife, in the days of long ago, there lived an old man and his wife. The old man was a douce, quiet body, but the o...

Assipattle And The Mester Stoorworm
In far bygone days, in the North, there lived a well-to-do farmer, who had seven sons and one daughter. And the youngest of these se...

The Fox And The Wolf
There was once a Fox and a Wolf, who set up house together in a cave near the sea-shore. Although you may not think so, they got on ...

Katherine Crackernuts
There was once a King whose wife died, leaving him with an only daughter, whom he dearly loved. The little Princess's name was Velv...

The Well O' The World's End
There was once an old widow woman, who lived in a little cottage with her only daughter, who was such a bonnie lassie that everyone ...

Farquhar Macneill
Once upon a time there was a young man named Farquhar MacNeill. He had just gone to a new situation, and the very first night after ...

Peerifool
There was once a King and a Queen in Rousay who had three daughters. When the young Princesses were just grown up, the King died, an...

The Lochmaben Harper
"Oh, heard ye of a silly harper, Wha lang lived in Lochmaben town, How he did gang to fair England, To steal Kin...

The Laird O' Logie
"I will sing if ye will hearken, If ye will hearken unto me; The king has ta'en a poor prisoner, The wanton lair...

Kinmont Willie
"Oh, have ye na heard of the fause Sakelde? Oh, have ye na heard of the keen Lord Scroope? How they ha'e ta'en bauld Ki...

The Gude Wallace
"Would ye hear of William Wallace, An' sek him as he goes, Into the lan' of Lanark, Amang his mortal foes? ...

The Warlock O' Oakwood
"Ae gloamin' as the sinking sun Gaed owre the wastlin' braes, And shed on Oakwood's haunted towers His bright bu...

Muckle-mou'ed Meg
"O wha hasna heard o' the bauld Juden Murray, The Lord o' the Elibank Castle sae high? An' wha hasna heard o' that nota...

Dick O' The Cow
"Now Liddesdale has layen lang in, There is na ryding there at a'; The horses are a' grown sae lither fat, They ...

The Heir Of Linne
"Lithe and listen, gentlemen, To sing a song I will beginne; It is of a lord of faire Scotland, Which was the un...

Black Agnace Of Dunbar
"Some sing o' lords, and some o' knichts, An' some o' michty men o' war, But I sing o' a leddy bricht, The Black...

Thomas The Rhymer
"True Thomas lay on Huntly bank; A ferlie he spied with his e'e; And there he saw a ladye bright, Came riding do...

Lord Soulis
"Lord Soulis he sat in Hermitage Castle, And beside him Old Redcap sly;-- 'Now, tell me, thou sprite, who art meikle of...

The Brownie Of Blednock
"There came a strange wight to our town en', An' the fient a body did him ken; He twirled na' lang, but he glided ben, ...

Sir Patrick Spens
"The king sits in Dunfermline town, Drinking the blude-red wine; 'O whare will I get a skeely skipper, To sail t...

Young Bekie
"Young Bekie was as brave a knight As ever sailed the sea; And he's done him to the Court of France To serve for...

The Earl Of Mar's Daughter
"It was intil a pleasant time, Upon a simmer's day, The noble Earl of Mar's daughter Went forth to sport and pla...

Hynde Horn
"'Oh, it's Hynde Horn fair, and it's Hynde Horn free; Oh, where were you born, and in what countrie?' 'In a far distan...

The Gay Gos-hawk
"'Oh weel is me, my gay gos-hawk, If your feathering be sheen!' 'Oh waly, waly, my master dear, But ye look pa...

The Princess Eglantine
A certain queen had twin children, a boy and a girl, both as beautiful as the dawn of a summer morning. As the mother was one day ha...

Dame Martha's Step-daughter Or The Grandmother Of The Gnomes
Dame Martha lived at the foot of a high mountain. Her cottage was large enough to give shelter only to herself and two young girls, ...

The Adventures Of Ha'penny Or The Dwarf The Witch And The Magic Slippers
Once upon a time lived a poor, little, crooked dwarf named "Ha'penny." When he was born he was so small that his nurse exclaimed,...

Sybilla Myrtillo And Furioso
A certain king had a beautiful golden-haired daughter named Sybilla, whose suitors came from every country, though with small succes...

Annette Or The Magic Coffee-mill
A poor woman and her daughter, who were on the verge of starvation, saw a little green bud of a plant growing through their cottage ...

Juliet Or The Little White Mouse
Once upon a time there lived a king and queen who loved each other so dearly that they were an example to all the married couples...

The Fairies And The Fiddler
In the pretty little village of Hayfield, not far from the borders of a thick forest, lived a good-natured, idle fellow, named Si...

Ethelinda Or The Ice King's Bride
Ethelinda lived alone with her father, Count Constant, in a quiet country place, which had always been her home. Her mother was dead...

Deep-sea Violets
In a modest hut upon the sea-shore, half-hidden from sight by an enormous bank of drifted sand, lived a fisherman and his wife, w...

The Wild Woodsman
Once there lived a peasant whose only daughter, Martha, had eyes as blue as corn-flowers and long hair like the silk around an ea...

The Frozen Hearth-fairy
Once upon a time, there were a poor couple who lived in a little cottage overgrown with vines. From roof-tree to cellar, their home ...

Rosy's Stay-at-home Parties
"Oh! dear, oh! dear," sighed Rosy, "I'm the most unhappy little girl in all the world." She was kneeling in a chair, gazing throu...

Blondina Or The Turkey-queen
A certain king had two daughters, one of them lovely and accomplished, and the other an ugly, cross-tempered personage, who early...

Timid Agnes
Once there lived a poor girl whose wicked aunt treated her very cruelly. One morning, the aunt set out for a day of shopping and ...

The Ogress And The Cook
One summer afternoon, a young girl sat upon the door-stone of her cottage home, awaiting the return of her father from the mill. Her...

Miss Peggy And The Frog
(An old nursery tale told from memory.) Once there lived a widow, whose only child was a pretty girl named Peggy. Peggy loved to ...

The Leperhaun: A Legend Of The Emerald Isle
Once upon a time, by the glimmer of the nursery-fire, a little girl sat listening to the tales told by her buxom Irish nurse. The deta...

The Trials Of Sir Isumbras
(From Ellis' Abridgment of the MS. in Caius College.) Once upon a time there lived a knight so handsome, so rich, and so valiant ...

Bisclaveret
(From one of Marie's Lays.) Once upon a time there lived in Brittany a baron who was handsome, wise, courteous, and brave. Althou...

Roswal And Lilian
(From a Scottish Romance of the XVIth Century.) There lived once, at Naples, a king and queen whose only son, Roswal, was a pa...

Eliduc And Guilliadun
(From one of Marie's Lays.) Eliduc was a knight of Brittany who, through the cabals of enemies, fell under the displeasure of the...

The Falcon-king
(From one of Marie's Lays.) There lived once, in Britain, an old knight who was lord of Caerwent, a city situated on the River Do...

Eglamour And Crystabell
(From Ellis' Abstract of Copy in Garrick Collection.) Count Prinsamour, an independent sovereign of Artois, was famed for his ...

The Queen Of Lantern Land
Once upon a time the youngest son of a king became filled with the desire to go abroad and see the world. He got his father's permissi...

The Adventures Of Florian
[Illustration: Boy walking through forest following a small ball.] Once upon a time there lived in an old and ruinous house by the...

The Seller Of Dreams
Once upon a time a mother called her only son into the kitchen, gave him a basket of fine, fresh eggs, and bade him carry them to his ...

The Treasure Castle
[Illustration: Three men in a flying castle tower.] Once upon a time a hunter was roaming through the wildwood when he heard a vo...

Prince Sneeze
[Illustration: In a cave filled with icicles, a small dog and a giant are looking into an open chest.] Once upon a time a king an...

Marianna
[Illustration: Young girl sitting on tree trunk; a small bird is perched on her left hand; a small bottle is fastened to her belt.] ...

The Lost Half-hour
Once upon a time there was an old widow woman who had three sons: the first two were clever enough, but the third, Bobo by name, was l...

The Enchanted Elm
[Illustration: Young girl sitting in a tree.] Once upon a time, while riding, a brave, young prince dashed merrily ahead of his...

The Bird Boy
Late one autumn night a young queen stood by her window, gazing upon the silent and deserted meadows gleaming in the moonlight. Sudden...

The Master Mariner
Once upon a time a fine young fisherman rose early in the morning, and sailed alone to the fishing-grounds. There was very little wind...

The Marvelous Dog And The Wonderful Cat
[Illustration: Background, books scattered on library shelves. Foreground, a white dog with glasses and a black cat seated at a low t...

The Shepherd Of Clouds
[Illustration: A man and two elves watching clouds pour through a large gate.] Once upon a time a young husband and wife named Gi...

The City Under The Sea
[Illustration: A black ship in the background, persuded by another ship in the foreground.] Once upon a time, in a country of mou...

The Story Of Tuan Mac Cairill
CHAPTER I Finnian, the Abbott of Moville, went southwards and eastwards in great haste. News had come to him in Donegal that th...

The Boyhood Of Fionn
He was a king, a seer and a poet. He was a lord with a manifold and great train. He was our magician, our knowledgable one, our ...

The Birth Of Bran
CHAPTER I There are people who do not like dogs a bit--they are usually women--but in this story there is a man who did not lik...

Oisin's Mother
CHAPTER I EVENING was drawing nigh, and the Fianna-Finn had decided to hunt no more that day. The hounds were whistled to heel, a...

The Wooing Of Becfola
CHAPTER I We do not know where Becfola came from. Nor do we know for certain where she went to. We do not even know her real na...

