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 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 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

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 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 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