Posts tagged ‘Funny’

The Twelve Days of Christmas

12DaysofChristmasThe traditional song about Christmas presents.

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

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Topsy Turvey World

Topsy Turvey World PoemA delightful poem by William Brighty Rands

If the butterfly courted the bee,
And the owl the porcupine;

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Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse

Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse StoryA short story by Joseph Jacobs.

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.
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There was and Old Lady

There was an old Lady RhymeThe funny nonsense rhyme.

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she’ll die.
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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 Walrus and the Carpenter

The Walrus and the Carpenter PoemA poem from Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:

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The Valiant Little Tailor

The Valiant Little Tailor StoryA Brothers Grimm short story.

‘Seven in one Blow’ becomes this tailor’s motif after he swats seven flies at once. But thinking he is capable of killing seven men in one blow, people start to fear and respect him. One emperor puts him to the test. Continue reading ‘The Valiant Little Tailor’ »

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 Travelling Musicians

The Travelling Musicians StoryA great story for kids by the Brothers Grimm.

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.
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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 Straw, The Coal and The Bean

The Straw, The Coal and The Bean StoryA strange trio in this short story for kids by the Brothers Grimm.

These three make a narrow escape from death just to find themselves at the rivers brink. Find out why beans have black seams!

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The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was

The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was StoryAn children’s short story from the Brothers Grimm.

This youth doesn’t know very much and can’t make a living. He is interested in what it is to ‘shudder’ and when his father sends him away to look after himself, he resolves to find out.
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The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs StoryThe original story of the famous fairy tale by Joseph Jacobs.

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…
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The Three Bears

The Three Bears StoryThe original fairy tale by Joseph Jacobs.

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?
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The Spider and the Fly

The Spider and the FlyThe cautionary poem by Mary Howitt.

Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly, ‘Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
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The Salad

The Salad StoryAnother Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale.

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?
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The Rock and the Bubble

The Rock and the Bubble PoemA lovely moral poem by Louisa May Alcott.

Oh! a bare, brown rock, Stood up in the sea,
The waves at its feet, Dancing merrily.

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The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat PoemThe famous poem by Edward Lear.

The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea,
In a beautiful pea-green boat.

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The Old Woman and Her Pig

The Old Woman and Her Pig StoryA funny short story by Joseph Jacobs.

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 Night before Christmas

The Night Before ChristmasThe famous Christmas Poem by Clement Clarke Moore.

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house…

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The New Vestments

The New Vestments PoemA very funny poem by Edward Lear.

There lived an old man in the kingdom of Tess,
who invented a purely original dress;

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The Mouse, the Cock and the Cat

The Mouse, the Cock and the Cat PoemA cautionary tale by Richard Scrafton Sharpe.

A Silly young Mouse, Ventur’d out of the house,
In spite of his mother’s advice;

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The Miser in the Bush

The Miser in the Bush StoryThe short story by the Brothers Grimm.

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!
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The Master and His Pupil

The Master and His Pupil StoryA story by the Grimm Brothers.

A silly servant to the great ‘know-all master’ decides to gather some secrets while the master is away.But not knowing the language, he speaks a spell that sends things spiralling out of control!
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The Lobster-quadrille

The Lobster-quadrille PoemThe funny poem by Lewis Carroll.

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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The Little Peasant

The Little Peasant StoryA short story by the Brothers Grimm.

This poor Peasant uses his cunning to make a little money. His trickery proves very lucrative!
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The Frog Prince

The Frog Prince StoryThe famous tale by the Brothers Grimm.

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.
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The Fox and the Horse

The Fox and the Horse StoryAn animal story by Brothers Grimm

Having been sent away by his master for being too old to work, the horse wanders into a wood where he meets a fox…
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The Fox and the Cat

The Fox and the Cat StoryA short story by the Brothers Grimm.

Honoured to meet Fox, Cat starts a polite conversation, only to be belittled and embarrassed. But then, fate steps in to make a point.
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The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes StoryThe funny fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

This emperor loves clothes and commissions two men to make him one of their famous suits. It is said that it can only be seen by clever people, so why can no one see it?
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The Duck and the Kangaroo

The Duck and the KangarooA great poem for kids by Edward Lear.

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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The Daddy Long-Legs and the Fly

The Daddy Long-Legs and the Fly PoemA funny poem by Edward Lear.

Once Mr. Daddy Long-legs, Dressed in brown and gray,
Walked about upon the sands, Upon a sumer’s day;
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The Cock and the Jewel

The Cock and the Jewel StoryAnother of Aesop’s Fables.

Moral: The disharmony between needs and possessions.
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The Boy Hunting Locusts

The Boy Hunting Locusts FableOne of Aesop’s Fables.

Moral: Carelessness has consequences.
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The Blue Light

The Blue Light StoryAnother fairytale by the Grimm Brothers.

