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  1. 1. Cinderella: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58The Emperors new clothes: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60Goldilocks & the three bears: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62Hansel & Gretel: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63Jack and the beanstalk: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66The miller, his son and their donkey: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68Snow White: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70The town mouse and the country mouse: . . . . . . . . . . .72
  2. 2. Cinderella "Yes," said Cinderella. "Then, you can make three new dressesT for us," said her stepmother. "Now, go and his is the story of a kind and beautiful do the housework." Cinderella went to the girl. She lived with her father and moth- kitchen. er. They were very happy. "Girls," the stepmother said, "we need Then one day, her mother died. She was some material for our new dresses. Lets govery sad. A year later, her father married shopping."again. On Saturday night, Cinderella was very The girls new stepmother was very busy. Her two stepsisters got dressed for theunkind. She had two daughters. They wore party. And she helped them.beautiful clothes, but they were not beautiful "Brush my hair! Find my bag! Clean myor kind. The girls new stepsisters were very shoes! " they shouted at Cinderella. Finally,unkind. they were ready. The two stepsisters were jealous of the Cinderellas stepmother and stepsistersbeautiful girl. They took the girls beautiful got in their coach and went to the party.clothes and gave her an old dress. "You can Cinderella stood on the steps and waveddo all the housework now," they said. good bye. Then, she sat down and cried. "I want to go to the party," she said. Suddenly, she heard a voice. "Dont cry, Cinderella." Cinderella looked up and saw a lovely lady. She had a lovely smile. "Im a fairy," said the lady. "And youre a good girl. You can go to the party." "But I cant go to the party in this dress," said Cinderella. "I can help you, with my magic wand," said the fairy. "Now go and find a big pump- kin, four white mice and three lizards." Cinderella ran and found a big pumpkin, four white mice and three lizards. She gave them to the fairy. The fairy waved her magic wand and KAZOOM. The pumpkin became a beautiful gold coach. The white mice became white horses. And the lizards became handsome men. "Now," said fairy , "close your eyes." Cinderella closed her eyes. The fairy waved her magic wand over Cinderella and KAZOOM. "Now, open your eyes." Cinderella opened her eyes and looked at her dress. It was beautiful. And on her feet The girl washed the floors. She made the were a pair of pretty glass shoes. "Oh thankbeds and she cooked the meals. In the you," she said. " Now, I can go to the party."evenings, she sat by the fire in the kitchen. "Yes ," said the fairy. "But you must leaveThe cinders from the fire made her feet and the party before midnight. Because thedress dirty. And so the stepsisters called her magic stops at midnight."Cinderella. Cinderella was very unhappy. "Yes," said Cinderella. " I understand." One day, a man from the palace came to "Now, go and enjoy the party," said thethe house with an invitation. The invitation fairy.said, "The king and queen are having a party Cinderella got in the gold coach and wentat the palace on Saturday." to the palace. She arrived at the party in her The two stepsisters were very excited." beautiful dress. Everybody looked at her.Can I go to the party ?" asked Cinderella. "Shes very beautiful. Look at her beauti- "You? You cant go to the party.You dont ful dress! Who is she?" they asked.have any nice clothes," said the two stepsis- The prince saw Cinderella and heters.And they laughed at her. thought, She is the most beautiful girl in the "Can you make clothes?" Cinderellas world.stepmother asked. "Do you want to dance?" the prince asked. " Yes," said Cinderella. 58 FA I R Y TA L E S
  3. 3. The prince danced with Cinderella all marry the prince . Im going to be anight. Her two stepsisters were very jeal- princess."ous." Who is she" they asked. But, her foot was too big. "Give me the shoe," said the prince. "Its not your shoe." Then the prince asked, " Are there any other girls here?" "No," said the stepmother and the two sis- ters. At that moment, Cinderella came into the room. She wanted to clean the room. She didnt know the prince was there. Cinderella looked at the prince." Im sorry," she said and ran out of the room. "Who is that girl? Bring her here," said the prince. "May be, its her shoe." "It cant be her shoe." said step mother. "I must ask every girl in the country. Please, bring her here now," said the prince. The stepmother went and found Cinderella. Cinderella put on the glass shoe. It was her shoe. The two stepsisters and the stepmother were angry. But the prince was very happy. He took Cinderellas hand and said,"You are the girl I danced with. And you are the girl I Cinderella and the prince danced and love. Will you marry me? "danced. And all the ladies were very jealous. "Yes," said Cinderella. Suddenly, Cinderella looked at the clock. Cinderella married the prince and theyIt was one minute to twelve." I must go," she lived together happily.said and she ran out of the room. " Wait!" said the prince. "Come back. Idont know your name." Cinderella didntwait. She ran down the stairs. And she left aglass shoe on the stairs. Outside, Cinderella looked for her goldcoach. It wasnt there. There was a pumpkin,four white mice and three lizards ran away. She looked at her dress. It was the dirtyold dress again. Quickly, Cinderella ran home. The prince found the glass shoe. " This isher shoe ," said the prince. "I must find her.I want to marry her." The prince went to every house in thecountry. And he asked every girl," Is thisyour shoe?" But all their feet were too big. Finally, he came to Cinderellas house.Cinderella was in the kitchen. Her stepmoth-er opened the door. "Come in, YourHighness," she said. She took the prince intothe living room, then she went and got hertwo daughters. The two girls were very excit-ed. First, the oldest girl took the shoe." Look!Its my shoe," she said and walked aroundthe room in the glass shoe. But her foot wastoo big. "Give me the shoe," said the prince. " Itsnot your shoe." Then the youngest sister took the shoe."Look!" she said." Its my shoe. Im going to FA I R Y TA L E S 59
