Classic Fairy Tale also known as
"The Little Glass Slipper"
Once upon a time, there lived an unhappy young girl. Unhappy she was, for her mother was dead, her
father had married another woman, a widow with two daughters, and her stepmother didn't like her one little bit. All the nice
things, kind thoughts and loving touches were for her own daughters. And not just the kind thoughts and love, but also dresses,
shoes, shawls, delicious food, comfy beds, as well as every home comfort. All this was laid on for her daughters. But, for
the poor unhappy girl, there was nothing at all. No dresses, No lovely dishes, nothing but scraps. No nice rests and comfort.
For she had to work hard all day, and only when evening came was she allowed to sit for a while by the fire, near the cinders(
ashes). That is how she got her nickname, for everybody called her Cinderella. Cinderella used to spend long hours all alone
talking to the cat. The cat said, "Meow", which really meant, "Cheer up! You have something neither of your stepsisters have
and that is beauty."
It was quite true. Cinderella, even dressed in rags with a dusty grey face from the cinders, was a lovely
girl. While her stepsisters, no matter how splendid and elegant their clothes, were still clumsy, lumpy and ugly.
One day, beautiful new dresses arrived at the house. A ball was to be held at Court and the stepsisters
were getting ready to go to it. Cinderella, didn't even dare ask, "What about me?" for she knew very well what the answer
to what would be. "You? My dear girl, you're staying at home to wash the dishes, scrub the floors and turn down the beds for
your stepsisters. They will come home tired and very sleepy."
Cinderella sighed at the cat."Oh dear, I'm so unhappy!" and the
cat murmured "Meow".
Suddenly something amazing happened. In the kitchen, where Cinderella was sitting all by herself,
there was a burst of light and a fairy appeared.
"Don't be alarmed, Cinderella," said the fairy. "The wind blew me your sighs. I know you would
love to go to the ball. And so you shall!"
"How can I, dressed in rags?" Cinderella replied. "The servants will turn me away!" The fairy smiled. With a flick of her magic wand, Cinderella found herself wearing the
most beautiful dress, the loveliest ever seen in the realm.
"Now that we have settled the matter of the dress," said the fairy, "we'll need to get you a coach.
A real lady would never go to a ball on foot! Quick! Get me a pumpkin!" she ordered.
"Oh of course," said Cinderella, rushing away. Then the fairy turned to the cat.
"You, bring me seven mice!"
"Seven mice!" said the cat. "I didn't know fairies ate mice too!" "They're not for eating, silly!
Do as you are told, and remember they must be alive!"
Cinderella soon returned with a fine pumpkin and the cat with seven mice he had caught in the cellar.
"Good!" exclaimed the fairy. With a flick of her magic wand -- wonder of wonders! The pumpkin turned
into a sparkling coach and the mice became six white horses, while the seventh mouse turned into a coachman, in a smart uniform
and carrying a whip. Cinderella could hardly believe her eyes.
"I shall present you at Court. You will soon see that the Prince, in whose honor the ball is being
held, will be enchanted by your loveliness. But remember! You must leave the ball at midnight and come home. For that is when
the spell ends. Your coach will turn back into a pumpkin, the horses will become mice again and the coachman will turn back
into a mouse, and you will be dressed again in rags and wearing clogs instead of these dainty little slippers! Do you understand?"
Cinderella smiled and said, "Yes, I understand!"
When Cinderella entered the ballroom at the palace, a hush fell. Everyone stopped in mid-sentence
to admire her elegance, her beauty and grace.
"Who can that be?" people asked each other. The two stepsisters also wondered who the
newcomer was, for never in a dream, would they ever have guessed that the beautiful girl was really poor Cinderella who talked
to the cat!
When the prince set eyes on Cinderella, he was struck by her beauty. Walking over to her, he bowed
deeply and asked her to dance. And to the great disappointment of all the young ladies, he danced with Cinderella all evening.
"Who are you, fair maiden?" the Prince kept asking her.
But Cinderella only replied: "What does it matter who I am! You will never see me again anyway."
"Oh, but I shall, I'm quite certain!" he replied.
