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..."

Hansel and Gretel

Once upon a time, on the edge of a great forest, there lived a very poor woodcutter with his wife and his two children, Hansel and Gretel...

The Frog Prince

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

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...

Sleeping Beauty

A long time ago there were a king and queen who were unhappy because they were childless...

The Story of Beauty and the Beast

Once upon a time as a merchant set off for market, he asked each of his three daughters what she would like as a present on his return...

The Elves and the Shoemaker

A shoemaker, by no fault of his own, became so poor that at last he had nothing left but enough leather for one pair of shoes...

The Town Musicians of Bremen

A certain man had a donkey, which had carried the corn sacks to the mill loyally for many a long year; but his strength was going, and he was growing more and more unfit for work...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

A very long time ago, in midwinter, when the snowflakes were falling like feathers from heaven, a beautiful queen sat sewing at her window, which had a frame of black ebony...

The King of the Golden Mountain

There was once a merchant who had only one child, a son, that was very young, and barely able to run alone...

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!"...

Godfather Death

Once upon a time there was an old man who already had twelve children, and when the thirteenth was born he did not know where to turn for help. In desperation he went into the woods...