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The Valiant Little Taylor

One fine day a Tailor was sitting on his bench by the window in very high spirits, sewing away most diligently, and presently up the street came a country woman, crying, “Good jams for sale! Good jams for sale!” This cry sounded nice in the Tailor’s ears, and, poking his diminutive head out of the window, he called, “Here, my good woman, just bring your jams in here!” The woman mounted the three steps up to the Tailor’s house with her large basket and began to open all the pots together before him.

The Robber Bridegroom

There was once on a time a miller, who had a beautiful daughter, and as she was grown up, he wished that she was provided for, and well married. He thought, “If any good suitor comes and asks for her, I will give her to him.” Not long afterwards, a suitor came, who appeared to be very rich, and as the miller had no fault to find with him, he promised his daughter to him.

The Emu and the Bustard

The Emu and the Bustard

Dinewan the emu, being the largest bird, was acknowledged as king by the other birds. The Goomblegubbons, the bustards, were jealous of the Dinewans. Particularly was Goomblegubbon, the mother, jealous of the Diriewan mother. She would watch with envy the high flight of the Dinewans, and their swift running.

Tikki Tikki Tembo

Once there lived a family in ancient China that had two sons.  The elder son, who was to inherit the family fortune, was given a very-long and very-impressive name, as befitted an elder son.  He was called Tikki Tikki Tembo No Sarembo Hari Kari Pi Chi Pip Peri Pembo.  The second son, who would have to make his… Read More »Tikki Tikki Tembo

Ten Red Crows

First the world was in darkness, my son.  All who dwelt in the shadow of the East Mulberry Tree had never seen the light, nor could they imagine what it was.  And so, ten red crows – each with three paws – began a perilous journey away from the tree seeking to bring light to this dark world. 

Maid of the mist

The Maid of the Mist

She lost her husband and her hope at a young age, and the beautiful girl could not find her way through the sorrow upon sorrow that was her lot in life.

The Devil’s Hole

When the new priest came to the poor parish, there was no house or church for him. A farmer took him in, while the men built him a small shack in which to live. The priest, a true saint with no false pride, was happy in his new parish. But the people wanted more for… Read More »The Devil’s Hole

Ghost Train

Ghost Train

retold by S.E. Schlosser I was a railway fireman back in those days, working on the CPR line in Alberta. I did a hard day’s work and earned me a fair wage. I was young then, and my pretty little bride was just setting up housekeeping in the little cottage that was all we could… Read More »Ghost Train

Attack of the Mammoth

Attack of the Mammoth

A man and his family were constantly on the move, hunting for beaver. They traveled from lake to lake, stream to stream, never staying any place long enough for it to become a home.

Crow Brings the Daylight

Crow Brings the Daylight

Retold by S.E. Schlosser Long, long ago, when the world was still new, the Inuit lived in darkness in their home in the fastness of the north. They had never heard of daylight, and when it was first explained to them by Crow, who traveled back and forth between the northlands and the south, they… Read More »Crow Brings the Daylight