The Emperor’s New Clothes Audio Story for Kids. The Emperor is fooled into believing he is wearing magic clothes which can’t be “seen”.
Mulan Audio Story for Kids. Based on the Chinese “Ballad of Mulan”, a legend tale about a young girl who goes in disguise as a boy and joins the army in her brother’s place. A Girls of Courage Tale.
Cinderella Audio Story for Kids. The Classic fairy tale of Cinderella-a young girl, mistreated by her step-mother and step-sisters, finds out that dreams really can come true.
NEW!!! A Bedtime Story in Simple English for Kids. A Mama Duck is proud when her six ducklings hatch from their eggs. But one duckling does not look like the others? Is he truly an Ugly Duckling?
The Ugly Duckling Story ~ A Fairy Tale Story for Kids in English
This is the Fairy Tale Story of The Ugly Duckling. It has been adapted from Hans Christian Andersen and is brought to you by Stories to Grow by.
On a farm long ago, a Mama Duck sat on her nest. “How long must I wait for my babies to hatch?” she said. “I have to sit here all alone! And with no one coming to visit me.” But what else could she do? A Mama duck must keep her eggs warm till they hatch.
At last, the eggs began to crack. One by one, yellow ducklings stepped out of their shells. They shook their wings and said, “Quack, quack!”
“Look at all of you!” said Mama Duck with joy. “You are so cute!”
“Quack, quack!” they said.
Mama Duck said, “Come and line up. We will go down to the lake for your very first swim.” She counted – one, two, three, four, five. “Oh dear!” she said. “I should have six ducklings!”
One large egg was still in the nest! “Dear me! That big egg will take a bit more time.” So Mama Duck had to go back to her nest and sit some more.
“Well, that big egg will take a bit more time.”
The next day, the last big egg started to hatch. Out came a baby boy bird. But, it was an odd-looking thing. This bird was much bigger than others. He was not yellow at all - he was dark-gray from his head to his feet. And he moved with a funny wobble when he walked.
One of the yellow ducklings pointed. “Who is THAT? He cannot be one of us!”
“I have never seen such an ugly duckling!” said another.
“How can you say that?” said Mama Duck in a stern voice. “You are only one day old! Your brother hatched from the very same nest you did. Now line up, one and all. We will go to the lake for your very first swim.”
Yet the other ducklings quacked, “Ugly! Ugly! Ugly!” The Ugly Duckling did not know why the other ducklings were yelling at him. He took the end spot in the line.
“What is THAT? He cannot be one of us!”
Pinocchio Fairy Tale Story ~ English Story for Kids
This is the Fairy Tale Story of Pinocchio. It is brought to you by Stories to Grow by.
A Boy Made of Wood
Long ago in Italy there lived on old clock-maker named Geppetto. Beep-beep-TICK! Beep-beep-TOCK! went all the clocks in his shop. When he worked, Geppetto felt happy. But when he rested, a sad feeling came over him. “Ah!” he would think. “All my life and no child to call my own!”
One day Geppetto carved a puppet from wood in the shape of a boy. He made it so the arms and legs could move. He cut and sewed a nice outfit for the puppet. That night, Geppetto lay the boy puppet down onto a bed.
From out the window, a big star twinkled bright.
“Bright star,” said Geppetto. “If I could make one wish, it would be that my puppet could be a real boy.” But of course, he knew that was not possible.
From out the window, a big star twinkled bright.
That night, the same big star swooshed right into Geppetto’s window. It changed into a Blue Fairy, who flew over to the bed.
“Little wood puppet,” said the Blue Fairy. “In the morning, you will be able to walk and talk like a real boy.” She tapped the puppet one time with her wand. “And if you can prove that you are brave and true, someday you will be a real boy.”
Pinocchio’s eyes opened.
“One more thing,” said the Blue Fairy. A big cricket - and dressed mighty fine, was that cricket! - hopped down onto the bed. “Meet the Cricket. He will stay with you to help you make good choices.” With that, the Blue Fairy was a star again. Swoosh! She was out the window.
When Geppetto woke up the next morning, he said, “I will go take my puppet out of bed.” But the puppet was gone!
“Here I am, Father!” said Pinocchio from the other side of the room.
Geppetto swung around. “What? You can talk?”
“Here I am, Father!”
“Yep! I am Pinocchio, your boy!”
“How could this be?” said Geppetto in shock. Then he said, “But who cares?” He rushed over and swept the puppet into his arms. “Pinocchio, my son!” he said in great happiness.
Cinderella Fairy Tale ~ English Story for Kids
Once upon time a girl named Cinderella lived with her stepmother and two stepsisters. Poor Cinderella had to work hard so the others could rest. It was she who had to wake up each morning when it was still dark and cold to start the fire. It was she who cooked the meals. It was she who kept the fire going. The poor girl could not stay clean, from all the ashes and cinders by the fire
“What a mess!” her two stepsisters laughed. And that is why they called her “Cinderella.”
