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The Little Ladybird - Portuguese folktale

There was once a very nice and beautiful Ladybird who felt very sad though for being poor and living alone. She had not yet met the charming husband of her dreams.But one day, when sweeping the…Continue

Tags: ladybird, historia, carochinha, little, folktales

Started by Dulce Rodrigues Jul 19, 2014.

Shoe shinning, storytelling, & the general art of simplicity. 2 Replies

   So... Here I am with a great idea in one hand and a horse haired brush in the other. I have always been interested in keeping skills of yesteryear alive. I have just joined a black smith club, I…Continue

Started by Glen Foolery. Last reply by Glen Foolery Jul 16, 2012.

"A World of Storytelling" Radio Station

Does this count as a resource you can use?  The world's first 24/7/365 Internet Radio Station for Storytellers.  You can be on the radio, you can have equal footing, you can point your friends and…Continue

Started by Don 'Buck P' Creacy Aug 18, 2011.

The Boy Who Wanted a Drum - A Hindi Tale Retold by Dianne de Las Casas 4 Replies

The Boy Who Wanted A Drum – A Hindi Tale from IndiaRetold by Dianne de Las CasasIn the land of India, there lived a poor woman and her son. Her son was hardworking, polite, and never complained about…Continue

Tags: who, boy, wanted, a, drum

Started by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder. Last reply by Tarun Durga Jun 24, 2010.

Dr. Seuss Stories and Audience Participation 3 Replies

Hello Everyone!  Dr. Seuss's birthday is coming up in March and I would like to do a special storytime for that event.  Of course, I want to have a lot of audience participation.  Which one of his…Continue

Started by Joanne C. Burns. Last reply by Joanne C. Burns Feb 23, 2010.

Any Groundhog's Day Stories? 3 Replies

Hello Folks!I am looking for a good Groundhog's day story to tell my preschooler's at storytime at the library.  I have found some, but they are sort of boring.  I'd like to find one with more humor…Continue

Started by Joanne C. Burns. Last reply by Joanne C. Burns Feb 3, 2010.

Fluffy Moves to Florida: An Original Tale

Hi, I'm working on this story which is from personal experience but I'm telling it from the cat's point of view.  I haven't performed it yet.Hello, I'm Fluffy and I'm going to tell you the story…Continue

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Started by Joanne C. Burns Jan 28, 2010.

An Index to This Library?

Hello,It's nice to be here.  I'm new to this group.  It's neat to read all the different stories.  It would nice to organize them in some way, but I guess that would take a lot of work.  Maybe if we…Continue

Started by Joanne C. Burns Jan 28, 2010.

Rainbow Stories 7 Replies

Does anyone have and good tellable rainbow stories they would be wiling to share? Stories about rainbows in general or about a specific color of the rainbow would be great!

Tags: stories, tellable, rainbow

Started by Katie Knutson. Last reply by Melanie Plag "Babboes" Sep 3, 2009.

Meme Haylay Haylay and His Turquoise 9 Replies

This is one of my favorite Butanese folktales. In my opinion, it should become their national folktale!+++++++++++++++++++++++++Meme Haylay Haylay and His TurquoiseA Traditional Folktale from Bhutan…Continue

Started by Steve Evans. Last reply by Dorothy Milnes Simm (Seligor) Jun 15, 2009.

The Story of the Fortune-Teller - Persian folktale 3 Replies

This authentic Persian story was published in Persian Tales, written down for the first time in the original Kermani and Bakhtiari and translated by D.L.R. Lorimer and E.O. Lorimer, with…Continue

Tags: middleeast, persia, fortuneteller, jealousy, accidentalgoodfortune

Started by Jackie Baldwin. Last reply by Mike Lockett Nov 15, 2008.


Hello folks,This is a story of mine, though you will all recognise it as a twist on that old favourite, Little Red Riding Hood. I've told it to adults rather than kids, and it's part of my (still…Continue

Tags: modern, tales, fairy

Started by Fiona Weir (Flow Fiction). Last reply by Katrina Fahey Oct 23, 2008.

bidding farewell stories, with humour thrown in 1 Reply

Help!I need to tell a farewell story/ anecdote, but in a lighter vein. I have searched and searched but find none appealing. My audience are all ladies, the occasion is saying farewell to some of…Continue

Started by sowmya srinivasan. Last reply by sowmya srinivasan Oct 3, 2008.

The Wine of Paradise

This is an elaboration of a traditional story about Rebbe Elimelech of Lizensk (18th century). I found the original in Martin Buber's collection 'Tales of the Hasidic Masters'. I'm sending it tonight…Continue

Tags: fool, rebbe, spirit-quest, ghost, hasidic

Started by Marc Young Sep 16, 2008.

Bloody Fingers

Today, Leslie Slape left this story in my discussion "Ghost Stories" and a wash of memory flooded over me of all the times I have heard this story and others like it. Now I love a good scary story,…Continue

Tags: Funny, Children, Ghost

Started by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller Aug 29, 2008.

