Pinkel the Thief

Long time ago lived a widow with three sons. The two eldest were grown up but they were known to be lazy. Some of the neighbours had given them work to do on account of the respect they held for their mother. But at the time this story begins they had both been so...

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...

The Happy Prince

High above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Happy Prince. He was covered all over with thin leaves of fine gold, he had two bright sapphires for eyes, and a large red ruby glowed on his sword-hilt. He was very much admired by people in the town....

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...