The Little Brawl At Allen
CHAPTER I "I think," said Cairell Whiteskin, "that although judgement was given against Fionn, it was Fionn had the rights of i...

The Carl Of The Drab Coat
CHAPTER I One day something happened to Fionn, the son of Uail; that is, he departed from the world of men, and was set wanderi...

The Enchanted Cave Of Cesh Corran
CHAPTER I Fionn mac Uail was the most prudent chief of an army in the world, but he was not always prudent on his own account. ...

Becuma Of The White Skin
CHAPTER I There are more worlds than one, and in many ways they are unlike each other. But joy and sorrow, or, in other words, ...

Mongan's Frenzy
CHAPTER I The abbot of the Monastery of Moville sent word to the story-tellers of Ireland that when they were in his neighbourhoo...

St George Of Merrie England
In the darksome depths of a thick forest lived Kalyb the fell enchantress. Terrible were her deeds, and few there were who had the ...

The Story Of The Three Bears
Once upon a time there were three Bears, who lived together in a house of their own, in a wood. One of them was a Little Wee Bear, a...

Tom-tit-tot
Once upon a time there was a woman and she baked five pies. But when they came out of the oven they were over-baked, and the crust w...

The Golden Snuff-box
Once upon a time, and a very good time too, though it was not in my time, nor your time, nor for the matter of that in any one's tim...

Tattercoats
In a great Palace by the sea there once dwelt a very rich old lord, who had neither wife nor children living, only one little grandd...

The Three Feathers
Once upon a time there lived a girl who was wooed and married by a man she never saw; for he came a-courting her after nightfall, an...

Lazy Jack
Once upon a time there was a boy whose name was Jack, and he lived with his mother on a common. They were very poor, and the old wom...

Jack The Giant-killer
I When good King Arthur reigned with Guinevere his Queen, there lived, near the Land's End in Cornwall, a farmer who had one only...

The Three Sillies
Once upon a time, when folk were not so wise as they are nowadays, there lived a farmer and his wife who had one daughter. And she, ...

The Golden Ball
Once upon a time there lived two lasses, who were sisters, and as they came from the fair they saw a right handsome young man standi...

The Two Sisters
Once upon a time there were two sisters who were as like each other as two peas in a pod; but one was good, and the other was bad-te...

The Laidly Worm
In Bamborough Castle there once lived a King who had two children, a son named Childe Wynde, and a daughter who was called May Margr...

Titty Mouse And Tatty Mouse
Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse both lived in a house. Titty Mouse went a-gleaning, and Tatty Mouse went a-gleaning. So they both w...

Jack And The Beanstalk
A long long time ago, when most of the world was young and folk did what they liked because all things were good, there lived a boy ...

The Black Bull Of Norroway
Long ago in Norroway there lived a lady who had three daughters. Now they were all pretty, and one night they fell a-talking of whom...

Catskin
Once upon a time there lived a gentleman who owned fine lands and houses, and he very much wanted to have a son to be heir to them. ...

The Three Little Pigs
Once upon a time there was an old sow who had three little pigs, and as she had not enough for them to eat, she said they had better...

Nix Naught Nothing
Once upon a time there lived a King and a Queen who didn't differ much from all the other kings and queens who have lived since Time...

Mr And Mrs Vinegar
Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar, a worthy couple, lived in a glass pickle-jar. The house, though small, was snug, and so light that each speck ...

The True History Of Sir Thomas Thumb
At the court of great King Arthur, who lived, as all know, when knights were bold, and ladies were fair indeed, one of the most reno...

Henny-penny
One day Henny-penny was picking up corn in the rickyard when--whack!--an acorn hit her upon the head. "Goodness gracious me!" said H...

The Three Heads Of The Well
Once upon a time there reigned a King in Colchester, valiant, strong, wise, famous as a good ruler. But in the midst of his glory...

Mr Fox
Lady Mary was young and Lady Mary was fair, and she had more lovers than she could count on the fingers of both hands. She lived ...

Dick Whittington And His Cat
More than five hundred years ago there was a little boy named Dick Whittington, and this is true. His father and mother died when he...

The Old Woman And Her Pig
An old woman was sweeping her house, and she found a little crooked sixpence. "What," said she, "shall I do with this little sixpenc...

The Wee Bannock
Once upon a time there was an old man and his old wife who lived in a wee cottage beside a wee burnie. They had two cows, five hens,...

How Jack Went Out To Seek His Fortune
Once on a time there was a boy named Jack, and one morning he started to go and seek his fortune. He hadn't gone very far before ...

The Bogey-beast
There was once a woman who was very, very cheerful, though she had little to make her so; for she was old, and poor, and lonely. She...

Little Red Riding-hood
Once upon a time there was a little girl who was called little Red Riding-Hood, because she was quite small and because she always w...

Childe Rowland
Childe Rowland and his brothers twain Were playing at the ball. Their sister, Burd Helen, she played In the midst among th...

The Wise Men Of Gotham Of Buying Of Sheep
There were two men of Gotham, and one of them was going to market to Nottingham to buy sheep, and the other came from the market, and ...

Caporushes
Once upon a time, a long, long while ago, when all the world was young and all sorts of strange things happened, there lived a very ...

The Red Ettin
There was once a widow that lived on a small bit of ground, which she rented from a farmer. And she had two sons; and by and by it w...

The Fish And The Ring
Once upon a time there lived a Baron who was a great magician, and could tell by his arts and charms everything that was going to ha...

Master Of All Masters
A Girl once went to the fair to hire herself for servant. At last a funny-looking old gentleman engaged her and took her home to his...

Molly Whuppie And The Double-faced Giant
Once upon a time there was a man and his wife who were not over rich. And they had so many children that they couldn't find meat for...

The Ass The Table And The Stick
A lad named Jack was once so unhappy at home through his father's ill-treatment, that he made up his mind to run away and seek his f...

The Well Of The World's End
Once upon a time, and a very good time it was, though it wasn't in my time, nor in your time, nor any one else's time, there was a g...

The Rose Tree
Once upon a time, long long years ago, in the days when one had to be careful about witches, there lived a good man, whose young wif...

Raggedy Ann Learns A Lesson
One day the dolls were left all to themselves. Their little mistress had placed them all around the room and told them to be nice...

Raggedy Ann And The Washing
"Why, Dinah! How could you!" Mamma looked out of the window and saw Marcella run up to Dinah and take something out of her hand a...

Raggedy Ann And The Kite
Raggedy Ann watched with interest the preparations. A number of sticks were being fastened together with strings and covered with...

Raggedy Ann Rescues Fido
It was almost midnight and the dolls were asleep in their beds; all except Raggedy Ann. Raggedy lay there, her shoe-button eyes s...

Raggedy Ann And The Painter
When housecleaning time came around, Mistress' mamma decided that she would have the nursery repainted and new paper put upon the wa...

Raggedy Ann's Trip On The River
When Marcella had a tea party out in the orchard, of course all of the dolls were invited. Raggedy Ann, the tin soldier, the Indian ...

Raggedy Ann And The Strange Dolls
Raggedy Ann lay just as Marcella had dropped her--all sprawled out with her rag arms and legs twisted in ungraceful attitudes. He...

Raggedy Ann And The Kittens
Raggedy Ann had been away all day. Marcella had come early in the morning and dressed all the dolls and placed them about the nur...

Raggedy Ann And The Fairies' Gift
All the dolls were tucked snugly in their little doll-beds for the night and the large house was very still. Every once in a whil...

Raggedy Ann And The Chickens
When Marcella was called into the house she left Raggedy sitting on the chicken yard fence. "Now you sit quietly and do not stir," M...

Raggedy Ann And The Mouse
Jeanette was a new wax doll, and like Henny, the Dutch doll, she could say "Mamma" when anyone tipped her backward or forward. She h...

Raggedy Ann's New Sisters
Marcella was having a tea party up in the nursery when Daddy called to her, so she left the dollies sitting around the tiny tab...

The Cat's Elopement
[From the Japanische Marchen und Sagen, von David Brauns (Leipzig: Wilhelm Friedrich).] Once upon a time there lived a cat of mar...

How The Dragon Was Tricked
From Griechtsche und Albanesische Marchen, von J. G. von Hahn. (Leipzig: Engelmann. 1864.) Once upon a time there lived a man who...

The House In The Wood
From the German of Grimm. A poor woodcutter lived with his wife and three daughters in a little hut on the borders of a great for...

Uraschimataro And The Turtle
From the Japanische Marchen und Sagen, von David Brauns (Leipzig: Wilhelm Friedrich). There was once a worthy old couple who live...

The Slaying Of The Tanuki
From the Japanische Murchen und Sagen. Near a big river, and between two high mountains, a man and his wife lived in a cottage a ...

The Flying Trunk
Translated from the German of Hans Andersen. There was once a merchant who was so rich that he could have paved the whole street,...

The Snow-man
Translated from the German of Hans Andersen. 'How astonishingly cold it is! My body is cracking all over!' said the Snow-man. 'Th...

The Shirt-collar
Translated from the German of Hans Andersen. There was once a fine gentleman whose entire worldly possessions consisted of a boot...

The Princess In The Chest
Translated from the Danish. There were once a king and a queen who lived in a beautiful castle, and had a large, and fair, and ri...

The Three Brothers
Translated from the German of the Brothers Grimm. There was once a man who had three sons, and no other possessions beyond the ho...

The Snow-queen
Translated from the German of Hans Andersen by Miss Alma Alleyne. There was once a dreadfully wicked hobgoblin. One day he was in ...

