Famous Bedtime Stories For Your Children

Famous Bedtime Stories For Your Children

Daniel Odeniyi

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First of all,  famous bedtime stories have been existence, even though, we rarely read them, except we all got little ones to cater for.
most of all famous bedtime stories are already known or some. but to revive our childhood moment or tell it to our children, those famous bedtime stories it’s the best idea.
and better off, you will able to understand these stories, better like Hansel and Gretal or the popular cinderella for kids.
let’s take a merry trip into these ten famous bedtime stories to read to your child.                    

                 TABLE TO CONTENT

  •            ALADDIN AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP

    ·         THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

    ·         THE UGLY DUCKLING

    ·         THE STRAW, THE COAL, AND THE BEAN

    ·         THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER

    ·         THE RAT PRINCESS

    ·         HANSEL AND GRETEL

    ·         THE THREE BEARS

    ·         THE GOOSE WITH THE GOLDEN EGGS

    ·         THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE

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ALADDIN AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP

PUBLISHED YEAR: 1889                                                                         

SNEEK PEAK: Takes an adventure of a boy and a lamp, given three wishes to turn his life around.

MAIN POINT: 1001 nights, Arabian nights, fable, genie, lamp, magic, sorcerer

                                                                              THE TALE

There once lived a poor tailor, who had a son called Aladdin, a careless, idle boy who would do nothing but play ball all day long in the streets with little idle boys like himself. This so grieved the father that he died; yet, despite his mother’s tears and prayers, Aladdin did not mend his ways. One day, when he was playing in the streets, as usual, a stranger asked him his age, and if he was not the son of Mustapha the tailor. “I am, sir,” replied Aladdin; “but he died a long while ago.” On this the stranger, who was a famous African magician, fell on his neck and kissed him, saying, “I am your uncle, and knew you from your likeness to my brother. Go to your mother and tell her I am coming.” Aladdin ran home and told his mother of his newly found uncle. “Indeed, child,” she said, “your father had a brother, but I always thought he was dead.” However, she prepared supper and bade Aladdin seek his uncle, who came laden with wine and fruit. He presently fell and kissed the place where Mustapha used to sit, bidding Aladdin’s mother not to be surprised at not having seen him before, as he had been forty years out of the country. (continue reading)

Rating
4.1/5

THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

PUBLISHED YEAR:  1867

SNEEK PEAK: The ants have plenty. The grasshopper is starving. He begs for food. 

MAIN POINT: traditional stories

                              THE TALE

Two neighbours came before Jupiter and prayed him to grant their hearts’ desire. Now the one was full of avarice, and the other eaten up with envy. So to punish them both, Jupiter granted that each might have whatever he wished for himself, but only on condition that his neighbour had twice as much. The Avaricious man prayed to have a room full of gold. No sooner said than done; but all his joy was turned to grief when he found that his neighbour had two rooms full of the precious metal. Then came the turn of the Envious man, who could not bear to think that his neighbour had any joy at all. So he prayed that he might have one of his own eyes put out, by which means his companion would become totally blind. (continue reading)

Rating
4.9/5

THE UGLY DUCKLING

PUBLISHED YEAR: NIl

SNEEK PEAK: A fairy tale in which an ugly duckling turns into a swan.

MAIN POINT:  beauty

                              THE TALE

At last one egg-shell after another burst open. “Piep! piep!” it cried, and in all the eggs there were little creatures that stuck out their heads.

“Quack! quack!” they said; and they all came quacking out as fast as they could, looking all round them under the green leaves; and the mother let them look as much as they chose, for green is good for the eye.

“How wide the world is!” said all the young ones, for they certainly had much more room now than when they were in the eggs.

“D’ye think this is all the world?” said the mother. “That stretches far across the other side of the garden, quite into the parson’s field; but I have never been there yet. I hope you are all together,” and she stood up. “No, I have not all. The largest egg still lies there. How long is that to last? I am really tired of it.” And she sat down again.

“Well, how goes it?” asked an old Duck who had come to pay her a visit.

“It lasts a long time with that one egg,” said the Duck who sat there. “It will not burst. Now, only look at the others; are they not the prettiest little ducks one could possibly see? They are all like their father. The rogue, he never comes to see me.” . (continue reading)

Rating
4.5/5

THE STRAW, THE COAL, AND THE BEAN

PUBLISHED YEAR:  1905

SNEEK PEAK: Having escaped death, three new friends attempt to make a getaway.

MAIN POINT: evil, fairy tales, good

                              THE TALE

‘But what are we to do now?’ said the coal.

‘I think,’ answered the bean, ‘that as we have so fortunately escaped death, we should keep together like good companions, and lest a new mischance should overtake us here, we should go away together, and repair to a foreign country.’

The proposition pleased the two others, and they set out on their way together. Soon, however, they came to a little brook, and as there was no bridge or foot-plank, they did not know how they were to get over it. The straw hit on a good idea, and said: ‘I will lay myself straight across, and then you can walk over on me as on a bridge.’ The straw, therefore, stretched itself from one bank to the other, and the coal, who was of an impetuous disposition, tripped quite boldly on to the newly-built bridge. But when she had reached the middle and heard the water rushing beneath her, she was after all, afraid, and stood still, and ventured no farther. The straw, however, began to burn, broke in two pieces, and fell into the stream. The coal slipped after her, hissed when she got into the water and breathed her last. The bean, who had prudently stayed behind on the shore, could not but laugh at the event, was unable to stop, and laughed so. (continue reading)

Rating
5/5

THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER

PUBLISHED YEAR: 1905

SNEEK PEAK: A poor shoemaker receives some much-needed help.

