Moving Day

I had already made two surprise visits to my friend Ole, who looked after the tower. I usually went to see him around New Year, but this time, when I went to see him for the third...

"folks Say -"

"Folks often say one thing and mean another. Folks say so much that means so little."Discover this less-known story by the beloved Hans Christian Andersen.

The Windmill

The windmill on the top of the hill swelled with pride whenever someone looked up at him. And even though he pretended not to be, he was very proud of himself as well!

The Bishop Of Börglum And His Men

Now that we are in Jylland, we will go to the Börglum monastery, right at the top of the hill of sand. It is night, and on the upper floors of the monastery, the wind howls –...

This Fable Is Intended For You

Why were the fables created? Hans Christian Andersen tells the story of the wise men of ancient times who ingeniously discovered how to tell people the truth without being blunt...

The Jewish Girl

Sara was the only Jewish child at her Catholic school. She was also the most intelligent. In religious lessons, she could not listen to the teacher: her mother’s last wish was...

The Penman 

There once was a man who held an office that required good penmanship. While he filled the office ably otherwise, he was incapable of good penmanship, so he advertised in the...

The Poor Woman And The Little Canary Bird 

Once lived an old woman who was so poor that she could not afford to buy coffin for her death husband. She was desperate and hopeless and the only thing that kept her going was...

The Phoenix Bird

The phoenix is an extraordinary bird, who was born in the garden of Eden and travels all over the world and through time. Where is he and what has he seen? Here, Andersen answers...

Two Maidens

The "maidens" are tools used by pavers to push down paving stones. One day, it was decided that they would be called "hand rammers" and not "maidens", but the tools themselves did...

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