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Some people see short stories as somehow lesser than novels: charcoal sketches compared to the massive oil canvases. But this medium, when written with great skill and care, is capable of having just as great an impact on readers as any 300-page tome. In just a few pages, great short stories can just as effectively make you cry, laugh, or even think…

In this post, we’re listing some of the most interesting short stories that will challenge how you think or feel.

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1. "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut

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First published in 1961, Vonnegut’s satirical story imagines a future in which America’s quest for egalitarianism has resulted in laws preventing anyone from being “better than average.” Our title character is born strong, handsome and intelligent — and in order to make him equal to others, he is given golf-style “handicaps.” He has to wear glasses that make it hard for him to see (and that give him headaches). He has to wear weighted clothes and a rubber mask to counteract his strength and good looks.

The US Declaration of Independence states as a self-evident truth that “all Men are created equal,” but in Vonnegut’s story, that idea is extrapolated to an absurd degree — offering some answers that may be uncomfortable to us.

2. "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang

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Better known as the basis for the film Arrival, this award-winning story from Ted Chiang is, in the best way possible, Independence Day for grown-ups. It’s narrated by Louise Banks, a linguist tasked with communicating with aliens who have arrived on Earth. As the story progresses, we learn that the aliens don’t experience time sequentially (one event at a time) but all at once — they are as aware of the future as they are of the present. This insight forces Louise to face some heavy questions, such as: if there are creatures who already know the future, what does that mean for free will?

3. "Other People" by Neil Gaiman

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This fan favorite from the American Gods author takes its title from Sartre’s No Exit — a play set in an afterlife where three strangers are trapped in a room together. Over the course of their increasingly antagonistic interaction, they discover that “hell is other people.” Gaiman’s short story gives this concept a sharp twist and focuses on the idea of guilt and punishment, presenting only two characters: a man and his mysterious, demonic torturer.

For a treat, why not check out this video of the author reading the “Other People” in front of a live audience?

4. "In a Grove" by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

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A samurai has been found murdered in a bamboo grove. So opens the best-known work from Japan’s undisputed master of the short story (the country’s leading literary prize is named after him, don’t ya know?). Through three conflicting witness accounts — from a woodcutter, a bounty hunter, and an old woman — the story raises the important question of subjectivity when it comes to how we perceive truth.

Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 film adaptation, Rashomon, has since become a byword for stories told by multiple unreliable narrators — but this is the story that started it all. Now the very device of retelling a story from multiple perspectives has become a trope in its own right, appearing in just about every cop show under the sun.

5. "Gooseberries" by Anton Chekhov

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No list of short stories would be complete without an entry from the Russian master. In “Gooseberries,” which acclaimed short story writer (and Booker-winning novelist) George Saunders cites as a personal favorite, two friends on a hunting trip get rained on and take refuge at a friend’s house. One of the men, Ivan, relates in disgust how his brother’s lifelong dream was to own a small estate and eat the gooseberries that he would grow outside. Ivan’s anecdote soon devolves into a full-on screed about how the pursuit of personal happiness is selfish and disgusting. And thanks to Chekhov’s skills as a writer, you might find yourself agreeing with Ivan’s points. Not exactly a comfort read...

6. "The Swimmer" by John Cheever

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Once called “the Chekhov of the suburbs,” John Cheever’s most compelling works deal with middle-class struggles. He was from a generation that grew up during the Great Depression but matured into America’s post-war boom, with its picket fences, Coupe de Villes, and backyard swimming pools. And it’s those very pools that factor into Cheever’s most famous story.

Ned Merrill is a respected member of his society in an affluent neighborhood. One summer’s day, while lounging by his friend’s pool, he spontaneously decides to get home by passing through every single swimming pool between there and his own house. The story quickly grows surreal and dark. But under the strangeness of the conceit is the fraught connection between wealth and happiness in this classic story of suburban ennui.

And… thanks to the internet, you can hear the author read the story in his peculiar New England accent.

