Papa PanovS ✨

CHRISTMAS TALES Author: Leo TolstoyIt was Christmas Eve and although it was still afternoon, lights had begun to appear in the shops and houses of the little Russian village, for the short winter day was nearly over. Excited children scurried indoors and now only muffled sounds of chatter and laughter escaped from closed shutters.Old Papa […]

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The Frog and the King ✨

TALES Did you ever hear the old story about the foolish Frogs? The Frogs in a certain swamp decided that they needed a king; they had always got along perfectly well without one, but they suddenly made up their minds that a king they must have. They sent a messenger to Jove and begged him […]

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Little Jack Roll around ✨

TALES Once upon a time there was a wee little boy who slept in a tiny trundle bed near his mother’s great bed. The trundle bed had castors on it so that it could be rolled about, and there was nothing in the world the little boy liked so much as to have it rolled. […]

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The Cloud ✨

TALES One hot summer morning a little Cloud rose out of the sea and floated lightly and happily across the blue sky. Far below lay the earth, brown, dry, and desolate, from drought. The little Cloud could see the poor people of the earth working and suffering in the hot fields, while she herself floated […]

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The blackberry bush ✨

TALES Author: Celia Thaxter A little boy sat at his mother’s knees, by the long western window, looking out into the garden. It was autumn, and the wind was sad; and the golden elm leaves lay scattered about among the grass, and on the gravel path. The mother was knitting a little stocking; her fingers […]

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The 3 little Butterflies ✨

TALES Author: Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co There were once three little butterfly brothers, one white, one red, and one yellow. They played in the sunshine, and danced among the flowers in the garden, and they nevergrew tired because they were so happy.One day there came a heavy rain, and it wet their wings. They […]

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The song of the Spring ✨

TALES Author: Annie Willis McCullough The King was very ill indeed and no one in all the court could find out what was his ailment or how to cure it. He had been the kindest, merriest king for miles about, always ready to help a poor subject or to stop and play with the children […]

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The Canyon flowers ✨

TALES Author: Ralph Connor At first there were no canyons, but only the broad, open prairie. One day the Master of the Prairie, walking out over his great lawns, where were only grasses, asked thePrairie, “Where are your flowers?”And the Prairie said, “Master, I have no seeds”. Then he spoke to the birds, and they […]

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The Sun, Clouds and the Stars ✨

TALES Author: Caroline Sedgwick Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a country where it was always raining, raining and raining; downpours of rain all day, every day, for years and years andyears. And there lived a little boy, in a little house on the mountain, with his Daddy and […]

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The little white Cat ✨

TALES Irish folktale A long, long time ago, in a valley far away, the giant Trencoss lived in a great castle, surrounded by trees that were always green. The castle had a hundred doors, and every door was guarded by a huge, shaggy hound, with tongue of fire and claws of iron, who tore to […]

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The king magic drum ✨

TALES Nigerian Folktale Efriam Duke was an ancient king of Calabar. He was a peaceful man, and did not like war. He had a wonderful drum, the property of which, when it was beaten, was always to provide plenty of good food and drink. So whenever any country declared war against him, he used to […]

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Bahloo, the Moon and the Daens ✨

TALES Australian Folktale Bahloo the moon looked down at the earth one night, when his light was shining quite brightly, to see if any one was moving. When the earth people were all asleep was the time he chose for playing with his three dogs. He called them dogs, but the earth people called them […]

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The great Bell ✨

TALES Chinese Folktale The mighty Yung-lo sat on the great throne surrounded by a hundred attendants. He was sad, for he could think of no wonderful thing to do for his country. He flirted his silken fan nervously and snapped his long finger-nails in the impatience of despair.“Woe is me!” he cried at last, his […]

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The Dragon and the Prince ✨

TALES There was an emperor who had three sons. One day the eldest son went out hunting, and, when he got outside the town, up sprang a hare out of a bush, and he after it, and hither and thither, till the hare fled into a water-mill, and the prince after it. But it was […]

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The lucky Bird ✨

TALES There once was a poor Woodcutter. One day while working, he feet tired and sat down under a tree to rest for a while. A little bird flying about happened to see the woodcutter and felt sad at his miserable condition. “I must help him,” thought the bird, and perched beside the woodcutter. As […]

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A rumours take wing ✨

TALES Once upon a time, there lived a pundit. One day, he was crossing a field on his way home. As he walked, he suddenly felt something stuck in his throat and started to cough. The object came up to his mouth. “Oh god! What on earth is in my mouth!” he thought. He was […]

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The Elves ✨

TALES Author: Harriet Maxwell The little Elves of Darkness, so says the old Iroquois grandmother, were wise and mysterious. They dwelt under the earth, where were deep forests and broad plains. There they kept captive all the evil things that wished to injure human beings – the venomous reptiles, the wicked spiders, and the fearful […]

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The Fairy Tulips ✨

TALES English Folk-tale Once upon a time there was a good old woman who lived in a little house. She had in her garden a bed of beautiful striped tulips.One night she was wakened by the sounds of sweet singing and of babies laughing. She looked out at the window. The sounds seemed to come […]

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The Easter bunny ✨

TALES Easter was fast approaching. The Easter Bunny was down in his den. He was preparing all the chocolates and candies that he would be handing out to all the boys and girlsthat had been good.Deep down in another den on the other side of the forest, was another bunny. This bunny was the Easter […]

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The Perfect Easter ✨

TALES Hey Spot,” said Fawn. “Do you know that Easter is only a few weeks away?”“I know,” said Spot. “It has come up pretty quickly.”“Do you think Grampy will come for Easter?” asked Fawn.“Oh Fawn,” said Spot. “You know that Grampy lives in Ontario and we now live in British Columbia. There is about 4,000 […]

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The Carol Christmas ✨

TALES Every Christmas Eve, Rob, Fred and Micky sing in front of all the inhabitants of the ice pack. In return, they get a golden star to attach to the Christmas tree. However, on this particular Christmas Eve morning, Micky gets up and starts to sneeze. “You’ll have to sing without me tonight” he said, […]

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A Christmas Dream ✨

TALES Author: Lydie Jaillon Lulu is a little polar bear who lives in an igloo on the polar ice cap. On Christmas Eve, his eyes shining with excitement, he asks his mum:-Mum, I’ve been good this year, haven’t I?-Of course you have dear. You’re a very good little bear.-Can I write my letter to Santa […]

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Mr Smith wonderful Christmas Eve ✨

TALES Mrs. Smith is feeling a little sad. This year, she’s going to be on her own for Christmas. Her daughter and grandchildren live too far away from her to come and stay. Too bad! That won’t stop Mrs. Smith from cooking herself up a fine meal.But the wood’s wet and the fire won’t light. […]

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The Elves and the Shoemaker ✨

TALES Author: The Grimm Brothers There was once a shoemaker, who worked very hard and was very honest: but still he could not earn enough to live upon; and at last all he had in the world was gone, save just leather enough to make one pair of shoes.Then he cut his leather out, all […]

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