On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.
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On the first day of Christmas,
Jessie and Fred had gone to bed very early so they might be the first to shout “Merry Christmas!” but their eyes would not stay shut.
The seven demons are getting lonely because all the children are being so good and don’t need to visit their caves anymore. This Christmas, they have come up with a plan to make the children unhappy so that they will be naughty…
Continue reading ‘A Kidnapped Santa Claus’ »
Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse do everything at the same time, but this time, it is not so. Follow the long series of events that equalisethe balance.
Continue reading ‘Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse’ »
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she’ll die.
Continue reading ‘There was and Old Lady’ »
Mother Goat leaves to collect food and warns her seven kids to be wary. But who should come a-visiting but the Big Bad Wolf, hungry for some lunch. Will the kids recognise him for what he is?
Continue reading ‘The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids’ »
Moral: The Tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.
Continue reading ‘The Wolf and the Lamb’ »
A bear insults the young of the wren he believes is king and the wren declares war. All four footed animals prepare to fight all winged animals. Find out who are victorious.
Continue reading ‘The Willow-Wren and the Bear’ »
The king has a secret dish served to him everynight and the servant is so curious that he has a peak. After just one bite, his life is changed forever. Find out why!
Continue reading ‘The White Snake’ »
Mr Fox wants to test Mrs Fox’s loyalty to him and so pretends to be dead and watches as the suitors line up. But one day he really does die and this time Mrs Fox has her pick of all kinds of animals. Will she marry?
Continue reading ‘The Wedding of Mrs Fox’ »
The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
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Donkey, dog, cat and cock leave home as they are too old to work. They plan to become musicians in the town, but on the way they find a house that takes their fancy.
Continue reading ‘The Travelling Musicians’ »
The Gentleman had never met such silly people as his fiancee’s family, so he sets off to find some even sillier than them before marrying the daughter.
Continue reading ‘The Three Sillies’ »
After three years of studies, his father is angry to find out how little his son has learned and so disowns him. However, these three languages are the key to the young man’s much higher purpose.
Continue reading ‘The Three Languages’ »
The Big Bad Wolf meets his match with the third little pig who lives in a house of bricks, so he tries to lure him out earlier and earlier each day…
Continue reading ‘The Three Little Pigs’ »
Three Bears leave their morining porridge to cool as they take a walk in the forest. Meanwhile a naughty old woman ventures inside and helps herself to whatever she can find. What will the bears do when they get back?
Continue reading ‘The Three Bears’ »
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly, ‘Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
Continue reading ‘The Spider and the Fly’ »
Having inadvertently turned his seven sons into ravens , the king hides their existence from his new daugther so as not to upset her. But upon hearing of them she leaves the castle in order to find and free them.
Continue reading ‘The Seven Ravens’ »
With the help of a magic cloak and bird heart, this poor huntsman becomes wealthy and sets off to see the world. But when he meets a beautiful woman with a greedy witch mother, things change very quickly. Can he restore his wealth and keep the woman he loves?
Continue reading ‘The Salad’ »
Into the street the Piper stept, Smiling first a little smile,
As if he knew what magic slept. In his quiet pipe the while;
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The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea,
In a beautiful pea-green boat.
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This woman goes to great lengths to get her pig home; requesting the help of a host of strangers who all need a little persuasion.
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The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?
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There lived an old man in the kingdom of Tess,
who invented a purely original dress;
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A Silly young Mouse, Ventur’d out of the house,
In spite of his mother’s advice;
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A poor peasant goes on his travels with just three pennies. But he offers them to a bird who rewards him with three wishes. Find out how he makes use of them!
Continue reading ‘The Miser in the Bush’ »
Will you walk a little faster? said a whiting to a snail,
There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail.
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Moral: It is possible for even a mouse to confer benefits on a lion.
Continue reading ‘The Lion and the Mouse’ »
Her maid has stolen her horse and clothes and arrives at the prince’s castle looking like the bride. But the poor princess, wearing the maid’s clothes, is offered a job looking after the geese. It is lucky that she has some magic as this alerts the king to his son’s false bride. Find out how.
Continue reading ‘The Goose-Girl’ »
This statue is of the late Prince who was always happy. But now he sits outside the castle walls and sees hardship and suffering and it makes him sad. A sparrow takes shelter on him and they become friends, doing good deeds all over the town.
