For the Love of a Dove

For the Love of a Dove

A tale from Albania

By ,   No tags,   0 Comments

Once upon a time, there was a king who had only one daughter. She did nothing all day but knit. She had no female friends and never left the house. All she did was sit in her room and work. Her mother often said to her: “Listen, my child, why don’t you get married? We […]

Stronger than Fate

A folk tale from Egypt

By ,   No tags,   0 Comments

Once upon a time, the queen of Egypt gave birth to a baby boy. The fairies gathered around the child to bless him, but one of the fairies shook her head. “I fear it is the prince’s fate to die by crocodile or serpent or dog,” the fairy said. “We can do nothing.” The king […]

Monkey-see, Monkey-do

a tale from India as adapted by Spellbinders' Founder, Germaine Dietsch

By ,   No tags,   0 Comments

Once upon a time there was a man who sold hats, and he was pushing his cart along a road through the jungle. And what was in his cart? Hats! There were top hats, bowler hats, flat caps, and bonnets, all carefully packed together and ready for market. But there was a hole in the […]

The Gift of the Magi

O. Henry

By ,   No tags,   0 Comments

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. […]

Selekana and the River God

A Tale from Southern Africa

By ,   No tags,   0 Comments

Selekana was a good-natured girl, always ready to help others. That is why people loved her so. Often people to whom she had been kind would give her little gifts like a necklace or a bracelet made from multi-colored beadwork her people, the Bantu, make so beautifully. However, some of her agemates in the village […]

Grandmother Spider Brings the Light

A Cherokee Legend

By ,   No tags,   0 Comments

When the earth was first made, it was very dark, and the animals were afraid. One day Bear said, “I have seen light on the other side of the world, but the people will not share. Perhaps we could steal some for ourselves.” The others thought this was a splendid idea, and started to discuss […]

A Quick Crop

A Sufi Tale by Sheik Muzaffer Ozak

By ,   No tags,   0 Comments

Harun al-Rashid was once walking through a plantation when he saw a hunched old graybeard putting in sapling date palms. He greeted him, saying, “Take it easy, father!” “Thank you, my son,” the old man replied. “What are you doing, father?” asked the caliph. “As you see, I am planting sapling date palms.” “How many […]

The Star Talers

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

By ,   No tags,   0 Comments

Once upon a time there was a little girl whose father and mother had died, and she was so poor that she no longer had a room to live in, nor a bed to sleep in, and at last she had nothing else but the clothes she was wearing and a little piece of bread […]

The Collared Crow

A tale from Africa

By ,   No tags,   0 Comments

Once upon a time there were a man and his wife who had lived together for years, but they had no children to look after them in their old age. This was very sad for them, but they had no idea what to do about it. You can neither make nor order children, nor do […]

The Legend of the Dipper

if you have information about the origin of this tale, please let us know

By ,   No tags,   0 Comments

There was once a little girl who had a dear mother, and they lived, quite alone, in a little house in the woods. They were always very happy, but one day the mother grew so ill that it seemed as if she could never be strong and well again. “I must have a drink of […]

1 2 3 4
  • Filter Stories