Folktales for Kids

The best children's folktales, fables, animal lore, folklore, myths, fairy tales, legends and folk tales from around the world! We have collected tales for kids from India, China, Burma and many other countries... Some of these tales will make you think, some of them will make you laugh, some will make you wonder, but almost all of them have hidden wisdom for you to discover!

The Instructor

A young man wanted to learn the art of sword fighting. He went to the greatest instructor in the land and said, "Please give me admission and teach me sword fighting."The instructor gladly accepted him a student and said, "Young man you can stay...

The Apple Tree

There was an old apple tree in a farmer's garden. It was so old that it had stopped bearing fruit a long time ago. The only purpose it served was to provide shelter to the sparrows, grasshoppers and squirrels in the neighbourhood.One day, the...

Town Mouse and Country Mouse

A town mouse and a country mouse were cousins. Now, as it usually happens in such cases, the attire and mannerisms of the two cousins reflected where they lived. But they were fond of each other.While the town mouse was a natty-dresser, a little...

The Palm Reader

Hari Prasad was the most sought-after man in the marketplace. A palmist rumoured to be the best in the area, he lived-off people's hands as he was believed to possess superior qualities of prediction.All he had to do was stare at the faint little...

Dream Palace

Clown, jester, poet…Tenali Rama, minister in the court of the ruler of Vijaynagar, Krishnadeva Rai (reign: 1509-30), was a multi-faceted personality. Stories about Tenali Rama and his practical jokes on everyone around him, including distinguished fellow poets and the emperor himself, abound in south...

The Lion Cub

The mama animals and birds of the jungle were having an argument of sorts. Actually, it was a game of showmanship, regarding their little ones. They were trying to find out which one of them had the largest litter."I do," said Mama Deer, and...

The Doctor who ‘did not’ Cure

An old woman had lost her eyesight completely. So she went to a doctor to help her see again and made a bargain with him in the presence of a few witnesses. The bargain was that: if he could cure her, he would be...

Silence is Golden

Once upon a time, a Chinese student once went to his teacher.He asked his teacher a question: "Sir, is there any good in talking a lot?"The teacher replied: "Toads and frogs croak night and day, but no one pays any attention to them. But...

Stripes Tiger and the Boy

"Once upon a time… Stories start like that don't they? Our story, too, starts like that as my grandma didn't know when it happened." Once upon a time, there lived a boy called Rahul in a village. One day, he was walking down a...

The Lion’s Share

One day an ass and a fox entered into an agreement with the lion that they would assist each other while hunting for food. They felt that their combined efforts would ensure that none of them would have to starve.Of course, both the ass...

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