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A frog fetches a princess’ ball out of the pond, but she doesn’t keep her side of the promise. So he finds her castle and insists on eating and sleeping there for three nights, as agreed.
Continue reading ‘The Frog Prince’ »
Having been sent away by his master for being too old to work, the horse wanders into a wood where he meets a fox…
Continue reading ‘The Fox and the Horse’ »
Honoured to meet Fox, Cat starts a polite conversation, only to be belittled and embarrassed. But then, fate steps in to make a point.
Continue reading ‘The Fox and the Cat’ »
Oh, a wonderful horse is the Fly-Away Horse –
Perhaps you have seen him before;
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When the fisherman tells his wife of the enchanted fish-prince he released, she demands he returns to request a favour in return. Granted her wish, her greed grows and grows.
Continue reading ‘The Fisherman and his Wife’ »
Said the Duck to the Kangaroo, ‘Good gracious! how you hop!
Over the fields and the water too, As if you never would stop!’
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A sparrow and a dog become good friends, but one day a tragic event leaves the sparrow angry for revenge. This dark tale follows his trail of punishment till the very end.
Continue reading ‘The Dog and the Sparrow’ »
A hungry dog some meat had seized,
And, with the ample booty pleased,
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Once Mr. Daddy Long-legs, Dressed in brown and gray,
Walked about upon the sands, Upon a sumer’s day;
Continue reading ‘The Daddy Long-Legs and the Fly’ »
Moral: The disharmony between needs and possessions.
Continue reading ‘The Cock and the Jewel’ »
In times when all animals were wild, the woman set about making them all tame, so that they could all work together. But the cat is having none of it.
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Moral: Carelessness has consequences.
Continue reading ‘The Boy Hunting Locusts’ »
The hedgehog and the tortoise have avoided being ‘lunch’ for the young jaguar as he just can’t tell which is which. Until now. They must learn each others skills if they are to further confuse him and avoid being eaten.
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Moral: It is wise to turn circumstances to good account.
Continue reading ‘The Bat and the Weasels’ »
Dummling is the youngest son and is not as strong or clever as his brothers. But he is kinder and this trait leads him on a journey his brothers could only dream of.
Continue reading ‘The Golden Goose’ »
Sound the flute! Now it’s mute!
Bird’s delight, Day and night,
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Goodbye, goodbye to Summer!
For Summer’s nearly done;
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The wolf helps Old Sultan win the love of his family, only to request help of his own. But Old Sultan cannot help and their friendship takes a knock. Thank goodness the three-legged cat turns up!
Continue reading ‘Old Sultan’ »
On a little piece of wood,
Mr. Spikky Sparrow stood;
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It seems some friendships are never meant to be; as the Mouse and the Cat show here.
Continue reading ‘Mouse and Mouser’ »
Little Red Cap is taking some treats to her grandmother when she meets the hungry wolf. Running late, she arrives at the house to find a nasty surprise.
Continue reading ‘Little Red Cap’ »
The daughter fulfills her fathers promise by going to where the lion lives, only to find him an enchanted prince! But the spell on him becomes deeper and her journey begins in earnest.
Continue reading ‘Lily and the Lion’ »
Jack’s mother is fed up with his laziness and sends him out to get work. Each day he finds work and each night manages to ruin his reward.
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Poor Jorinda is trapped as a bird in the fairy’s castle. Her fiance, Jorindel must find a way to approach the castle without being turned to stone. Can he free her?
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Never having met any other than his own parents, Jack heads off into the world and before long meets a lovely girl whose father offers her hand if he can pass three tasks. But when one goes awry, he has one year to set things straight, with a little help from his friends.
Continue reading ‘Jack and His Golden Snuff-Box’ »
The leopard and the Ethiopian go off in search of their run-away food. They come across the jungle and learn to adapt to their new surroundings.
Continue reading ‘How the Leopard Got its Spots’ »
Jack accumulates animal friends on his journey to seek his fortune. Needing a place to rest, he makes a plan to see off some robbers living in a house.
Continue reading ‘How Jack Went to Seek his Fortune’ »
How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
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This Cat and Mouse partnership seems to be going well, until Mouse finds out that thier food reserve is all gone. An accusation returns this relationship to a more conventional one.
Continue reading ‘Cat and Mouse in Partnership’ »