The Seven Ravens

There was once a man who had seven sons, and still he had no daughter, however much he wished for one...

Rapunzel

There were once a man and a woman who had long in in vain wished for a child. At length the woman hoped that God was about to grant her desire...

The Frog Prince

In the olden time, when wishing was having, there lived a King, whose daughters were all beautiful...

Little red riding hood

Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by every one who looked at her, but most of all by her grandmother, and there was nothing that she would not have given to the child...

Cinderella

There was once a rich man whose wife lay sick, and when she felt her end drawing near she called to her only daughter to come near her bed, and said: "Dear child, be pious and good, and God will always take care of you..."

Grimms' fairy tales

Death's Messengers
In ancient times a giant was wandering along the highway when suddenly a stranger jumped toward him and shouted, "Stop! Not one step further!"...
The three snake-leaves
There was once on a time a poor man, who could no longer support his only son...
The three little men in the woods
There was once a man whose wife died, and a woman whose husband died, and the man had a daughter, and the woman also had a daughter...
Thumbling as Journeyman
A certain tailor had a son, who happened to be small, and no bigger than a Thumb, and on this account he was always called Thumbling...

Andersen's fairy tales

The Phoenix bird
In the Garden of Paradise, beneath the Tree of Knowledge, bloomed a rose bush. Here, in the first rose, a bird was born. His flight was like the flashing of light, his plumage was beauteous, and his song ravishing...
Little Ida’s Flowers
My poor flowers are quite dead,” said little Ida, “they were so pretty yesterday evening, and now all the leaves are hanging down quite withered. What do they do that for,” she asked, of the student who sat on the sofa...
Little Claus and Big Claus
In a village there once lived two men who had the same name. They were both called Claus. One of them had four horses, but the other had only one...
The little mermaid
Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep...

Moral stories

The Cock and The Jewel
A cock was scratching the ground with his claws looking for a tasty morsel to eat. While doing so, he chanced to turn over a stone and find a shining gem under it...
The Lark In The Corn-Field
Once a Lark made her nest in a corn-field. Soon she laid eggs in it. After a few days small babies hatched out of them...
Jim’s Puppy
Jim’s father gifted Jim a puppy on his tenth birthday. Jim named the puppy as Brownie. Soon , Jim and Brownie beacme fond of each other...
The Dog and the Donkey
Once upon a time , there lived a washerman in the town . He had two pets-a dog and a donkey. The dog used to keep watch on his house the whole day long...