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 Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare

Language: English  Origin: United Kingdom

Once upon a time, in a field not too far from you, there was an energetic and happy hare and a sleepy tortoise...

Enjoy this story in: English

The Well

The Well

Language: English/Somali  Origin: Somalia

A long time ago, there were four families who lived in a small village in Somalia. The first family would argue all of the time, the second family were very greedy...

Enjoy this story in: English Somali

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

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 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