Fairytales, folktales and fables for kids

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksArmenian fairy tale

The Steel Cane

Once upon a time there lived an old woman who had a small cottage on the edge of the forest. Behind the cottage was a garden in which all sorts of vegetables grew, and, beyond that, a field with two or three cows in it, so her neighbours considered her…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksArmenian fairy tale

The Story of Zoulvisia

In the midst of a sandy desert, somewhere in Asia, the eyes of travellers are refreshed by the sight of a high mountain covered with beautiful trees, among which the glitter of foaming waterfalls may be seen in the sunlight. In that clear, still air it is even possible to…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksFrench fairy tales

The Satin Surgeon

Once upon a time there was a very rich and powerful king who, in spite of having been married several times, had only two daughters. The elder was extremely plain — she squinted and was hunchbacked; but at the same time she was very clever and amusing, so, though at…

African fairy taleAndrew Lang’s Fairy Books

Samba the Coward

In the great country far away south, through which flows the river Nile, there lived a king who had an only child called Samba. Now, from the time that Samba could walk he showed signs of being afraid of everything, and as he grew bigger he became more and more…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksSami fairy tale

The Sister of the Sun

A long time ago there lived a young prince whose favourite playfellow was the son of the gardener who lived in the grounds of the palace. The king would have preferred his choosing a friend from the pages who were brought up at court; but the prince would have nothing…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksBrazilian fairy tale

The Story of the Yara

Down in the south, where the sun shines so hotly that everything and everybody sleeps all day, and even the great forests seem silent, except early in the morning and late in the evening–down in this country there once lived a young man and a maiden. The girl had been…

African fairy taleAndrew Lang’s Fairy Books

The Story of Halfman

In a certain town there lived a judge who was married but had no children. One day he was standing lost in thought before his house, when an old man passed by. ‘What is the matter, sir, said he, ‘you look troubled?’ ‘Oh, leave me alone, my good man!’ ‘But…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksRomanian fairy tale

Stan Bolovan

Once upon a time what happened did happen, and if it had not happened this story would never have been told. On the outskirts of a village just where the oxen were turned out to pasture, and the pigs roamed about burrowing with their noses among the roots of the…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksItalian fairy tale

The Simpleton

There lived, once upon a time, a man who was as rich as he could be; but as no happiness in this world is ever quite complete, he had an only son who was such a simpleton that he could barely add two and two together. At last his father…