7. "A Small Good Thing" by Raymond Carver

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One of the many fantastic stories in Carver’s Cathedral, “A Small Good Thing” finds a young mother and father in a period of shock when their son is left unconscious and after a hit-and-run. To make matters worse, they keep getting calls in the middle of the night from a shopping mall baker telling them to pick up their son’s birthday cake — a cake that might never be eaten.

While it’s true that a lot of short stories are smarter than they are humane, the final act of “A Small Good Thing” delivers a graceful moment of emotional truth: one that will likely stick with you for a while.

8. "The Second Bakery Attack" by Haruki Murakami

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And, while we’re on the subject of bakeries, let’s dip our toe into this story from Murakami’s The Elephant Vanishes, which also has a lot in common with a few other entries in this list. A couple of newlyweds in Tokyo wake up hungry in the middle of the night and decide to break into a bakery — a plan that goes awry as they eventually raid a McDonald’s.

Elements of surreal humor are mixed with discussions of free will vs. determinism in a blend that will delight fans of Murakami’s stranger works. If you grew up with Reading Rainbow, perhaps you will enjoy this reading of the story by LeVar Burton.

9. "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"

by Ambrose Bierce

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A plantation owner and supporter of the Confederacy stands on a bridge, awaiting his execution by Union soldiers. Recalling the circumstances that led him to this point, the narrative jumps into stream-of-conscious mode as he makes his daring escape and begins his journey back to his wife and kids.

A 1962 French adaptation of Bierce’s short story was aired in America as an episode of The Twilight Zone, which may give you a hint of what’s to come at the end of the tale.

10. "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry

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If you’ve reached this point (and have been dutifully reading each story as they appear), then you deserve a nice, uplifting palate cleanser. So many short stories have twist endings that find our characters in awful situations that they had never expected — which is why this classic from O. Henry is such a delight. The premise is simple: it’s Christmas time and a young husband and wife are determined to find the perfect present for each other, despite their meager means.

Named after the author, The O. Henry Award is given each year to short stories of exceptional merit — just one of the many short story contests that have been established to encourage new writers to pursue this medium.


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21 Very Short and Addicting Stories You Can Read Online | by Em

It can be extremely hard to find time to read these days. With our lives cluttered with work, school, life, and new amazing episodes of Game of Thrones and all of these new movies…..who has time to read? I have a stack of books waiting for me in my “to be read” pile.

Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love reading. I’m the one that often tries to convince friends to read. I tell them all of the amazing benefits of reading. For example, did you know that reading makes you more empathetic? It can even decrease the likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease. I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little kid and can say that reading made a big impact on my life.

We just live in a world with so many distractions and obligations. And that’s why I like very short stories. Stories that are so short that you can finish them in a single sitting, short enough to finish while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store.

I was always hesitant to try short stories because I like character development and story depth. I’ve found, however, that great short stories can be extremely addictive and fun. There are a number of stories where I’ve fallen in love with the characters (more than I care to admit) despite the short length. I’ve even shed a tear or 2 (or 100).

Here are some of the very best short stories. Many are very addictive. Many are very short. And all of them you can enjoy on your mobile device online. In addition to these recommendations, for really great short stories, I’d also recommend checking out Commaful.

I ended up drenched in tears after reading this. Make you sure you have a tissue box handy. This one sucks you in and really hits you in the gut. Such a cute and well-written story that will get your emotions in a bunch. Hold on for the next 5 minutes of great storytelling.

I read a lot of thrillers so it’s really difficult to catch me off-guard. Somehow this one caught me with a plot twist. I thought I knew what was going on and BAM I was discombobulated and surprised with that masterpiece of an ending. Seriously amazing.

A super cute romance story that is simply a lot of fun to read. Reading this will leave you warm and fuzzy inside. Such great imagery and cute storytelling.

I generally do not like 4th wall stories. Most are gimmicky and fake. Many don’t use the form factor well and the story would be better off being told as a normal story. This story, however, is a very well done example of breaking the 4th wall. If you let your imagination flow while reading this, you’ll feel raw emotions start to form. It’s a quick read and you’ll really feel it!

