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 ‘Groom’ed Horse

Chetak was the most attractive horse in the neighbourhood. His proud owner, Ram Singh, never lost an opportunity to show him off to his friends and neighbours."Here he is, my pride and joy," he would exclaim in a dramatic way as he opened the...

An Unpleasant Smell

A prosperous money-lender or seth bought a house located right next door to the house of a tanner. From morning till evening the tanner converted hide into leather by treating it with tannin. From day one the money-lender was put off by the unpleasant...

Tenali Rama and the Jinx

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

The Boy and the Magic Brush

A folktale from Myanmar, it will acquaint readers with a new word called 'Nat'. Nats are spirits, good or bad, and they are believed to have supernatural powers. The Buddhists believe that everybody goes through the cycle of life, death and rebirth - all...

The Boy and the Wolf

A boy was standing on the roof of his house, looking down at the valley below. His house was the last of a row of houses. Beyond it stretched a dark and menacing jungle. Although he had been living in the valley all his...

The Favour

There lived a wolf called Lalu in the Himalayan forests. Lalu was very mean and selfish. He thought only about himself and none of the other animals liked him.The rest of the wolf pack also avoided meeting him. At most, they would say a...

Why Monkeys Mean Trouble

In the village of Sholingur in Tamil Nadu, is a temple dedicated to the Hindu monkey god Hanuman. The temple is on top of a small hill. In and around the hill in the thick forest live a group of monkeys. All they do...

How Humans Got Eyes

Retold from 'When the World was Young' by Verrier ElwinWhen God created humans, he forgot to add eyes so that they could see. Most people had a very tough time as a result. They couldn't walk without tumbling and tripping over each other....

The Sweet-Mad Hero

A North Indian folktale retoldShyam was a worried man. He had to go to Rampur on work. It happened to be his in-laws village. Shyam intended to stay with them. But being newly married he hardly knew his in-laws. His wife, too, was not accompanying him....

How The Coconut Came To Myanmar

Myanmar (then called Burma) is known as the golden land of gold dome pagodas and swaying coconut trees. Coconut trees were originally called 'gon-bin' in Myanmar language, which translated in English means the mischief-maker's tree.Why it is known by this most unusual name, is...

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