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Little Black Fish

Little Black Fish - story

Samad Behrangi

It was the longest night of winter. At the bottom of the sea, an old fish gathered together 12,000 of her children and grandchildren and began to tell them this story: Once upon a time…

Hamish Mactavish is Eating a Bus

Hamish Mactavish is Eating a Bus - story

Gordon Korman

It was over the Sunday paper that I first learned that a forty-one-year-old man named Hamish Mactavish of Inverness, Scotland, was eating a bus. The Sunday paper was a family thing at the Donaldson house. Mom and…

Nose Dwarf

Nose Dwarf - story

Wilhelm Hauff

This story is from the collection called “The Sheik of Alexandria and his Slaves,” and is supposed to be told by a slave to the Sheik. Sir, those people are much mistaken who fancy that…


Thumbelina - story

Hans Christian Andersen

There once was a woman who wanted so very much to have a tiny little child, but she did not know where to find one. So she went to an old witch, and she said:…

Søren Kierkegaard Confounds the City

Søren Kierkegaard Confounds the City - story

Tom Baikin-O’hayon

Søren Kierkegaard was a young university student who lived in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark in the nineteenth century. He enjoyed his university studies, but he felt that they were missing something. His professors taught…

Darab on the River

Darab on the River - story

Thamar E. Gindin

When Homai took the throne as the queen, She was kind and victorious – supreme! But when she had a son, the true heir to the crown, He was sent on the river, unseen. But…

The Capture of Father Time

The Capture of Father Time - story

L. Frank Baum

Jim was the son of a cowboy, and lived on the broad plains of Arizona. His father had trained him to lasso a bronco or a young bull with perfect accuracy, and had Jim possessed…

The Boys

The Boys - story

Anton Chekhov

“Volodia is here!” cried some one in the courtyard. “Voloditchka is here!” shrieked Natalia, rushing into the dining-room. The whole family ran to the window, for they had been expecting their Volodia for hours. At…

Croco Dancy

Croco Dancy - story

Nurit Zarchi

When Croco Dancy, the little witch, finished school, she had to take her final exam. The principal put two forks on the table in front of her and said: “Now enchant them. You remember what…

The Laughing Hippopotamus

The Laughing Hippopotamus - story

L. Frank Baum

On one of the upper branches of the Congo river lived an ancient and aristocratic family of hippopotamuses, which boasted a pedigree dating back beyond the days of Noah—beyond the existence of mankind—far into the…