Posts tagged ‘Happy’

The Gift of the Magi

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A happy/sad Christmas story by O. Henry

This poor couple love each other very much and want to buy each other the nicest presents. But they have very little money. Find out what they do, what presents they give and how much they pay for them!

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The Telltale Tile

The Telltale TileA lovely story with a happy ending by Olive Thorn Miller

It is Christmas time and Miss Bennet hears that her neigbours may have to go into the poorhouse! Is there anything she can do? She has so little herself. There must be something….

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Tiny Tim

Tiny TimA short Christmas tale by Charles Dickens.

THERE was once a man who did not like Christmas. His name was Scrooge, and he was a hard sour-tempered man of business, intent only on saving and making money, and caring nothing for anyone.

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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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A Kidnapped Santa Claus

A Kidnapped Santa ClausA nice Christmas Story by L. Frank Baum

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…
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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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Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb StoryThe famous story by the Brothers Grimm.

Tom thumb is so small that he can fit inside a snail’s shell, so surely he can’t do much good? Can he? Follow him on this adventure and learn how being small can be a great advantage.
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The White Snake

The White Snake StoryAn animal story by the Brothers Grimm.

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!
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The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Twelve Dancing Princesses StoryA story for kids by the Brothers Grimm.

With the help of some magic, a soldier takes up a King’s challenge to find out why his twelve daughters’ shoes are always worn out in the morning. Many have tried, failed and paid with thier lives. How will his soldier fair?
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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 Swing

The Swing PoemA fun poem for children by Robert Louis Stevenson.

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?

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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 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 Seven Ravens

The Seven Ravens StoryA short story by the Grimm Brothers.

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.
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The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant StoryThe wonderful classic from Oscar Wilde.

The Giant returns from abroad to find children playing in his garden, so he throws them out and locks the gate. But why, then, is he not happy? Why do the flowers not grow and the sun not shine? This Giant goes on a beautiful journey all in his back garden!
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The Raven

The Raven StoryAnother short story by the Brothers Grimm.

Wandering alone in the woods, a man meets a raven who is really an enchanted girl. He agrees to help break the spell, but can he pass the tests ahead of him?
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The Princess and The Pea

The Princess and the Pea StoryAn enchanting tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

How can you tell a real princess? This Queen knows and she tests her method on a guest!
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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 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 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 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 Jumblies

The Jumblies PoemA lovely, inspiring poem from Edward Lear.

They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
In a Sieve they went to sea:

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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 Fly-Away Horse

The Fly-Away Horse PoemA lovely bedtime poem for children by Eugene Field.

Oh, a wonderful horse is the Fly-Away Horse -
Perhaps you have seen him before;

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The Dog and the Shadow

The Dog and the Shadow PoemA wonderful telling of the Aesop fable; a poem by Richard Scrafton Sharpe.

A hungry dog some meat had seized,
And, with the ample booty pleased,

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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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Swing, Swing

Swing, Swing PoemA fun poem by William Allingham.

Swing, Swing, Sing, Sing,
Here my throne and I am King.

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Sweetheart Roland

Sweetheart Roland StoryA dark and sad tale from the Brothers Grimm.

Hearing of a plot to kill her, this girl escapes from her step-mother and runs off with her boyfriend. They use some magic to disguise themselves and decide that Roland would go to the village first and return for her. But a long time later, he has not returned…
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Summer Sun

Summer Sun PoemA happy summer poem by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Great is the sun, and wide he goes,
Through empty heaven without repose;

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Snow-White and Rose-Red

Snow-White and Rose-Red StoryA lovely story about sisters by the Grimm Brothers.

These two sisters are the best of friends and love to spend the day playing with animals in the woods. But one day they find a little dwarf whose beard is stuck.
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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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Picture-books in Winter

Picture-books in Winter PoemA wintry poem by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Summer fading, winter comes,
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs,

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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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Nix Nought Nothing

Nix Nought Nothing StoryA story from Joseph Jacobs.

The unfortunate name of ‘Nix Nought Nothing’ leads to a misunderstanding and the King’s boy is given to a giant! With the help of the giant’s daughter, he escapes. But will his parents know him now that he’s a man?
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Lily and the Lion

Lily and the LionA magical story from the Brothers Grimm.

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.
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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.

Audio Length 5:10

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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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Jorinda and Jorindel

Jorinda and Jorindel FairyTaleA fairy tale from the Grimm Brothers.

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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Jimmy Scarecrow’s Christmas

Jimmy Scarecrow's Christmas StoryA lovely Christmas Story by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman.

Jimmy Scarecrow is sad in the winter as he has nothing to keep him busy. But he hears jingle bells and a very nice old man offers him a job!

Audio Length 16:45

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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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Jack and His Golden Snuff-Box

Jack and His Golden Snuff-BoxA fairy tale by Joseph Jacobs.

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.
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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 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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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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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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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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Cap O’Rushes

Cap O'Rushes FairytaleThe Fairy tale by Joseph Jacobs.

Disappointed with his youngest daughter’s answer as to how much she loves him, the King throws her out of the castle. She finds work as a maid and slowly her fortune changes, but can she prove her love to him?
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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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A Good Play

A Good Play

A Children’s Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson.

We built a ship upon the stairs
All mde of the back-bedroom chairs,

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