The fact that this story is a true story (from what it seems) makes it that much more powerful. It’s an empowering story and a story that ends with a heartwarming ending. It makes you want to believe in love.

So cute. The first thing I thought of was the opening scene from the movie Up. While not even slightly similar, this old couple is so cute and this story is fantastic.

Do you like scary stories or creepypastas? If so, then this one is for you! This story is fantastic at getting those goosebumps up and keeping you from sleeping.

A bit of a poem from the legendary Roald Dahl. If you like any of Dahl’s stuff, you’ll love this poem story. This short story is a classic and you won’t want to miss it.

Another scary and creepy one with a nice twist. Can’t get enough of those creepypasta stories!

Such a good twist at the end. This very short scary story has a nice, casual build up, feels like any typical story and accelerates real fast with a nice end.

This short story wouldn’t be classified as “very short” per se but it’s still a short story and a great read. This is truly a classic by James Joyce.

Really cannot say no to a good monster story. Here is a great creepypasta monster short story that will get your goosebumps popping.

Another very short and cutesy story with great imagery around romantic themes. A nice read that will get you smiling no doubt.

A beautiful short story featuring 2 lovers. A good romance if you’re looking for one.

An innocent enough start….with a bone-chilling ending. Didn’t see that one coming.

If you’re reading this, you probably know who Hemingway is. If not, get out there and read some Hemingway. The guy is a legend and this story is a classic. This story has so many layers to peel back and so much rich material to analyze. It can be a bit of a hard read, but it’s well worth the time to understand this piece of art.

This is a bit of a vignette. This story is very short and can get you blushing.

Another old classic that is a very juicy read taking place around the Christmas holidays. Great story that will get you thinking hard about family, love, and more.

Another short love story that is fun and lighthearted. This one touches on the idea of fate and places into the cutesy love realm as well.

A creepy horror story that starts with a Skype call. How many can you relate with this creepy story?

You’ve probably seen the Slenderman movie. Or seen Slenderman content. This is the Slenderman creepypasta story that you’ll love. It’s very short, very scary, and very….Slendermany. No that’s probably not a word. But it’s the Slenderman.

Which very short story did you like the most? Which one did you find most addictive? Comment below! Did you cry during any of them as I did? Any make you laugh out loud? I’m a very expressive reader!

For more short stories, you can check out Commaful.

12 Contemporary Stories That Don't Get Bored of Teenagers - Orthodox Magazine "Foma"

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At school, children study the literature of past centuries, but they have the most vague ideas about modern Russian (as well as foreign) prose. Meanwhile, there are many modern stories that are not just accessible, but quite interesting to a teenager. But not only that: if children read them and discuss them with their parents, such reading can greatly bring different generations closer together. Recommendations for such family reading are given by Rimma Isakovna Zandman, Honored Teacher of Russia, teacher of Russian language and literature at Moscow Gymnasium No. 1512.

At my gymnasium, in addition to Russian language and literature lessons, I run a literary studio where teenagers come from the age of 13-14. In these classes, the children and I read and discuss the latest Russian prose. It is a misconception that it is not available to teenagers, that they are only attracted to fantasy and horror films. No, they read with keen interest those stories by contemporary Russian-speaking writers that I recommend to them, and discuss them vigorously. And our studio is open, and parents often come to classes, and participate in the discussion along with the children. nine0003

So, I noticed a long time ago that such joint reading and discussion not only develops children, but also improves their relationship with their parents (as well as with grandparents), helps different generations in the family to better understand each other.

And, of course, such joint reading and discussion can take place not only in the format of a school literary studio, but simply at home. The initiative, of course, here should come from the parents.

