Inspiring and engaging stories for kids, featuring ancient wisdom, timeless tales, and contemporary heroes.
The Young Head of the Family
When their father-in-law sets three young women a series of seemingly impossible tasks, all seems lost - until a wise young woman on a water buffalo shows them how all three tasks can be solved in simple, everyday ways. "The Young Head of the Family" is based on a story of the same name from Chinese Fairy Tales by Adele M. Fielde. This version is adapted by Elaine L. Lindy for the website Stories to Grow By.
The Maiden and the Boy Who Vanished
A nobleman's son disappears just days before his 12th birthday. Years later, a room in the nobleman's house seems to be haunted. Can anyone solve the mystery of the haunted room, and bring the nobleman's son back to his family?Note: Even though there is a haunted room in this story, it's not a ghost story. It's a fairy tale, and I don't think it's scary.Based on the story "The Lost Child" from Folk Lore from Foreign Lands by Catherine T. Bryce. Adapted by Elaine Lindy for Stories to Grow By. Image by Gaertringen from Pixabay
Boots and his Brothers
The King has two problems: there is a giant tree blocking all the light to his castle, and his castle has no fresh well water to drink. Many have tried to solve these problems, and failed. Will Boots and his brothers fare any differently from the rest?
"Boots and His Brothers" is based on a story of the same name from A Collection of Popular Tales from the Norse and North German by George Webbe Dasent (London, 1907)Adapted by Elaine Lindy for Stories to Grow By
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Yuuki and the Tsunami
Yuuki is high up on the mountain when he feels the earthquake, and remembers what his grandfather has taught him. He knows he needs to warn the people in the village that a tsunami might come, but will he be able to get them to safety in time?Story from "A Living God" from the book Gleanings in Buddha-Fields: Studies of Hand and Soul in the Fair East, by Lafcadio HearnAdapted by Elaine Lindy for the website Stories to Grow By
Weighing the Elephant
The Emperor of China has a problem on his hands... how do you weigh an elephant? From an unexpected source comes a surprisingly simple solution!Traditional Chinese folktale, adapted by Elaine L. Lindy for the website "Stories to Grow By".
Image by Orla
The Elf House
When Charlotte leaves her new mushroom incense burner in the back yard, it's discovered by someone unexpected... who finds an entirely new way to use the little mushroom!If you'd like to try building a fairy house yourself, you can find some inspiration here: https://childhoodbynature.com/fashion-a-fairy-house/And here's my all-time favorite recipe for homemade playdough, a.k.a. "forest putty": https://tinkergarten.com/activities/forest-putty
Thanks to Charlotte Thistle and her daughter Ella for sending this wonderful story to share with us!
Image by Enrique Meseguer from Pixabay
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Family Storytelling At Its Finest
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Perfect bedtime story telling
What a wonderful narrator! These stories are well read and the perfect tone for calming young ones getting ready for bed. You can certainly share with your youngest kids at any time and like any good story, there's no reason not to repeat them. Very well done!