Joliette, by Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont

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There was once a lord and a lady who had been married for several years, without having children: they believed that they lacked only that to be happy, for they were rich and esteemed by everybody. At length they had … Read More

Little Red Riding Hood, by Charles Perrault

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There was once a little girl in a village, the most enlightened one that one could have seen: her mother was crazy, and her grandmother was still more crazy. This good woman made her a little red hood that suited … Read More

Yvonne

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Yvonne was a little girl who could not sit quietly at the table. She squirmed, she bent to the right, left, forward, backward; she came down from his chair to play with the dog Fido or she took the cat … Read More

Xavier

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Little Xavier told his classmates, Maurice and Jean: “Let’s play! I’ll be the driver, Maurice will be the horse, and Jean will be the dog that barks at the car.“ Maurice was very good horse. He snorted, raised his foot … Read More

The Violet

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You know, my children, that violets are the emblem of modesty. Because they grow in dark wood, in the shade of other plants; and even they hide their delicate face behind their large green leaves, as do young shy girls … Read More

The Universe

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This is a big word and a great thing as well; because it means the whole world. But it can also mean the place where one lives, where one has his habits and where one is happy. Thus, the dining … Read More

The Turtle

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John, Peter and Paul went to the races with their parents. They had seen horses run, and they had lots of fun. Got home, John said to his brothers: “If we were running, too?“ “But we have no horses,” replied … Read More

The Fir

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There was a small tree that dreamed of being a ship’s mast to travel and see the world. When he was great, it was felt, stripped of its bark, and he became, according to his wish, the mainmast of a … Read More

The Nightingale

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The Chinese Emperor had in his garden a nightingale named Bulbul who was his friend. Bulbul came to eat from his hand, and, at night, when the emperor could not sleep, Bulbul sang so well that the Emperor forget all … Read More

The Tail

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A rat family lived in a cave filled with goods. The rats were there very well, because there were many good things to eat, especially soap and candle. There were also barrels there. The rats did not know what they … Read More

The Peas

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There was once upon a time a prince who wanted to marry. He wanted to marry a princess, but none of these that was presented to him did not seem quite Princess to him. Now, in a stormy day, the … Read More

The Ear

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When Noah had gathered the animals before the ark, he said: “All these beasts will surely quarrel and bite their ears. We would therefore be prudent to remove their ears before they entered the ark. We will give them back … Read More

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