All Stories Tagged "fairy tales"

The Poor Miller’s Boy and the Cat

Written by Brothers Grimm

A miller challenges his three apprentices to bring him a horse. The one that brings the best horse gains ownership of the mill. The poorest of the three ends up in the care of a household of cats for 7 years in exchange for a magnificent horse. In the end the boy not only wins the contest but wins the princess as well!

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The Lazy Spinner

Written by Brothers Grimm

Short story of a lazy wife who refuses to do the work necessary to keep the house clean. Her husband sets off to get the tools necessary but she tricks him to avoid the extra work. After a while the husband gets tired of the mess and insists that his wife handle the problem. She again tricks him and he forgets about the whole affair.

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The Old Woman in the Wood

Written by Brothers Grimm

Fairy tale of a girl that is abandoned in the forest when the family she works for is killed by thieves. A bird finds her sitting sorrowfully and brings her a key that unlocks a magic tree which contains food, clothes and bedding inside. She lives happily like this until one day the bird asks her to complete a task and her adventure begins.

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The Blue Light

Written by Brothers Grimm

A soldier returns from war and no longer finds work for the king. He wanders into a forest where he finds a witch and discovers her blue light that allows him to summon a dwarf. The solider uses the blue light and the dwarf to gain wealth, get revenge against the king and eventually evade death.

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The Flail from Heaven

Written by Brothers Grimm

A short story of a peasant that exchanges his animals for a bag of turnip-seed. When one of the seeds falls from the bag, it grows into a large tree that reaches to heaven. The peasant climbs up the tree to see what the angels are doing and just as he gets to the top the tree is being cut down below. He uses his cunning to save himself from falling.

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The Shroud

Written by Brothers Grimm

Sad story of a mother who loses her child to an illness. The child returns as a ghost to comfort the mother and tell her that it cannot sleep until she stops her crying. The mother eventually bears the pain in silence and the child sleeps peacefully in its grave.

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Hans the Hedgehog

Written by Brothers Grimm

An online children's story designed to allow the reader to customize the characters, objects and actions within the story, creating a unique and personalized reading experience! Fill out the form with your choices, submit and let the imagination go wild!

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Sweet Porridge

Written by Brothers Grimm

A mother and her daughter live in poverty and have nothing to eat until the daughter meets a strange woman in the forest who gives her a pot that can cook as much porridge as they want. When the mother forgets how to stop the porridge from cooking, it overwhelms and covers the entire town, until the daughter comes back to stop it!

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The Water Nix (Water Spirit)

Written by Brothers Grimm

A brother and sister fall into a well and are captured by a nix (water spirit) that lives at the bottom. They are forced to work and eat bad food. Once the nix is away, the children make a plan and escape, leaving the nix to live alone in the well once more.

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The Old Man and his Grandson

Written by Brothers Grimm

Short story of an old man that is treated poorly by his children once he becomes helpless and burdensome to care for. The simple intervention of the grandson helps the parents realize that they too will become old some day and they realize the need to care for the old grandfather.

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