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A Purse of Gold

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Author Unknown A beggar found a leather purse that someone had dropped in the marketplace. Opening it, he discovered that it contained 100 pieces of gold. Then he heard a merchant shout, “A reward! A reward to the one who finds my leather purse!” Being an honest man, the beggar came forward and handed the […]

Why Dogs Chase Cats

A Virginia Folktale as retold by S.E. Schlosser on http://americanfolklore.net

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Once long ago, Dog was married to Cat. They were happy together, but every night when Dog came home from work, Cat said she was too sick to make him dinner. Dog was patient with this talk for a while, but he soon got mighty tired of fixing dinner for them both after a hard […]

The Brahmin, the Tiger and the Six Judges

A Tale from India

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Once upon a time, a Brahmin, who was walking along the road, came upon an iron cage, in which a great Tiger had been shut up by the villagers who caught him. As the Brahmin passed by, the Tiger called out and said to him, “Brother Brahmin, brother Brahmin, have pity on me, and let […]

The Irish version of Cinderella King Aedh Cúrucha lived in Tir Conal, and he had three daughters, whose names were Fair, Brown, and Trembling. Fair and Brown had new dresses, and went to church every Sunday. Trembling was kept at home to do the cooking and work. They would not let her go out of […]

A folk tale from Africa Long, long ago there lived, in a village called Keejee′jee, a woman whose husband died, leaving her with a little baby boy. She worked hard all day to get food for herself and child, but they lived very poorly and were most of the time half-starved. When the boy, whose […]

The Smell of Baking Bread

A version of this folk tale exists in just about every European, Middle Eastern and Asian folk tradition.

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Once upon a time, in a time long ago in a land far away, a poor man walked down the streets of a village, weak with hunger. As he passed the village’s bakery, he paused to smell the aroma of baking bread. Hmmmm, it was delicious. He took another deep breath. “Ahhhh. Wonderful.” Then he […]

A Greek Myth Hercules was a famous hero in ancient Greece who was made to perform twelve great tasks.  One of these was to kill the Lernean Hydra. From the murky waters of the swamps near a place called Lerna, the hydra would rise up and terrorize the countryside. The hydra was a monstrous serpent […]

A Great Flood

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 A Native American Tale In ancient times, there were so many people in the land that they lived everywhere. Soon hunting became bad and food scarce, so that the people quarreled over hunting territories. Even in those days, the people were skilled in making fine canoes and paddles from cedars, and clothing and baskets from […]

Hans-My-Hedgehog

A Grimm's Fairy Tale

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Once upon a time there was a peasant who had plenty of money and land. But, as rich as he was, there was still something missing from his happiness: he and his wife had no children. Often when he went to the city with the other peasants they would mock him and ask him why […]

This Greek Myth was included in Ovid’s moralizing fable (Metamorphoses VIII) In the hilly countryside of Phrygia there grew two trees which were cause for much amazement to anyone who saw them. You see, one was an oak tree and the other was a linden, yet the two grew from a single trunk. How did […]

The Sticky Sticky Pine

A Japanese tale

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Once there was a woodcutter. He was very poor but very kind. Never would he tear off the living branches of a tree to make firewood.  Instead he would gather only the dead branches on the ground.  He knew what happened when you tore a branch off a tree. The sap, which is the blood […]

The Carp and the Painter

A tale from Japan

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— It is unknown how much of this tale is true.  What is known to be true is that during the years 1750 to 1760 there lived in Kyoto a great painter named Okyo-Maruyama Okyo. His paintings were such as to fetch high prices even in those days. Okyo had not only many admirers in […]

The Spirit of the Corn

An Iroquois Legend

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There was a time, says the Iroquois grandmother, when it was not needful to plant the corn seed nor to hoe the fields, for the corn sprang up of itself, and filled the broad meadows. Its stalks grew strong and tall, and were covered with leaves like waving banners, and filled with ears of pearly […]

Anansi Goes Fishing

 An African Folk Tale

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There was a year when it didn’t rain.  Because it didn’t rain, the gardens didn’t grow, and nobody had any food to eat.  Everybody was hungry.  Anansi had a lot of spider children.  He had big spider children, middle-sized spider children, little spider children, even baby spider children, but they were all hungry.  And they […]

The Six Swans

A Grimm’s Fairy Tale

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A king was once hunting in a great forest, and he chased his prey so eagerly that none of his men could follow him. As evening approached he stopped and looked around, and saw that he was lost. He looked for a way out of the woods, but he could not find one. Then he […]

The Three Brothers and the Golden Apple

A Bulgarian Tale

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There was a woman with three sons. Although they were poor, they had one treasure: in their little yard grew a most wondrous apple tree. Every year, it bore but a single fruit – an apple of the purest gold. However, the family had never had the joy of picking the tree’s gift, as every […]

The Toy Maker – A December Tale for Tandem Telling

Written by Grandbear of Jeffco Spellbinders

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PEARL: Grandbear, will you tell me another story? GB: Sure, How about one from the Winter Solstice celebrations of the animals that live around my cousin’s ranch in Montana? The deer, for example, like to tell stories for eight nights in a row. One story is about their distant cousins, the reindeer, who lived way […]

The North Wind and the Sun

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Once in a far-away time on a cool winter day the North Wind and the Sun were having an argument about who was the strongest. “Let us decide by having a contest,” said the Sun. They looked down from the sky and saw a man walking on a winding road. He was wearing a warm […]

A folktale from India One day Sun, Moon, and Wind went out to dine with their uncle and aunts Thunder and Lightning. Their mother (one of the most distant Stars you see far up in the sky) waited alone for her children’s return. Now both Sun and Wind were greedy and selfish. They enjoyed the […]

A Greek Myth as retold by Marlin Cwach, based upon the retelling in The Book of Virtues ed. W. J. Bennett; Thirty-three Multicultural Tales to Tell, P. DeSpain The story that even today sets the standard of absolute friendship took place long ago in the fourth century BC, in the Greek island-state of Sicily. Damon […]

The Giant’s Stairs

An Irish Legend

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Near the cliff of Carrigmahon on the Irish coast are huge rocks piled up one above another which are known as the Giant’s Stairs, because that is what they look like. The story runs that the giant Mahon MacMahon lived in a cave somewhere hidden among the rocks, that he had climbed up there when […]

A Tale for Earth Day Students in a high school class who had been discussing environmental challenges said to their teacher, “It’s such a worldwide problem, what can we do about it?”  In response their teacher told them this old tale: Once there was a wise old man. He was so wise he could answer […]

Gingerbread Man

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Marilyn A. Kinsella One year at the North Pole, everyone was busy getting ready for Christmas. The elves were putting the finishing touches on the toys, the reindeer were exercising to get ready for the big ride, and Mrs. Claus was busy finishing her last batch of cookies. She had just put the last batch […]

Silver Well

A tale from Haryana in Northern India

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There once lived a cunning and crafty man in a small village. He always used to make money through deceit. “Why should I work when I have the ability to deceive others!” he would think. One day, the cunning man went to a foolish farmer and said, “I have a huge property that I am […]


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