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 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 Island of the Sun

The Island of the Sun

Language: English/Cantonese/Mandarin  Origin: China

There was once a farmer who had two sons. The older son was selfish and greedy, while the younger son was kind and generous...

Enjoy this story in: English Cantonese Mandarin

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Language: English/Urdu  Origin: Pakistan

Once upon a time, there was a shepherd boy named Asif who lived in a village in one of the many beautiful valleys in Northern Pakistan...

Enjoy this story in: English Urdu

The First Sunrise

The First Sunrise

Language: English  Origin: Australia

A traditional tale from the Dreamtime about how the world became warm and light and why dawn is greeted with birdsong

Enjoy this story in: English

The Love of the Forest

The Love of the Forest

Language: English/Portuguese  Origin: Brazil

The sun rises above the Amazon rainforest and the huge, evergreen trees allow rays of light to pass between their leaves and paint the forest floor in dappled shadows...

Enjoy this story in: English Portuguese