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Aesop Fable: The Lion and the Mouse

The Lion and the Mouse

A lion is kind to a mouse and she returns the favor.
The Robber Bridegroom

The Robber Bridegroom

A miller's daughter is betrothed to a relative strange with a very dark secret. Will she survive?
Fable of the Sun and the Wind

The Sun and the Wind

The Sun and the Wind have a contest to see who can persuade a traveler to take off his cloak.
Godfather Death

Godfather Death

When a thirteenth child is born to a poor family, the father makes Death the little boy's godfather.
Robin Hood Meets Allan-A-Dale

Robin Hood Meets Allan-A-Dale

When Robin Hood learns that Allan-A-Dale's bride has been promised to an old man, he steps in to stop the wedding.
Rumplestiltskin

Rumplestiltskin

Rumplestiltskin saves the life of a miller's daughter by spinning straw to gold. But the deal comes with a terrible clause.
King Maximilian and the Gooseherd

King Maximilian and the Geese

When King Maximilian drops his book, he asks a boy tending a flock of geese to find it. But who will keep the geese in order until he returns?
The Water of Life

The Water of Life

A young prince sets out to find the Water of Life to save his father from a grave illness.
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!
The Fawn and the Ghost

The Fawn and the Ghost

A brother and sister run away from their evil step-mother, who continues to plague them from afar.
Bearskin meets the old man's daughters

Bearskin and the Devil

A soldier makes a deal with the Devil in exchange for a lifetime of riches. If he can manage the impossible terms...
The Pot of Hot Porridge

The Pot of Hot Porridge

How the pot of alliance came from Zurich to Strasburg.
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.
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
The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl

An ambitious maid takes the princesses place at court in order to steal her husband and future crown.
The Bell Tower

The Bells

There once was an evil priest who did not fear God or man. His duties for the church included counting the offerings and ringing the bells to summon people to Mass. But his heart was filled with greed, and he began to take advantage of the good people of his parish.

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