Favorite Folktales

How the Finch Got Her Colors

How the finch got her colors folktale on The Story Home.comWhy is the little grey finch so sad? Did she not see the miracle in the sky and take from it the beauty offered to all the other birds? The King of the birds found out what happened to the little finch and decided to make everything right. It’s a story to warm your heart about politeness and generosity you’re sure to enjoy. Now make yourself comfortable and listen to this charming and meaningful Belgian Folktale.

Special Thanks to Radhika Miller for her beautiful music from her “Here and Faraway” album.

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The Golden Fish

A poor fisherman spares the life of a golden fish and in return the fish promises to grant him a wish. The Fisherman wonders what he might wish for as he considers the magical powers of this magical creature from the deep blue sea. His wife soon has many of her own ideas and as the tale grows, these wishes become more and more amazing. Learn the fate of the eager but foolish couple whose wishes are granted as their life is turned upside down!

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The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread ManA little Gingerbread Man leaps out of the oven and runs away from the women who baked him, boasting that he will never be caught!  He begins his adventure by running from the women, her husband and an assortment of people and animals, until he encounters a very clever fox with a sweet tooth for cookies.  The fox offers to carry him across a deep river, but is he being helpful or does he have something else in mind?  Find out what happens in this adventurous beloved English folktale as the Gingerbread Man runs as fast as he can!

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Three Billy Goats Gruff

A mean troll lives under the bridge that the three billy goats must cross to reach the green and delicious grass they love to eat. What will they do? Here is a classic story from Norway about outsmarting and getting the better of those who bully us.  Are the goats more powerful or are they smarter than the troll who threatens?  You be the judge as the beloved tale unfolds.  Clip clop, clip clop….here come the billy goats!

 

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The Little Red Hen

Poor Little Red Hen!  She has so much work to do planting her seed, harvesting her wheat, grinding her flour and making her bread.  Her lazy barnyard friends sleep, snore, chuckle and watch as she works all day.  Who will enjoy her delicious bread when it’s finally baked?  This delightful adaptation of an old Russian folktale will provide the answer.

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The Three Little Pigs

This is the classic story of the importance of being prepared and thinking ahead.  In this story, a bad wolf huffs and he puffs and he blows the little pigs houses down, all except the smart little pig who is a wise builder and a clever planner.  He won’t be caught…not by hair of his chinny chin chin!

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Tom Thumb

A boy no bigger than a thumb?  The great Merlin himself used his limitless magic to create a tiny child, rewarding the prayers of a farmer and his wife who desired a little son all their own.  Little indeed!  His unusual adventures were the tallest of tales that we shall  learn of in this fanciful and charming old classic.

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Stone Soup, a pot of milk and warm bread

Stone soupFood is the inspiration of our three beloved folk tales from long ago.  The promise of soup makes the villager’s mouth water in the tale of Stone Soup, dreams of love make a Milk Maid careless with her Pot of Milk, and a Baker and a Money Lender argue over the price of a smell.  Bon Appetite!

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks is in such trouble!  Her curious eyes could not help looking into the window of the three bear’s home, and when she did, she saw porridge.  What should she do?  It looked so yummy and she was so hungry.  The temptation was too much for her and she came inside.  Wait till you hear what happened when the three bears came home.

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