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Cake Parade


by Sandie Lee – Trumpets blared. Drums rat-tat-tatted. The smell of cake hung in the air. Princess Adelia’s birthday was here. It was time again for the cake parade. In a tiny, crooked house near the parade route Simus Sweet

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

Then the emperor walked along in the procession under the gorgeous canopy, and everybody in the streets and at the windows exclaimed, 'How beautiful the Emperor's new clothes are!'

- by Hans Christian Andersen Many years ago there was an Emperor, who was so excessively fond of new clothes that he spent all his money on them. He cared nothing about his soldiers, nor for the theatre, nor for

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The Nightingale

Then it again burst into its sweet heavenly song.

'That is the most delightful coquetting I have ever seen!' said the ladies, and they took some water into their mouths to try and make the same gurgling, thinking so to equal the nightingale.

– by Hans Christian Anderson – illustrated by Edmund Duloc In China, as you know, the Emperor is a Chinaman, and all the people around him are Chinamen too. It is many years since the story I am going to

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Granny Gertie’s Wish List


by Dulcinea Norton-Smith, Lancashire, UK Granny Gertie didn’t bake cakes or knit scarves. Granny Gertie was a world famous explorer. When Lucy was 3 years old Granny Gertie went swimming with sharks in the Solomon Sea. She wore a sequined

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The Gift of the Magi


By O. Henry One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s

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Peter Pan, Chapter 1 – Peter Breaks Through


by James M. Barrie All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and

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The Twelve Months: A Slav Legend


 By Alexander Chodzko (Adapted) There was once a widow who had two daughters, Helen, her own child by her dead husband, and Marouckla, his daughter by his first wife. She loved Helen, but hated the poor orphan because she was

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Snow-white and Rose-red


By the Brothers Grimm There was once a poor widow who lived in a lonely cottage. In front of the cottage was a garden wherein stood two rose-trees, one of which bore white and the other red roses. She had

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Activity – Overcoming Fears with Your Children

In today’s story, Grandma Gertie’s own awesome adventures inspire her granddaughter to overcome some of her own fears. Here’s an activity that will help your children overcome some of theirs! 1.  Make a list with your child of all the

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The Best Horse in the World

by Donna West One day, Daddy asked Tommy, “Do you want a horse?” “Oh yes, Daddy! Please!” Tommy said. So Daddy spent all the next day in his workshop in the basement. He worked and worked. When he was done,

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Tanya’s Empty Basket

by Penny Lane Tanya’s skirt fluttered with the breeze as she skipped past Mrs. Miller’s house. “What do you have in the basket, Tanya?” asked Mrs. Miller. Tanya stopped skipping to answer. “I filled this basket with flowers, and blackberries,

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