Cinderella had a wonderful time at the ball, but, all of a sudden, she heard the sound of a clock:
the first stroke of midnight! She remembered what the fairy had said, and without a word of goodbye she slipped from the Prince's
arms and ran down the steps.
As she ran she lost one of her slippers, but not for a moment did she dream of stopping to pick it
up! If the last stroke of midnight were to sound... oh, what a disaster that would be! Out she fled and vanished into the
The Prince, who was now madly in love with her, picked up her slipper and said to his ministers,
"Go and search everywhere for the girl whose foot this slipper fits. I will never be content until I find her!"
So the ministers tried the slipper on the foot of all the girls... and on Cinderella's foot as
well... Surprise! The slipper fit her perfectly.
"That awful untidy girl simply cannot have been at the ball," snapped the stepmother. "Tell the
Prince he ought to marry one of my two daughters! Can't you see how ugly Cinderella is ?"
Suddenly the fairy appeared. "That's enough!" she exclaimed, raising her magic wand. In a flash,
Cinderella appeared in a splendid dress,shining with youth and beauty.
Her stepmother and stepsisters gaped at her in amazement, and the ministers said, "Come with us,
fair maiden! The Prince awaits to present you with his engagement ring!"
So Cinderella joyfully went with them, and lived happily ever after with her Prince.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
|There was once a family of bears who lived in a cozy cottage in the woods. There was a great big Papa
Bear, a medium size Mama Bear, and a little tiny baby bear.|
One morning Mama Bear cooked them some porridge for breakfast.
As the porridge was too hot to eat, the three bears decided to take a walk in the woods while it cooled.They had not been
gone long when a little girl named Goldilocks came along. She had been picking flowers and had wandered into the woods. When
she saw the three bears cottage, she smiled and clapped her hands. "How pretty!" she cried. "I wonder who lives there?" She
stood on her toes and peaked in the window. There didn't seem to be anyone home, so Goldilocks opened the door and went right
The first thing she saw was the table set with three bowls of porridge; a great big bowl for Papa Bear, a medium size
bowl for Mama Bear, and a tiny little bowl for baby bear. "Oh, that porridge smells good!" Goldilocks said. Then, as she was
feeling a little hungry, she picked up a spoon and tasted the porridge in the Great Big Bowl.
"OUCH!" she cried, dropping
the spoon. "That porridge is MUCH too hot!"
She tasted the porridge in the medium size bowl. But that porridge was MUCH
Then she tasted the porridge in the tiny little bowl. "Mmmmmm," she said. "This porridge is JUST right!" so she
ate it all up!
Then Goldilocks saw the three chairs set before the fire; a Great Big Chair for
Papa Bear, a Medium Size Chair for Mamma Bear, and a Tiny Little Chair for Baby Bear. "Oh, it would be nice to sit down for
a while!" Goldilocks thought.
So she climbed into the Great Big Chair that belonged to Papa Bear. "Oh, no!" she said. "That
chair is MUCH too hard."
Then she sat in Mamma Bears Medium size Chair "Oh, no," she said. "That chair is MUCH too soft!"
Next, she sat in Baby Bears Tiny Little Chair. "Ahhhh," she said with a smile. "This chair is JUST
Just then there was a loud CRAA...........ACK ! and the little chair broke right through!
Goldilocks stood up
and dusted herself off. Then she climbed upstairs to the bedroom. There she saw three beds all in a row. "Oh," she said, yawning,
"I am feeling sleepy."
So she pulled down the covers and climbed into Papa Bears Great Big Bed. But she quickly jumped
down. "That bed is MUCH too hard!" she said.
Then she tried Mama Bears Medium size bed. But it was too soft.
So she climbed into Baby Bears Tiny Little Bed. It was JUST right.
Soon Goldilocks was fast asleep!
A little while later the Three Bears returned from their walk. They were feeling very hungry and
were looking forward to eating the nice bowls of tasty porridge.
Suddenly Papa cried out in his Great Big voice, "Someone
has been eating my porridge!"
Then Mama cried out in her medium size voice, "Someone has been eating MY porridge!"
Baby Bear cried out in his Tiny Little Voice, "Some has been eating my porridge. And they've eaten it ALL UP!"