MAIN POINT: evil, fairy tales, good

                              THE TALE

There was once a shoemaker, who worked very hard and was very honest: but still, he could not earn enough to live upon, and at last, all he had in the world was gone, save just leather enough to make one pair of shoes.

Then he cut his leather out, all ready to make up the next day, meaning to rise early in the morning to his work. His conscience was clear and his heart light amidst all his troubles; so he went peaceably to bed, left all his cares to Heaven, and soon fell asleep. In the morning after he had said his prayers, he sat himself down to his work; when, to his great wonder, there stood the shoes all ready-made, upon the table. The good man knew not what to say or think at such an odd thing happening. He looked at the workmanship; there was not one false stitch in the whole job; all was so neat and true, that it was quite a masterpiece. (continue reading)

 

Rating
3.5/5

THE RAT PRINCESS

PUBLISHED YEAR: 1918

SNEEK PEAK: The Rat King searches for the most powerful being for his daughter to marry and after he searches from the sun to the cloud to the wind, he finds the strongest 

MAIN POINT: fate

                              THE TALE

Once upon a time, there was a Rat Princess, who lived with her father, the Rat King, and her mother, the Rat Queen, in a ricefield The Rat Princess was so pretty that her father and mother were quite foolishly proud of her, and thought no one good enough to play with her. When she grew up, they would not let any of the rat princes come to visit her, and they decided at last that no one should marry her till they had found the most powerful person in the whole world; no one else was good enough. And the Father Rat started out to find the most powerful person in the whole world. The wisest and oldest rat in the ricefield said that the Sun must be the most powerful person, because he made the rice grow and ripen; so the Rat King went to find the Sun. He climbed up the highest mountain, ran up the path of a rainbow, and travelled and travelled across the sky till he came to the Sun’s house.

“What do you want, little brother?” the Sun said, when he saw him.

“I come,” said the Rat King, very importantly, “to offer you the hand of my daughter, the princess, because you are the most powerful person in the world; no one else is good enough.” (continue reading)

Rating
3/5

HANSEL AND GRETEL

PUBLISHED YEAR: 1905

SNEEK PEAK: Two abandoned children battle an evil witch.

MAIN POINT:  evil, fairy tales, good

                              THE TALE

Hard by a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his wife and his two children. The boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. He had little to bite and to break, and once when great dearth fell on the land, he could no longer procure even daily bread. Now when he thought over this by night in his bed, and tossed about in his anxiety, he groaned and said to his wife: ‘What is to become of us? How are we to feed our poor children, when we no longer have anything even for ourselves?’ ‘I’ll tell you what, husband,’ answered the woman, ‘early tomorrow morning we will take the children out into the forest to where it is the thickest; there we will light a fire for them, and give each of them one more piece of bread, and then we will go to our work and leave them alone. They will not find the way home again, and we shall be rid of them.’ ‘No, wife,’ said the man, ‘I will not do that; how can I bear to leave my children alone in the forest?—the wild animals would soon come and tear them to pieces.’ ‘O, you fool!’ said she, ‘then we must all four die of hunger, you may as well plane the planks for our coffins,’ and she left him no peace until he consented. ‘But I feel very sorry for the poor children, all the same,’ said the man. (continue reading)

Rating
5/5

THE THREE BEARS                           

PUBLISHED YEAR: NIL

SNEEK PEAK: The story of the three bears and a girl named Silver-hair who breaks into their house.

MAIN POINT: NIL

                              THE TALE

One day she started off into a wood to gather wild flowers, and into the fields to chase butterflies. She ran here and she ran there, and went so far, at last, that she found herself in a lonely place, where she saw a snug little house, in which three bears lived; but they were not then at home.

The door was ajar, and Silver-hair pushed it open and found the place to be quite empty, so she made up her mind to go in boldly, and look all about the place, little thinking what sort of people lived there. (continue reading)

Rating
3.5/5

THE GOOSE WITH THE GOLDEN EGGS

PUBLISHED YEAR: 1867

SNEEK PEAK: A countryman found an egg in a Goose nest which proved to be solid gold. The countryman became wealthy selling the continuous supply of golden eggs the Goose laid.

MAIN POINT:  traditional stories

THE TALE

One day a countryman going to the nest of his Goose found there an egg all yellow and glittering. When he took it up it was as heavy as lead and he was going to throw it away, because he thought a trick had been played upon him. But he took it home on second thoughts, and soon found to his delight that it was an egg of pure gold. Every morning the same thing occurred, and he soon became rich by selling his eggs. As he grew rich he grew greedy; and thinking to get at once all the gold the Goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find nothing.

Greed oft o’er reaches itself. (continue reading)

Rating
4.5/5

THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE

PUBLISHED YEAR:  1867

SNEEK PEAK: The Hare boasted of never being beaten in a race. The Tortoise accepted this challenge. 

MAIN POINT: traditional stories

                              THE TALE

The Tortoise said quietly, “I accept your challenge.”

“That is a good joke,” said the Hare; “I could dance round you all the way.”

“Keep your boasting till you’ve beaten,” answered the Tortoise. “Shall we race?”

So a course was fixed and a start was made. The Hare darted almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his contempt for the Tortoise, lay down to have a nap. The Tortoise plodded on and plodded on, and when the Hare awoke from his nap, he saw the Tortoise just near the winning-post and could not run up in time to save the race. Then said the Tortoise:

“Plodding wins the race.” (continue reading)

Rating
5/5

CONCLUSION

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