However, the question immediately arises: what exactly to read with children? In my opinion, it is short stories that are best suited for this, and not novels and novels. This is a reading that does not strain, but is very meaningful, deep, and in the family can be discussed in detail. It is important that these are stories from today, from life that children understand. nine0003

But where exactly do you get them, such stories? I have long taught my children to use the largest online resource that publishes high-quality modern prose and poetry - the Magazine Room ( In addition, a lot of good stories can be found on the long list of the Yuri Kazakov Literary Prize (it is also published in the Journal Hall).

It is clear that the selection of such stories for reading and discussion with teenagers requires a lot of work. I constantly monitor periodicals, go to bookstores and study the contents of the shelves with modern prose. But I am a teacher, this is my job, but for parents, especially those far from philology, it will be more difficult. Therefore, I took the liberty of recommending to the readers of "Thomas" several stories from those that we, together with our children and parents, discussed in the classes of the literary studio. All of these stories are available online for free. nine0003


Irina Polyanskaya. "Iron and ice cream"

This is a sad story that quite clearly poses the problem of the relationship between the child and the family. A story about how tragically parents can not understand their children and how children lose confidence in their relatives. Of course, now this topic is being developed very actively in the literature for middle and older adolescents.

Suitable for teenagers from 14 years old.


Vyacheslav Komkov. " I am German"

A story on the same topic - the relationship between parents and children, but here the situation is opposite. A very difficult child - and the patience and love of parents ... Such stories must be discussed after reading together, to analyze the situations described there. But to show the artistic features of the text is the job of the teacher.

Suitable for teenagers from 12 years old.


Elena Dolgopyat. "Clock"

This story is fantastic, or rather, even fabulous - there the teenage hero has the opportunity to change something in his past, but any such change changes his present. Is it worth it? A question that is very useful to discuss with children. After all, behind the fantastic entourage here is a very real problem - responsibility for any choice, awareness of its consequences.

Suitable for teenagers from 12 years old.


Anna Ignatova. "Djinn Seva"

This is a terribly funny story. We were drinking Jay Seven juice and suddenly an orange subject appeared from the bag. They ask him - who are you? He replies that since it is made of liquid, it means gin. Why not from a bottle? But because, he answers, you can’t get enough bottles for us genies. And this genie Seva, according to all fairy-tale canons, must fulfill the desires of the heroine-girl. The encounter with this new formation genie is very funny, and the girl in it turns out to be kinder and better than the genie. When she has only one wish left, she asks: let there be peace in the whole world for at least five minutes ..

Suitable for children over 10 years old.

By the way, I draw your attention to the magazine "October", which periodically publishes children's issues - entirely consisting of works addressed to the young reader. And there, too, you can look for stories to read together with children.

There are stories that are better given to high school students (although in some cases they are quite accessible to children from 14 years old). For example, these:


Nina Litvinets. "Antiquarian"

A sad story about old people, about their perception of life. There is also a sharp social line - the plot is built on how a certain rogue antiquarian deceives an elderly woman. It seems that, from a rational point of view, nothing of the kind happened, but the heroine of the story could not survive what happened. “She was tormented by her conscience, she felt like a traitor - in relation to Alyosha, to the happy years lived together, to jointly acquired things that did not represent antique value, but were so dear to both of them.” Thanks to such stories, teenagers will be much better able to understand the inner world of their grandparents. nine0003

Suitable for teenagers from 14 years old.


Oleg Ryabov. "The Death of an Old Man"

This very lyrical, poignant, soul-stirring story has a very important theme - coming to faith. If you read it together with children, it will contribute to the spiritual rapprochement of older and younger.

Suitable for teenagers from 16 years old.


Andrey Volos. "Wicket"

A story about how an old man's wife died and he lost the meaning of life — and this is a reason to talk about how love gives meaning to life. Here you can talk about how fragile human life is. The story ends with the fact that the old man, after crying over his wife's grave, steps over the low fence without opening the gate, and suddenly thinks: Lord, what is human life? So you stepped over - and you are in the world of the living, stepped back - and you are already in some other world.

Suitable for teenagers from 16 years old.


