Author: Demelza Carlton

East of the Sun and West of the Moon

This tale is from the Blue Fairy Book, a collection of tales assembled and translated by Andrew Lang, published in 1889.Once upon a time there was a poor husbandman who had many children and little to give them in the

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My Kingdom for a Kiss!

Would you like to read a FREE sample of Kiss: Frog Prince Retold? Well, you can…with the exclusive excerpt chapters below:A lesser man would have sent a servant to investigate, but Philemon was the Prince of Tasnim, and he would

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Little Tuk

Your free classic folktale for today comes from the translated collection of Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales edited and published by J. H. Stickney in 1886.Little Tuk! An odd name, to be sure! However, it was not the little boy’s real

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The Half-Chick

Today’s classic tale is from the Green Fairy Book, a collection of tales assembled and translated by Andrew Lang, published in 1892.Once upon a time there was a handsome black Spanish hen, who had a large brood of chickens. They

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The Battle of the Birds

Today’s classic tale was from Popular Tales of the Western Highlands, a collection of Scottish folklore collected by JF Campbell through many years of oral history research, and published in 1890.There was once a time when every creature and bird

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Time and the Kings of the Elements

Today’s classic tale was from Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen, written by Alexander Chodsko and translated by Emily J Harding, published in 1896.There was once a married pair who loved each other tenderly. The husband would not

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Peruonto

Today’s classic tale was originally published in Il Pentamerone by Giambattista Basile in 1634, translated by John Edward Taylor in 1847.Once upon a time a woman who lived in a village, and was called Ceccarella, had a son named Peruonto,

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Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess

This tale is from the Blue Fairy Book, a collection of tales assembled and translated by Andrew Lang, published in 1889.Once upon a time there lived a king who was deeply in love with a princess, but she could not

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The Fir Tree

Your free classic folktale for today comes from the translated collection of Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales edited and published by J. H. Stickney in 1886.Far away in the forest, where the warm sun and the fresh air made a sweet

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The Blue Bird

Today’s classic tale is from the Green Fairy Book, a collection of tales assembled and translated by Andrew Lang, published in 1892.Once upon a time there lived a King who was immensely rich. He had broad lands, and sacks overflowing

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