The Fir-tree
Translated from the German of Hans Christian Andersen. There was once a pretty little fir-tree in a wood. It was in a capital pos...

Hans The Mermaid's Son
Translated from the Danish. In a village there once lived a smith called Basmus, who was in a very poor way. He was still a young...

Peter Bull
From the Danish. There once lived in Denmark a peasant and his wife who owned a very good farm, but had no children. They often l...

The Bird 'grip'
Translated from the Swedish. It happened once that a king, who had a great kingdom and three sons, became blind, and no human ski...

Snowflake
Slavonic story. Contes Populaires Slaves, traduits par Louis Leger. Paris: Leroux, Editeur. Once upon a time there lived a peasan...

I Know What I Have Learned
From the Danish. There was once a man who had three daughters, and they were all married to trolls, who lived underground. One da...

The Cunning Shoemaker
Sicilianische Mahrchen. Once upon a time there lived a shoemaker who could get no work to do, and was so poor that he and his wif...

T He King Who Would Have A Beautiful Wife
Sicilianische Mahrchen. Fifty years ago there lived a king who was very anxious to get married; but, as he was quite determined t...

Catherine And Her Destiny
Sicilianische Mahrchen von Laura Gonzenbach. Leipzig, Engelmann, 1870. Long ago there lived a rich merchant who, besides possessin...

How The Hermit Helped To Win The King's Daughter
Sicilianische Mahrchen Long ago there lived a very rich man who had three sons. When he felt himself to be dying he divided his p...

The Water Of Life
Cuentos Populars Catalans, per lo Dr. D. Francisco de S. Maspous y Labros. Barcelona, 1885. Three brothers and one sister lived t...

The Wounded Lion
Cuentos Populars Catalans. There was once a girl so poor that she had nothing to live on, and wandered about the world asking for...

The Man Without A Heart
Once upon a time there were seven brothers, who were orphans, and had no sister. Therefore they were obliged to do all their own hou...

The Two Brothers
Sicilianische Malirchen. L. Gonzenbach. Long ago there lived two brothers, both of them very handsome, and both so very poor that...

Master And Pupil
From the Danish. There was once a man who had a son who was very clever at reading, and took great delight in it. He went out int...

The Golden Lion
Sicilianische Mahrchen. L. Gonzenbach. There was once a rich merchant who had three sons, and when they were grown up the eldest ...

The Sprig Of Rosemary
Cuentos Populars Catalans, per lo Dr. D. Francisco de S. Maspons y Labros (Barcelona: Libreria de Don Alvar Verdaguer 1885). Once...

The White Dove
From the Danish. A king had two sons. They were a pair of reckless fellows, who always had something foolish to do. One day they ...

The Troll's Daughter
From the Danish. There was once a lad who went to look for a place. As he went along he met a man, who asked him where he was goi...

Esben And The Witch
From the Danish. There was once a man who had twelve sons: the eleven eldest were both big and strong, but the twelfth, whose nam...

Princess Minon-minette
Bibliotheque des Fees et aes Genies Once upon a time there lived a young king whose name was Souci, and he had been brought up, e...

Maiden Bright-eye
From the Danish Once, upon a time there was a man and his wife who had two children, a boy and a girl. The wife died, and the man...

The Merry Wives
From the Danish There lay three houses in a row, in one of which there lived a tailor, in another a carpenter, and in the third a...

King Lindorm
From the Swedish. There once lived a king and a queen who ruled over a very great kingdom. They had large revenues, and lived hap...

The Jackal The Dove And The Panther
Contes populaires des Bassoutos. Recueillis et traduits par E. Jacottet. Paris: Leroux, Editeur. There was once a dove who built ...

The Little Hare
Contes populaires des Bassoutos. Recueillis et traduits par E. Jacottet. Paris: Leroux, Editeur. A long, long way off, in a land ...

The Sparrow With The Slit Tongue
From the Japanische Marchen und Sagen. A long long time ago, an old couple dwelt in the very heart of a high mountain. They lived...

The Story Of Ciccu
From Sicilianische Mahrchen. Once upon a time there lived a man who had three sons. The eldest was called Peppe, the second Alfin...

Don Giovanni De La Fortuna
Sicilianische Mahrchen There was once a man whose name was Don Giovanni de la Fortuna, and he lived in a beautiful house that his...

The Drowned Buccaneer
The story of Wolfert Webber was said by Louis Stevenson to be one of the finest treasure-seeking stories in the world; and as Steven...

The Perplexity Of Zadig
On the banks of the river Euphrates there once lived a man called Zadig, who spent all his days watching the animals he saw about hi...

The Return Of The Dead Wife
Once upon a time there lived in Alaska a chief of the Tlingit tribe who had one son. When the boy grew to be a man, he saw a girl wh...

Young Amazon Snell
When George I. was king, there lived in Worcester a man named Snell, who carried on business as a hosier and dyer. He worked hard, a...

The Good Sir James
My Sir James is not the leal friend of Robert Bruce nor is he the Douglas who fell at Otterburn and was buried 'by the bracken bush ...

Rip Van Winkle
West of the river Hudson, and at the foot of the Catskill Mountains, lies one of the oldest European villages in the United States o...

The Wonderful Basket
There was once a time when young women of the Tlingit tribe were not allowed to eat between their meals, but in spite of this rule w...

The Escape Of The Galley-slaves
In the year 1563 the 'Three Half Moons,' with thirty men on board, set sail from Portsmouth for the south of Spain, intending to sel...

The Beaver And The Porcupine
Once upon a time there lived in the North West of America a beaver and a porcupine, who were great friends; and, as often happens, t...

An Old-world Ghost
Children are often inclined to think that the nations who ruled the world long, long ago, were quite unlike ourselves, and always bu...

The Gentleman Highwayman
Few people can have crowded more occupations into a life of twenty-six years than James Maclean. His father, a Scot by birth, had...

The Vision Of The Pope
It was the evening of October 7, 1571, when the Christian fleet, under the command of Don John of Austria, had defeated the Turks at...

Growing-up-like-one-who-has-a-grandmother
That was the name of a little Indian boy living on the North-West coast of America, and a very odd name it is, as well as a very lon...

The Handless Brigade
Have you ever thought what it would be like to have no arms, and be obliged to use your toes for everything? If not, try it on a wet...

The Son Of The Wolf Chief
Once upon a time a town near the North Pacific Ocean suffered greatly from famine and many of the Indians who lived there died of hu...

Blind Jack Of Knaresborough
This is the story of a blind man who did more, without any eyes at all, than many people can do with two. For numbers of children ne...

Blind Jack Again
Would you like to hear some more of Blind Jack? This story tells how he joined the army of the Duke of Cumberland, which was sent to...

The Story Of Djun
Once upon a time a famine broke out among the tribe of the Tlingits, and one of their girls, who was an orphan and had to look after...

What Became Of Owen Parfitt?
In the early part of the eighteenth century a family named Parfitt were living in a small town in the West of England called Shepton...

Blackskin
In an Indian town on the North Pacific Ocean there lived a chief, whose ambition it was to be stronger than other men and be able to...

The Pets Of Aurore Dupin
During the years in which Napoleon and his armies were fighting in Spain, in Germany, and in Russia, a little girl might be seen run...

The Trials Of M Deschartres
For many years Aurore Dupin spent her life between Berry and Paris, travelling in a coach drawn by six strong horses, till lack of m...

Aurore At Play
When Aurore Dupin went to Paris she found herself in the Rue Thiroux, where Madame Dupin had taken a suite of rooms, or, as the Fren...

How Aurore Learnt To Ride
When Aurore was old enough to leave the convent she went back to Nohant to live with her grandmother, who was failing fast and died ...

Land-otter The Indian
On the North-West part of America, and especially near the sea, a great many tribes of Indians are still living, each with its pecul...

The Disinheriting Of A Son
Near a large town in England there lived in the last century a gentleman with his son and daughter. His wife died when her children ...

The Siege Of Rhodes
When you are reading the history of the sixteenth century, you will notice that in Europe nearly the whole of that period was occupi...

The Princess Of Babylon
Belus, King of Babylon, thought himself the greatest man in all the earth, for his subjects were continually telling him so and he h...

The Adventures Of Fire-drill's Son
Here is another story of the Tlingit Indians, and in these stories you will often find the Raven playing the part of friend and help...

The Strange Story Of Elizabeth Canning
Are you fond of puzzles? I am. And here is a mystery which all sorts of people have been seeking to explain for a hundred and fifty ...

Mrs Veal's Ghost
Now you are going to hear a ghost story published, but he says, not written, by Daniel Defoe the author of 'Robinson Crusoe.' If you...

The Chief's Daughter
Raven's wife had died, and as he felt very lonely he soon determined to marry a second, but it was not very easy to find a girl to s...

The Boyhood Of A Painter
If we are to believe the proverb, a 'Jack of all Trades is master of none,' and it is mostly true. But here and there even in our ow...

The Adventures Of A Spanish Nun
If you had visited the convent of St. Sebastian in the Spanish town of the same name at the end of the sixteenth century, you would ...

The Arabian Nights
In the chronicles of the ancient dynasty of the Sassanidae, who reigned for about four hundred years, from Persia to the borders of ...

The Story Of The Merchant And The Genius
Sire, there was once upon a time a merchant who possessed great wealth, in land and merchandise, as well as in ready money. He was ...

The Story Of The First Old Man And Of The Hind
I am now going to begin my story (said the old man), so please attend. This hind that you see with me is my wife. We have no chil...

The Story Of The Second Old Man And Of The Two Black Dogs
Great prince of the genii, you must know that we are three brothers--these two black dogs and myself. Our father died, leaving us ...