Three Bears saw their chairs near the fireplace.
"Someone has been sitting in my chair!" Papa Bear said in his Great Big
"Someone has been sitting in MY chair!" Mama Bear said in her medium size voice.
"Someone has been sitting in
MY chair," Baby Bear cried in his tiny little voice. "And now it's BROKEN!"
Then the Three Bears went upstairs to the bedroom.
"Someone has been sleeping in my bed!" Papa
Bear shouted in his Great Big Voice.
"And someone has been sleeping in MY bed!" Mamma Bear exclaimed in her Medium Size
Someone has been sleeping in MY bed," Baby Bear squeaked in his Tiny Little Voice. "AND HERE SHE IS!"
Just then Goldilocks woke up! When she saw the three bears standing around her, she leaped off
the bed and ran down the stairs and out the door.
She didn't stop until she was all the way back home.And the Three Bears never saw Goldilocks
Elves & The Shoemaker
|Long ago, a young shoemaker and his wife lived together in a beautiful city.
The shoemaker worked hard all day and was very honest with all his customers, but no matter how many shoes he made, he could
not earn enough money for him and his wife to live upon. Finally, the day came when all that he had left in his workshop was
one small piece of leather. |
That evening, the shoemaker quietly and carefully cut out the piece of leather to make his
last pair of shoes the following morning. He and his wife had no food to eat, so they went to bed hungry. But, in spite of
their troubles, they still felt thankful that they had each other and soon they fell into a deep and peaceful sleep.
The next morning, the shoemaker and his wife woke up early. Without wasting a moment, the shoemaker went downstairs
to do his work. To his astonishment, there on his worktable stood a fine pair of shoes, ready made! The shoemaker called out
to his wife, and for a long time both of them gazed in amazement at the new pair of shoes.
The shoemaker picked up each one in turn and inspected it carefully. There was not one false stitch
in the whole job, they were the most exquisite pair of shoes he had ever seen.
That morning, a very rich man was walking
through the town with his wife when he noticed the shoes on display in the workshop. The shoes suited him so well that he
willingly offered the shoemaker a very high price for them. With the money, the shoemaker's wife was able to go out shopping
and buy enough food to cook a delicious dinner. She also bought enough leather for her husband to make two more pairs of shoes.
In the evening, the shoemaker cut out the leather once more, laid out the pieces on his worktable and went to bed
But once again, the shoemaker was saved the trouble of having to make up the shoes, for in the morning he found
both pairs sitting on his worktable, with not a stitch out of place. Soon two customers arrived, and they paid him handsomely,
for they had never seen such fine shoes. Now the shoemaker's wife could buy enough food to cook dinner and enough leather
for four new pairs of shoes.
After the couple had eaten, the shoemaker cut out the leather again and left it on his
worktable. The same thing happened as had happened before: during the night, the leather that had been laid out in the evening
was made into four perfect pairs of shoes.
And so it went on for sometime; what was ready in the evening was always
made into shoes by daybreak. Before long, the shoemaker and his wife had everything they needed.
One evening, in the
coldest part of the year, as he and his wife were sitting by the fire, the shoemaker said, "I would like to sit up and watch
tonight, so that we may see who it is that comes and does my work for me." "What a good idea!" exclaimed his wife. So they
left a candle burning and hid themselves behind a curtain in a corner of the room and waited.
As soon as the town clock struck midnight, in came two little elves, quite naked. They sat themselves down on the shoemaker's
table, took up all the leather that was cut out, and set to work.
They stitched and rapped and hammered and tapped faster than anyone the shoemaker had ever seen.
Within a few minutes the job was done, and a neat row of shoes stood ready for use upon the table. Then the two elves scurried
away, as quickly and mysteriously as they had come.
The next day while the couple was out walking together, the shoemaker's
wife stopped outside a draper's shop and said, "Those little elves have made us rich, and we ought to be thankful to them
and do them a good turn if we can. I was quite sorry to see them going around with no clothes to keep them warm. Listen, I
have an idea. I shall buy some scraps of fabric at this shop and make each of them a linen shirt, a silk waistcoat, and a
velvet coat and pair of trousers into the bargain, and you can make each of them a little pair of shoes."