Vanishing Mechanic 4 Replies

I came across this variation of the old Urban Legend of the “Vanishing Hitchhiker” in a book about Yellowstone Ghosts. The canyon next to home here has a story almost like it. I thought that this one…Continue

Tags: Vanishing, Legend, Ghost

Started by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller. Last reply by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller Aug 20, 2008.

Not so Scary Stories 7 Replies

I first created and adapted these tales for a performance program to provide parents and camp councilors a break from traditional Ghost tales. The teens wanted Scared to death Tales but their younger…Continue

Started by Vernon L. Cox. Last reply by Vernon L. Cox Jul 24, 2008.

No News 2 Replies

Sometimes a folk tale can inspire you to go off on your own track.The story of Lucky is such a tale inspired by No News and by one of it's most famous tellers Marshall Dodge. I hope where ever he is…Continue

Tags: Tragic, events, turned, good, Comedy

Started by Vernon L. Cox. Last reply by Vernon L. Cox Jun 19, 2008.

Why Canaries are Yellow, this is an original story written by me and part of my third book

WHY CANARIES ARE YELLOWOne hot and muggy summer day, Taylor, Theodore, and the wizards sat in Mimi's garden. Jamal began to speak. "It has been so hot for such a long time. I wish the sun would stop…Continue

Tags: tale, wizards, canaries, fairy

Started by AJ Rodriguez May 9, 2008.

Shen and the Magic Brush, A Tale from China 3 Replies

Shen and the Magic BrushA Tale from ChinaAdapted and Retold by Dianne de Las CasasThere was once a boy named Shen. But he was no ordinary boy for Shen was blessed with extraordinary talent. When he…Continue

Tags: and, magic, brush, the, stories

Started by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder. Last reply by Csenge Zalka Apr 10, 2008.

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Comment by Mike Lockett on July 17, 2010 at 9:58pm
Note for Dimitrus - Consider taking a look at the following link You might enjoy a story that I crafted from a true story about one of the oldest storytellers in the world and the power of storytelling. ML
Comment by Mike Lockett on July 17, 2010 at 8:32pm
Hi, Monica - can't find the original source - but go to and see an adapted call and response tale about a croc. enjoy! ML
Comment by Monica Ladd on July 17, 2010 at 7:56pm
looking for Florida Ghost Stories

Thank you
Comment by Monica Ladd on July 17, 2010 at 7:56pm
Any one out there have suggestions for stories I could research regarding gators or crocs? Thank You
Comment by Dimitris Prousalis on July 22, 2009 at 5:34am
Dear friends hello.
I'm interested in finding traditional stories that speak about stories and storytellers.
If anyone would like to share an idea or story on that subject i would appreciate.

Dimitris Prousalis- Athens, Greece
Comment by Katrina Fahey on October 27, 2008 at 4:52pm
Hi Laura, What about some of the rainbow stories? You could add in more about light, 'angel arms', and other ways He speaks to us using light.
Hope that helps.
Comment by Laura Kamis Wrang on October 25, 2008 at 5:07pm
Hi would anyone know of or want to share a short 7 - 9 min long story.... which could work in a church...about light... metaforic would do too. I need it asap.... the ones I have are too long. I have been asked to tell a short story at a childrens sermon... HELP : )
Thank you anyone.
Comment by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on September 30, 2008 at 7:03pm
Hello Everyone;

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Just a tip.
Comment by Vernon L. Cox on June 18, 2008 at 8:45pm
The Cox brothers Family Camp Show Adaptation of
*No News

[Vernon to audience]
My brother Gray is forever going on trips. He travels all over the world and because he is my brother and I do love him so, I take care of his home stead while he is gone. Which taint a problem usually but this one time well you just sit there and we’ll show you!

[Gray approaches with a suit case in hand]
Thanks for meeting me at the Airport Vernon.

[Vernon helping with suit case]
Oh I don’t mind wasn’t doing anything anyways.

I had a great time traveling the world on my vacation but I can’t wait to get home. What happened while I was gone?

Nothin’ [thinks a second] No News I’m aware of.

I was gone for weeks and nothing happened? Come on now, what did you do yesterday?

Well sir I sweated most of the afternoon cuttin’ your lawn. That piece out back by Sparky’s grave gave me a terrible time, Leanin’ Left round,

[Gray interrupts with some notable shock]
Sparky’s grave? My dog Spark’s gone?

up down leaning right. Right oh yea you missed that, sorry Gray Sparky passed while you was gone other than that though there really is no news.

[Gray still in some shock]
How did it happen?

Vet’s best guess was that it must have been that badly burned horse meat. Course you can never tell with these things Sparky was such a chow hound you know. But that’s no news whole county knows that.

Where on earth did he get that badly burned horse meat! I kept him on a strict vegetarian diet.

The Barn! Now there’s some news for you! Gray we had three towns’ two radio stations and the Local Morning Gazette Recorder show up for that one. Sorry about your horses though to bad.

[Gray still trying to process all of this]
My Dog Sparky is gone, Barn is burned flat and horses became dog food and you said there’s No news.