The Story Of The Fisherman
Sire, there was once upon a time a fisherman so old and so poor that he could scarcely manage to support his wife and three children...

The Story Of The Greek King And The Physician Douban
In the country of Zouman, in Persia, there lived a Greek king. This king was a leper, and all his doctors had been unable to cure h...

The Story Of The Husband And The Parrot
A good man had a beautiful wife, whom he loved passionately, and never left if possible. One day, when he was obliged by important ...

The Story Of The Vizir Who Was Punished
There was once upon a time a king who had a son who was very fond of hunting. He often allowed him to indulge in this pastime, but ...

The Story Of The Young King Of The Black Isles
You must know, sire, that my father was Mahmoud, the king of this country, the Black Isles, so called from the four little mountains...

The Story Of The Three Calenders Sons Of Kings And Of Five Ladies Of Bagdad
In the reign of the Caliph Haroun-al-Raschid, there lived at Bagdad a porter who, in spite of his humble calling, was an intelligent...

The Story Of The First Calender Son Of A King
In order, madam, to explain how I came to lose my right eye, and to wear the dress of a Calender, you must first know that I am the ...

The Story Of The Second Calendar Son Of A King
"Madam," said the young man, addressing Zobeida, "if you wish to know how I lost my right eye, I shall have to tell you the story of...

The Story Of The Envious Man And Of Him Who Was Envied
In a town of moderate size, two men lived in neighbouring houses; but they had not been there very long before one man took such a h...

The Story Of The Third Calendar Son Of A King
My story, said the Third Calender, is quite different from those of my two friends. It was fate that deprived them of the sight of ...

The Seven Voyages Of Sindbad The Sailor
In the times of the Caliph Haroun-al-Raschid there lived in Bagdad a poor porter named Hindbad, who on a very hot day was sent to ca...

First Voyage
I had inherited considerable wealth from my parents, and being young and foolish I at first squandered it recklessly upon every kind...

Second Voyage
I had resolved, as you know, on my return from my first voyage, to spend the rest of my days quietly in Bagdad, but very soon I grew...

Third Voyage
After a very short time the pleasant easy life I led made me quite forget the perils of my two voyages. Moreover, as I was still in...

Fourth Voyage
Rich and happy as I was after my third voyage, I could not make up my mind to stay at home altogether. My love of trading, and the ...

Fifth Voyage
Not even all that I had gone through could make me contented with a quiet life. I soon wearied of its pleasures, and longed for cha...

Sixth Voyage
It must be a marvel to you how, after having five times met with shipwreck and unheard of perils, I could again tempt fortune and ri...

Seventh And Last Voyage
After my sixth voyage I was quite determined that I would go to sea no more. I was now of an age to appreciate a quiet life, and I ...

The Little Hunchback
In the kingdom of Kashgar, which is, as everybody knows, situated on the frontiers of Great Tartary, there lived long ago a tailor a...

The Story Of The Barber's Fifth Brother
As long as our father lived Alnaschar was very idle. Instead of working for his bread he was not ashamed to ask for it every evenin...

The Story Of The Barber's Sixth Brother
There now remains for me to relate to you the story of my sixth brother, whose name was Schacabac. Like the rest of us, he inherite...

The Adventures Of Prince Camaralzaman And The Princess Badoura
Some twenty days' sail from the coast of Persia lies the isle of the children of Khaledan. The island is divided into several provi...

Noureddin And The Fair Persian
Balsora was the capital of a kingdom long tributary to the caliph. During the time of the Caliph Haroun-al-Raschid the king of Balso...

Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp
There once lived a poor tailor, who had a son called Aladdin, a careless, idle boy who would do nothing but play all day long in the...

The Adventures Of Haroun-al-raschid Caliph Of Bagdad
The Caliph Haroun-al-Raschid sat in his palace, wondering if there was anything left in the world that could possibly give him a few...

The Story Of The Blind Baba-abdalla
I was born, Commander of the Faithful, in Bagdad, and was left an orphan while I was yet a very young man, for my parents died withi...

The Story Of Sidi-nouman
The Caliph, Haroun-al-Raschid, was much pleased with the tale of the blind man and the dervish, and when it was finished he turned t...

The Story Of Ali Colia Merchant Of Bagdad
In the reign of Haroun-al-Raschid, there lived in Bagdad a merchant named Ali Cogia, who, having neither wife nor child, contented h...

The Enchanted Horse
It was the Feast of the New Year, the oldest and most splendid of all the feasts in the Kingdom of Persia, and the day had been spen...

The Story Of Two Sisters Who Were Jealous Of Their Younger Sister
Once upon a time there reigned over Persia a Sultan named Kosrouschah, who from his boyhood had been fond of putting on a disguise a...

The Golden Beetle Or Why The Dog Hates The Cat
"What we shall eat to-morrow, I haven't the slightest idea!" said Widow Wang to her eldest son, as he started out one morning in ...

The Great Bell
The mighty Yung-lo sat on the great throne surrounded by a hundred attendants. He was sad, for he could think of no wonderful thi...

The Strange Tale Of Doctor Dog
Far up in the mountains of the Province of Hunan in the central part of China, there once lived in a small village a rich gentlem...

How Footbinding Started
In the very beginning of all things, when the gods were creating the world, at last the time came to separate the earth from the ...

The Talking Fish
Long, long before your great-grandfather was born there lived in the village of Everlasting Happiness two men called Li and Sing....

Bamboo And The Turtle
A party of visitors had been seeing the sights at Hsi Ling. They had just passed down the Holy Way between the huge stone animals...

The Mad Goose And The Tiger Forest
Hu-lin was a little slave girl. She had been sold by her father when she was scarcely more than a baby, and had lived for five ye...

The Nodding Tiger
Just outside the walls of a Chinese city there lived a young woodcutter named T'ang and his old mother, a woman of seventy. They ...

The Princess Kwan-yin
Once upon a time in China there lived a certain king who had three daughters. The fairest and best of these was Kwan-yin, the you...

The Two Jugglers
One beautiful spring day two men strolled into the public square of a well-known Chinese city. They were plainly dressed and look...

The Phantom Vessel
Once a ship loaded with pleasure-seekers was sailing from North China to Shanghai. High winds and stormy weather had delayed her,...

The Wooden Tablet
"Yes, my boy, whatever happens, be sure to save that tablet. It is the only thing we have left worth keeping." K'ang-p'u's fat...

The Golden Nugget
Once upon a time many, many years ago, there lived in China two friends named Ki-wu and Pao-shu. These two young men, like Damon ...

The Man Who Would Not Scold
Old Wang lived in a village near Nanking. He cared for nothing in the world but to eat good food and plenty of it. Now, though th...

Lu-san Daughter Of Heaven
Lu-san went to bed without any supper, but her little heart was hungry for something more than food. She nestled up close beside ...

Knoes
Once upon a time there was a poor widow, who found an egg under a pile of brush as she was gathering kindlings in the forest. She to...

Lasse My Thrall!
Once upon a time there was a prince or a duke or whatever you choose to call him, but at any rate a noble tremendously high-born, wh...

Finn The Giant And The Minster Of Lund
There stands in the university town of Schonen, the town of Lund, the seat of the first archbishopric in all Scandinavia, a stately ...

The Skalunda Giant
In the Skalunda mountain, near the church, there once lived a giant in the early days, who no longer felt comfortable after the chur...

Yuletide Specters
Once upon a time there lived two peasants on a homestead called Vaderas, just as there are two peasants living on it now. In those ...

Silverwhite And Lillwacker
Once upon a time there was a king, who had a queen whom he loved with a great love. But after a time the queen died, and all he had ...

Stompe Pilt
Not far from Baalsberg, near Filkestad in the Willandsharad, there is a hill in which a giant named Stompe Pilt once used to live. ...

The Girl And The Snake
Once upon a time there was a girl who was to go to the wood and drive the cattle home; but she did not find the herd, and losing her...

Faithful And Unfaithful
Once upon a time there was a couple of humble cottagers who had no children until, at last, the man's wife was blessed with a boy, w...

Starkad And Bale
Starkad, the hero of the legends, the bravest warrior in the army of the North, had fallen into disgrace with the king because of a ...

The Werewolf
Once upon a time there was a king, who reigned over a great kingdom. He had a queen, but only a single daughter, a girl. In conseque...

First Born First Wed
Once upon a time there was a king who had a three-year old son, and was obliged to go to war against another king. Then, when his sh...

The Lame Dog
Once upon a time there lived a king, like many others. He had three daughters, who were young and beautiful to such a degree that it...

The Mount Of The Golden Queen
Once upon a time a lad who tended the cattle in the wood was eating his noon-tide meal in a clearing in the forest. As he was sittin...

Old Hopgiant
Once upon a time there were two neighbors: one of them rich and the other poor. They owned a great meadow in common, which they were...

The Princess And The Glass Mountain
Once upon a time there was a king who took such a joy in the chase, that he knew no greater pleasure than hunting wild beasts. Early...

Queen Crane
Once upon a time there was a poor, poor boy. He went to the king and begged to be taken into service as a shepherd, and all called h...

Tales Of The Trolls
I A peasant from Jursagard in the parish of Hanger had gone to the forest the day before Christmas, and started out for home late...

Charcoal Nils And The Troll-woman
In the old days there lived on a headland that juts out into the northwestern corner of Lake Rasval, in the neighborhood of the Lind...

The Three Dogs
Once upon a time there was a king who went forth into the world and fetched back a beautiful queen. And after they had been married ...

The Poor Devil
Once upon a time there was a peasant, who led his cow to pasture in the spring, and prayed God to have her in His care. The evil ...

