World Stories

World Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by UK children. 
 

Story Collections:

Adventure Stories
 
We are adding new stories, translations, pictures and sound recordings every week. So keep coming back to enjoy new content.
 
 

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Selected Stories

The Ant and the Elephant

The Ant and the Elephant

Language: English/Pashto  Origin: Afghanistan

The ant and the elephant were very good friends indeed and would play together whenever they had the chance...

Enjoy this story in: English Pashto

Turtle and Monkey

Turtle and Monkey

Language: English/Filipino  Origin: Philippines

Monkey stood at the edge of the river and watched Turtle swimming against the torrent with a tree that he had caught in the flood: a young tree...

Enjoy this story in: English Filipino

The Fern Flower

The Fern Flower

Language: English/Polish  Origin: Poland

St John’s night is the shortest night of the year. It is on this night that the legendary Fern Flower blooms somewhere in the forest...

Enjoy this story in: English Polish

The Story of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu

The Story of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu

Language: English/Cantonese/Mandarin  Origin: China

Niu Lang wasn’t always a simple cow herder. And Zhi Nu wasn’t always a cloud-weaver. Once upon a time they were both stars up in the night sky...

Enjoy this story in: English Cantonese Mandarin

The Princess and the Golden Ball

The Princess and the Golden Ball

Language: English/Arabic  Origin: Iraq

Once there was a beautiful princess who lived with her father in a huge palace. Although the princess was very beautiful she was also very selfish and conceited...

Enjoy this story in: English Arabic