  4. 4. THE EMPERORS NEWCLOTHEST his is the story of a very vain emperor. He didnt think about his country or his people. He only thought about clothes. The emperor loved clothes. He alwaysbought the finest and most expensiveclothes. And he always wore the latest fash-ions. Every week, he bought some newclothes. In fact, he spent all his money onclothes. One day, two men decided to trick theemperor. They were called Victor and Hugo.Victor and Hugo knew the emperor lovedclothes and they wanted to make lots ofmoney. So they made a plan. "Lets tell the emperor that we are famoustailors," said Victor. "Yes. And lets tell him, we can make himsome beautiful new clothes, "said Hugo. "The most beautiful clothes in the world,"said Victor. The next day, the two men went to thepalace to meet the emperor. "Your majesty,"said Victor, "we are famous tailors. And wewant to make some beautiful new clothes for "Only clever people will be able to see thisyou." magic material. Stupid people wont be able "Yes," said Hugo. "We want to make you a to see it," they told their friends and neigh-very special suit. We will use a magic mate- bors.rial that only very clever people will be able All week, the emperor waited to see theto see." material. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday... . "We know you are a very clever man. So He counted the days. He wanted to see thewe know that you will love this material," magic material but he was worried. Maybe, Isaid Victor. wont be able to see it. Then, people will "So," said the emperor, "stupid men wont think I am stupid, the emperor thought, ibe able to see this magic material?" cant go and see it. "That is correct," said Victor. Then, the emperor had an idea. I wont go The emperor believed the two men. and see the material. Ill send the prime min-"Excellent," he said. "What do you need?" ister. Hes very clever. Hell be able to see it, "We need some gold thread and some sil- he thought.ver thread," Hugo replied. "And we need The prime minister was not worried. Im asome money, of course," very clever man. Ill be able to see the mate- The emperor gave the two men two bags rial, he thought. The prime minister walkedof gold coins, some gold thread and some into the room. He saw the two tailors but hesilver thread. couldnt see any material. The emperor was very excited. "When can Oh no he thought. I cant see the materi-you start?" he asked. al. I must be stupid. Nobody must know that "We can start tomorrow," Victor replied. Im stupid. That afternoon, the two men began to "Its beautiful, isnt it?" said Victor.make the material for the emperors new "Yes, it is. Its very beautiful," said theclothes. Clack... Whirr.... Clack ... Whirr. prime minister.They worked all afternoon and all evening. The two men smiled and said, "Thank Then, late at night, when everybody was you." "Do you think the emperor will like it?"asleep, Hugo carried the bags of gold and the asked Hugo.bags of thread out of the palace. He took "Hell love it," said the prime minister.them to a safe place and hid them. Then, the prime minister left the room, and The next day, the emperor began to tell he went to find the emperor.everybody about the magic material. Soon "Your Majesty, the material is wonderful.everybody in the palace knew about it. And, Its the most beautiful material in the world,"they told their friends outside the palace. the prime minister told the emperor.And soon everybody in the country knew The emperor was very happy. "Tell the tai-about the magic material. lors that I am coming to see it," he said. "And tell all my ministers to come here immedi- ately. They must all come and see the mate- rial." 60 FA I R Y TA L E S
  5. 5. All the ministers went to see the material The emperor was ready for the parade. Allwith the emperor. They all stood and looked his people were in the streets. They wereat the loom. very excited. Everybody wanted to see the "Where is it?" asked the emperor excited- emperors new "Hurry up and show us." The emperor walked proudly through the "Its here," said Hugo. "Cant you see it?" streets in his underwear.The emperor couldnt see it. The ministers The people clapped and said, "The emper-couldnt see it. Nobody could see it. or looks very smart. His new clothes are wonderful. The material is beautiful. Its the most beautiful material in the world." Then, suddenly, a boy shouted, "The emperor isnt wearing any clothes." There was silence. Then all people began to laugh. "Ha ... Ha ... Ha .... The emperor isnt wearing any clothes. Poor man! Hes walking through the streets in his underwear," they said. "Its very beautiful," said the ministers,looking at the empty loom. Oh dear, thought the emperor. Everybodycan see it, But I cant see anything. I must bestupid. Then the emperor smiled and said,"Its beautiful. I love it. Tonight, you willmake me a suit. And tomorrow, there will bea parade through the town, and I will wearthe suit. The next morning, the