How Smaland And Schonen Came To Be
The Smalanders declare: At the time when our Lord created the earth, he made a level and fruitful stretch of land, and that was S...

The Evil One And Kitta Grau
One day the devil met Kitta Grau: "Where have you been, old man?" asked Kitta Grau, for she recognized him. "Well," said the e...

The Lady Of Pintorp
Where to-day a castellate building towers between spreading parks and gardens on the noble estate of Eriksberg, there lay in ancient...

The Spectre In Fjelkinge
During the first half of the eighteenth century, several large estates in Schonen were the property of the family of Barnekow, or ra...

The Rooster The Hand-mill And The Swarm Of Hornets
Once upon a time there was a peasant who wanted to go to sell a pig. After he had gone a while, he met a man who asked him where he ...

Torre Jeppe
In a church-nave a specter sat night by night, and the specter's name was Torre Jeppe. He was a dried-up corpse that could not decay...

The Man Who Died On Holy Innocents' Day
Once upon a time there was a man named Kalle Kula. He was a wild fellow, and had committed many a grievous crime during his life. Wh...

Lovely Ilonka
There was once a king's son who told his father that he wished to marry. 'No, no!' said the king; 'you must not be in such a hurry. ...

Lucky Luck
Once upon a time there was a king who had an only son. When the lad was about eighteen years old his father had to go to fight in a wa...

The Hairy Man
Somewhere or other, but I don't know where, there lived a king who owned two remarkably fine fields of rape, but every night two of th...

The Story Of The Seven Simons
Far, far away, beyond all sorts of countries, seas and rivers, there stood a splendid city where lived King Archidej, who was as good ...

The Language Of Beasts
Once upon a time a man had a shepherd who served him many years faithfully and honestly. One day, whilst herding his flock, this shep...

The Boy Who Could Keep A Secret
Once upon a time there lived a poor widow who had one little boy. At first sight you would not have thought that he was different from...

The Prince And The Dragon
Once upon a time there lived an emperor who had three sons. They were all fine young men, and fond of hunting, and scarcely a day pass...

Little Wildrose
Once upon a time the things in this story happened, and if they had not happened then the story would never have been told. But that w...

Tiidu The Piper
Once upon a time there lived a poor man who had more children than bread to feed them with. However, they were strong and willing, and...

Paperarelloo
Once upon a time there lived a king and a queen who had one son. The king loved the boy very much, but the queen, who was a wicked wom...

The Gifts Of The Magician
Once upon a time there was an old man who lived in a little hut in the middle of a forest. His wife was dead, and he had only one son,...

The Strong Prince
Once upon a time there lived a king who was so fond of wine that he could not go to sleep unless he knew he had a great flaskful tied ...

The Treasure Seeker
Once, long ago, in a little town that lay in the midst of high hills and wild forests, a party of shepherds sat one night in the kitch...

The Cottager And His Cat
Once upon a time there lived an old man and his wife in a dirty, tumble-down cottage, not very far from the splendid palace where the ...

The Prince Who Would Seek Immortality
Once upon a time, in the very middle of the middle of a large kingdom, there was a town, and in the town a palace, and in the palace a...

The Stone-cutter
Once upon a time there lived a stone-cutter, who went every day to a great rock in the side of a big mountain and cut out slabs for g...

The Gold-bearded Man
Once upon a time there lived a great king who had a wife and one son whom he loved very much. The boy was still young when, one day, t...

Tritill Litill And The Birds
Once upon a time there lived a princess who was so beautiful and so good that everybody loved her. Her father could hardly bear her ou...

The Three Robes
Long, long ago, a king and queen reigned over a large and powerful country. What their names were nobody knows, but their son was call...

The Six Hungry Beasts
Once upon a time there lived a man who dwelt with his wife in a little hut, far away from any neighbours. But they did not mind being ...

How The Beggar Boy Turned Into Count Piro
Once upon a time there lived a man who had only one son, a lazy, stupid boy, who would never do anything he was told. When the father ...

The Rogue And The Herdsman
In a tiny cottage near the king's palace there once lived an old man, his wife, and his son, a very lazy fellow, who would never do a ...

Eisenkopf
Once upon a time there lived an old man who had only one son, whom he loved dearly; but they were very poor, and often had scarcely en...

The Death Of Abu Nowas And Of His Wife
Once upon a time there lived a man whose name was Abu Nowas, and he was a great favourite with the Sultan of the country, who had a pa...

Motiratika
Once upon a time, in a very hot country, a man lived with his wife in a little hut, which was surrounded by grass and flowers. They we...

Niels And The Giants
On one of the great moors over in Jutland, where trees won't grow because the soil is so sandy and the wind so strong, there once live...

Shepherd Paul
Once upon a time a shepherd was taking his flock out to pasture, when he found a little baby lying in a meadow, left there by some wic...

How The Wicked Tanuki Was Punished
The hunters had hunted the wood for so many years that no wild animal was any more to be found in it. You might walk from one end to t...

The Crab And The Monkey
There was once a crab who lived in a hole on the shady side of a mountain. She was a very good housewife, and so careful and industrio...

The Horse Gullfaxi And The Sword Gunnfoder
Many many years ago there lived a king and queen who had one only son, called Sigurd. When the little boy was only ten years old the q...

The Story Of The Sham Prince Or The Ambitious Tailor
Once upon a time there lived a respectable young tailor called Labakan, who worked for a clever master in Alexandria. No one could cal...

The Colony Of Cats
Long, long ago, as far back as the time when animals spoke, there lived a community of cats in a deserted house they had taken possess...

How To Find Out A True Friend
Once upon a time there lived a king and queen who longed to have a son. As none came, one day they made a vow at the shrine of St. Jam...

Clever Maria
There was once a merchant who lived close to the royal palace, and had three daughters. They were all pretty, but Maria, the youngest,...

The Magic Kettle
Right in the middle of Japan, high up among the mountains, an old man lived in his little house. He was very proud of it, and never ti...

The Box Of Robbers
No one intended to leave Martha alone that afternoon, but it happened that everyone was called away, for one reason or another. Mrs...

The Glass Dog
An accomplished wizard once lived on the top floor of a tenement house and passed his time in thoughtful study and studious thought....

The Queen Of Quok
A king once died, as kings are apt to do, being as liable to shortness of breath as other mortals. It was high time this king aba...

The Girl Who Owned A Bear
Mamma had gone down-town to shop. She had asked Nora to look after Jane Gladys, and Nora promised she would. But it was her afternoo...

The Enchanted Types
One time a knook became tired of his beautiful life and longed for something new to do. The knooks have more wonderful powers than a...

The Laughing Hippopotamus
On one of the upper branches of the Congo river lived an ancient and aristocratic family of hippopotamuses, which boasted a pedigree...

The Magic Bon Bons
There lived in Boston a wise and ancient chemist by the name of Dr. Daws, who dabbled somewhat in magic. There also lived in Boston ...

The Capture Of Father Time
Jim was the son of a cowboy, and lived on the broad plains of Arizona. His father had trained him to lasso a bronco or a young bull...

The Wonderful Pump
Not many years ago there lived on a stony, barren New England farm a man and his wife. They were sober, honest people, working hard ...

The Dummy That Lived
In all Fairyland there is no more mischievous a person than Tanko-Mankie the Yellow Ryl. He flew through the city one afternoon--qu...

The King Of The Polar Bears
The King of the Polar Bears lived among the icebergs in the far north country. He was old and monstrous big; he was wise and friend...

The Mandarin And The Butterfly
A mandarin once lived in Kiang-ho who was so exceedingly cross and disagreeable that everyone hated him. He snarled and stormed at ...

The Fairies' Dancing-place
BY WILLIAM CARLETON Lanty M'Clusky had married a wife, and, of course, it was necessary to have a house in which to keep her. Now...

The Rival Kempers
BY WILLIAM CARLETON In the north of Ireland there are spinning meetings of unmarried females frequently held at the houses of far...

The Young Piper
BY CROFTON CROKER There lived not long since, on the borders of the county Tipperary, a decent honest couple, whose names were Mi...

A Fairy Enchantment
Story-teller--MICHAEL HART Recorder--W. B. YEATS In the times when we used to travel by canal I was coming down from Dublin. W...

Teigue Of The Lee
BY CROFTON CROKER I can't stop in the house--I won't stop in it for all the money that is buried in the old castle of Carrigrohan...

The Fairy Greyhound
Paddy M'Dermid was one of the most rollicking boys in the whole county of Kildare. Fair or pattern[3] wouldn't be held barring he wa...

The Lady Of Gollerus
BY CROFTON CROKER On the shore of Smerwick harbour, one fine summer's morning, just at daybreak, stood Dick Fitzgerald 'shoghing ...

The Devil's Mill
BY SAMUEL LOVER You see, sir, there was a colonel wanst, in times back, that owned a power of land about here--but God keep uz, t...

Fergus O'mara And The Air-demons
BY DR. P. W. JOYCE Of all the different kinds of goblins that haunted the lonely places of Ireland in days of old, air-demons wer...

The Man Who Never Knew Fear
TRANSLATED FROM THE GAELIC BY DOUGLAS HYDE There was once a lady, and she had two sons whose names were Louras (Lawrence) and Car...

Seanchan The Bard And The King Of The Cats
BY LADY WILDE When Seanchan, the renowned Bard, was made Ard-File or Chief Poet of Ireland, Guaire, the king of Connaught, to do ...

Owney And Owney-na-peak
BY GERALD GRIFFEN When Ireland had kings of her own--when there was no such thing as a coat made of red cloth in the country--whe...

