The emperor’s new suit

Many many years ago lived an emperor, who thought so much of new clothes that he spent all his money in order to obtain them; his only ambition was to be always well dressed...

The little match girl

It was so terribly cold. Snow was falling, and it was almost dark. Evening came on, the last evening of the year...

The princess and the pea

Once there was a Prince who wanted to marry a Princess. Only a real one would do...

The red shoes

There was once a little girl, very nice and very pretty, but so poor that she had to go barefooted all summer...

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...

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 Snow Queen

A widow woman has two daughters, one of them has a beautiful and diligent girl, and one is both ugly and lazy. Her sweet mother is ugly and lazy because she is her baby.

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...