Fairytales, folktales and fables for kids

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksSami fairy tale

The Fox and the Lapp

Once upon a time a fox lay peeping out of his hole, watching the road that ran by at a little distance, and hoping to see something that might amuse him, for he was feeling very dull and rather cross. For a long while he watched in vain; everything seemed…

African fairy taleAndrew Lang’s Fairy Books

Father Grumbler

Once upon a time there lived a man who had nearly as many children as there were sparrows in the garden. He had to work very hard all day to get them enough to eat, and was often tired and cross, and abused everything and everybody, so that people called…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksItalian fairy tale

The Frog

Once upon a time there was a woman who had three sons. Though they were peasants they were well off, for the soil on which they lived was fruitful, and yielded rich crops. One day they all three told their mother they meant to get married. To which their mother…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksFrench fairy tales

A Fairy’s Blunder

Once upon a time there lived a fairy whose name was Dindonette. She was the best creature in the world, with the kindest heart; but she had not much sense, and was always doing things, to benefit people, which generally ended in causing pain and distress to everybody concerned. No…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksArabic fairy tale

The Forty Thieves

In a town in Persia there dwelt two brothers, one named Cassim, the other Ali Baba. Cassim was married to a rich wife and lived in plenty, while Ali Baba had to maintain his wife and children by cutting wood in a neighboring forest and selling it in the town.…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksArabic fairy tale

The Enchanted Head

Once upon a time an old woman lived in a small cottage near the sea with her two daughters. They were very poor, and the girls seldom left the house, as they worked all day long making veils for the ladies to wear over their faces, and every morning, when…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksSami fairy tale

The Elf Maiden

Once upon a time two young men living in a small village fell in love with the same girl. During the winter, it was all night except for an hour or so about noon, when the darkness seemed a little less dark, and then they used to see which of…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksSlavic fairy tale

The Enchanted Canary

I Once upon a time, in the reign of King Cambrinus, there lived at Avesnes one of his lords, who was the finest man–by which I mean the fattest–in the whole country of Flanders. He ate four meals a day, slept twelve hours out of the twenty-four, and the only…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksFrench fairy tales

The Enchanted Ring

Once upon a time there lived a young man named Rosimond, who was as good and handsome as his elder brother Bramintho was ugly and wicked. Their mother detested her eldest son, and had only eyes for the youngest. This excited Bramintho’s jealousy, and he invented a horrible story in…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksFrench fairy tales

The Enchanted Watch

Once upon a time there lived a rich man who had three sons. When they grew up, he sent the eldest to travel and see the world, and three years passed before his family saw him again. Then he returned, magnificently dressed, and his father was so delighted with his…