Till Eulenspiegel Finds a Cure

Till Eulenspiegel Finds a Cure

A tale from Germany

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Till Eulenspiegel was a cunning fellow. The son of a peasant, people say he was born in Brunswick, Germany, and they tell tales of the day of his birth. It was clear from the start, people say, that Till would be a mischief maker. After all, he had three baptisms. First, he was baptized in […]

How Till Eulenspiegel Taught a Donkey to Read

A tale from Germany

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At one time in his travels Eulenspiegel began visiting one University after another and at each he made himself out to be a very learned person. He maintained that he was an expert in all subjects and knew just about everything. As a matter of fact, being really quite smart, he was able to correctly […]

When Eulenspiegel Baked Owls and Monkeys

A tale from Germany

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On one of his travels, Till came to the city of Braunschweig and looked for an inn that he’d heard about. Not finding it, he stopped at a bakery and asked the baker how he might locate it and the baker gave him very good and clear directions. However, when done, the baker asked, “By […]

For the Love of a Dove

A tale from Albania

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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