The Toad

The Toad The well was deep, and therefore the rope was long; the wheel went around with difficulty when the waterfilled bucket had to be pulled up…

Read more...

 

The Story of a Mother

The Story of a Mother A mother sat by her little child. She was so sad, so afraid he would die. The child's face was pallid. His little eyes were…

Read more...

 

Pen and Inkstand

Pen and Inkstand In a poet's study, somebody made a remark as he looked at the inkstand that was standing on the table: "It's strange what can come…

Read more...

 

The Marsh King’s Daughter

The Marsh King's Daughter The storks tell many, many stories to their young ones, all about the bogs and marshes. In general each story is suited to…

Read more...

 

Nineteenth Evening

Nineteenth Evening "I looked down into a large theater," said the Moon. "The audience filled the house, for a new actor was making his first…

Read more...

 

Sunshine Stories

Sunshine Stories "I'll tell you a story," said the wind. "Kindly remember," said the Rain, "that it's my turn to talk. You've been howling around…

Read more...

 

The Ice Maiden

The Ice Maiden Let us visit Switzerland. Let us take a look at that magnificent land of mountains, where the forests creep up the sides of the steep…

Read more...

 

The Neighboring Families

The Neighboring Families One would certainly think that something quite unusual had happened in the duckpond to cause such a commotion, but nothing…

Read more...

 

The Metal Pig

The Metal Pig In the city of Florence, not far from the Piazza del Granduca, there is a little cross street which I think is called Porta Rossa. In…

Read more...

 

What One Can Invent

What One Can Invent There was once a young man who studied to become a poet. He wanted to be a poet by next Easter, so that he could marry and earn…

Read more...

 

Great-Grandfather

Great-Grandfather Great-Grandfather was so lovable, wise and good. All of us looked up to Great-Grandfather. As far back as I can remember, he was…

Read more...

 

Thirty-second Evening

Thirty-second Evening The wind was stormy and cold; the clouds flew swiftly by. Only for a moment at a time could I see the Moon. "I looked down…

Read more...

 

Anne Lisbeth

Anne Lisbeth Anne Lisbeth's complexion was like peaches and cream; her eyes were bright, her teeth shiny white; she was young, gay, and beautiful to…

Read more...

 

Holger Danske

Holger Danske In Denmark there is an old castle named Kronborg. It lies on the coast of the Öresund, where hundreds of great ships pass through…

Read more...

 

A Picture from the Ramparts

A Picture from the Ramparts It is autumn, and we are standing on the ramparts of the citadel, gazing at the ships on the sound and the distant coast…

Read more...

 

The Wicked Prince

The Wicked Prince Once upon a time there was a proud and wicked prince who thought only about how he might conquer all the nations of the earth and…

Read more...

 

Which Was the Happiest?

Which Was the Happiest? "Such lovely roses!" said the Sunshine. "And each bud will soon burst in bloom and be equally beautiful. These are my…

Read more...

 

Aunty

Aunty You ought to have known Aunty; she was so lovely. And yet, to be more specific, she wasn't lovely in the usual sense of the word, but she was…

Read more...

 

Tenth Evening

Tenth Evening "I once knew an old maid," said the Moon. "Every winter she wore a coat of yellow satin trimmed with fur, which always seemed new, and…

Read more...

 

A View from Vartou’s Window

A View from Vartou's Window Near the green ramparts that run around Copenhagen is a large red house with many windows. These are garnished with…

Read more...