Leonid Yuzefovich. "Late Call"

This is a story that both 10th and 11th graders and parents will enjoy reading. A story about how a work appeared, in which, by some indirect signs, a person recognizes the fate of his grandfather. And since the grandfather looks very unpresentable in the work, his grandson calls the author, the showdown begins ... And here the correlation of creativity and life is very interesting, the desire to preserve the reputation of the family is important here. This is very important for discussion at home. And in some cases, you can read it with 13-14-year-old teenagers. nine0003

Suitable for teenagers from 16 years old.


Elena Dolgopyat. "The Miserly Knight"

How wonderfully the literary tradition can be traced here! How interesting it is to show what life is in general! And how unexpectedly it is shown here that any house in which there is love and kindness can become a kind of Noah's ark. Moreover, all this is not torn off the ground; the intersecting spaces of human life are depicted there very interestingly - from the market to the monastery. And the hotel - with the meaning that here, on earth, we are only guests. In general, there are a lot of semantic layers in this story. nine0003

Suitable for teenagers from 16 years old.


Alexander Snegirev. “Photo in a black jacket”

This is about the vicissitudes of human destiny, about responsibility for every step of one's life, about the consequences of lies, about courage, about resisting aggressive fanaticism.

Suitable for teenagers from 15 years old.


Mikhail Shishkin. "Coat with a strap"

By and large, this work is about how a work is born, about what underlies creativity. And it turns out that for the writer - the hero of the story, this is a relationship with his mother.

Suitable for teenagers from 14 years old.


Igor Levshin. "Flight"

A very subtle, intellectual fantasy story about a man's encounter with a new virtual civilization. Human consciousness and artificial intelligence: how they interact. And it turns out that this computer world gives rise to its own Mephistophiles and Fausts. nine0003

Suitable for teenagers from 16 years old.

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Dragunsky's story about three guys who didn't pronounce the letter Sh. It all started when a truck with a Christmas tree drove into the courtyard of the house. Alyonka says: “Look, there are detectives hanging on the Christmas tree.” This is where it started…

Dragunsky's story about Denisk, who came to visit his friend Mishka. Mishka gathered a lot of guys. And then it was decided to play hide and seek. Deniska decided to outsmart everyone and hide in one of the communal rooms….

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Nosov's instructive story, which teaches that one should not take someone else's property. Pavlik and Kotka once picked cucumbers in the collective farm garden. Kotka's mother saw cucumbers in her son's pocket and found out how he got them. This is strong for her…

A story about a boy, Kotka, who was sitting at home and did not want to build a hill. However, when the guys built a slide and went home, Kotka went out into the yard to skate. And he wanted to ride from a new mountain. Climb up…

An instructive story about honesty. Minka got an A at school and got so upset that he forgot his diary on a park bench. They brought him a new diary and again put a unit there. In the evening a guest came and brought a forgotten diary...

A humorous story about Denis and Mishka, who were assigned to sing a duet with satirical verses at a concert. The boys rehearsed for a long time, but during the performance Mishka got excited and repeated the first verse three times. The whole hall was falling down from…

Interesting and captivating stories for children of preschool and school age are collected in this section. Read the best stories of Russian and foreign writers. Funny dialogues, unusual plots and bright illustrations will surely appeal to girls and boys. nine0003

Here you will find works from the school curriculum and for additional reading. Each book is accompanied by illustrations, which increases the interest in reading. You can read any of the works online at any time at your request or on the instructions of the teacher for free.

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    Emily Byrne

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    Pamela Travers

    This is the last book in the series about the famous nanny. “Everyone should have their own home,” says the wonderful English writer Pamela Travers. This is a fairy tale for children who love to live in such a way that a fairy tale becomes real life, and life is ...

  • Mary Poppins from Cherry Street

    Pamela Travers

    A fairy tale story about an extraordinary nanny Mary Poppins. which appears from nowhere with the East Wind and disappears when it pleases. Table of contents: Chapter 1. East wind Chapter 2. Day off Chapter 3. Laughing gas Chapter…

  • Kitten who forgot how to ask for food

    Kipnis I. N.

