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The Sparrow's Quest
A sparrow goes on a journey to find the most powerful thing on earth.
The Talking Skull
Donna L. Washington
In this fable, a man finds a talking skull and wishes to show his village.
The Fox and the Horse
The Brothers Grimm
A fox helps a horse prove himself to his master.
Hans Christian Andersen
Born in the center of a tulip and stuck forever at her small size, Thumbelina faces many challenges because she is so different from others around her.
The Little Red Hen
Florence White Williams
A hard-working Red Hen must balance being a mother to her chicks and planting wheat seeds, while three other lazy animals look on.
The Ants and the Grasshopper
After playing music all summer long, a grasshopper asks some ants for help.
Jack and the Beanstalk
In this classic fairy tale, a poor young boy braves considerable danger to acquire a fortune.
The Three Little Pigs
In this classic fable, three pigs each attempt to build houses that will protect them from the wicked schemes of a hungry wolf.
The Frog and the Mouse
A frog betrays a mouse and finds himself in a bad situation because of it.
The Farmer and the Viper
A farmer finds a snake frozen in his field and decides to help it.
The Griffin and the Minor Canon
Frank R. Stockton
A griffin, drawn from the wild to a nearby town to see a statue made in his likeness, elicits reactions of fear and prejudice from the townspeople.
The Elephant's Child
An insatiably curious baby elephant goes on a journey to find the crocodile — an encounter that will change him forever.
The Lion and the Mouse
A classic fable in which a tiny mouse proves to a powerful lion that she is greater than she seems.
The Story of The Lazy Boy: A Kachari Folktale
Compiled by Rev. Sidney Endle
A boy misses his opportunity to plant during planting season.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The classic fable of a sheep herder boy who lies and pays the price.
The House Dog and The Wolf
An adaptation of a classic fable in which a hungry wolf decides, "Lean freedom is better than fat slavery."
The Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion
A donkey and a fox are hunting together and come across a lion. One arranges a scheme that ends in their mutual demise.
The Fox and the Lion
A fox has never seen a lion before, but he is still terrified.