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Who Was the Sinner? – Chinese folktale

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Once upon a time there were ten farmers, who were crossing a field together. They were surprised by a heavy thunder-storm, and took refuge in a half-ruined temple. But the thunder drew ever nearer, and so great was the tumult that the air trembled about them, while the lightning flew around the temple in a […]

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Birth of Paul Bunyan

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Birth of Paul Bunyan

Maine Tall Tales retold by S. E. Schlosser Now I hear tell that Paul Bunyan was born in Bangor, Maine. It took five giant storks to deliver Paul to his parents. His first bed was a lumber wagon pulled by a team of horses. His father had to drive the wagon up to the top […]

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Pecos Bill Rides a Tornado

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A Kansas Tall Tale retold by S.E. Schlosser Now everyone in the West knows that Pecos Bill could ride anything. No bronco could throw him, no sir! Fact is, I only heard of Bill getting thrown once in his whole career as a cowboy. Yep, it was that time he was up Kansas way and decided […]

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South American folktales – The Jaguar and the Little Skunk

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The Jaguar and the Little Skunk Mayan Folk Tale Once there was a gentleman jaguar and a lady skunk. Mrs. Skunk had a son, who was baptized by Mr. Jaguar, so Mrs. Skunk became his comadre (godmother). And as Mr. Jaguar had baptized the little skunk, he was Mrs. Skunk’s compadre (godfather). Mr. Jaguar decided to […]

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Stories for children, folktales, fairy tales and fables

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The folktale is a story, passed down verbally from generation to generation. Each storyteller told the stories a little differently, making them more interesting and fascinating as the ages passed. Different folktales bear the characteristics of the culture, folklore and customs of the people from which they originated. via Stories for children, folktales, fairy tales […]

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Hans Christian Andersen : Danish Popular Legends

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Hans Christian Andersen : Danish Popular Legends

The Complete Andersen is a rather extensive collection of Andersen’s tales – and this is the most comprehensive edition of Andersen’s fairy tales in English (American) on the internet. Denmark is rich in old legends of heroes, of churches and manor houses, of hills and fields, and of the bottomless moorland. These stories date from […]