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Rumplestiltskin

Rumplestiltskin

Rumplestiltskin saves the life of a miller's daughter by spinning straw to gold. But the deal comes with a terrible clause.
The Elves and the Shoemaker

The Elves and the Shoemaker

A poor shoemaker lays out leather to make one last pair of shoes. In the morning, it is replaced with shoes so fine he makes double the money from the sale. But who is helping him?
Robert the Bruce

Robert the Bruce and the Spider

A battle-weary Robert the Bruce takes heart by watching a patient and persistent spider.
The Golden Goose

The Golden Goose

Dumay is kind to an old man and is rewarded with a golden goose. The only drawback? If anyone but Dumay touches the bird, they can't let go!
Rip Van Winkle sleeps for 20 years

The Legend of Rip Van Winkle

One memorable night, Rip Van Winkle plays a game of nine pins in the Catskill Mountains with the ghosts of Henry Hudson and his crew and sleeps for 20 years.
The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Schoolmaster Ichabod Crane wooes the lovely Katerina Van Tassel and encounters the Headless Horseman.
King Midas painting by Michelangelo Cerquozzi (Rome 1602-1660)

King Midas and the Golden Touch

When the god Bacchus grants King Midas a wish, he asks for the ability to turn anything he touches into gold.
Orpheus and his lute

Orpheus and his Lute

When Orpheus loses his wife Eurydice to a snakebite, he ventures into Hades to try to win her back.
Pygmalion and the Statue

Pygmalion and the Statue

Master sculptor Pygmalion falls in love with the statue of a woman he is carving.
The Blind Men and the Elephant

The Blind Men and the Elephant

Six blind men meet an elephant for the first time and try to discover what the animal is like by touching it.
William Tell and the Apple

William Tell and the Apple

Legendary Swiss hero William Tell is forced by a tyrant to shoot an apple off the top of his son's head.
Androclus and the Lion

Androclus and the Lion

Androclus, a runaway slave, befriends a lion with a thorn in its paw.
The valiant tailor and the giant

The Valiant Tailor

A tailor kills seven flies in one blow, and his reputation for valor leads him into adventure.
The Travels of Tom Thumb

The Travels of Tom Thumb

There lived a tailor who had only one son, and he was extremely small, not any larger than your thumb, and so was called Tom Thumb.
Hansel and Grethel: A Grimm Fairy Tale

Hansel and Gretel

Once upon a time there dwelt near a large wood a poor woodcutter, with his wife and two children by his former marriage, a little boy called Hansel, and a girl named Grethel. He had little enough to break or bite; and once, when there was a great famine in the land, he could not procure even his daily bread

ABOUT THE EDITOR

S. E. Schlosser
Editor of WorldFolklore.net and AmericanFolklore.net, S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press. She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author.
The Spooky Series by S.E. Schlosser