Fairytales, folktales and fables for kids

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksFrench fairy tales

The Snuff-Box

As often happens in this world, there was once a young man who spent all his time in traveling. One day, as he was walking along, he picked up a snuff-box. He opened it, and the snuff-box said to him in the Spanish language, ‘What do you want?’ He was…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksFinnish fairy tale

The Raspberry Worm

‘Phew!’ cried Lisa. ‘Ugh!’ cried Aina. ‘What now?’ cried the big sister. ‘A worm!’ cried Lisa. ‘On the raspberry!’ cried Aina. ‘Kill it!’ cried Otto. ‘What a fuss over a poor little worm!’ said the big sister scornfully. ‘Yes, when we had cleaned the raspberries so carefully,’ said Lisa. ‘It…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksFrench fairy tales

Rosanella

Everybody knows that though the fairies live hundreds of years they do sometimes die, and especially as they are obliged to pass one day in every week under the form of some animal, when of course they are liable to accident. It was in this way that death once overtook…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksGerman fairy tales

Rumpelstiltzkin

There was once upon a time a poor miller who had a very beautiful daughter. Now it happened one day that he had an audience with the King, and in order to appear a person of some importance he told him that he had a daughter who could spin straw…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksAustralian fairy tale

Pivi and Kabo

When birds were men, and men were birds, Pivi and Kabo lived in an island far away, called New Claledonia. Pivi was a cheery little bird that chirps at sunset; Kabo was an ugly black fowl that croaks in the darkness. One day Pivi and Kabo thought that they would…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksItalian fairy tale

Prunella

There was once upon a time a woman who had an only daughter. When the child was about seven years old she used to pass every day, on her way to school, an orchard where there was a wild plum tree, with delicious ripe plums hanging from the branches. Each…