Having been fired by the king for being too wounded to work, this Soldier wanders into a wood, hungry and thirsty, whereupon he meets a witch. While working for her, he finds a very special blue light! How his life changes!
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The Beginning of the Armadillos

The Beginning of the Armadillos StoryA wonderful Just-So story by Rudyard Kipling.

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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The Bat and the Weasels

The Bat and the Weasels Fable
An animal fable by Aesop.

Moral: It is wise to turn circumstances to good account.
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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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Teeny-Tiny

Teeny-Tiny Story

A lovely little story from  Joseph Jacbos

This teeny-tin woman lives in a teeny-tiny world and a teeny-tiny voice has frightened her.
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Snowdrop

Snowdrop StoryAnother version of ‘Snow White’ from the Brothers Grimm.

Snowdrop is so beautiful that her jealous, evil step-mother tries to kill her. So she runs away and meets an interesting group who look after her. But the step-mother finds out where she is…The Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Fairy taleThe famous story by the Brothers Grimm.

Snow White is so beautiful that her jealous, evil step-mother tries to kill her. So she runs away and meets an interesting group who look after her. But the step-mother finds out where she is…
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Old Sultan

Old Sultan StoryA great story of friendship by the Grimms Brothers.

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!
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My Shadow

My Shadow PoemA poem for kids by Robert Louis Stevenson.

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.

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Mr. Vinegar

Mr. Vinegar  Fairy TaleA Story by Joseph Jacobs.

Upon finding some money, this poor couple decide to purhcase a cow and sell the milk and cheese. But when Mr.Vinegar buys the cow, he becomes distracted and makes a few bad decisions.
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Mr and Mrs Spikkey Sparrow

Mr and Mrs Spikkey Sparrow  PoemA lovely poem by Edward Lear.

On a little piece of wood,
Mr. Spikky Sparrow stood;

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Mouse and Mouser

Mouse and Mouser StoryA play by Joseph Jacobs.

It seems some friendships are never meant to be; as the Mouse and the Cat show here.
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Lazy Jack

Lazy Jack StoryA story by Joseph Jacobs.

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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King Grisly-Beard

King Grisly-Beard StoryA funny story by the Brothers Grimm.

When the princess is to choose a husband, she stands her suitors in a line and mocks each of them, calling one ‘Grisly-Beard’. Embarassed by her arrogance, her father determines to marry her to the next man to enter the castle. As it happens, it is a poor fiddler, who walks her through King Grisly-Beard’s beautiful kindom before arriving at his dirty hole.
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Johnny Cake

Johnny Cake StoryThe original Gingerbread Man story by Joseph Jacobs.

This Johnny Cake hops out of the oven and rolls off down the lane, scoffing as he goes. Is anyone he meets faster than him?

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Jack Hannaford

Jack Hannaford StoryA Joseph Jacobs Story.

After Jack Hannaford’s visit, we are all left wondering who is silliest; the man or his wife!
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Jabberwocky

Jabberwocky PoemA wonderful Lewis Carroll poem for kids.

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves,
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;

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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

It's Raining, It's Pouring Rhyme

An Anonymous Rhyme.

It’s raining, it’s pouring; The old man is snoring.

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How the Leopard Got its Spots

How the Leopard Got its Spots StoryThe Just-so Story from Rudyard Kipling.

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.
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How Pleasant to know Mr Lear

How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear PoemA funny poem about and by Edward Lear.

How pleasant to know Mr. Lear,
Who has written such volumes of stuff.

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How Jack Went to Seek his Fortune

How Jack Went Forth to Seek his FortuneA funny story by Joseph Jacobs.

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.
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How doth the Little Crocodile

How doth the Little Crocodile PoemThe funny poem by Lewis Carroll.

How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,

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Hans in Luck

Hans in Luck StoryA funny story from the Grimm Brothers.

Hans has a very different view on luck and when he sells his silver for a horse, he embarks on a journey that leaves him feeling like the luckiest man in the world! Continue reading ‘Hans in Luck’ »

Frederick and Catherine

Frederick and CatherineA fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers.

Catherine is very silly and makes many mistakes, exasperating her poor husband. When she gives away the last of thier gold, they head out to get it back, one mistake at a time!
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Doctor Knowall

The story of Doctor KnowallThe fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers.

Seeing how well a doctor could live, this poor peasant decides to call himself one too! Now Dr Knowall, he receives a request for help from a rich lord…but does he really know all?
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Clever Hans

The Story of Clever HansA kid’s story by the Brothers Grimm.

Clever Hans is not so clever after all. Follow his visits to his fiancee, Gretel, and see how he carries home his gifts. He always does as mother says, but should he? Watch out for an unexpected ending!
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Clever Gretel

The Fairytale Clever GretelA Funny Fairytale from the Brothers Grimm.

This greedy cook finds she has eaten all her masters dinner and comes up with a clever way to hide it!
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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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