suit was ready. The It was true. And the emperor knew it wastwo tailors took it to the emperor. true. The boy is right, he thought. Im not "Please, take off your clothes, Your wearing any clothes. He wanted to run backMajesty," said Victor. to his palace but he couldnt. He was the "Now, try on the trousers first," said Hugo. emperor. He walked slowly through the town "Do they fit?" asked Victor. in his underwear. "Yes," replied the emperor. I am vain, he thought. And this is my pun- "Now, try on the shirt," said Hugo. ishment. "Does it fit?" asked Victor. Finally, the emperor arrived back at the "Yes," replied the emperor. "It fits me per- palace. He called for his guards. "Find thosefectly." tailors and bring them here," he said. "Good. Now put on the jacket," said Hugo. The guards looked for the tailors every- The emperor looked in the mirror. He where but they couldnt find them.looked very hard but he couldnt see the suit. And that day, the emperor stopped think-He could only see his underwear. ing about clothes. And he began thinking The ministers came in. They were about his country and his people. He becameshocked. The emperor is only wearing his a good emperor.underwear, they thought. "Are you ready?" the prime minister askedthe emperor. "Of course, Im ready," said the emperor.Then the emperor gave victor and Hugo twomore bags of gold coins. They thanked him,and then they quickly left the palace. FA I R Y TA L E S 61
  6. 6. Goldilocks & The Three Next, Goldilocks goes into the living room.Bears She sees three chairs. First, Goldilocks sits on the very big chair. "I dont like this chair. Its too big," she says. This is the story of Goldilocks and the Next, Goldilocks sits on the big chair.three bears. Look! Here are the three bears. There is a big cushion on the chair. " I dontFather Bear is big. And Baby Bear is small. like this chair. Its too big," she says.And here is their house. It is in a forest. Then, Goldilocks sits on the small chair. " The three bears like porridge. Every morn- I like this chair," she, Mother Bear makes porridge. But Baby Bears chair is not very strong. It This morning the porridge is very hot. breaks. " Oh dear!" says Goldilocks. Lets go for a walk, says Father Bear. Then, Goldilocks goes into the bedroom.We can eat the porridge later. She sees three beds. First, Goldilocks sits on Here is Goldilocks. Goldilocks is not a good the very big bed. "I dont like this bed. Itsgirl. She is a naughty girl. too hard," she says. Goldilocks is walking in the forest. Look! Next, Goldilocks sits on the big bed. "IShe can smell the porridge. dont like this bed. Its too soft," she says. Then, Goldilocks sits on the small bed. "I like this bed," she says. Look! Goldilocks is asleep now. Goldilocks sees a house. And she climbsthrough the window. Now, Goldilocks is in the kitchen. She seesthree bowls of porridge on the table. There is The three bears come home. They area very big bowl. There is a big bowl. And very hungry. They go into the kitchen.there is a small bowl. Father Bear looks at his bowl of porridge. First, Goldilocks tries the very big bowl. " There isnt much porridge in my bowl," he"Ouch! This porridge is too hot," she says. says. Next, Goldilocks tries the big bowl. "This Mother Bear looks at her bowl of porridge.porridge is too cold," she says. "There isnt much porridge in my bowl," she Then, Goldilocks tries the small bowl. says."Mmm! This porridge is nice," she says. And Baby Bear looks at his bowl of porridge.Goldilocks eats all Baby Bears porridge. "Theres no porridge in my bowl," he says. 62 FA I R Y TA L E S
  7. 7. Father Bear is very angry. Mother Bear is Hansel & Gretelangry too. And Baby bear is very upset. "Lets look in the living room," says Father IBear. The three bears go into the living room. n a faraway land, a poor woodcutter "Look!" says Father Bear. "There is por- lived with his family. He had tworidge on my chair." lovely children. The boy was called "Look at my chair!" says Mother Bear. "My Hansel and the girl was called Gretel.cushion is on the floor." They lived in a small house near a forest. "Look at my chair!" says Baby Bear. "Its They were very happy together.broken." Then, one day their mother died and Father Bear is very angry. Mother Bear is the woodcutter got married again. Hisangry too. And Baby Bear is very upset. " new wife didnt like the two children.Lets look in the bedroom," says Father Bear. Everyday, the woodcutter went to The three bears go into the bedroom. work in the forest. The two children "Look!" says Father Bear. "There is por- stayed at home with their stepmother.ridge on my bed." He is very angry. Their stepmother was very unkind to "Look at my bed!" says Mother Bear. "Its them. "Gretel, wash the floors. Hansel,untidy." She is angry too. bring the firewood now," she shouted. "Mother, Father look! Theres a girl in my The two children did all the housework.bed," says Baby Bear. He is very upset. One day, the woodcutter was ill. He Baby Bear: Wake up! could not chop wood. He was ill all win- ter. The family had no money and there wasnt enough food. One night, the nasty stepmother had a plan. Hansel and Gretel woke up. They heard their stepmothers plan. Father Bear and Mother Bear come andlook at the girl. They are very angry. FatherBear opens his mouth and growls. Goldilocks wakes up. And she sees thethree bears. Goldilocks screams. She jumps out of thebed. She runs out of the house. And she runsthrough the forest and far away. The three bears never see Goldilocksagain. And Goldilocks is never naughtyagain. FA I R Y TA L E S 63
