The House of Strange Stories

The House of Strange Stories' is the tale of an evening after dinner when the various members of a house party take turns to relate a ghost story which they have experienced...

East of the Sun and West of the Moon A Norwegian Fairy Tale

"East of the Sun and West of the Moon" is a fairy tale from Norway. A poor family is visited one night by a white bear who promises to make them rich if they will give him their...

The Gifts of the Magician

Andrew Lang (1844-1912) was a Scottish poet and novelist, best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales.The Gifts of a Magician is the story of a young lad who gets lost in...

The Princess who was Hidden Underground

Andrew Lang (1844 – 1912) was a Scottish poet and novelist best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales."The Princess who was Hidden Underground" is the tale of a king who...

Goldilocks

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 bear; one was a middle-sized bear, and the other...

A French Puck

The Puck is a spirit of nature, which leads people astray. "A French Puck" is an English tale. One version of this tale you can find in Andrew Lang's Fairy Books. In the central...

The Crab and the Monkey

The Crab and the Monkey is a Japanese tale. A crab finds rice and wants to eat it. A monkey offers the crab to exchange the rice for a persimmon seed. The crab agrees, but then it...

The Crow

Once upon a time there were three young and beautiful princesses, but the youngest was the most beautiful of them. About half a mile from the palace was a castle, which was almost...

Urashima Taro and the Turtle

A young fisherman has rescued a turtle. His name was Urashima Taro and the turtle was the beautiful daughter of the master of the seas Ryudzin, who temporarily has turned to an...

Across the Australian Desert

Robert O'Hara Burke (1821-1861) was one of the great Victorian explorers. In 1860 he was appointed to lead the Victorian Exploring Expedition, which aimed to cross the Australian...

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