01Mar
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The Farmyard Cock and the Weathercock

The Farmyard Cock and the Weathercock

Once there were two cocks, one on a dunghill and one on the roof, both of them conceited; but which of the two did the most? Tell us what you think – we’ll keep our own opinion, anyway. The chicken yard was separated by a board fence from another yard, where there lay a manure […]

01Mar
2012
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Lucky Peer

Lucky Peer

In the most fashionable street in the city stood a fine old house; the wall around it had bits of glass worked into it, so that when the sun or the moon shone it looked as if it were covered with diamonds. That was a sign of wealth, and there was great wealth inside. It […]

01Mar
2012
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Everything in its Proper Place

Everything in its Proper Place

It was over a hundred years ago. By the great lake behind the wood there stood an old mansion. Round about it circled a deep ditch, with bulrushes, reeds, and grasses growing in it. Close by the bridge, near the entrance gate, an old willow tree bent over the reeds. From the narrow lane came […]

01Mar
2012
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The Emperor’s New Clothes

You can listen the audiobook here. Many years ago there was an Emperor so exceedingly fond of new clothes that he spent all his money on being well dressed. He cared nothing about reviewing his soldiers, going to the theatre, or going for a ride in his carriage, except to show off his new clothes. […]

01Mar
2012
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The Elf Mound

The Elf Mound

Several lizards darted briskly in and out of the cracks of a hollow tree. They understood each other perfectly, for they all spoke lizard language. “My! How it rumbles and buzzes in the old elf mound,” said one lizard. “It rumbles and bumbles so that I haven’t had a wink of sleep for the past […]

01Mar
2012
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Eleventh Evening

Eleventh Evening

“It was a wedding celebration,” related the Moon. “Songs were sung and toasts proposed; everything was rich and splendid. It was past midnight before the guest departed. The mothers kissed the bride and groom; then they were alone. I saw them through the window, although the curtains were almost drawn; a lamp lighted the cozy […]

01Mar
2012
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The Elder-Tree Mother

The Elder-Tree Mother

Once there was a little boy who went out and got his feet wet and caught cold. Nobody could understand how it had happened, because the weather was very dry. His mother undressed him, put him to bed, and had the tea urn brought in to make him a good cup of elder tea, for […]

01Mar
2012
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Eighth Evening

Eighth Evening

Dark masses of clouds covered the sky, and the Moon did not come out at all. In my little chamber I stood more lonely than ever and gazed up into the sky where he should have appeared. My thoughts flew far away, up to my great friend, who each evening showed me such lovely pictures […]

01Mar
2012
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Eighteenth Evening

Eighteenth Evening

“I have told you about Pompeii,” the Moon said, “that corpse of a city which is now once more listed among living cities. I know another, an even stranger one; it is not a corpse, but rather the phantom of a city. Whenever water splashes from fountains into marble basins, I seem to hear the […]

01Mar
2012
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The Dryad

The Dryad

We’re going to Paris to see the exposition! Now we’re there! It was a speedy journey, done completely without witchcraft – we went by steam, in a ship and on a railroad. Our time is indeed a time of fairy tales. Now we are in a large hotel in the middle of Paris. The staircase […]