World Stories

World Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by UK children. 
 

Story Collections:

Adventure Stories
 
We are adding new stories, translations, pictures and sound recordings every week. So keep coming back to enjoy new content.
 
 

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Turtle and Monkey

Turtle and Monkey

Language: English/Filipino  Origin: Philippines

Monkey stood at the edge of the river and watched Turtle swimming against the torrent with a tree that he had caught in the flood: a young tree...

Enjoy this story in: English Filipino

The First Sunrise

The First Sunrise

Language: English  Origin: Australia

A traditional tale from the Dreamtime about how the world became warm and light and why dawn is greeted with birdsong

Enjoy this story in: English

The Princess and the Golden Ball

The Princess and the Golden Ball

Language: English/Arabic  Origin: Iraq

Once there was a beautiful princess who lived with her father in a huge palace. Although the princess was very beautiful she was also very selfish and conceited...

Enjoy this story in: English Arabic

The Fern Flower

The Fern Flower

Language: English/Polish  Origin: Poland

St John’s night is the shortest night of the year. It is on this night that the legendary Fern Flower blooms somewhere in the forest...

Enjoy this story in: English Polish

The Song of the Armadillo

The Song of the Armadillo

Language: English/Spanish  Origin: Spain

Once there was an armadillo who lived in the Bolivian rainforest.  He loved music more than anything else in the world and all he wanted to do was to be able to sing like many of the other animals could.

Enjoy this story in: English Spanish