Morgiana and the 40 thieves

Once upon a time in the kingdom of Persia there lived two brothers. The older, Kassim was wealthy men while his younger brother Ali Baba, was very poor.

How Monkey Looked for Trouble

Once upon a time in a very small village, there lived an old woman who made the most delicious coconut cakes. People would come from all around just to buy her cakes at the village market.

Hondidldo and the Apple Thief

In a small town, not far from here, lived a farmer with three sons. The oldest was named Didldei, the middle, Didldob, and the youngest, Hondidldo.

Zékéyé and the Little Tune

Today, everyone in the village of the Bamilekes is celebrating; there is rhythmic music and holy songs; old and young alike are calling the rain with their chanting.

Why the Parrot Repeats Human Words

Long ago, it was not the parrot which humans kept as a household companion, but the crow. The crow was quick and bright, and could easily repeat human words.


The story of Búkolla, possibly Iceland’s most beloved traditional fairy tale, features a magical cow named Búkolla and her boy pitted against two evil troll-sisters.

The Wise Daughter

Once upon a time, there were two friends, a tailor, and an innkeeper. They spent as much time together as they could, drinking tea, playing backgammon, and above all, talking.