  8. 8. "We dont have enough food. We cant In the morning, their stepmother gavefeed the children any more," she said. them two slices of bread for breakfast. "What can I do? Im ill. I cant work," said Hansel had an idea. He put the bread in histhe woodcutter. pocket. "You must take the children into the forest The two children went to the forest withand leave them there," said his wife. their father. They followed their father far "I cant do that. I love them," said the into the forest. Hansel broke the bread intowoodcutter. small pieces. He walked behind his father "But we dont have enough food," said his and his sister, and he dropped the pieces ofwife. "Take them tomorrow." bread on the ground. Some birds followed The children listened to their nasty step- Hansel. They ate the bread. Hansel didnt seemothers plan. Gretel began to cry. Hansel them.hugged his sister. "Dont cry, Gretel. I have a Hansel, Gretel and their father walked andplan too," he said. walked. "You must be tired, " said their That night, when his parents were asleep, father. "Lets stop here. Ill go and collectHansel went into garden. He collected some some wood. Then, well go home. You waitsmall white stones. Then, he went back to for me here."bed. This time, the children didnt sleep. Hansel The next day, Hansel and Gretel went into looked for the pieces of bread. But he could-the forest with their father. They collected nt find them. "Now, we really are lost," saidwood for the fire. The white stones were in Gretel. And she began to cry.Hansels pockets. He began to drop the "Dont worry," said Hansel. "Ill look afterstones on the path. you." The children followed their father far into The children were lost. They walked onethe forest. They walked and walked. "You way. Then, they walked another way. Butmust be tired" said their father. "Lets stop they couldnt find their Ill go and collect some more wood.Then, well go home. You wait for me here." Hansel and Gretel were very tired. Theysat on the ground and waited for their father.Soon, they went to sleep. When they wokeup, it was dark. "Im frightened," said Gretel. "Father isntcoming back. Its cold and dark. And we arelost." "Dont worry, Gretel," said Hansel. Hansel pointed to the path. "Look, Gretel.Look at the white stones. We can followthem, and we can go home," he said. "Well Done, Hansel," said Gretel. "Werenot lost. We can go home." The two children followed the white stonesand they soon arrived home. Their father was happy to see them. Hehugged them both. Their stepmother was nothappy to see them. That night, the nasty stepmother said toher husband, "You must take the childreninto the forest again and leave them there." "I cant do that. I love them," said thewoodcutter. "But, we dont have enough food," said hiswife. "Take them tomorrow." Hansel woke up. He heard the plan. Helay in bed and waited. He heard his fatherand stepmother go to bed. He got up andwent to the door. He wanted to collect somemore stones. But he couldnt open the door.It was locked. So Hansel went back to bed. 64 FA I R Y TA L E S
  9. 9. Suddenly, they saw a very strange house."Wow! Look at that house," said Hansel. It really was a very strange house. Therewere chocolate cookies on the roof. Therewere biscuits and nuts on the walls. And ithad a big chocolate door. "Mmm," said Gretel. "Im very hungry.Lets eat some biscuits." "Okay," said Hansel. "Im very hungry,too." The two children ran up to the house.Hansel pulled a biscuit off the wall and gaveit to Gretel. Then, he took a piece of choco-late. Suddenly, the chocolate door opened, andan ugly old woman came out. "Hello. Whoseating my house?" "Were very sorry," said Hansel. ""Thats okay. You must be hungry," shesaid. "Come inside and have some break-fast." Hansel and Gretel were very hungry. Theywent inside with the old woman. There was alot of nice food on the table. There werecakes, biscuits, apples, and oranges. "Eat allyou can," said the old woman. "I like bigstrong children." "You stupid girl! You cant do anything The two children ate and ate. The ugly old right!" said the witch. The witch went towoman sat and watched them. This ugly old check the oven. She opened the oven doorwoman was a witch. And this witch ate little and Gretel pushed her in.boys for dinner. Quickly, Gretel shut the oven door. Then, The witch put Hansel into a cage. She she went and unlocked the cage. "Well done,locked the door of the cage. Then, she locked Gretel, "said Hansel. "Quick, lets go home."the door of the house. She didnt want Gretel "No," said Gretel. "The witch has someto leave the house. treasure. She also has a map. Follow me! Ill "Youre very thin, little boy. Im going to show you."feed you lots of lovely food. Then, youre Gretel took Hansel to the witchs bed-going to be fat. And Im going to eat you for room. They found the treasure and the map.dinner," the witch said to Hansel. "Now, we can go home," said Gretel. Then, the witch looked at Gretel. "Youre Hansel and Gretel took a large box ofgoing to do all my housework," she said. treasure with them. They looked at the map Everyday, the witch said to Gretel, "Give and walked home.Hansel some more food." The woodcutter was very happy to see his Every day for seven days, Gretel gave children. He hugged them both. "I lookedHansel a chicken and chips, cakes, and pies. everywhere for you. But I couldnt find you,"On the seventh day, the witch said, "Give me he said.your arm, Hansel." "Wheres our stepmother? Asked Gretel. Hansel knew that the witch couldnt see "She was very unkind to you. I told her tovery well. He didnt give his arm. He gave her leave," said the woodcutter.a chicken bone. The witch felt the bone. She "Hurray! "said Hansel and Gretel. Andwas very surprised. "Youre very thin. Eat they danced around the room. They weresome more." very happy. On the tenth day, the witch was very Hansel and Gretel told their father aboutangry. Hansel was still thin. And she was the biscuit house with the chocolate door.very hungry. And they told him about the ugly old witch. "Im going to eat your brother today," she Then, they showed him the treasure.said to Gretel. " Go and prepare the oven." The woodcutter and his two children were Gretel went and prepared the oven. She never hungry again. And they lived togethermade it very hot. Then, she went to the witch very happily.and asked, "Can you come and check theoven?" FA I R Y TA L E S 65
