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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The Song of the Armadillo

The Song of the Armadillo

Language: English/Spanish  Origin: Spain

Once there was an armadillo who lived in the Bolivian rainforest.  He loved music more than anything else in the world and all he wanted to do was to be able to sing like many of the other animals could.

Enjoy this story in: English Spanish

The Fool and the Donkey

The Fool and the Donkey

Language: English/Persian  Origin: Iran

One morning, the fool woke up and he thought, ‘There is one thing I need, I need a donkey...’

Enjoy this story in: English Persian

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

How The Tortoise Got His Crooked Shell

How The Tortoise Got His Crooked Shell

Language: English/Yoruba  Origin: Nigeria

A long time ago, a terrible famine hit an ancient animal kingdom. It had not rained for two whole years and all of the crops were dying...

Enjoy this story in: English Yoruba

The Ant and the Elephant

The Ant and the Elephant

Language: English/Pashto/Filipino  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 Filipino