The Knighting Of Cuculain
BY STANDISH O'GRADY One night in the month of the fires of Bel, Cathvah, the Druid and star-gazer, was observing the heavens thro...

The Little Weaver Of Duleek Gate
BY SAMUEL LOVER You see, there was a waiver lived, wanst upon a time, in Duleek here, hard by the gate, and a very honest, indust...

Aesop's Fables
THE ANT AND THE DOVE An Ant came down to the brook: he wanted to drink. A wave washed him down and almost drowned him. A Dove was...

Adaptations And Imitations Of Hindoo Fables
THE SNAKE'S HEAD AND TAIL The Snake's Tail had a quarrel with the Snake's Head about who was to walk in front. The Head said: ...

The Foundling
A poor woman had a daughter by the name of Masha. Masha went in the morning to fetch water, and saw at the door something wrapped in...

The Peasant And The Cucumbers
A peasant once went to the gardener's, to steal cucumbers. He crept up to the cucumbers, and thought: "I will carry off a bag of ...

The Fire
During harvest-time the men and women went out to work. In the village were left only the old and the very young. In one hut there r...

The Old Horse
In our village there was an old, old man, Pimen Timofeich. He was ninety years old. He was living at the house of his grandson, doin...

How I Learned To Ride
When I was a little fellow, we used to study every day, and only on Sundays and holidays went out and played with our brothers. Once...

The Willow
During Easter week a peasant went out to see whether the ground was all thawed out. He went into the garden and touched the soil ...

Bulka
I had a small bulldog. He was called Bulka. He was black; only the tips of his front feet were white. All bulldogs have their lower ...

Bulka And The Wild Boar
Once we went into the Caucasus to hunt the wild boar, and Bulka went with me. The moment the hounds started, Bulka rushed after them...

Pheasants
Wild fowls are called pheasants in the Caucasus. There are so many of them that they are cheaper there than tame chickens. Pheasants...

Milton And Bulka
I bought me a setter to hunt pheasants with. The name of the dog was Milton. He was a big, thin, gray, spotted dog, with long lips a...

The Turtle
Once I went with Milton to the chase. Near the forest he began to search. He straightened out his tail, pricked his ears, and began ...

Bulka And The Wolf
When I left the Caucasus, they were still fighting there, and in the night it was dangerous to travel without a guard. I wanted t...

What Happened To Bulka In Pyatigorsk
From the Cossack village I did not travel directly to Russia, but first to Pyatigorsk, where I stayed two months. Milton I gave away...

Bulka's And Milton's End
Bulka and Milton died at the same time. The old Cossack did not know how to get along with Milton. Instead of taking him out only fo...

The Gray Hare
A gray hare was living in the winter near the village. When night came, he pricked one ear and listened; then he pricked his second ...

God Sees The Truth But Does Not Tell At Once
In the city of Vladimir there lived a young merchant, Aksenov by name. He had two shops and a house. Aksenov was a light-complexi...

Hunting Worse Than Slavery
We were hunting bears. My companion had a chance to shoot at a bear: he wounded him, but only in a soft spot. A little blood was lef...

A Prisoner Of The Caucasus
I. A certain gentleman was serving as an officer in the Caucasus. His name was Zhilin. One day he received a letter from home....

Ermak
In the reign of Ivan Vasilevich the Terrible there were the rich merchants, the Stroganovs, and they lived in Perm, on the river Kam...

The Magnet
I. In olden days there was a shepherd whose name was Magnes. Magnes lost a sheep. He went to the mountains to find it. He came to...

Moisture
I. Why does a spider sometimes make a close cobweb, and sit in the very middle of its nest, and at other times leave its nest and...

The Different Connection Of Particles
Why are cart bolsters cut and wheel naves turned not from oak, but from birch? Bolsters and naves have to be strong, and oak is not ...

Crystals
If you pour salt into water and stir it, the salt will begin to melt and will entirely disappear; but if you pour more and still mor...

Injurious Air
In the village of Nikolskoe, the people went on a holiday to mass. In the manor yard were left the cow-tender, the elder, and the gr...

How Balloons Are Made
If you take a blown-up bladder under water and let go of it, it will fly up to the surface of the water and will swim on it. Just so...

Galvanism
There was once a learned Italian, Galvani. He had an electric machine, and he showed his students what electricity was. He rubbed th...

The Sun's Heat
Go out in the winter on a calm, frosty day into the field, or into the woods, and look about you and listen: all around you is snow,...

The Owl And The Hare
It was dusk. The owls began to fly through the forest to find some prey. A large hare leaped out on a clearing and began to smooth...

How The Wolves Teach Their Whelps
I was walking along the road, and heard a shout behind me. It was the shepherd boy who was shouting. He was running through the fiel...

Hares And Wolves
The hares feed at night on tree bark; the field hares eat the winter rye and the grass, and the threshing-floor hares eat the grain ...

The Scent
Man sees with his eyes, hears with his ears, smells with his nose, tastes with his mouth, and feels with his fingers. One man's eyes...

Touch And Sight
Twist the forefinger over the middle finger and touch a small ball with them, so that it may roll between the two fingers, and shut ...

The Silkworm
I had some old mulberry-trees in my garden. My grandfather had planted them. In the fall I was given a dram of silkworm eggs, and wa...

The Apple-tree
I set out two hundred young apple-trees, and for three years I dug around them in the spring and the fall, and in winter wrapped the...

The Old Poplar
For five years our garden was neglected. I hired labourers with axes and shovels, and myself began to work with them in the garden. ...

The Bird-cherry
A bird-cherry grew out on a hazel bush path and choked the bushes. I deliberated for a long time whether I had better cut down the ...

How Trees Walk
One day we were cleaning an overgrown path on a hillock near the pond. We cut down a lot of brier bushes, willows, and poplars,--the...

First Fragment
I. This happened not long ago, in the reign of Alexander II., in our days of civilization, progress, questions, regeneration of Rus...

Second Fragment
(Variant of the First Chapter) The litigation "about the seizure in the Government of Penza, County of Krasnoslobodsk, by the lande...

Third Fragment
(Variant of the First Chapter) On the 2d of August, 1817, the sixth department of the Directing Senate handed down a decision in th...

On Popular Education
I suppose each of us has had more than one occasion to come in contact with monstrous, senseless phenomena, and to find back of thes...

What Men Live By
We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in de...

The Three Hermits
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaki...

Neglect The Fire
And You Cannot Put It Out Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive ...

The Candle
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, That ye resist not evi...

The Two Old Men
Therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of ...

Where Love Is There God Is Also
Shoemaker Martyn Avdyeich lived in the city. He lived in a basement, in a room with one window. The window looked out on the street....

Texts For Chapbook
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The Fiend Persists But God Resists
In ancient times there lived a good master. He had plenty of everything, and many slaves served him. And the slaves prided themselve...

Little Girls Wiser Than Old People
It was an early Easter. They had just quit using sleighs. In the yards lay snow, and rills ran down the village. A large puddle had ...

The Two Brothers And The Gold
In ancient times there lived not far from Jerusalem two brothers, the elder named Athanasius, and the younger John. They lived in a ...

Ilyas
In the Government of Ufa there lived a Bashkir, Ilyas. His father had left him no wealth. His father had died a year after he had go...

A Fairy-tale
About Ivan the Fool and His Two Brothers, Semen the Warrior and Taras the Paunch, and His Dumb Sister Malanya, and About the...

Princess Crystal Or The Hidden Treasure
A Story by Isabel Bellerby. THERE were the four Kings: the King of the North, the region of perpetual snow; the King of the South...

The Story Of The Invisible Kingdom
The Story of the Invisible Kingdom. From the German of Richard Leander. IN a little house half-way up the mountain-sid...

How Sampo Lappelill Saw The Mountain King
From the Swedish of Z. Topelius. FAR away in Lapland, at a place called Aimio, near the River Jana, there lived, in a little hut,...

The Witch-dancer's Doom
A BRETON LEGEND. I. LONG, long ago, in the days of good King Arthur, Count Morriss dwelt in the old chateau of La Roche Morice...

The Three Valleys
From the German. IN olden days there lived a Count, who had many castles and estates, and a most beautiful daughter, but no one w...

The Spring-tide Of Love
By Pleydell North (Mrs. Egerton Eastwick). THE mists of the early twilight were falling, and Elsa, the little girl who lived at t...

Ringfalla Bridge
By K. E. Sutter. ONCE upon a time there lived a King who had two kingdoms to govern--his own always the perfection of law and ord...

The Children's Fairy
FROM THE FRENCH of SAINT-JUIRS. IT was a dull, heavy afternoon, and the long, dusty road looked quite deserted, not a horse or ev...

Wittysplinter
From the German of Clemens Brentano. ONCE upon a time there was a King of Roundabout who had, among many other servants, a page-b...

The Mid-day Rock
FROM THE FRENCH of J. JARRY. ONCE upon a time there was a poor man, who lived somewhere in the middle of the woods near a place c...

Lillekort
From the French of Xavier Marmier. THERE was once a man and his wife who were very, very poor, and had a great many children. Eac...

The Ten Little Fairies
FROM THE FRENCH of GEORGES MITCHELL. VAINLY I try to recall from my recollections of yesterday, still vividly remembered, and fro...

The Magician And His Pupil
From the German of A. Godin. THERE was once a poor shoemaker renowned far and wide as a drunkard. He had a good wife and many dau...

The Strawberry Thief
FROM THE GERMAN BY PAULINE SCHANZ. THE mid-day sun was shining brightly as two children ran merrily down the steep grassy slope l...

The Adventures Of Said
From the German of W. Hauff. IN the time of Haroun Al-Raschid, ruler of Bagdad, there lived in Balsora a man Benezar by name. His...

