How Till Eulenspiegel Teaches a Donkey to Read

How Till Eulenspiegel Teaches 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 […]

The Happy Mirror

A tale from Japan

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A long, long time ago there lived in a quiet spot a young man and his wife. They had one child, a little daughter, whom they both loved with all their hearts. I cannot tell you their names, for they have long since been forgotten; but the name of the place where they lived was […]

The Aged Mother

A Japanese folk tale

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Long, long ago there lived at the foot of the mountain a poor farmer and his aged, widowed mother. They owned a bit of land which supplied them with food. They were humble, peaceful and happy. Shinano was governed by a despotic leader who, though a warrior, had a great and cowardly shrinking from anything suggestive […]

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 […]

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 […]

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