The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher

Once upon a time there was a frog called Mr. Jeremy Fisher; he lived in a little damp house amongst the buttercups at the edge of a pond. The water was all slippy-sloppy in the back passage. But Mr. Jeremy liked getting his feet wet; nobody ever scolded him, and he...

How the Whale Got His Throat

In the sea, once upon a time, Ô my Best Beloved, there was a Whale, and he ate fishes. He ate the starfish and the garfish, and the crab and the dab, and the plaice and the dace, and the skate and his mate, and the mackereel and the pickereel, and the really truly...

How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

Once upon a time, on an uninhabited island on the shores of the Red Sea, there lived a Parsee whose hat reflected the rays of the sun in more-than-oriental splendour. The Parsee lived there with nothing but his hat, his knife and a cooking-stove of the kind that you...

How the Camel Got His Hump

This tale is about how the Camel got his big hump. In the beginning of years, when the world was so new, and the Animals were just beginning to work for Man, there was a Camel. He lived in the middle of a Howling Desert because he did not want to work; and besides, he...

The Old Witch

Once upon a time there were two girls who lived with their mother and father. Their father had no work, and the girls wanted to go away to seek their fortunes. One day, one of the girls girl said she wanted to go to find work, and her mother said she might if she...