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New Bedtime Story Fairy Tale: The Ugly Duckling!

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!”

 

To Read the Full Story, CLICK HERE! 

 

Pinocchio Story

We’ve Added Pinocchio Fairy Tale | Bedtime Stories

Pinocchio

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.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS CLASSIC FAIRY TALE! 

 

Cinderella Fairy Tale Story

We’ve Added Cinderella Fairy Tale | Bedtime Stories

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?”

 

Click Here to Read the rest of Cinderella. 

Stories to Grow by Announces Kids Art Contest!

Stories to Grow by Announces Kids Art Contest! Calling all Artists!

CHECK OUT OUR KIDS ART CONTEST SUBMISSIONS HERE! 

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!