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The Language of the Birds - A Russian Folktale: Part 2

The Language of the Birds – A Russian Folktale: Part 2
Posted on: August 8, 2020

So, with only the slightest hesitation, Ivan told his parents what the nightingale sang, for it was sad news, but his parents, nevertheless, had wished only for the truth…

The Language of the Birds - A Russian Folktale: Part 1

The Language of the Birds – A Russian Folktale: Part 1
Posted on: August 1, 2020

In a town, somewhere in holy Russia, there lived a wealthy merchant, his wife, and their only son Ivan, a dear, bright, and brave boy. It was a lovely day and they were having dinner at the table with Ivan…

The Fate of a Turtle who Talked Too Much!

The Fate of a Turtle who Talked Too Much!
Posted on: June 20, 2020

King Bahadur was a good and kind ruler, who lived a great many years ago, and ruled many millions of people from his beautiful palace. But King Bahadur had a problem—he talked way too much!

Amelia the Wizard-Doctor brings the dead alive!

Amelia the Wizard-Doctor brings the dead alive!
Posted on: May 15, 2020

In a sleepy hamlet within a dense jungle somewhere in Australia, lived Amelia, an elderly wizard-doctor, with her son Oliver, his wife Evelyn, and her daughter-in-law’s sister Isabella…

The Fisherman and the Evil Genie - Part 2

The Fisherman and the Evil Genie – Part 2
Posted on: January 10, 2020

I rebelled against the king of the genie. To punish me, he shut me up in this vase of copper, and sealed it with an enchanted cover made of lead to prevent my coming out, and then had the vase thrown into the sea…

The Fisherman and the Evil Genie - Part 1

The Fisherman and the Evil Genie – Part 1
Posted on: November 1, 2019

In a distant part of the world, many hundred years ago, there lived a fisherman, his wife, and their three children. Only scarcely could he manage to support his family, so old and poor he was. He would leave to catch fish, just before dawn each day, and while at sea, he had a self-imposed rule not to throw his nets more than four times…

The Woodcarver and the Painter - Part 2

The Woodcarver and the Painter – Part 2
Posted on: September 6, 2019

Thamba secretly contrived a subterranean passage, from the middle of his field—in which the pile of fagots was to be placed—and his own house. He placed a large stone over the aperture in the field and covered it with earth…

The Woodcarver and the Painter - Part 1

The Woodcarver and the Painter – Part 1
Posted on: August 23, 2019

In a city, many years ago, there lived among noble, righteous people, a painter who was jealous of his neighbour, a wood-carver. Both their names were also almost identical—Thumba, the painter, and Thamba, the wood-carver—and each were on the lookout to avenge the other…

The Boy Violinist who Impressed a Giant!

The Boy Violinist who Impressed a Giant!
Posted on: August 9, 2019

The following story, a South American folktale, originates in the land of Brazil, which accommodates more than half the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, where more animals and insects live than in any other part of the world…

AESOP'S FABLES: The Leopard and the Fox

AESOP’S FABLES: The Leopard and the Fox
Posted on: July 12, 2019

Aren’t words like “story”, “fairy tale”, “folklore”, … and “fable”, our favorite? But what exactly is a “fable”? A fable is…

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