Bedtime Stories Archive

The Beginning of the Armadillos

THIS, O Best Beloved, is another story of the High and Far-Off Times. In the very middle of those times was a Stickly-Prickly Hedgehog, and he lived on the banks of the turbid Amazon, eating shelly snails and things. And he had a …

The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo

NOT always was the Kangaroo as now we do behold him, but a Different Animal with four short legs. He was grey and he was woolly, and his pride was inordinate: he danced on an outcrop in the middle of Australia, and he …

The Elephant's Child

IN the High and Far-Off Times the Elephant, O Best Beloved, had no trunk. He had only a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that he could wriggle about from side to side; but he couldn’t pick up things with it. …

How the Leopard Got His Spots

IN the days when everybody started fair, Best Beloved, the Leopard lived in a place called the High Veldt. ‘Member it wasn’t the Low Veldt, or the Bush Veldt, or the Sour Veldt, but the ‘sclusively bare, hot, shiny High Veldt, where there …

How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

ONCE upon a time, on an uninhabited island on the shores of the Red Sea, there lived a Parsee from whose hat the rays of the sun were reflected in more-than-oriental splendour. And the Parsee lived by the Red Sea with nothing but …

How the Camel Got His Hump

In the beginning of years, when the world was so new and all, and the Animals were just beginning to work for Man, there was a Camel, and he lived in the middle of a Howling Desert because he did not want to …

How the Whale Got His Throat

IN the sea, once upon a time, O my Best Beloved, there was a Whale, and he ate fishes. He ate the starfish and the garfish, and the crab and the dab, and the plaice and the dace, and the skate and his …

The Hawk Pleaded for Mercy

Once a hawk was chasing a pigeon. But unluckily, he was caught in a net spread by a hunter. the hawk tried his best to cut of the net. He tried very hard but it was of no use. He looked at the …

Bitmeyen Umut

BİTMEYEN UMUT Öğleden sonra biraz olsun serinleyen havayla birlikte Lunapark daha da kalabalıklaşmaya başlamıştı. Yaz tatiline yeni giren çocukların cıvıl cıvıl sesleri yankılanıyordu büyük lunapark alanında. Lunapark alanındaki kalabalık umutlandırmaya başladı Kemal’i, belki bugün bir şeyler satabilirdi. Kemal kırklı yaşlarda, kır saçlı, uzun …

Várias Contos

Conto nº 1 – E APAIXONANDO-SE Uma estranha caixa musical abriu-se, de lá saiu uma bela canção sem voz vindo do ano de 1989, adorável mas ao mesmo tempo Melancólica, Ana perguntou a Nuno se queria dançar, ele disse sim. Ai dançou como …