  10. 10. Jack and The Beanstalk Jack gives Susie to the old man. The old man gives the beans to Jack. Jack goes home. He shows the beans toJ his mother. His mother is very angry. "We ack is a little boy. He lives with his moth- er. They have a small house. And they have no money," she says. have a cow. Her name is Susie. Here is And you sell our cow for these beans?their house. And here is their cow, Susie. She throws the beans out of the window. One day, a giant comes to their house. That night, Jack and his mother have noThe giant takes their money. food. Jack is hungry and unhappy. His moth- Now Jack and his mother are unhappy. er is hungry and unhappy. They go to bed.They have no money for food. And Susie has The next morning, Jack gets up. He looksno milk. They must sell Susie. out of the window. And he sees a giant beanstalk. Wow! says Jack. Its very tall. I cant see the top. Jack is very excited. He goes into the garden. He climbs the beanstalk. Jack climbs and climbs and climbs. Finally he sees a big castle. Its a giant castle. In the door of the castle, there is a small hole. Jack walks through the hole and into the castle. Inside, he sees a big, tall woman. She is a giant. He-LLO, Jack shouts. Im very hungry. Please, can I have some breakfast?" The giant woman looks at Jack. "Breakfast? You want some breakfast? You cant have breakfast here, she says. "My husband is here. He eats little boy for breakfast. At that moment, they hear a loud voice. IM HUNGRY. I WANT MY BREAK- FAST. Quick, says the woman. Hide in the cupboard. Jack hides in the cup- board. The big, fat, ugly giant walks into the room. Yummy, yummy, yummy- oh! I smell a boy! The giant shouts. There is nobody here , says his wife. Jack takes Susie to the market. He wants Sit down and eat your breakfast. The big,to sell Susie. At the market, Jack meets an fat, ugly giant sits down. He eats his break-old man. Hello, says the old man. fast. Hello, says Jack. Then, he puts a big bag on the table. In Are you selling your cow?" asks the old the bag, there are some gold coins. The giantman. counts the gold coins. .... one thousand Yes, says Jack. and twenty, one thousand and twenty one, How much is she? asks the old man. one ...... snorr rr rr ........ The giant is How much money can you give? asks asleep.Jack. Jack watches the giant from the cupboard. I can give five beans, says the old man. Those are our gold coins, he thinks. Then, he Five beans! says Jack. carefully opens the cupboard door. He walks Yes, says the old man. They are magic slowly and quietly to the table. He wants tobeans. You can grow a giant beanstalk with take the gold coins but .......them. Suddenly, the giant wakes up. Jack is excited. He wants the magic beans. Yummy, yummy, yummy- oh! I smell a Okay, says Jack. Heres the cow." boy! the giant shouts. Jack runs and jumps into the big pot. 66 FA I R Y TA L E S
  11. 11. There is soup in the pot. Jack hides in the Jack and the hen. They run out of the castle.pot and waits. They run across the clouds. Finally, they The giants wife comes into the room. She come to the carrying a hen. Jack throws the bag of gold coins. It falls "There is no boy in the castle, she says to down and down and down into Jacks garden.her husband. Then, she puts the hen on the The big, fat, ugly giant is coming. Quickly,floor. Look! Heres your favourite hen. Jack puts the golden harp onto the hens The big, fat, ugly giant and his wife watch back. Then, Jack takes the hen by the legs.the hen. Jack watches the hen. Look! Thereis an egg. It is a golden egg. The giant ishappy. "Please, bring my golden harp, he says.His wife brings the golden harp. Thegolden harp plays. It plays a beautifultune. "Im hungry," shouts the giant. Iwant some soup. His wife brings thebig pot to the table . She gives the giantsome soup. Splash! Jack falls into thegiants bowl. The giant sees Jack. Yummy, yummy, yummy - oh! I smella boy! the giant shouts. Quickly, Jack climbs down the beanstalk. The giant is behind him. They climb down and down and down. Mother! Mother! Jack shouts. Bring the axe. Bring the axe. Jacks mother brings the axe. Jack jumps to the ground. Quickly, he takes the axe. Jack chops the beanstalk. Crash! The beanstalk falls to the ground. Help! shouts the giant. Crash! The big, ugly giant falls to the ground. Hurray. Shouts Jack. The giant is dead. Now, Jack and his mother are happy. The giant reaches for Jack. Jack jumps off Every day, there is another golden egg. Andthe table and onto the hens back. First, Jack every day, people come and listen to thetakes the golden harp. Next, he takes the golden harp.bag of gold coins. Then, the hen runs across Jack and his mother give food and moneythe floor with Jack. to their friends and neighbours. Nobody in Ha-ha, laughs Jack. You cant catch their village is hungry now. And everybody isme. The hen is very frightened. It runs very The giant cannot catch the hen. The giant is very angry. He runs after FA I R Y TA L E S 67
