World Stories

World Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by UK children. 
 

Story Collections:

Adventure Stories
 
We are adding new stories, translations, pictures and sound recordings every week. So keep coming back to enjoy new content.
 
 

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Selected Stories

The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare

Language: English  Origin: United Kingdom

Once upon a time, in a field not too far from you, there was an energetic and happy hare and a sleepy tortoise...

Enjoy this story in: English

The Ant and the Elephant

The Ant and the Elephant

Language: English/Pashto  Origin: Afghanistan

The ant and the elephant were very good friends indeed and would play together whenever they had the chance...

Enjoy this story in: English Pashto

The Gift of the Forest

The Gift of the Forest

Language: English/Tamil  Origin: India

Venu had always loved the forest, ever since he could remember. It enchanted him, made him feel alive, safe and loved...

Enjoy this story in: English Tamil

Bald Boy and the Magic Seal

Bald Boy and the Magic Seal

Language: English/Turkish  Origin: Turkey

In this tale Bald Boy discovers the true value of friendship.

Enjoy this story in: English Turkish

The Fool and the Donkey

The Fool and the Donkey

Language: English/Persian  Origin: Iran

One morning, the fool woke up and he thought, ‘There is one thing I need, I need a donkey...’

Enjoy this story in: English Persian