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The Legend of the Dipper
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
A little girl hurries to bring a dipper full of water to her mother.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit doesn’t listen to his mother when she warns her children not to go in Mr. McGregor’s garden.
The Cave That Talked
Jyoti Singh Visvanath
A lion waits in a cave to eat a jackal.
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.