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 Girl who Taught the World to Weave

This is a story of the time when humans first walked the earth. And in those days they did not wear clothes, for they did not know how to weave cloth.One day, the god Matai decided to teach the art of weaving to one...

The Dog and the Pig

Retold from 'When the World was Young', by Verrier Elwin. The book is a fascinating collection of folktales from the tribal peoples of India. Elwin was a pioneering anthropologist; he spent his entire life getting to know the ways of life of the tribal...

The Rich Man’s Vessels

Once upon a time there lived a rich man in a village in Kerala. His house was full of vessels of all sizes - some as small as a bird, others big enough to seat a child. Whenever there was a ceremony in any...

How Man and Dog Became Friends

There they were - two little pups crying for their mother. She had just been killed by Deer. They sobbed so much and for so long that they got tired and lay down for a while. It was then that they decided to take...

The Foolish Thief

The moon was like a giant fluorescent light in the sky. It was a full moon night. And a foolish thief was getting ready to rob a villager's house.He located the house he had decided upon and tip-toed inside. From the silvery world of...

The Honest Thief

There was once a cunning thief, Bhairav, who always planned his moves carefully. One day he decided to rob the holy men who came to the local temple from far off lands for the temple’s annual festival. He calculated that all these people came...

The Rumour

"Bajai," as we called grandmother, was the best storyteller in the whole world, says Madhu Gurung. She lived in the foothills of Mussoorie in a tiny village called Johri Gaun. And she always started her stories with a saying, "To the listener a garland...

When Humans had Tails

A Saora folk tale from Orissa retold from 'When the World was Young', by Verrier Elwin. The book is a fascinating collection of folktales from the tribal peoples of India. Elwin was a pioneering anthropologist; he spent his entire life getting to know the...

How Stars Came into Being

This is a story about a long, long time ago.There was once an old man who smoked tobacco.He smoked tobacco in terracotta or clay pipes, called pikka.This old man had three sons.When the three sons grew up, he got them married one after the...

A Frog’s Friendship

From 'When the World was Young', by Verrier Elwin. The book is a fascinating collection of folktales from the tribal peoples of India. Elwin was a pioneering anthropologist; he spent his entire life getting to know the ways of life of the tribal peoples.There...

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