Tell Me a Story

Tell Me a Story by Amy Friedman and Meredith Johnson

September 28, 2014

Rip Van Winkle's Slumber (An American Tall Tale)

Once upon a time, a man known as Rip Van Winkle lived in the village of Catskill. He was a happy-go-lucky fellow, and a little bit lazy, and he was married to a wife who was unkind. Often when Rip was seeking some peace, he walked with his dog and his rifle into the mountains to the west of the village. There, he... continue

September 21, 2014

The Traveling Sacks of Rice (A Korean Folktale)

Long ago, there lived a widow with her two sons, Bae and Young-Soo. The family lived in a valley known for its lush rice paddies. For many years, the brothers had helped their father work the fields, and when he died, they took over the farm. The brothers looked after their mother together. As the years... continue

September 14, 2014

The Monkey's Fiddle (A South African Tale)

Once upon a time, the land was devastated by drought, and even insects and beans disappeared. Monkey traveled to another part of the country where his Great Uncle Orangutan lived. His uncle offered him shelter and work, but after he had stayed a while, Monkey became homesick. "I must go home,"... continue

September 07, 2014

The Way to Serve (A Jewish Tale)

Once upon a time, a merchant from Jerusalem traveled to a faraway city to do business. He stayed in the home of a man named Hassan, and while he was there, he fell ill. The merchant realized he was going to die. He called Hassan to his room and said, "I am giving you all my possessions. My son will... continue

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