Little Blue Flower
FROM THE GERMAN BY MISS F. E. HYNAM. A STORK swept high over the Bohemian forest. It was a most important duty that had brought h...

The Princess Who Despised All Men
By Charles Smith Cheltnam. THERE was once a King and Queen who, having everything a King and Queen could reasonably desire, might...

The Necklace Of Tears
By Mrs. Egerton Eastwick. ONCE, many years ago, there lived in Ombrelande a most beautiful Princess. Now, Ombrelande is a country...

The Prince And The Lions
From the Persian. IN an Eastern city there once lived a young Prince named Azgid. He was virtuous and accomplished, but had one f...

The Tale Of The Blue Glove
The King of the South country was not as happy as a king ought to be whose subjects are both peaceful and industrious. Every night w...

The Invisible Wall
On the edge of the Dark Wood dwelt for a time a Wizard, whose life had been spent in the acquirement of many wonderful arts. As a yo...

The Tree In The Dark Wood
In the kingdom of the Princess Myrtle were many forests cut through with roaring streams which dashed and danced their way over imme...

The Cat That Winked
Once there was an old woman who lived on the edge of the Dark Wood in a small cottage all covered with thick thatch and over the tha...

The Magic Tears
There was once a king named Theophile who lived in a dim castle on the edge of the ocean, but so far above the water that the flying...

The Golden Archer
In the midst of a plain stood a great church built of white stones, with a massive tower. On this tower was a weather vane in the sh...

The Silkworm And Spider
At his cocoon a busy Silkworm labored; A Spider, who with all her might was spinning Hard by, with laugh malicious, thus b...

The Bear The Monkey And The Hog
A Piedmontese a Bear had taught Upon two legs the art of dancing; To earn their bread, the master sought, By showi...

The Drones And The Bee
By a sense of their bad reputation molested, The Drones in grave council assembled one day; And various measures each id...

The Two Parrots And The Magpie
A dame from St. Domingo Brought with her Parrots twain. Now this island is half Gallic, Half owns the flag of Spain; ...

The Showman's Monkey And His Master
That authentic author, Father Valdecebro,-- In his veracious Natural History, Who exercised his warm imagination, By s...

The Cathedral Bell And The Little Bell
In a certain cathedral a huge bell there hung, That only on solemn occasions was rung; Its echoes majestic, by strokes thr...

The Ass And The Flute
Be it good or bad, This little lay To me occurred to-day, By chance. Through a field in our village A wander...

The Ant And The Flea
A curious affectation some put on Of knowing everything they chance upon. Whatever matter they may hear or see, Howeve...

The Wall-flower And The Thyme
A Wall-flower spoke,--as I have somewhere read,-- A Thyme-plant growing in a neighboring bed, In the flower language, scor...

The Rabbits And The Dogs
A Rabbit, whom Two Dogs pursue, Into the copse In terror flew. Out of his burrow, At the clatter, ...

The Eggs
Beyond the sunny Philippines An island lies, whose name I do not know; But that's of little consequence, if so You und...

The Duck And The Snake
On the borders of a pond Stood a Duck, discoursing thus: "Nature to me is generous All creatures else beyond. Fo...

The Muff The Fan And The Umbrella
If some absurd presumption show-- In seeking everything to know, To serve but for a single use May also be without exc...

The Frog And The Tadpole
On Tagus' banks, in artless wonder, A little Tadpole, on a canebrake gazing, Long with its mother chatted of the leaves, ...

The Bustard
The sluggish Bustard, in her foolish pate, Vexed with her young ones' awkward flight, Purposed to raise a brood more light...

The Linnet And The Swan
"Keep silence, noisy little one," Unto a Linnet said the Swan. "It almost tempts myself to sing; although No voice, ou...

The Hack Mule
Full fed and antic, A Hack Mule pushed With speed so frantic Forth from her stable, That her rider Scarc...

The Goat And The Horse
A Goat, in mute delight, To the sweet echoes of a violin, Harmonious, long stood listening; His feet, the while, in sy...

The Bee And The Cuckoo
"Stop, Cuckoo," said the Bee; "With my labor interferes That unpleasant voice of thine, Always ringing in my ears....

The Rat And The Cat
At telling of rabies old Esop was grand; With his subtile invention, his wisdom so great. And a story of his, as I have ...

The Owl And Lamp And The Dogs And The Ragman
There is a set of dastard knaves, Vile critics, that will wait to make attack On authors till their victims are--alack!-...

The Thrush Parrot And Magpie
A Thrush, who heard a Parrot talking-- Of him, rather than of his instructor, man, Desired himself the mystery to learn. ...

The Wolf And The Shepherd
The Wolf a Shepherd blandly once addressed: "Friend--let me say I really do not know Why you will view me always as a pe...

The Lion Eagle And Bat
The Eagle and Lion Held solemn debate; To settle between them Some matters of state Loud complaints of the B...

The Monkey
A Monkey, clothed in silk, Will a Monkey still remain; So says an ancient proverb, And so say I again; As to all, ...

The Ass And His Master
"On good and bad an equal value sets The stupid mob. From me the worst it gets, And never fails to praise," With vile pret...

The Turnspit And The Mule Of The Well
In inn or convent kitchen, The reader oft, no doubt, Turning the spit about, A contrivance shrewd has seen. A wh...

The Author And The Rat
In study of a scholar, sage and mellow, There dwelt a Rat,--a devil of a fellow,-- Who on naught else his hunger would ass...

The Squirrel And The Horse
A Steed,--a noble sorrel,-- Docile to spur and rein, Before a little Squirrel Went dashing round a plain. Wa...

The Fox And The Lady
A famous gallant, of Parisian renown, A Fop of the most extravagant taste, Who silver and gold like water would waste, ...

The Ostrich The Dromedary And The Fox
A party of beasts assembled for pleasure,-- For beasts, like mankind, thus diversify leisure,-- With a thousand discussion...

The Crow And The Turkey
A bitter contest once did spring,-- No matter how the fact I know,-- On their respective speed of wing, Between a ...

The Silkworm And The Caterpillar
At the very same time, when the gaunt Dromedary And Ostrich, so ugly, each other bepraised, In terms so unmeasured and e...

The Purchase Of The Ass
Yesterday through our street An Ass did pass, In trappings most complete-- A gorgeous Ass. Saddle and halter too ...

The Ox And The Grasshopper
As in a field the sturdy Ox was ploughing, A Grasshopper, close by him, shrilly sang out; "Ah! what a crooked furrow, frie...

The Macaw And The Marmot
A brilliantly-colored Macaw, A wandering clown, near the spot Where she hung in a balcony, saw-- A Savoyard, more ...

The Portrait
A spreading contagion, defacing our tongue With phrases outlandish, our critics bemoan. But some fools have their notion...

The Two Inns
Coming to a little town, The mountain's skirts within, Two youthful travellers, seeking rest, Looked round them for an...

The Tea-plant And Sage
From China, once, the Tea-plant coming, Met with the Sage upon his way. "Friend,"--said the latter,--"whither roaming?" ...

The Cat The Lizard And The Cricket
Creatures there are, of wondrous skill To rid themselves of every ill, By use of vegetable specific-- Their sound cons...

The Concert Of The Beasts
Attention--noble auditory! While the rebeck I tune; And be prepared with plaudits soon, When ye have heard my story. ...

The Sword And The Spit
Sheer, sharp and trusty, tempered well, A Sword, as good as from the skilful hand Of famous smith Toledan ever fell, T...

The Unfortunates
A man who, from his birth, was dumb And deafer than a mole, Some trifle to arrange was set With a blind man, cheek...

The Cocks
A Cock, that was well known As a champion brave and stout, And a Chicken but half grown Squabbled something about,...

The Monkey And The Magpie
To her friend, the crafty Monkey, Said a Magpie,--"If you'll go With me unto my dwelling, I've some pretty things ...

The Nightingale And The Sparrow
A Nightingale her voice one day was tuning In notes to match an organ's sonorous swell; When by her cage a chattering Sp...

The Gardener And His Master
A copious fountain played In a garden's flowery bed, And served to form a basin Where many fish were fed. Of...

The Two Thrushes
A Thrush, with years grown gray, And wise as well as old, His grandson asked one day,-- An unpractised youth and b...

The Lace-makers
Near a lace-weaver, lived A man who made silver and gold galloons. "Now, who would have believed, Neighbor," s...

The Hunter And His Ferret
Well tired, and exhausted With the heat of the sun, But loaded with rabbits, A Hunter turned home. Near by--...

The Pig The Cock And The Lamb
In a court-yard a poultry-house did lie, Where a brisk Cock around at pleasure ran; Behind the court, in a convenient st...

The Flint And The Steel
The Steel the Flint abused Most bitterly one day, For the unfeeling way, In which his sides he...

The Judge And The Robber
A villain was by hands of justice caught, Just as of cash, and even of his life, At the sharp point of murderous knife, ...

The Housemaid And The Broom
A Housemaid once was sweeping out a room With a worn-out and very dirty Broom; "Now, hang you for a Broom!"--said she in w...

The Lizards
A Naturalist, cruel as a Turk, Two Lizards in his garden catches, And coolly sets himself at work To anatomize the lit...

The Watches
A knot of friends, invited to a feast, At table sat--a loitering guest, Who came long after all the rest, Sought for h...

The Mole And Other Animals
Some four-footed creatures Assembled one day, At the game of the blind man Together to play. A Dog and a Mon...

The Rope-dancer
As an unpractised urchin lessons took In dancing, of a veteran of the ring, On slack or tight rope,--it is all one thing,-...

