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The Little Mermaid Story ~ English Story for Kids
This is the fairy tale The Little Mermaid Story. It has been adapted from Hans Christian Anderson's version and Disney's version. It is brought to you by Stories to Grow by.
Far out in the sea where the water is very deep, the Sea King ruled the undersea world.
In the deepest spot of the sea was his castle. The walls were made of blue coral. On the roof were shells that opened and closed when the water passed by. And that is where the Sea King lived with his mother and four daughters, each one born a year apart.
The youngest of the four princesses was the Little Mermaid. She spent much of her time swimming to ships that had fallen to the bottom of the sea. The ships held treasures from the world above! She would fill her arms and set up her collection here and there. All the while she would sing. As she did, fish circled around to hear her. For the Little Mermaid’s voice was the most beautiful one under the sea.
The girls knew that when they turned 15, they could swim up to the surface for the first time. It would be a long time that the Little Mermaid had to wait, as she was the youngest! So she made her grandmother tell her all about life up on land. Tales about ships and towns, and every bit of stories about humans that she knew.
For the Little Mermaid’s voice was the most beautiful one under the sea.
Looking for the perfect story for your child to listen to on a long road trip or the perfect Bedtime Story to help them drift off to a peaceful rest. The stories that you have grown to love on our site are available on Itunes Podcasts under Kids and Family: Stories to Grow by Bedtime Stories for Kids Podcast. We have our popular classics such as Cinderella, The Velveteen Rabbit, Mulan and The Emperor's New Clothes as well as worldly folktales and fairy tales such as Princess Kate, Susu and the Magic Mirror and The Contest of the Fairies. We are working on adding new Audio Stories as well: Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and more!
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King Arthur and the Legend of the Sword in the Stone ~ Legends Stories for Kids
This is the Tale of King Arthur and the Legend of the Sword in the Stone. It is one of the many tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It is adapted and brought to you by Stories to Grow by.
Long ago in England, a wise and just king ruled the land. His name was King Uther. Times were good and the people lived well. King Uther wanted a magician at court. And so he chose the famous Merlin the Magician. Merlin could see into the future. And he knew those good days were not going to last.
King Uther and the Queen Guinevere had a child, a baby son. At a castle party for the royal birth, Merlin the Magician took the King aside. He said, “Sire, there is something you must know. Soon a great darkness will fall over this land. Your child is in great danger. Let me take the baby far away. I will be sure he stays safe.”
“Merlin!” said the King in surprise. “You are a great magician. And you are my friend. But there is no way we would let anyone take our child away!”
“Sire, there is something you must know.”
Sadly, soon after the child’s birth the Queen died. Not long after, King Uther was killed in battle. That very night, Merlin swept into the castle and took the child. The next morning, the royal nurse went into the nursery. Alas, an empty crib! In fear, the nurse, the nobles and servants looked everywhere. But the baby was gone!
For years, there was no king to sit on the throne. No king to set the laws. Men of high rank fought each other to be king. Darkness fell over the land. Robbers and bands of wild men ruled the streets of London. Evil men broke into houses and took what they wanted. Travelers on the roads were jumped and robbed. The people of England lived in fear.
Yet far away, there was a quiet place. A good knight, Sir Ector, lived in peace with his two sons. His first son was named Kay. His younger son Arthur had been adopted as a baby. Years before, a stranger had come to Sir Ector with a baby. He asked if Sir Ector would raise the child. The old knight took the baby in his arms, glad for a second child. He named the baby Arthur, and raised the child as his own.
NEW!!! A Bedtime Story in Simple English for Kids. Robin Hood takes part in an archery contest thrown by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Will he realize its a trap before it is too late? One of the many Tales of Robin Hood.
Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow Story ~ Legend Stories for Kids
This is the Tale of Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow, a Legend Story for Kids. It is one of the many adventures of Robin Hood. It is adapted and brought to you by Stories to Grow by.
In all the land, none was better with a bow and arrow than Robin Hood. He lived with his band of Merry Men in Sherwood Forest, the woods where the King’s deer were kept.
A few years before, King Richard had ruled the land. King Richard let the poor come to Sherwood Forest and hunt deer to get food for their families. But the time came for him to leave with his army. And as soon as he was gone, his younger brother John took over the throne. Bad King John did not want anyone coming into Sherwood Forest to hunt the royal deer. From then on, anyone who was seen hunting the King’s deer in Sherwood Forest would be hanged!
Dressed in green from cap to boots, Robin Hood was not easy to find in the woods. The bushes and trees of Sherwood Forest hid him as he hunted the King’s deer. Robin Hood and his Merry Men would hide with ease when rich nobles and dukes passed through the woods. All at once, they would jump out and rob the rich men. Then Robin Hood gave all the money to the poor.
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!”
The Velveteen Rabbit Audio Story for Kids. A toy rabbit learns that through a child’s love it can become real.
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.