English Stories


The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Language: English  Origin: Denmark

Once upon a time there was an Emperor who loved clothes! He loved clothes more than anything else! Every year on his birthday he would ask for lots of new clothes. And every year for his Christmas present he would ask for lots of new clothes. In fact all the Emperor ever wanted… was lots of new clothes!

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The Clever Crow

The Clever Crow

Language: English/Kannada  Origin: India

A tale of how the crows worked together to help a friend.

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How the old woman got her wish

How the old woman got her wish

Language: English  Origin: India

A long time ago a blind old woman lived with her son and his wife in a small village in South India. They were very poor. The old woman was very religious and prayed every day. And one day, her god, the elephant god called Ganesh, said to her ‘Old woman, I am listening to your prayers and I will grant you one wish. So tell me what you want…

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The Lion and the Beetle

The Lion and the Beetle

Language: English/Zulu  Origin: South Africa

One day, Lion looked into the water of the lake and saw his reflection.   What a beautiful and noble creature I am, he thought.  Lion posed in front of the glassy lake for hours, admiring himself.  But he wanted to do more to prove to the other animals that he was their King.

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The Curse of the Chameleon

The Curse of the Chameleon

Language: English/Kannada  Origin: India

A traditional Indian story about why the chameleon changes colour and why snakes shed their skins

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The Rainbow Serpent

The Rainbow Serpent

Language: Arabic/English  Origin: Australia

Long ago in the Dreamtime a group of Aboriginals were out hunting. After many hours, they grew tired and decided to rest and as they sat around, telling stories and warming their hands by the fire, one of them looked up… 

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The Lion and The Jackal

The Lion and The Jackal

Language: English/Zulu  Origin: South Africa

One day long ago, Jackal was trotting through a narrow, rocky pass in the mountain. He was sniffing the ground trying to find something juicy to eat when he saw movement ahead of him in the pass.  Jackal stopped in his tracks. The mighty Lion was coming straight toward him…

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Why the Sky is so High

Why the Sky is so High

Language: Bengali/English  Origin: India

Many years ago, the sky was so low that if you reached up you could touch it with your fingers.  And in northern India where the sky was lowest there was a village where a very old woman lived in a tiny mud hut…

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The Frog Princess

The Frog Princess

Language: English  Origin: United Kingdom

Princess Ruby lived in a palace where her parents gave her everything she asked for…

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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…

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