This idea pleased the shoemaker very much. So whenever they had a free moment, he and his wife worked on the elves'
At last, everything was ready. That evening, the couple laid the clothes out neatly on the table,
instead of the usual pieces of leather. Then they lit a small candle and hid themselves once more behind the curtain.
soon as the town clock struck midnight, in danced the two elves. When they saw the new clothes laid out for them, they laughed
out loud. The shoemaker and his wife smiled at each other.
The elves dressed themselves in the twinkling of an eye.
They danced and skipped and capered all over the chairs and tables, whooping and singing with delight. And then, just as suddenly
as before, they were gone.
Three Little Pigs
|Once upon a time in a small village . . . there were three little pigs Bunny, Tunny & Munny, who
left their mummy to see the world.|
All summer long, they roamed through the woods and over the plains, playing
and having fun.
None were happier than the three little pigs, and they easily made friends with everyone. Wherever
they went, they were given a warm welcome, but as summer drew to a close, they realized that folk were drifting back to their
usual jobs, and preparing for winter.
Autumn came and it began to rain. The three little pigs started to feel they needed a real home.
Sadly they knew that the fun was over now and they must set to work like the others, or they'd
be left in the cold and rain, with no roof over their heads. They talked about what to do, but each decided for himself.
The laziest little Bunny pig said he'd build a straw hut. "It will only take a day,' he said. The
others disagreed. "It's too fragile," they said disapprovingly, but he refused to listen. One day he saw a man going with
his bullocks full of straw he buyed all the straw from the man and built his house.
Not quite so lazy, the second little Tunny pig went in search of planks of seasoned wood. "Clunk! Clunk! Clunk!" It
took him two days to nail them together. But the third little Munny pig did not like the wooden house.
the way to build a house!" he said. "It takes time, patience and hard work to build a house that is strong enough to stand
up to wind, rain, and snow, and most of all, protect us from the wolf!"
The days went by, and the wisest little Munny pig's house took shape, brick by brick. From time to time, his brothers
visited him, saying with a chuckle: "Why are you working so hard? Why don't you come and play?"
But the stubborn bricklayer Munny pig just said "no"."I shall finish my house first. It must be
solid and sturdy. And then I'll come and play!" he said. "I shall not be foolish like you! For he who laughs last, laughs
It was the little Bunny pig that found the tracks of a big wolf in the neighbourhood. The little pigs rushed
home in alarm. Along came the wolf, scowling fiercely at the laziest pig's straw hut.
"Come out!" ordered the wolf,
his mouth watering. I want to speak to you!" "I'd rather stay where I am!" replied the little Bunny pig in a tiny voice.
"I'll make you come out!" growled the wolf angrily, and puffing out his chest, he took a very deep breath. Then he
blew with all his might, right onto the house. And all the straw the silly Bunny pig had heaped against some thin poles, fell
down in the great blast.
Excited by his own cleverness, the wolf did not notice that the Bunny pig had slithered out from
underneath the heap of straw, and was dashing towards his brother's wooden house. When he realized that the little pig was
escaping, the wolf grew wild with rage.
"Come back!" he roared, trying to catch the pig as he ran into the wooden house.
other little Tunny pig greeted his brother, shaking like a leaf. "I hope this house won't fall down! Let's lean against the
door so he can't break in!"
Outside, the wolf could hear the little pigs' words. Starving as he was, at the idea of
a two-course meal, he rained blows on the door."Open up! Open up! I only want to speak to you!"
Inside, the two
brothers wept in fear and did their best to hold the door fast against the blows. Then the furious wolf braced himself a new
effort: he drew in a really enormous breath, and went ... WHOOOOO! The wooden house collapsed like a pack of cards.
Luckily, the wisest little Munny pig had been watching the scene from the window of his own brick house, and he rapidly
opened the door to his fleeing brothers.And not a moment too soon, for the wolf was already hammering furiously on the door.
This time, the wolf had grave doubts. This house had a much more solid air than the others. He
blew once, he blew again and then for a third time. But all was in vain. For the house did not budge an inch. The three little
pigs watched him and their fear began to fade.