    In the morning the kitten woke up and wanted to eat. He ran to the mistress, but suddenly forgot how to say it like a cat. The kitten ran out into the yard crying ... "The kitten who forgot how to ask for food" read In the morning the kitten woke up and ... -year-old friend Elizabeth Stanton from a wealthy family and a cat prince - a Russian cat, Kaspar, who, after the death of his mistress, also became an orphan. First they all met at the Savoy Hotel, after many trials...

  • Danny the world champion

    Roald Dahl

    A story about a young English boy Danny and his father William, who live in a gypsy caravan and make a living fixing cars and poaching pheasants. This is a wonderful story about the ideal relationship between father and son. Table of contents: Gas station...

  • Geruso wants to become a man

    Mateos P.

    The story of a little peddler from Geruso's grocery store, life for the first time confronts the need for a moral choice. With the help of his peers and adult friends who did not leave him in difficult times, Geruso comes to the realization that the main moral values ​​in ...

  • Geese in the polynya

    Astafiev V.P.

    A story about how a goose and her goslings got into a polynya on the Yenisei. The hero of the story and his friends saved the geese from death, they risked themselves. "Geese in the polynya" read Freezing on the Yenisei comes gradually. First…

  • Russian women

    Nekrasov N.A.

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  • Tam Glen

    Burns R.

    Oh, aunt, I ask for advice! With such a young man, I don't have to be afraid of the fate of change. I'll be glad of poverty, - If only I would be with me... give yours in that life-creating battle that we call love. I glorify the triumph of the world, Contentment and prosperity. It is more pleasant to create one Than to destroy a dozen! nine0003

  • What's a girl to do

    Burns R.

    What's a girl to do? What shall I do, little girl? How shall I, little girl, live with my hubby? He is grouchy and sick, always dissatisfied. There is cold in his chest, ice in his hands. He grunts, ...

  • 1 - Little Red Riding Hood

    Charles Perrault

    A short tale about a trusting girl and a cunning gray wolf. Disobeying her mother, the girl turns off the road and talks to a stranger - a gray wolf ... "Little Red Riding Hood" read Once upon a time there was a little girl. Her mother loved her without memory, and her grandmother ...

  • 2 - Three little pigs

    Mikhalkov S.

    A fairy tale about three little pigs who built houses for themselves. One brother built a house out of straw, another out of twigs and twigs, and a third out of bricks. "Three Little Pigs" read Once upon a time there were three little pigs in the world. Three brothers. All…

  • 3 - Kolobok

    Russian folk tale

    The tale about Kolobok is found in Russian and Ukrainian folklore, and also has analogues in the tales of many other peoples. Our site presents a version of a folk tale in the processing of A.N. Tolstoy. "Kolobok" read Once upon a time there was an old man with an old woman. Here ...

  • 4 - Puss in Boots

    Charles Perrault

    The tale of an unusual cat that was inherited by a younger brother from a miller's father. The young man was not very happy at first with his share of the inheritance, but the cunning and smart cat made him the richest man and son-in-law of the king ... “The cat in ...

  • 5 - Turnip

    Russian folk tale

    Turnip is a well-known fairy tale for the smallest with a large number of repetitions. The child quickly remembers the sequence of presentation and a simple plot. "Turnip" read Grandfather planted a turnip and says: - Grow a turnip, sweet, sweet! Grow big, big! A turnip has grown, sweet and big, big…. nine0003

  • 6 - A wolf and seven kids

    Russian folk tale

    The story tells about an evil wolf who changed his voice, made his way into the goat's house and ate little kids. But the mother goat will be able to save her children and get rid of the wolf. "The Wolf and the Seven Kids" read Once upon a time there was a goat with kids ....

  • 7 - The Tale of Tsar Saltan

    Pushkin A.S.

    The tale of Tsar Saltan, of his son, the glorious and mighty hero Prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the beautiful Swan Princess was created on the basis of the folk tale "Wonderful Sons". Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin enriched the folk work with new plot twists, ...

