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This is a place where storytellers can share their favorite tellable versions of public domain stories. You may include notes, sources, telling tips, and interesting anecdotes about the story. Happy Tales to You!

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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 Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on April 8, 2008 at 7:09am

I think we could have both. I do like seeing how other tellers shape their stories. I can't wait for others to post some stories! I wish there was a way to categorize the stories by genre or country...

Comment by Nick Smith on April 7, 2008 at 10:41pm
This is a great idea. My immediate question is this:
Do people want "polished" versions of stories posted here, or just the bare bones? Or maybe both? I ask because I find that I "personalize" most folk tales a great deal as I work with them, so for ME, the simpler the starting version, the easier it is to mold. On the other hand, it is also fun to see what another teller has turned a story into.
If this is going to be a "reference library" of folktales, let's discuss that and shape it the way we want it.
Comment by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller on April 7, 2008 at 10:30am
This I like, Lets tell some stories.
Comment by Doria Hughes on April 7, 2008 at 9:44am
This is wonderful Dianne, what a marvelous resource you have created - within a resource - for all of us! Fresh back from the Sharing the Fire conference I am all juiced up to work up more stories and share them. Actually, a while ago I came across one I really like, which I call "Lion's Bad Breath".

Lion wakes up one morning with a bad taste in his mouth and decides to ask the other animals if he has bad breath. He asks Jackal, who tells him his breath stinks something awful, and Lion is so offended that he gives him a whallop. Lion next asks Fox, who lies and says his breath smells sweet and fragrant. Lion is even angrier at this, since he knows that Fox must be lying, so he gives him an even bigger whallop. Lion next asks Rabbit, who trembles in fear, whether his breath smells bad. Rabbit apologizes for not being able to say one way or another, since he has a terrible cold and cannot smell anything! (To see my performance of this tale, check out

I believe I found this story in a collection by Margaret Read MacDonald, and she said it was from Burma. Does anyone else know this one, or if there are other variants in other countries?
Comment by Patricia Kjolhede on April 7, 2008 at 6:01am
Thanks for starting this group--for now I am listening--but I promise to contribute soon. I see this as both a valuable resource for all of us and a fun communication tool. Happy telling!!

Comment by Sondra Singer on April 6, 2008 at 11:56pm
Great idea, Dianne! Again, not much time to help out here right now, but hopefully, soon! By the way, how do you know if a story is actually in the public domain or whether it is copyrighted by someone without going through a lot of research?
Comment by Steve Evans on April 6, 2008 at 11:08pm
Yes, what a great idea. I'm looking forward to this! STEVE
Comment by Tom Taylor on April 6, 2008 at 9:57pm

Thanks for a most excellent idea in creating this group; it will be of great benefit for many. Saw Bill Mooney this afternoon at the Silver Spur Theater in Salado - of course, he was wonderful - a huge hit, and very gracious to 'the folks' afterward - at one point he discussed the importance of working with public domain material, so I know he'd strongly affirm your action w/ your newest group.

Many thanks,


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