English Stories


A Story of Courage

A Story of Courage

Language: English/French  Origin: India

Harjit Singh sat on the bench by the carousel at the airport waiting for his suitcase to arrive. He was tired and cold and wasn’t used to this weather. In Amritsar, where he came from in India, it was thirty-seven degrees!

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Why Elephants Can’t Fly

Why Elephants Can’t Fly

Language: English/Hindi  Origin: India

A long time ago, much longer than most people can remember, elephants could fly! They had four enormous wings and they whizzed through the sky so fast that it amazed the other animals.  But these big beasts were sometimes also stupid… 

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The Boastful Turtle

The Boastful Turtle

Language: English/Filipino  Origin: Philippines

Some animals are more fortunate than others. But many would say that birds are the most fortunate creatures of all. Turtle certainly thought so…

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The Legend of the Mafumeira

The Legend of the Mafumeira

Language: English/Portuguese  Origin: Brazil

Deep within the forest there lives the tallest of all trees. They stretch their thick branches full of leaves up into the blue skies and give us oxygen to breathe. Their trunks are very wide and many of these beautiful giants have been in the forest for hundreds of years…

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The Three Oranges

The Three Oranges

Language: English/French  Origin: France

Once upon a time, there was a Prince who never laughed nor smiled. Amongst his people he had the reputation of being a sombre young man who always seemed very alone…

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The Magic Paint Brush

The Magic Paint Brush

Language: English/Mandarin  Origin: China

Once upon a time, there was a young man called Ma Liang. He was poor and kind and liked drawing so much that he drew pictures everywhere. One night, he dreamed that an old man gave him a magic paintbrush and asked him to use it to help poor people. When he woke up, he found the magic paintbrush on his desk…

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The First Sunrise

The First Sunrise

Language: English  Origin: Australia

A traditional tale from the Dreamtime about how the world became warm and light and why dawn is greeted with birdsong

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The Donkey and the Qazi of Jaunpur

The Donkey and the Qazi of Jaunpur

Language: English/Gujarati  Origin: India

There was once a boastful and proud teacher who lived in a small village in India. This man claimed that he was so intelligent that he could turn a donkey into a man…

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The Curse

The Curse

Language: English/Portuguese  Origin: Portugal

They say in my country that there is a curse upon the seventh son born to any family. The curse will not befall any daughters, but if a mother gives birth to seven sons then the last of these sons will…

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The Foolish Crocodile

The Foolish Crocodile

Language: English/Gujarati  Origin: India

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful jamun tree that grew by the side of a river. A monkey lived in this tree, a happy and generous monkey who loved to eat the sweet jamun fruit that grew in abundance on the branches of the tree.

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