  • 8 - The Snow Queen

    Hans Christian Andersen

    The Snow Queen is one of Hans Christian Andersen's most famous fairy tales about love that can overcome any trial and melt even an icy heart! "The Snow Queen" read Table of Contents: The first story, which tells about the mirror . ..

  • 9 - Bremen Town Musicians

    Yu.S. and Livanov V.B.

    The story of the animals and the young Troubadour who went to the city of Bremen to become street musicians. In the city they stopped in front of the royal castle. The king and princess came out onto the balcony of the palace, the townspeople ran to the square and it began ...

  • 10 - Flower of seven flowers

    Kataev V.P.

    A fairy tale about a girl Zhenya, who was presented with a magic seven-flower flower. It had seven petals and could grant any seven wishes. Zhenya spent the first six wishes, but did not get any pleasure and only made her last wish...

  • 11 - Three Bears

    Russian folk tale

    Three Bears - a fairy tale about a girl who got lost in the forest and ended up in a house of bears. There she behaved very rudely: without permission, she ate from every cup, sat on every chair, lay down in every bed, . ..

  • 12 - The Wizard of the Emerald City

    Volkov A.M.

    "The Wizard of the Emerald City" - a fairy tale story by Alexander Volkov written in 1939 based on the fairy tale "The Wise Man of Oz" by American writer Frank Baum with some changes. In 1959, a new edition of the book was published, significantly revised ...

  • 13 - Winnie the Pooh and all, all, all

    Alan Milne

    A cheerful and beloved fairy tale about Winnie the Pooh does not obey the laws of the fairy tale genre. The tale is devoid of negative characters, the struggle between good and evil forces. The main characters of the tale are the toys of the boy Christopher, with whom funny situations happen in a magical ...

  • 14 - Geese-swans

    Russian folk tale

    Geese-swans - a fairy tale about how a boy was carried away by swan geese and his sister went to look for him. The stove, apple tree and river helped the girl save her brother. Read the fairy tale in the processing of A.N. Tolstoy. "Geese-swans" read There lived a man and a woman. At…

  • 15 - The Frog Princess

    Russian folk tale

    The Frog Princess is a Russian folk tale where the main character, Ivan Tsarevich, married a frog by the will of fate. Ivan had no idea that his wife was Vasilisa the Wise, turned by Koshchei into a frog. Ivan hurried, burned the frog skin and had to ...

  • 16 - The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish

    Pushkin A.S.

    The tale of a poor fisherman who caught a golden fish in his net. The old man took pity on the fish, released it into the sea. For this, the fish promised to fulfill his every wish. The old man did not ask for anything, but when he returned home, he told about…

  • 17 - Masha and the Bear

    Russian folk tale

    Masha and the Bear is a fairy tale about a girl who got lost in the forest and ended up in a bear's hut. The bear did not let Mashenka go home, however, the girl came up with a way to return to her grandparents. "Masha and ...

  • 18 - Hen Ryaba

    Russian folk tale

    Hen Ryaba is the first fairy tale-parable that mothers read to their babies. Children quickly grasp a simple plot and remember it by heart. Hen Ryaba read Once upon a time there was a grandfather and a woman. And they had a Ryaba Hen. The chicken laid an egg, yes…

  • 19 - The Fox and the Crane

    Russian folk tale

    The Fox and the Crane is a fairy tale about friendship between a cunning fox and a clever crane. The crane could not eat the semolina porridge, which the Fox smeared on a plate. He invited her to his place and treated her to a delicious okroshka, which he put ...

  • 20 - Thumbelina

    Hans Christian Andersen

    The fairy tale about Thumbelina is loved by children all over the world. A tiny girl born from a flower goes through many trials on the way to her happiness. Fate rewards Thumbelina for her kind heart. The swallow that she had rescued earlier endures…

  • 21 - The Little Mermaid

    Hans Christian Andersen

    A touching tale about the Little Mermaid's strong love for the prince. The little mermaid is ready to give up everything that is dear to her for the sake of the human soul and the love of the prince ... The fairy tale formed the basis of the plots of many films, cartoons and musicals. Little Mermaid read In the open…

  • 22 - Crocodile Gena and his friends

    Uspensky E.N.

