Fairytales, folktales and fables for kids

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksSlavic fairy tale

Two in a Sack

What a life that poor man led with his wife, to be sure! Not a day passed without her scolding him and calling him names, and indeed sometimes she would take the broom from behind the stove and beat him with it. He had no peace or comfort at all,…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksScottish fairy tales

The Twin Brothers

Once there was a fisherman who had plenty of money but no children. One day an old woman came to his wife and said: ‘What use is all your prosperity to you when you have no children?’ ‘It is God’s will,’ answered the fisherman’s wife. ‘Nay, my child, it is…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksGreek fairy tale

The Terrible Head

Once upon a time there was a king whose only child was a girl. Now the King had been very anxious to have a son, or at least a grandson, to come after him, but he was told by a prophet whom he consulted that his own daughter’s son should…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksFrench fairy tales

Toads and Diamonds

There was once upon a time a widow who had two daughters. The eldest was so much like her in the face and humor that whoever looked upon the daughter saw the mother. They were both so disagreeable and so proud that there was no living with them. The youngest,…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksGerman fairy tales

The Three Dogs

There was once upon a time a shepherd who had two children, a son and a daughter. When he was on his death-bed he turned to them and said, ‘I have nothing to leave you but three sheep and a small house; divide them between you, as you like, but…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksGerman fairy tales

The Three Musicians

Once upon a time three musicians left their home and set out on their travels. They had all learnt music from the same master, and they determined to stick together and to seek their fortune in foreign lands. They wandered merrily from place to place and made quite a good…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksFrench fairy tales

The Stones of Plouhinec

Perhaps some of you may have read a book called ‘Kenneth; or the Rear-Guard of the Grand Army’ of Napoleon. If so, you will remember how the two Scotch children found in Russia were taken care of by the French soldiers and prevented as far as possible from suffering from…