Bedtime Stories Archive

The Mice and the Owl

Once, there lived a Wise Owl. He made his nest in the hollow of a tree. He would fly to a particular tree, every day and pick up his food. Then, he would fly back home and slowly enjoy his meal, there. One …

The Old Man and the Three Young Men

Once, three strong Young Men lived in a village. They did not do any work at all and just roamed around the village, making fun of people. One day, the three Young Men were walking on the road. At a farm, they saw …

Cinderella – Beautiful Girl

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful girl named Cinderella. She lived with her wicked stepmother and two stepsisters. They treated Cinderella very badly. One day, they were invited for a grand ball in the king’s palace. But Cinderella’s stepmother would not …

The Peasant

The Roman Kingdom was growing bigger. Roman soldiers controlled the cities that they won. Next, the Romans won a small village on River Danube. Seeing the cruelty of the Roman rulers, a poor villager decided to meet the Roman Ministers. The Villager was …

The Two Lizards

On a warm winter morning, two Lizards sat on a high wall of an old mill. They were enjoying the bright sunshine. One Lizard kept dreaming all the time and was unhappy. The other was older and wiser. “How miserable is our situation!” …

The Butterfly That Stamped

THIS, O my Best Beloved, is a story—a new and a wonderful story—a story quite different from the other stories—a story about The Most Wise Sovereign Suleiman-bin-Daoud—Solomon the Son of David. There are three hundred and fifty-five stories about Suleiman-bin-Daoud; but this is …

The Cat That Walked By Himself

HEAR and attend and listen; for this befell and behappened and became and was, O my Best Beloved, when the Tame animals were wild. The Dog was wild, and the Horse was wild, and the Cow was wild, and the Sheep was wild, …

The Crab That Played With the Sea

BEFORE the High and Far-Off Times, O my Best Beloved, came the Time of the Very Beginnings; and that was in the days when the Eldest Magician was getting Things ready. First he got the Earth ready; then he got the Sea ready; …

How the Alphabet Was Made

THE week after Taffimai Metallumai (we will still call her Taffy, Best Beloved) made that little mistake about her Daddy’s spear and the Stranger-man and the picture-letter and all, she went carp-fishing again with her Daddy. Her Mummy wanted her to stay at …

How the First Letter Was Written

ONCE upon a most early time was a Neolithic man. He was not a Jute or an Angle, or even a Dravidian, which he might well have been, Best Beloved, but never mind why. He was a Primitive, and he lived cavily in …