    Tale about a lonely crocodile Gena. Coming home from work from the zoo, he was left alone and bored. Crocodile Gena decided to make friends with someone. He wrote an announcement that he was looking for friends, hung them around the city and…

  • 23 - Sleeping Beauty

    Charles Perrault

    A fairy tale about a beautiful princess who was cursed by an offended fairy on a holiday in honor of her birth. The old fairy predicted the girl's death from a spindle prick, but the good fairy was able to commute the sentence. The girl did not die, but fell asleep on ...

  • 24 - Ax porridge

    Russian folk tale

    Ax porridge is a short fairy tale about a witty soldier. The greedy old woman did not want to feed the soldier, but he outwitted her and got porridge with butter ... Read porridge from an ax The old soldier went on a visit. Tired of…

  • 25 - The Ugly Duckling

    Hans Christian Andersen

    A fairy tale about the miraculous transformation of an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. The duckling was born unlike his brothers, the inhabitants of the poultry yard disliked him for his dissimilarity to the others. The duckling had to leave the house and go through many trials before he…

  • 26 - The Princess and the Pea

    Hans Christian Andersen

    A short story about how a prince wants to marry a real princess. One day, a girl knocked on the gate, who was soaked to the skin, but assured that she was a real princess. She was allowed to spend the night, and the old queen arranged for her to be tested ......

  • 27 - Sister Alyonushka and brother Ivanushka

    Russian folk tale

    Sister Alyonushka and brother Ivanushka is a fairy tale about how the younger brother disobeyed his sister, got drunk from a turning into a goat... Sister Alyonushka and brother Ivanushka read Once upon a time there was an old man and an old woman, they had...

  • 28 - The bean seed

    Russian folk tale

    The cockerel and the bean seed is a Russian folk tale about a rooster who was always in a hurry when pecking at the seeds. The hen warned him all the time and asked him to peck more slowly. One day he choked on a bean seed and fell down. But the chicken…

  • 29 - Fear has big eyes

    Russian folk tale

    Fear has big eyes — a short fairy tale about the fact that from fear you can see what was not really there… (from M. M. Serova’s collection) fear eyes are great to read Once upon a time there was an old grandmother, a granddaughter-laughter, a hen-klokhtushka and a mouse-leaf. Each…

  • 30 - Teremok

    Russian folk audio fairy tale

    Teremok is a short fairy tale for kids about a house that sheltered many animals. However, the tower could not accommodate a huge bear and broke.

  • 31 - Twelve months

    Samuel Marshak

    Do you know how many months there are in a year? - Twelve. And what are their names? — January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December. As soon as one month ends, another immediately begins. And…

  • 32 - Sivka Burka

    Russian folk tale

    Sivka-Burka is a fairy tale about the adventures of Ivan the Fool and his gallant horse. Sivka Burka read The old man had three sons: two smart ones, and the third Ivanushka the Fool; day and night the fool is lying on the stove. The old man sowed wheat, and it grew ...

  • 33 - Baba Yaga

    Russian folk tale

    A fairy tale about a girl who was able to get out of the clutches of Baba Yaga, thanks to the advice of her own aunt and a kind cat … Read Baba Yaga Once upon a time there was a husband and wife, and they had a daughter. The wife fell ill and died. Grieved, grieved ...

  • 34 - The tale of the priest and his worker Balda

    Pushkin A.S.

    The tale of the stingy priest and resourceful worker Balda. Somehow Balda was hired for the service for three clicks on the forehead of the priest. When the time of reckoning was approaching, the priest decided to give Balda an impossible task in order to get rid of him. But Balda…

  • 35 - Little Humpbacked Horse

    Ershov P.

    There lived an old man in a village and he had three sons. They grew wheat and sold it in the market.

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