1. The Huge Pumpkin
One day a boy was walking on a field when he saw a pumpkin. He decided to take it home with
him for Halloween. That night when he went out to get a drink, he looked at the pumpkin and he
thought that it was a lot bigger. He got his drink and went back to bed.
In the morning, when he got up, he went in the kitchen to eat breakfast. He saw the pumpkin,
and it was definitely bigger! He got ready to go to school and he asked his Mom if he could
bring the pumpkin for show-n-tell.
At school, it got even larger and larger. Then when it was time for show-n-tell, the pumpkin
was so larger that it was as big as the teacher! Then it grew until it was as big as the room,
and then as big as the school.
The teacher said “We have to do something about that pumpkin”. So, they all had a class
meeting and they finally decided to get a knife and work together to carve a face on the
pumpkin. Then there was a great party and everyone in the school was invited to have pumpkin
pie! And there was never a pumpkin like that again!
2.The Farmer Girl
A farmer’s daughter was walking to the market with of milk on her head. As she walked, she
started to make plans.
“I will get some money for this milk. With that money, I will buy fifty eggs,” she said.
“In a couple of weeks, those eggs will be hatched, and I will have fifty chickens. I will
give those chickens good food, and they will grow big and fat. Then I will take them to the
market and sell them. I will make lots of money! I’ll take that money and buy a beautiful
dress,” she said.
“Boys will want to dance with me. The other girls will be jealous, but I don’t care. I’ll
toss my head, like this.”
As she spoke, she tossed her head. The bucket fell off her head, and all the milk spilled on
the ground. She had to go home and tell her mother what happened. “My dear,” said her
mother, “you shouldn’t count your chickens before they are hatched.”
3.Country Mouse and City Mouse
Once the Country Mouse invited the City Mouse for dinner. The Country Mouse prepared corn
and potatoes. The two mice enjoyed their meal. After dinner, City Mouse told Country Mouse
about his home. The Country Mouse was so curious about the city life. Therefore he decided to
leave the country.
They arrived at the City Mouse’s place. The Country Mouse looked around the house and he was
so surprised. There were all kinds of food on the table. The Country Mouse nibbled the
cheese. “How delicious! I have never tasted anything better than this.” said the Country
Suddenly, they heard some scratching sound. “Run!” yelled the City Mouse. And they ran to
the corner as fast as they could. “What’s that?” asked the Country Mouse shaking his
body. “A cat. Once he gets you, he’ll eat you up. ” said the City Mouse. “This is terrible.
I think I will go home. I’d rather have my corn and potatoes in peace than have sugar and
cheese in danger.” said the Country Mouse. So the little Country Mouse went back to his home.
1. The Fountain of Youth
There once was a poor brickmaker who lived in the mountains with his wife. He was very old,
but he still had to work hard every day.
“I wish I was still young,” he often told his wife. “When I was young, I could make a thousand
bricks in one day. Now, I can only make a few.”
One day, he happened upon a small spring in the forest. He was very thirsty, and he stopped
to drink. After a few sips, he saw his face in the water and was amazed. He was young again!
He ran home to tell his wife the good news. She was surprised and a little upset. “I’m
eighty years old,” she said. “I can’t have a twenty-year-old husband! I must drink from the
The very next morning, the brickmaker’s wife ran to the spring and drank some of the water.
Suddenly, her skin became smooth, and her gray hair turned golden yellow.
“I’m young again!” she cried. But then she became greedy. “If I drink more, maybe I can
become even younger and more beautiful!” She dipped her hand into the spring and drank again and
Many hours passed, and the brickmaker became worried. Finally, he went to look for her. When
he reached the spring, he saw his wife’s clothes on the ground. Next to the clothes, there was a
Right away, the brickmaker knew what happened. Sadly, he picked up the baby and took her
home. “Oh, my poor wife,” he said. “Why were you so greedy?”
2.The Emperor and the Nightingale
There once was an emperor who loved beautiful things. One day, he read about the music of the
nightingale. The book said that nothing was lovelier than the nightingale’s song.
The emperor sent some men into the forest to find the nightingale. When they returned, the
emperor was disappointed. The nightingale was just a plain, brown bird. Then she began to sing.
Her song was so beautiful that it brought tears to the emperor’s eyes. “Lovely nightingale,”
he said, “I must give you a gift. What do you wish for?” “ You gave me enough already,” said
the nightingale. “I saw tears in an emperor’s eyes. That is enough.”
The nightingale remained with the emperor and sang for him each night. One day, though,
someone sent the emperor a box. Inside the box was a mechanical nightingale.
The new nightingale sang just like the real one, but it was covered with colorful jewels.
When it sang, its tail moved and the jewels shone. The emperor was pleased with this gift, and he
sent the real nightingale back to the forest.
The mechanical nightingale sang beautifully day and night. One day, though, it stopped
working. The emperor was very sad. He became sick, and everyone thought he would die.
“If I could hear the nightingale again, I would get better,” said the emperor. Suddenly, he
heard some marvelous music . The rear nightingale was singing at his window. Her song cured him,
and he became strong again.
After that day, the emperor treasured the real nightingale. He put away the mechanical bird
and never looked at it again.
3.The Hasty Merchant
There once was a merchant who lived in the country. He sold pots at a big market in the city.
Each day, he woke up early and rode his horse to the market.
The horse enjoyed these daily trips very much. The trip took two hours, but they traveled
slowly and the scenery was beautiful.
One day, however, the merchant grew tired of the long trips. “Going slowly wastes time,” he
said. “I want to get to the market quickly. Then I can sell more pots and make more money!”
The next morning, he made his horse run fast. The road was rough and one of the horse’s
shoes came off, but the merchant refused to slow down. “I’m saving so much time!” he said, and
he made his horse run faster and faster.
Halfway to the city, the merchant stopped at a well to get a drink of water. A woman saw the
horse was missing a shoe. “Sir,” she said to the merchant, “your horse is missing a shoe. He
might injure his foot. There is a blacksmith in my village. He can put a shoe on your horse’s
foot.” “No, I can’t delay,” said the merchant, and he raced off. Suddenly, the horse stepped
on a sharp stone. The stone cut deep into his foot, and he could run no more.
When the merchant saw what happened, he was very sorry. “I only wanted to save time,” he
said. “But now I won’t get to the market at all. I wasted the whole day, and I hurt my faithful