  12. 12. THE MILLER, HIS SON AND you laughing? Asked the miller. "Because its a hot day and youre walkingTHEIR DONKEY with your donkey. Why dont you ride it?" Old John thought about it for a moment and then said, "Youre right. Its stupid. GetT his is the story of old John the miller, his on the donkey, Jack." son and their donkey. John the miller So Jack got on the donkey, and then they lived with his family in a cottage near a continued on their journey.forest. A little later, a group of men walked In winter, life was difficult for the miller towards them. "Young people today have noand his family. He couldnt work very much, respect for old people," said one of the he didnt have much money. And his fam- "You are right," said another.ily were cold and hungry. "Thats not true," said a third. Then, the When spring finally came, the family was men saw Jack, the miller and the donkey.happier. However, the miller had no money to They stopped talking and looked at Jack sit-buy food for his family. And they were still ting on the donkey.hungry. "Look at him," said one of the men. "I told One day, the family sat down for lunch. you, didnt I? Young people have no respect"Whats for lunch, Mum?" asked the millers for old people these days. That young boy isson, Jack. sitting comfortably on the donkey and the old "Its potato soup again," replied his moth- man is walking."er. "Yes, "said another. "Young people are Isnt there anything else to eat?" very selfish these days." Then, he said to "No, there isnt. Im sorry," she said. And Jack, "Get down from that donkey and letthey ate lunch in silence. your poor old father ride it. He must be very Later that day, the miller and his wife sat tired."and talked. "We dont have any food," said Old John looked at Jack. "Perhaps theyrethe miller wife. "What are we going to do?" right," he said. "Let me ride the donkey for a "Ill sell the donkey," said the miller. "Then while."well have enough money to buy some food." So Jack got off the donkey and his father "Thats a good idea," said the millers wife. got on it. Then, they continued on their jour- "Ill take it to the market and sell it," said ney.the miller. A little further along the road, they met a Old John decided to take the donkey to group of women. One of the women stoppedthe market the next day. So, he and his son, and stood in the middle of the road, "You lazyJack, got up early the next morning and old man," she cried. "Youre sitting comfort-began to walk to the town with the donkey. ably on the donkey and that poor boy is "Its a lovely day for a walk," the miller walking. Look at him! Hes tired. He cantsaid to his son. walk as fast as the donkey." "Yes, Father, it is". "Shes right, look at the poor boy," said The old miller and his son were happy. another."This afternoon, well have enoughmoney to buy some food," saidthe miller. "Can we buy some fruit at themarket? Asked Jack. "Yes, of course," his fatherreplied. The miller and his son walkedalong happily. Soon, they metthree girls. When the three girlssaw the old miller and his son,they began to laugh and whisperto each other. "Look at those two!" they arewalking with their donkey. Howsilly!" they whispered. "Whats the matter? Why are 68 FA I R Y TA L E S
  13. 13. The kind old miller was upset. He did not full of people. Everybody came to the townwant people to think that he was selfish. So, on market day. The miller and his son walkedhe said to his son, "Jack, sit behind me. We through the streets, carrying the donkey.will both ride the donkey." They were very hot and tired but they didnt So Jack got on the donkey and they con- stop for a rest. They wanted to get to thetinued on their journey to the market. market square as quickly as possible. The donkey walked very slowly towards Suddenly, somebody shouted, "Look!the town. It was midday and they were near- There are two people carrying a donkey."ly there. The miller was pleased. "The mar- Everybody ran to see this strange sightket is very busy at lunch time. Well sell the and people began to laugh at the miller anddonkey for a god price," he said. his son. Slowly, they carried the donkey Then, they met a shepherd with his sheep. through the streets of the town towards the"Excuse me," said the shepherd. "Is that market square. Everybody watched themyour donkey?" and clapped loudly. "Yes, it is," said the miller. Soon, they came to a bridge. They had to "It cant be yours, "said the shepherd. walk across the bridge to the market square. "Why?" asked the miller. A crowd of people followed them onto the "Because youre being very cruel to the bridge. They laughed and shouted. "Be care-poor animal. Do you want to kill it? ful. Dont drop the donkey." "What do you mean? Asked the miller. The donkey was very frightened. It didnt "Its a very hot day and youre too heavy like the noise and it didnt like the crowd offor the donkey," the shepherd replied. "The people. The donkey started to kick. It kickedpoor animal is very tired." so hard that it fell off the pole. The old miller was very upset. He did not Everybody stopped laughing. "Look!" theywant people to think that he was cruel to the shouted. "The donkey is going to fall in thedonkey. The miller looked at his donkey. It river."looked very tired and hot. Oh dear, he The donkey fell in the river and the oldthought. I cant sell the donkey if it isnt miller was very upset. "Come on, Jack. Letshealthy. We must carry it. go home. We dont have anything to sell here "Very well," said the miller. "We will carry now," he said.the donkey." So the miller and his son got off So the old miller and his son, Jack walkedthe donkey and said goodbye to the shep- slowly home. I was very stupid today,herd. And the shepherd continued on his thought the miller. Now, I have no donkeyjourney. and no money from the sale. And he was Old John tied donkeys legs together. very angry with himself.Then, he tied the donkeys legs to a pole. The I was very stupid today. "I tried to pleasemiller and his son lifted the pole onto their everyone," the miller said to his son. "And ifshoulders and carried the donkey to the you try to please everyone, you dont pleasetown. The donkey was very heavy and it was anyone at all."not an easy journey. Finally, the miller and his son arrived atthe town. It was busy and the streets were FA I R Y TA L E S 69