The Owl And The Toad
A red Owl was sitting quietly Up in his hole, in a hollow tree, Where he chanced to catch the curious eye Of a great T...

The Oil-merchant's Ass
Once on a time, an Ass,-- An Oilman's hack,-- Bearing upon his back A huge skin filled with oil, With foot o'er-wo...

The Connoisseurs
A quarrel rose, both long and loud, A well-stocked wine-cellar within, Where wine-bibbers--a goodly crowd-- Tasted and...

The Frog And The Hen
Once on a time, a noisy Frog Heard a Hen cackling near his bog; "Begone!" said he; "your clamor rude Disturbs our quie...

The Beetle
For a fable a subject I have, Which would do very well,--but for rhymes To-day my muse is too grave; As she always...

The Rich Man's Library
In Madrid, there was a rich man--and, they say, That ten times as stupid, as rich, he was too;-- Whose magnificent mansi...

The Viper And The Leech
"A strangely inconsistent crew!"-- Said the Viper to the simple Leech,-- "Men fly from me and seek for you; Althou...

The Eagle And The Assembly Of Birds
To her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. The moral lay, to beauty due, I write, FAIR EXCELLENCE, to you; Well pleas'd ...

The Panther Horse And Other Beasts
The man who seeks to win the fair, (So custom says) must truth forbear; Must fawn and flatter, cringe and lie, And raise t...

The Nightingale And Glow-worm
The prudent nymph, whose cheeks disclose The lily and the blushing rose, From public view her charms will skreen, And rare...

Hymen And Death
Sixteen, d'ye say? Nay, then 'tis time; Another year destroys your prime. But stay--The settlement? "That's made?" Why the...

The Poet And His Patron
Why, CELIA, is your spreading waist So loose, so negligently lac'd? Why must the wrapping bed-gown hide Your snowy bosom's...

The Wolf The Sheep And The Lamb
Duty demands the parent's voice Should sanctify the daughter's choice; In that is due obedience shewn; To choose belongs t...

The Goose And The Swans
I hate the face, however fair, That carries an affected air; The lisping tone, the shape constrain'd, The study'd look, th...

The Lawyer And Justice
Love; thou divinest good below, Thy pure delights few mortals know: Our rebel hearts thy sway disown, While tyrant LUST us...

The Farmer The Spaniel And The Cat
Why knits my dear her angry brow? What rude offence alarms you now? I said, that DELIA'S fair; 'tis true, But did I say sh...

The Spider And The Bee
The nymph who walks the public streets, And sets her cap at all she meets, May catch the fool who turns to stare; But men ...

The Young Lion And The Ape
'Tis true, I blame your lover's choice, Tho' flatter'd by the public voice, And peevish grow, and sick, to hear His exclam...

The Colt And The Farmer
Tell me, CORINNA, if you can, Why so averse, so coy, to man? Did NATURE, lavish of her care, From her best pattern form yo...

The Owl And The Nightingale
To know the MISTRESS'S humour right, See if her maids are clean and tight, If BETTY waits without her stays, She copies bu...

The Sparrow And The Dove
It was, as learn'd traditions say, Upon an APRIL'S blithsome day, When PLEASURE, ever on the wing, Return'd, companion of ...

The Female Seducers
'Tis said of WIDOW, MAID, and WIFE, That honour is a WOMAN'S life; Unhappy sex! who only claim A being in the breath of fa...

Love And Vanity
The breezy morning breath'd perfume, The wak'ning flow'rs unveil'd their bloom; Up with the sun, from short repose, Gay HE...

Old Mr Owl Writes A Book
"Old Mr. Owl wanted to write a book and he asked the fairies how to set about doing it," commenced daddy. "'Well,' said the fa...

The Woodpeckers Start A Bird Band
The Woodpecker family were around on various trees drumming, drumming on the bark. Mr. Hairy Woodpecker, Mr. Downy Woodpecker, and M...

The Cardinal Bird And The Robin
"The cardinal bird," said daddy, "is a very superior bird and will not come down to the ground. The lowest he will come is to a bush...

The Winter Wrens' Dew-drop Baths
"The winter wren is really with us during the summer too," said daddy. "But he is too shy to be near us. We can only hear him sing s...

The Seagulls Move To Bluey Cove
"Mr. and Mrs. Seagull didn't really know what to do," said daddy. "They loved their home, which was in a big harbor, for they enj...

How The Little Redbird Became Red
Jack and Evelyn had been playing circus all day. Jack had been the big man who stands in the middle of the ring and cracks his wh...

Poor Old Mr Owl's Toothache
Evelyn had been eating a great deal of candy--so much that it had given her a very bad toothache--and when daddy came home he fou...

The Soloist Of The Bird Concert
The birds had begun their early morning concerts. "I know why," said daddy. "It is because they have been practising for their op...

The Robins Open A Spring Shop
"The robins, having left their warm winter home, had settled near a great, big, lovely park," said daddy. "Now, one of the robins...

The Race Between The Secretary Birds
"The secretary birds had planned to have some field races," began daddy, "and the afternoon of the races had come. You know, the ...

The Quarrel Between Naughty Little Sparrows
Jack and Evelyn had been feeding crumbs to the birds every day for some time. "I fancy they enjoy them pretty well, don't they...

The Successful Concert Of The Chickadees
Evelyn was very fond of little chickadees, and she was so pleased when daddy said that he was going to tell them a story about t...

The Colony Of Starlings Give A Ball
The birds gave concerts early every morning and sometimes, too, they would give an extra one just after the sun went down in the ...

Robin Redbreast's And Miss Robin's Wedding
"Little Miss Robin was preening her feathers and smoothing them down, for it was the 14th of February and she had received a vale...

The Tame Canary Bird And His Mistress
Daddy had heard that afternoon the story of a very tame canary bird. The little girl who owned the bird, and who was a friend of ...

The Pet Bird Of The Ward
"Well," said daddy, "I suppose you are ready for your story, and this evening I am going to tell you about a little boy I saw as ...

The Eagle's Pride As The Bird Of Freedom
Of course, as you can imagine, Jack and Evelyn had been buying all sorts and all sizes of firecrackers. "I think the Fourth of...

What The Birds Thought Of The Fourth Of July
It was the day after the Fourth of July, and daddy told the children that he must surely tell them about the little birds and wha...

Mr Nightingale's New Friend Mr Blackbird
"I heard a story the other day," said daddy, "a quite true story. Mr. Nightingale had built too large a nest. "After a while h...

Mr Plain Sparrow Calls On Ducks
"It was such a hot day yesterday," said daddy, "that Mr. Plain Sparrow simply could not get cool. You see he never goes away in t...

Farmer's Scarecrow Protects A Corn-field
"To-night," said daddy, "we are going to have the story of the meeting of the brownies, crows, and old Mr. Scarecrow. The crows h...

The Brave Brown Sparrows In Winter
"You know," said daddy, "I saw such a strange thing to-day in the city." "Tell us about it," said Jack. "What was it?" asked...

What The Rainbow Thinks Of The World
"The fairies were giving a luncheon party for the birds, and they wanted to have a great, big surprise," said daddy. "The birds w...

Eagles And Ravens
"Some white-tailed eagles were boasting one day of their bravery," commenced daddy. "They were also saying how fine they were in ...

The Eagles Who Were Always Still
"In the house where Kenneth lived there was a chair which had always fascinated him. It was a very, very old chair, and Kenneth's...

The Bobolinks Have A Tea Party
"The other day," commenced daddy, "the bobolinks had an afternoon tea. "The tea party was given for the meadow larks. The bobol...

A Happy Day In Birdland
"The birds," said daddy, "found a new room for breakfast. It was in a row of bushes--and the bushes were berry bushes. "One day a...

The Robins' Spring Concert
"The robins gave their spring concert the other morning for the fairies," said daddy. "They give one every year just after most o...

The Crows At The Fairies' Ball
"The fairies had one of their fine balls just two evenings ago," said daddy. "Among their guests were the brownies, elves, gno...

The Naughty Little Sick Snowbird
Daddy had been encouraging Jack and Evelyn to feed the little birds that came outside the window. So one evening when it was time...

A Sparrow Calls On A Hippopotamus
"The hippopotamus who lived in the zoo had a very strange caller the other day," said daddy. "Into the animal house flew a spa...

The Robins Come To The Rescue
The honeysuckles were beginning to bud. Already the humming-birds were hovering near and had built a nest right in the heart of t...

Mr And Mrs Owl's Storeroom
"Two owls," commenced daddy, "lived in a soft feathered nest in the big woods. After a time they got a little tired of talking an...

Polly Was The Heroine Of The Fire
Jack and Evelyn had been to see a friend of theirs who owned a parrot. The parrot, whose name, of course, was Polly, had complete...

The Winter Home For The Wren Family
"A number of little boys living in a small town were very much interested in carpentry," said daddy. "They made boxes and chairs ...

The Vain Goldfinch Learns A Lesson
"Mr. Goldfinch," said daddy, "was very conceited and proud of himself. To be sure, a goldfinch's voice is very much like a canary...

The Bats Have A Jollification
"The bats are all so glad the summer has come," said daddy. "For a long, long time they have been staying in the caves and hiding...

The Repentance Of Little Jim Crow
"Little Jim Crow had been very naughty," began daddy. "He had been bullying Sammy Crow for some time past simply because Sammy wa...

The Rescue Of The Canary Bird
"I am going to tell you a really true story," said daddy, "something which happened to-day. I was walking along a rather poor par...

Small Fire Department Rescues Birds
"The salamanders," said daddy, "are little creatures very much like lizards in looks, except their skin is not scaly as a lizard'...

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