Two Friends

Two Friends

A tale from Africa

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Two boys were born on the very same day in an African tribe, and they grew up to be firm friends. Ndemi was the rich one. Jinjo was poor. They looked so alike that nobody could tell the one from the other. After spending his youth in the usual tribal pursuits – grass cutting, hunting […]

Truth & Story

Retold by Germaine Dietsch, with permission of Bobby Norfolk, from his book, The Moral of the Story

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At the beginning of time, Truth walked naked upon the earth. His body was strong and muscular. His skin was smooth and shining. He was beautiful. Whenever he walked into a village, he would call out, “I am Truth! Come gather around and listen to what I have to teach you.” But no one would […]

The Woman and the Stone

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An old woman was traveling from her village to her sister’s village, a day’s journey she made every month. As she stepped across the stream on the way there, she noticed something shining in the water. She stooped and picked up a magnificent stone. She knew it must be a jewel of some kind. Perhaps […]

The Wave

This is Germaine Dietsch's adaptation of an old Japanese folk tale.

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Long ago in Japan, high on a mountain by the sea there lived an old farmer named Hamaguchi. With him lived his grandson, Tada, who called him Oji-san, which means grandfather in Japanese. Tada loved his grandfather dearly and revered him for he knew he was old and very wise. At the base of the […]

The Two Travelers and The Farmer

A Tale From North America

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A traveler came upon an old farmer hoeing in his field beside the road. Eager to rest his feet, the wanderer hailed the countryman, who seemed happy enough to straighten his back and talk for a moment. “What sort of people live in the next town?” asked the stranger. “What were the people like where […]

The Twelve Months

A Slav Fairy Tale as retold by Alexander Chodsvko

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There was once a widow who had two daughters, Helen, her own child by her dead husband, and Marouckla, his daughter by his first wife. She loved Helen, but hated the poor orphan because she was far prettier than her own daughter. Marouckla did not think about her good looks, and could not understand why […]

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

From the Brothers Grimm

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There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. They slept in twelve beds all in one room; and when they went to bed, the doors were shut and locked up; but every morning their shoes were found to be quite worn through as if they had been danced in all night; and yet nobody […]

The Tongue-Cut Sparrow

A tale of empathy and greed from Japan

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Once upon a time there lived an old man and an old woman. The old man, who had a kind heart, kept a young sparrow, which he tenderly nurtured. But the dame was a cross-grained old thing; and one day, when the sparrow had pecked at some paste with which she was going to starch […]

The Tiger’s Whisker

An adaptation of an old Asian folktale that has many versions as retold by Germaine Dietsch

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Once long ago the mother of a young boy died. He was deeply saddened and lonely for he was an only child. His father was a rice farmer who worked in the fields every day. He believed it was important to find a new mother for his son as soon as possible so he went […]

The Tiger and the Frog

A Tale From Tibet

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Once upon a time, in the days when the world was young and all animals understood each other’s languages, an old tiger named Tsuden went out hunting for some food. As he was creeping quietly along the banks of a stream a frog saw him and was badly scared. He thought, “This tiger is coming […]

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