Posts tagged ‘Family’

The Little Match Girl

The Little Match Girl StoryThe short story by Hans Christian Andersen.

Thousands of lights were burning on the green branches, and gaily-colored pictures, such as she had seen in the shop-windows, looked down upon her. The little maiden stretched out her hands towards them when—the match went out. The lights of the Christmas tree rose higher and higher, she saw them now as stars in heaven; one fell down and formed a long trail of fire.

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What Happened Christmas Eve

What Happened Christmas EveA lovely Christmas tale by Oliver Herfold.

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.

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The Fir Tree

The Fir TreeA Christmas story by Hans Christian Andersen.

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 was enough of that, and round him grew many large-sized comrades, pines as well as firs. But the little Fir wanted so very much to be a grown-up tree.
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A Christmas Dream, and How it Came True

A Christmas Dream and How it Came True Story

A Christmas story by Louisa May Alcott.

“I always find heaps of goodies in my stocking. Don’t like some of them, and soon get tired of those I do like. Then there is a Christmas tree somewhere, with a doll on top, or a stupid old Santa Claus. Really, mamma, I’ve had so many Christmases all alike that I don’t think I can bear another one.”
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Tom Tit Tot

Tom Tit Tot FairytaleA fairytale by Joseph Jacobs.

The king has married a girl on the condition that she spins five yarn bundles a day in the last month of every year. But she cannot, so when a black goblin offers his help, she accepts. His price, however, is high and now it is time to collect his payment.
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The Willow-Wren and the Bear

The Willow-Wren and the Bear StoryA children’s story by the Grimm Brothers.

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.
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The Water of Life

The Water of Life StoryOne of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales.

When the king is ill, his three sons journey to find The Water of Life in order to save him. A test of all three characters, it is the youngest who comes up trumps by finding the water and rescuing his brothers. But will he be rewarded?
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The Twelve Huntsmen

The Twelve Huntsmen StoryA short story by the Brothers Grimm.

Having left his beloved wife to visit his bed-ridden father,he learns that his dying wish is for him to marry another! In his grief he consents and makes preparations. The poor wife, hearing of this, makes some preparations of her own. Continue reading ‘The Twelve Huntsmen’ »

The Turnip

The Turnip StoryA funny short story from the Grimm Brothers.

This poor brother grows the biggest turnip ever seen and offers it to the King, who in return awards great wealth. His rich brother is jealous and tries his own luck.
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The Three Sillies

The Three Sillies StoryA funny short story by Joseph Jacobs.

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.
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The Shepherdess and the Sweep

The Shepherdess and the Sweep StoryThe Hans Christian Andersen Fairy tale.

The little china ornament Shepherdess and Sweep decide to leave their table and venture out into the wide world, only find themselves back where they started…but something has changed.
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The Rose-Tree

The Rose-Tree StoryA strange fairy tale by Joseph Jacobs.

A dark tale of a step-daughter seeking revenge for her own murder.
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The Queen Bee

The Queen Bee StoryA short story by the Brothers Grimm.

When the youngest brother joins them on their journey, the two elder brothers mock him as he is a dwarf and cannot do as much as them. But they discover an enchanted castle made of marble. Who can break the spell?
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The Pobble who has no Toes

The Pobble who has no Toes PoemAn charming poem by Edward Lear.

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The Pobble who has no toes, Had once as many as we;
When they said ‘Some day you may lose them all’;
He replied ‘Fish, fiddle-de-dee!’

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The Pink

The Pink FairytaleAnother Fairytale by the Brothers Grimm.

The Queen’s baby has a gift:he can wish for anything and it will appear before him. The Cook decides to kidnap him and hides him away, but the poor queen is accused of carelessness for losing him and is sentenced to seven years in a tower. Years later, the boy finds out who he is…
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The King of the Golden Mountain

The King of the Golden Mountain Short StoryA short story by the Brothers Grimm.

A fairy had told Heinel of his iminent fortune and so he happily sets sail on rough waters. Finding an enchanted land, he undergoes the pains to break the spell and marries the beautiful princess. But after years there, he longs to see his father and makes a promise to his wife.
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The Juniper-Tree

The Juniper-Tree StoryA dark short story from the Grimm Brothers.

A wicked step-mother kills her son so that her daughter can be the sole heir to her husbands wealth. But she is so ashamed that she makes her daughter feel responsible. Once buried, the boy returns as a bird to take revenge.
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The Four Clever Brothers

The Four Clever Brothers StoryA story from the Grimm Brothers.

After four years apart, four brothers and thier father meet to demonstrate their new skills. Learning of a distress call from the King,they set off to help. But which of them should win the prize?
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The Father and his Sons

The Father and his Sons FableAnother Aesop Fable.

Moral: There is strength in union.
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The Golden Goose

The Golden Goose StoryThe fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.

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.
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Rumpelstiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin StoryThe classic fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers.

A girl is locked in a tower and told to spin straw into gold if she wants to live. But she is not magical so when a goblin offers his help, she accepts. His price, however, is high and now it is time to collect his payment.
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Rapunzel

Rapunzel StoryThe traditional tale of Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.

Rapunzel is locked in a tower by her evil step-mother, but a Prince finds her and they plan her escape.
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Mother Holle

Mother Holle FairytaleA Brothers Grimm Fairytale.

A beautiful girl falls down a well and wakes in a magical land. She works there for Mother Holle and receives a handsome reward. Her jealous sister decides to follow in her footsteps with a different outcome.
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Jack and the Beanstalk

The Story of Jack and the BeanstalkThe famous fairy tale by Joseph Jacobs.

A young boy exchanges his cow for some beans and his angry mother throws them into the garden. But by morning, a giant beanstalk leads Jack to another world.
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Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel Fairy TaleThe classic Fairytale by the Brothers Grimm.

After thier wicked step-mother leaves the children in the woods, they find a gingerbread house and meet a witch who wants to eat them.
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Fundevogel

Fundevogel StoryA story by the Brothers Grimm.

These half-siblings are the best of friends, so when Lina hears of a plan to kill Fundevogel, they run away together. With a little magic, they disguise themselves in order to escape their pursuers.
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Clever Elsie

Clever Elsie Fairy taleA Funny Story by the Brothers Grimm.

Hans marries Elsie because of how clever she is. But he soon finds out that she is not so clever as everyone thought.
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Cinderella

Cinderella StoryThe original Fairy Tale by George Routledge and Sons.

This poor girl is treated like a servant by her sisters. They leave for the Prince’s ball, and a fairy Godmother visits Cinderella, changing her fortune forever.
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Cat-Skin

The Story of Cat-SkinA Fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.

This unhappy princess runs away and finds herself a job as a poor scullery-maid. But the truth slowly begins to emerge.
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Beauty and the Beast

The Story of Beauty and the BeastThe Classic Fairy Tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

Beauty goes to live with a beast so that her father’s life will be spared, but life is not what she feared.
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Ashputtel

The Story of AshputtelA Fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.

A Cinderella Story: the poor sister who slaves after her siblings and is not allowed to go to the ball. But Ashputtel has a magic bird in the garden who helps her.
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A Lac of Rupees for a bit of Advice

A Lac of Rupees for a Bit of Advice StoryA Fairy tale by Joseph Jacobs.

Having been banished by his father,the king, for buying advice from a poor woman, he sets out on his own. The advice proves true and by following it, he avoids danger and realises his potential.
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