Quite exhausted by his efforts, the wolf decided to try one of his tricks. He scrambled up a nearby
ladder, on to the roof to have a look at the chimney. However, the wisest little pig had seen this ploy, and he quickly said:
"Quick! Light the fire!" , said the Munny pig to his brothers.With his long legs thrust down the chimney, the wolf
was not sure if he should slide down the black hole. It wouldn't be easy to get in, but the sound of the little pigs' voices
below only made him feel hungrier.
"I'm dying of hunger! I'm going to try and get down." And he let himself drop. But
landing was rather hot, too hot! The wolf landed in the fire, stunned by his fall.
The flames licked his hairy coat and his tail became a flaring torch. "Never again! Never again
will I go down a chimney!" he squealed, as he tried to put out the flames in his tail. Then he ran away as fast as he could.
The three happy little pigs, dancing round and round the yard, began to sing: "Tra-la-la! Tra-la-la!
The wicked black wolf will never come back...!"
From that terrible day on, the wisest little Munny pig's brothers set
to work with a will. In less than no time, up went the two new brick houses. The wolf did return once to roam in the neighbourhood,
but when he caught sight of three chimneys, he remembered the terrible pain of a burnt tail, and he left for good.
safe and happy, the wisest little Munny pig called to his brothers: "No more work! Come on, let's go and play!"
The Pied Piper
Based on a Ture Story From Hamelin|
|Once upon a time there was a town called Hamelin in Brunswick . Hamelin was
a prosperous town. It was a port town on the River Weser. |
Barges full of corn and wheat would come down the River
Weser and unload at Hamelin. There were silos full of corn and wheat in Hamelin.
With the silos full of corn and wheat came mills for grinding the corn and wheat, bakeries for baking bread and cakes,
shops for selling the bread and cakes and of course people for eating.
The people were so prosperous and busy loading and unloading, milling, baking and eating that they
didn't notice all the litter and rubbish that was accumulating in the streets. And of course with the rubbish came the rats.
There were rats everywhere in Hamelin - rats in the corn silos, rats in the wheat silos, rats in the bakeries, rats
in the shops, rats in the streets, and rats in the houses. The rats breeded and grew and grew and soon there were so many
rats that life became quite miserable for the citizens of Hamelin.
They couldn't bake a cake, take a bath, or sleep in their beds without the rats joining in to.
The rats even nibbled on the ears of babies sleeping in their cots. Something had to be done.
The people of Hamelin made their way to the Town Square and knocked on the big brass doors of the Town Hall and demanded
to know what the Lord Mayor was doing about the rats.
The Lord Mayor appeared on the balcony in his black robes and gold chains and made a speech.
citizens of Hamelin you may rest assured that what needs to be done is being done. Don't you worry about that."
good citizens of Hamelin weren't too sure about that but they went home to their houses to see what would be done. But nothing
was done. There was just as much rubbish in the streets and just as many rats in the mills, the bakeries, the shops and the houses.
In fact there were more rats. The rats kept growing and breeding and breeding and growing and eating
and eating and eating.
They ate anything they could get their teeth on. Nothing or no one was safe from the rats.
The people were angry and marched to the Town Square and pounded on the big brass doors and to know exactly what the
Lord Mayor was going to do. When no Lord Mayor appeared on the balcony. The people started to chant - "No rats!" "No rats!"
"No rats!" "No rats!"
Finally the Lord Mayor appeared on the balcony in his black robes and gold chains and announced
somewhat nervously that he had a definite plan of action.
"Good citizens of Hamelin you will pleased to know that
I, the Lord Mayor, have given orders that a large hole in the ground will be dug on the outskirts of Hamelin and into that
hole will be swept all of the rubbish in the streets and all of the rats that can be found and killed. Soon Hamelin will be
clean and clear of rats."
Soon the large hole in the ground was full of stinking rubbish and the bodies of dead rats and hurriedly covered over
But it was not enough as there were too many rats in too many hiding places all over the town and
too much food for them in the silos and bakeries and shops and houses and they grew and breeded just as fast as before.
And now with the rats came a plague of fleas. And with the fleas came a strange sickness. Some
children and old
people had already died. A plague was on Hamelin!