One day, big news came to town. The King and Queen were going to have a ball! It was time for the Prince to find a bride. All of the young ladies in the land were invited to come. They were wild with joy! They would wear their most beautiful gown and fix their hair extra nice. Maybe the prince would like them!
One day, big news came to town.
At Cinderella’s house, she now had extra work to do. She had to make two brand new gowns for her step-sisters.
“Faster!” shouted one step-sister.
“You call that a dress?” screamed the other.
“Oh, dear!” said Cinderella. “When can I–“
The stepmother marched into the room. “When can you WHAT?”
“Well,” said the girl, “when will I have time to make my own dress for the ball?”
“You?” yelled the stepmother. “Who said YOU were going to the ball?”
“What a laugh!” said one step-sister.
“YOU?” yelled the stepmother. “Who said YOU were going to the ball?”
Stories to Grow by Announces Kids Art Contest! Calling all Artists!
Stories to Grow by is looking to feature Kids Art in our new Audio Storybook series! We are looking for children ages 6-14 to submit original artwork for our Early Reader Stories: The Velveteen Rabbit, Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Beauty & the Beast, Mulan, The Snow Queen and The Emperor’s New Clothes.
We are asking for submissions by May 1st. The winning drawings (10-15 depending on story length) will be featured in our new Audio Storybooks, published on our award-winning website: www.storiestogrowby.org as well on bookcreator and Ibooks.
For a sample Audio Storybook, see our “A Spider and Robert the Bruce” version: https://www.storiestogrowby.org/a-spider-and-robert-the-bruce-audio-story-book/
Please email submissions or questions to: [email protected] Include child’s first name only, age, state and country. JPEG or PNG files please. Thank you!
The Velveteen Rabbit Lesson Plan ~ February Theme of Love
Velveteen Rabbit Lesson Plan Ideas for Valentine's Day: Creative Writing Tasks
The Velveteen Rabbit is a beautiful, classic tale of a child's love for his stuffed animal. A motif, as also seen in the Disney movie "Toy Story", of the old toy thrown aside as new, shiny, toys with buttons and lights are received. The stuffed bunny, Velveteen Rabbit, and the Skin Horse wonder about their life as discarded toys. But Skin Horse assures Velveteen Rabbit, "When soft toys are loved enough, we can become real."
This story is a favorite childhood classic and our early reader version can be easily used in the classroom for grades K-3rd. It is perfect for Valentine's Day with the theme of love which is easily accessible to all children. The love for their favorite stuffed toy. In Kindergarten and 1st grade, the lesson could include am oral reading of the story and the children drawing a picture of their favorite stuffed animal coming to life. Meet standards by having students write a descriptive sentence "I love my ____ because_____." For 2nd and 3rd grade, it can be read for Independent Reading or Read Aloud and then include a writing task: Write a paragraph describing your own beloved stuffed animal. Extend the learning by having students be creative and write a short story about how their stuffed animal became real. Or a persuasive story about why their stuffed animal deserves to become real. Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Storytelling!
February Theme of Love: Finding Love Where You Least Expect It
February: the month of LOVE and surely there are plenty of stories which cover the “traditional” love story. Our worldly stories, however, teach us so much more about love than just that. This month we will explore love stories, each from a different country and each with their own unique message about what it means to love and be loved in return. This week’s stories are about finding :Love Where You Least Expect It". Below you will find suggestions for a Beauty and the Beast Love Lesson Plan for both grades 2-4 and 4-6.
Beauty & the Beast Love Fairy Tale
The classic tale from France of a beautiful, smart, young girl who finds herself entrapped with a hideous Beast to spare her father’s life; a Beast who turns out to be more than what he seems. A tale as old as time…..
A story from France, this European Folk Tale is a wonderful tale of love that builds from friendship. Much like Disney’s version, but with some differences, there is also a secondary plot regarding three sisters, Beauty being the youngest, most humble, and the one to put the love for her father above her own wants and needs. She willingly goes to take his place and live with the Beast, whilst her older sisters only care about their selfish ways, getting their riches back and finding husbands who will “suit” them. An exploration of love in many forms, this tale analyzes love between a father and daughter as well as love that comes from truly learning to value another for their heart and not their looks. Beauty finds “Love Where She Least Expects It”, a love grown from friendship and true admiration for ones’ best qualities.
We offer two versions of this story: The Classic Version suited for a 4th-6th reading level and an "Early Reader" version in simple English suited for those with a 2nd-4th reading level. This Fairy Tale offers a wonderful opportunity to meet Common Core Standards of Comparing/Contrasting Text to Film. The animated Disney version varies from the new recent version, which more closely meets the original classic tale. Another idea is to use the text to Debate Ethics:Does the punishment meet the crime? Last, I like to use this tale to analyze Point of View and write a Fractured Fairy Tale. What would this story look like from the Beast's perspective?
Stay tuned: The Fisherlad & the Mermaid’s Ring