  14. 14. Snow White Everything in the house was very small. There were seven cups and seven small plates. There were seven small forks andI seven small spoons. And there were seven n a faraway land, there was a king and small loaves of bread. queen. They had a beautiful baby girl. Snow White was very hungry, so she ate She had beautiful black hair and snow- some bread. Then, Snow White was tired, sowhite skin. So the queen called her Snow she went upstairs. And upstairs, there wereWhite. She loved her daughter very much. seven little beds. Snow White lay down and Then one day, the queen died. Snow went to sleep.White was two years old. The king married again. His new wife wasbeautiful, but she was also very cruel. The new queen had a magic mirror. Everyday, she stood in front of the mirror andasked: "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, Who is the most beautiful of all ? " The mirror always answered: "You, my queen. "you are the most beautiful of all." Every year, Snow white became morebeautiful. She was also kind and good.Everybody in palace loved her. The queen was not interested in snowwhite. Because Snow White was not herdaughter. Then, one day, the queen askedthe mirror : " Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who is the most beautiful of all ?" And this time, the mirror answered: " You are beautiful. It is true . But Snow White is more beautiful than you ." The queen was very angry. "Snow Whitemust die," she said. The queen called for the hunter. "TakeSnow White into the forest and kill her," she Seven dwarfs lived in the house. Thatsaid. And she gave the hunter a bag of gold night, they came home. They found Snowcoins. White. She was still asleep on the beds. They The hunter took Snow White into the for- were very surprised. "Who is she? What isest. But he couldnt kill her. "You cant go she doing here? they asked.back to the palace," he said to her. "The Suddenly, Snow White woke up. "Dont bequeen wants to kill you. You must stay in the frightened," said the dwarfs. Snow Whiteforest." Then he left Snow White in the for- wasnt frightened. She told the dwarfs aboutest. the cruel queen. The hunter killed a deer. He took the "you cant go home," said the dwarfs.deers heart to the palace and gave it to the "you must stay here with us."queen. "this is Snow Whites heart," he said. The next morning, the dwarfs went to The queen was happy, "Snow White is work. Before they went, they said to Snowdead. Now, I am the most beautiful of all," White, "Stay in the house. And dont openshe said. the door." Snow White walked further into the forest. "Okay," said Snow White.It was very dark and she was very fright- At the palace, the queen was happy. Sheened. She wanted to go home. went to her mirror and asked: Then, she saw a house. She went and "Mirror, mirror, on the wall,knocked on the door. Nobody answered, so Who is the most beautiful of all?"she opened the door and went inside. And this time, the mirror answered: "You are beautiful. It is true. But there is a girl more beautiful than you. Snow White isnt dead. 70 FA I R Y TA L E S
  15. 15. She lives in a house with seven beds." A few days later, a prince found the glass The queen was very angry. "A house with box, and he saw Snow White. He opened theseven beds? I know that house! The hunter glass box and picked her up. She cant staydidnt kill Snow White. She is at the house of here. I must take her to the palace with me,seven dwarfs. I must go there and kill her." he thought. The queen went to the garden and got The piece of poisoned apple fell out of hersome red apples. She poisoned an apple. mouth. Snow White opened her eyes and sheThen, she put all the apples into the basket. saw the handsome prince. They sat andShe dressed in the clothes of an old woman. talked.Then, she went to the dwarfs house. The dwarfs came home from work. They found Snow White with the prince. They were very happy because Snow White was alive and well. "I want to take her to the palace," said the prince, "And I want to marry her." Snow White and the dwarfs were very happy. On Snow Whites wedding day, the queen stood in front of the magic mirror and asked: "Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who is the most beautiful of all?" And this time, the mirror answered: "You are beautiful. It is true. But there is a girl more beautiful than you. To you this secret I must tell, Snow White is alive and well." The queen was very angry. She broke the mirror. It was the magic mirror that made her beautiful. So when the mirror broke, the queen became old and ugly. That day, she left the palace. And no one ever saw her again. Snow White married the prince. They lived together happily. And the seven dwarfs often visited Snow White at the palace. The queen knocked on the door. "Redapples! Lovely red apples! Would you likesome lovely red apples?" she called. Snow White didnt want to open the door.But she wanted to buy some apples for thedwarfs. She opened the window and called tothe old woman. The old woman said, "Dont be frightened.Come and taste this apple." So Snow White went outside. She took thepoisoned apple and began to eat it. "Mmm…its delicious," she said. Then she fell to theground. The queen laughed and left. "now, SnowWhite is dead. I am the most beautiful of all,"she said. That night, the seven dwarfs came home.They found Snow White on the ground."Shes dead," said the youngest dwarf. "Maybe, shes not dead. Maybe shessleeping," said another dwarf. They made a glass box for her. "She canlie in this box and we can come and see herevery day," said the oldest dwarf. They wereall very sad. FA I R Y TA L E S 71