Well don’t be sore I did admit the Barn burnin’ was news now didn’t I. [Pleading to the audience for support]

Well how in heaven’s name did the barn catch on fire. I am so careful with my wiring and heaters……

[Vernon waving hand from one point to another to illustrate]
Them sparks from the house were flying so high when the wind caught ‘em that old barn lit up just like a Roman Candle WOOOOOSH

[Gray becoming a little annoyed at his brother]

My home! You let my house burn while I was gone?

Absolutely not, it was the Parson’s wife. But by now every one knows that about her so I suppose that’s no news. No sir that ain’t news worthy to me.

Why did the Parson’s wife burn down my home? [Voice wavering and stress yields to tears]

Gray, Gray you have been gone a while haven’t you? Well even a school child knows you light candles around a casket at a wake! Poor woman was just doing’ her job when the cat got spooked and knocked off a candle on the buffet near them crocheted laced curtains of yours. The nice ones with yours and your wife’s initials in them your Mother-in-law made. But I geuss you knew that Gray so that couldn’t be News either. Definitely not that’s no News.

No news, no news my dog, my barn, the house and I bet this was news to the person in that coffin. Who was it, please don’t say not my wife! I can’t take it any more

Nope twern’t your wife, she ran away with the High School football team and your Mother-In-Law’s heart just up and stopped.
[While Vernon is speaking Gray is holding his chest having a Heart Attack of his own]

Of course that was in the obituaries whole town read it a week ago, so, well, Gray I guess there ain’t been No News

[Gray is resurrected as they both bow.]

Gray and Vernon Cox have performed their Cox brothers Family Camp show at YMCA camps, for the Belfast Lion s Club, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, The Bucks Mills Rod and Gun Club, Patten Pond Camp resort, Shady Oaks Campground, and performed on Thursday nights at the Mount Desert Narrows Camping Resort in Bar Harbor Maine for 9 seasons. “No News” was amoung their favorite skits. Below is information on other forms of this funny folk piece.

*A folkography of “No News”
The story has been around for some time in one form or another. It has been traced back to India and during the period of earlier French literature was one of the many folktales. In modern form it has been repeated by after-dinner speakers and upon phonographs, only changed to adapt to the audience and the locale.

There is a version of this story in Russian Folklore, by Y. M. Sokolov, published by Macmillan, 1950.
A servant/serf is meeting the nobleman and gradually letting him know the entire family fortune is lost.

The Folktellers, Connie Regan-Blake and Barbara Freeman also recorded a version titled "No News." It is on the album created to celebrate the 10th National Storytelling Festival. "This humorous answer to 'What killed the dog?' was originally created in the early 1900's by Nat M. Wills. The tale was revived by humorist Marshall Dodge of 'Bert and I' fame, who passed it on to The Folktellers..."

Nat M. Wills: The Famous Tramp Comedian recorded his monologue, "No News in 1909
His voice lives on at Venerable Radio dedicated to all genres of music from the 78rpm era.
To purchase a copy visit:

No news was on Bert and I Stem Inflation in1961 a folk routine done by Maine Humorists Marshall Dodge and Bob Bryan
To purchase a copy visit:

Marshall Dodge encouraged The Folktellers Connie Regan-Blake and Barbara Freeman to create a southern version which can be found in Best-Loved Stories Told at the National Storytelling Festival
August House, 1991

My character Willey created a version of this as well maybe we can add that one to show variety and how the bones can get different meat.
Comment by Jackie Baldwin on April 11, 2008 at 3:55pm
Hi to all of you in Story Library...
For the past 10 years, Story-Lovers has been devoted to bringing you public domain stories and illustrations from everywhere in the world, not only specifically, as in Come Sit on Grandma's Knee (with its collection of stories from the early 20th century), but woven throughout SOS's hundreds of categories as storytellers from around the globe have contributed their stories, anecdotes, suggestions, references, links, experiences, tricks and tips to help you find not only public domain stories, but also thousands of other genres, that will assist you in getting started on or expanding your storytelling career.

Just take a peek at Come Sit on Grandma's Knee! All these public domain stories are categorized by country and date of publication. So easy to find...and you'll discover lots of helpful information about the stories and a variety of sources, both online and in books.

So... if you have any public domain stories of your own, I encourage you to share them with all of us through Story-Lovers. It's quick, easy and right on target. All you have to do is send your story and I'll post it immediately for all to enjoy and even do a little extra research for you to find alternate sources and other information about the stories themselves that everyone may not know.

And if you already tell some of the public domain stories you find in Story-Lovers, let us know about your experiences and what you find has worked best for you in the story, what audiences you find most receptive, and how you have shaped and reshaped your story over time until you got it just right to tell!

And it's SO easy! Just enter your keyword(s) into the Google search box on the Story-Lovers home page or the main SOS page, and whoosh! there you go...right where you want to be to find the best story to fit your needs. All categorized and right at your fingertips!

Have a fun experience in your searches!
Jackie B.

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