Animal Stories

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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Peter Rabbit Plays a Joke, Excerpt

Here is a lovely story about the “other” Peter Rabbit, written by Thornton Burgess, in which a mischievous Peter plays a trick on his friend Johnny Chuck while they are adventuring through the woods one day.  Surprise! Peter’s trick goes awry and suddenly he is faced with an unexpected new challenge.  Hear what happens…

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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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Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots was a fearless and clever cat, indeed!  To help his poor young master, Puss put on a pair of boots, outwitted powerful ogres and conquered a world, bringing his fortunate master fame, fortune and best of all…love.

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Theseus Battles the Minotaur

Brave Theseus  enters the labyrinth to do battle with the Minotaur, a dangerous creature half beast and half human.  Will the faith of his new friend, Princess Ariadne send him good fortune, or will the wrathful power of the bull creature conquer him.  We shall follow his adventure as he enters the moonlit maze.  A note to parents:  mythic battles can be a bit fierce for the very young!

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The Story of a Clever Tailor

A proud princess will only marry the clever tailor if he can survive spending a night in a barn with a dangerous bear.  Will he pass this difficult test, or will he be bested by two other tailors vying for her hand?  Discover a young man whose wit is as sharp as a tailors needle!

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The Littlest Easter Bunny

This is the story of how Little Bunny became a secret Easter bunny for a sad boy who lived next door.  The boy never smiled, but on Easter morning everything changed because of Little Bunny’s wonderful idea.  Little Bunny felt good inside when he saw what his kindness did for the boy.

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Little Bunny Asks Why

Little Bunny is very curious about a lot of things, asking questions of everyone in his family.  One question is very personal, and he saves this one for Grandpa bunny.  Let’s join Little Bunny as he searches for answers.

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The Emperor and the Nightingale

the emperor & the nightingale“Bring me the Nightingale!  Make it appear before the court!  Command it to sing for me”, declares a mighty Emperor!  Yet neither power nor wealth will move the heart of a creature who sings only for love.  Come with us to ancient China where this delicate tale will delight your ears…

HOORAY!  The Story Home website has been selected for inclusion in the American Library Association’s Great Websites for Kids.  What a wonderful honor.  Many thanks to those who submitted our name.

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Thumbelina

ThumbelinaWhere has tiny Thumbelina gone?   A sweet and delicate child, only an inch in height, was lost in a great big world for a time.  Some creatures gave her comfort and others held her captive, until at last she found happiness in an enchanted land.  Hans Andersen’s beloved tail shows the fate of a tiny spirit that is brought by good fortune to a happier place.

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