  16. 16. THE TOWN MOUSE & THE "Please have some more ," says Country Mouse.COUNTRY MOUSE "No, thank you. Im full," says Town Mouse. He doesnt like corn very much. It is very quiet now. The birds are asleep in their nests. The farmers are asleep in their houses. And the rabbits are asleep in the field. "Its very quiet ," says Town Mouse. "Yes, it is," says Country Mouse. "Theres no noise! Its wonderful." "What do you do here? asks Town Mouse. "Arent you bored?" "Im never bored," says Country Mouse. "In the winter, I play in the farmhouse. Its very warm there. And in the summer , I play in the field." The country is very boring! thinks Town Mouse. Im lucky, I live in the town. Then, Town Mouse has an idea. "Come to the town. Come and stay with me," he says. "Thats very kind of you," says Country Mouse. "Thank you." The next day, Town Mouse and Country Mouse get on a bus. And they go to the town. The town is very noisy. There are a lot of cars. There are a lot of people. And there areH ere is Country Mouse. Country Mouse a lot of shops and cafes. lives in a field. It is a big cornfield. He The people are shouting. The dogs are has a nice house in the middle of the barking. And the cars are beeping theircornfield. Look! His house is in the tree. horns. Every day, Country Mouse eats corn . He Town Mouse is smiling. He is very happy.eats corn for breakfast. He eats corn for He likes the town.lunch. And he eats corn for dinner. Country Mouse isnt smiling. He isnt And every day, Country Mouse plays in the happy. He doesnt like the town. The town isfield with his friends. The country is nice and noisy and dirty. Country Mouse hates thequiet. And Coutry Mouse is very happy. town. One day, a mouse from the town visits the Town Mouse and Country Mouse walkcountry. He walks through the cornfield. He along the streets. "I dont like the town,"walks and thinks. The country is boring. Country Mouse thinks.What can you do in the country? Nothing! The two mice walk to Town Mousesthinks Town Mouse. house. In the town, you can buy nice clothes. You Town Mouses house is beatiful. It is verycan eat good food. You can visit museums. big. And it has a big garden. In the garden,And you can go to the cinema . I love the there are a lot of beatiful flowers. " Its atown, he thinks. beatiful house," says Country Mouse. "You Country Mouse sees him. Country mouse are very lucky."is very kind and friendly. He invites Town "Thank you," says Town Mouse. "Lets goMouse to dinner. "Do you want to come for inside."dinner at my house?" They walk up to the path to the big front "Thats very kind of you. Thank you,"says door. They go inside. Town Mouse lives in theTown Mouse. kitchen. In the kitchen there are a lot of That evening, Town mouse and Country cupboards. And in the cupboards, there is aMose have dinner in the little tree house. lot of food. There is some bread. There areThey eat corn for dinner. some jars of honey and jam. There are some "Mmm. I love corn," says Country Mouse. nuts and biscuits and cakes. And there is a"Do you like corn?" beatiful big piece of cheese. "Its okay," says Town Mouse. "Wow!" says Country Mouse. "There is a lot of food." "Yes," says Town Mouse, "Im hungry. Lets eat." 72 FA I R Y TA L E S
  17. 17. big black boots are angry. They shout at the big grey cat. And the big grey cat runs out of the house. The two mice sit behind the cupboard and wait. They are very frightened. Soon,the kitchen is quiet again. "Its okay now," says Town Mouse. "Lets eat. Im very hungry." Country Mouse is not hungry. "No, thank you. I cant eat now. Im going home," says Country Mouse. Country Mouse runs out of the kitchen. He runs down the steps. He runs along the path. He runs out of the garden. And he gets on a bus. The bus is going to the country. Town Mouse watches Country Mouse. Then, he goes inside his house. He sits in his kitchen and eats his cheese. He is happy. He has a beatiful big house. He has beatiful clothes. And he has a lot of good food. "Life in the town is good ,he thinks. Im very lucky." Finally, Country Mouse arrives home. He is happy. He sits in his cornfield and eats his corn. "Life in the country is good, he thinks. Im very lucky." Suddenly the kitchen door opens. The The two mice like different things.mice see a pair of big black boots and...Ohno! There is a cat. It is a big white cat."Miaow," says the cat. The mice are frightened. They hide next toa jar of honey. But the big white cat doesntsmell the mice. The big black boots and thecat walk out of the kitchen. The two mice watch and wait. The doorcloses. "Phew!" says Town Mouse. CountryMouse doesnt say anything. He is fright-ened. "Its okay, now," says Town Mouse. "Imvery hungry. Lets eat." Country Mouse isnot hungry now. He is frightened. "Dont be frightened." says Town Mouse."Come and eat." Town Mouse eats somecheese. "Mmm. This cheese is good," he says. Suddenly, the door opens. A big grey catwalks in. The big grey cat is hungry. Itmiaows. Country Mouse is very frightened. The catcan smell the mice. The cat sees the mice. The cat opens itsmouth wide. Look at its sharp white teeth!The cheese and the jars fall to the floor.There is a loud noise. The mice run acrossthe floor. The cat runs after the mice. Theyrun and hide behind the cupboard. The big black boots and the big white cathear the noise. They come into the kitchenagain. The white cat is angry. Who is this biggrey cat? This is my house, thinks the whitecat. Then he runs after the big grey cat. The FA I R Y TA L E S 73