As you can imagine the people of Hamelin were
even angrier. They marched once more to the town square. Each of them carried with them a dozen dead rats as proof of the
failure of the Lord Mayors plan. They threw the rats in a pile in the middle of the square and from a pole they hung an effigy
that looked remarkably like the Lord Mayor in his black robes and his gold chains. They started chanting - "No Rats or no Mayor!" "No Rats or no Mayor!" "No Rats or no Mayor!"
Lord Mayor did
come out on his balcony as he was surrounded by his Councilors and he announced rather nervously that the council had,
in view of the rather desperate situation, agreed to offer a magnificent reward of one thousand
gold guilders to any person who could rid the town of the rats.
The very next day a stranger appeared in Hamelin. He was different to everyone else. His clothes were colorful and
seemed to come from many different places.
He wore a long hat covered with feathers and shells and bones. He had a silver pipe in his hand.
The stranger followed the carts up from the port and he saw the silos full of corn and wheat, the mills, bakeries,
shops, houses, people, rubbish and the rats.
He walked quietly to the Town Square and knocked on the big brass doors
of the Town Hall. He told the Mayor and his councilors that for a thousand gold guilders he could rid Hamelin of the rats
that infested it.
The Mayor enthusiastically agreed and the Pied Piper stepped outside.
He stood in the Square
and looked quietly around. He took a deep breath and blew a note on his silver pipe and all of the rats in Hamelin started
to scurry towards the Pied Piper. They scurried out of doors, out of windows, out of drains and out of holes.
They scurried down the lanes and streets towards the square. Now the Pied Piper started to play a dancing tune and
he danced out of the square and the rats followed along behind.
They moved out of the town and towards the port. At the river side the Piper stopped and he placed
just one toe in the water and, as he continued playing, the rats continued dancing across the wharves and into the river.
Rats by their thousands danced out of the town, across the wharves and splashed into the river
where they were drowned.
When the last one had disappeared beneath the waters of the Weser the Pied Piper stopped.
stood quietly looking at the water for a while and then turned and walked back to the Town Square. The good people of Hamelin
were celebrating the victory against the rats. At last they were free of the pestilence.
The Lord Mayor and all of his Councilors were up on their balcony slapping each other on the back
and making speeches.
The Pied Piper waited for a quiet space and asked for his one thousand gold guilders.
Mayor called out so everyone could hear, "A thousand gold guilders? How could you have possibly earned a thousand guilders?
Why. Everyone saw how, the rats were drowning themselves in the river, all you did was dance about and play on that silly
little pipe of yours. Here be satisfied with forty guilders and think your self lucky at that."
To the shame of the
people of Hamelin they agreed with their Mayor and laughed at the Pied Piper as he walked quietly out of the town.
next day was a religious feast and all of the adults were in the church as he walked back into the town.
He stood quietly for a while in the Town Square and they took a breath and played a note and all of
the children started to run and jump and skip out of the houses towards the Town Square.
As they ran and jumped and skipped towards him the Pied Piper started to dance out of the square
towards the port.
The adults in the church heard all of the children go past and they rushed out of the church to see what was happening.
They called out to the children to stop and to come back but it was like they could no longer hear
their parent's voices.
The parents were relieved when they saw the Pied Piper turn away from the river and dance with
the children towards the mountain.
Their relief turned to horror though when a small door appeared in the side of the mountain and first the Pied Piper
and then the children started to run and jump and skip inside.
The parents ran up to stop them but it was too late.
All of the children bar one boy who was hopping along on crutches and couldn't keep up disappeared
inside the mountain and the small door slammed shut so tightly that no one could tell exactly where it had been.
people raced up with shovels and picks and started furiously digging holes in the mountainside but it was all to no avail.
The small boy on crutches tried to tell them that their children were happy as he could hear the sounds from far away
places but no one seemed to hear.
In time the people got over their shock and life started to go on again.
Barges full of corn & wheat came down the River Weser and unloaded at Hamelin.
Soon there were silos full of corn & wheat once again in Hamelin.
In this way people learned a lesson after loosing all their children and they never forgot
the Pied Piper and they always paid there debts in full and on time.
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