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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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 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 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

The Legend of the Mafumeira

The Legend of the Mafumeira

Language: English/Portuguese  Origin: Brazil

Deep within the forest there lives the tallest of all trees. They stretch their thick branches full of leaves up into the blue skies and give us oxygen to breathe. Their trunks are very wide and many of these beautiful giants have been in the forest for hundreds of years...

Enjoy this story in: English Portuguese

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