Folk Tales

Traditional and timeless stories—and maybe a few tall tales—are a great way to share history throughout generations!

On The Train Job

A boy was on a long train ride to visit his grandparents. Across the aisle from him was a neatly dressed older man, wearing a crisp grey hat and glasses. The boy noticed that he carried a briefcase, and that he looked grumpy. A minute later, the man opened his briefcase and took out two…

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The Chipmunk’s Stripes (Native American)

Once upon a time, when animals could talk, a bear was walking through the woods. This big, strong bear was much like other bears – he thought he was pretty important. “I can do anything,” Bear mumbled to himself as he foraged for food. Just then, tiny Chipmunk overheard him, and feeling bold said, “Really?…

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Stone Soup (French/Hungarian/etc.)

A traveler had been walking for many days when he came upon a village. The traveler was hungry and tired, but had nothing to eat, and had no money. What he did have was a cooking pot, and so he set out to make the best of things. He built a small cooking fire just…

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How the Raccoon Got His Coat (Native American)

Many years ago, Raccoon looked different than he does today. He used to be all silver, smooth from nose to the tip of his tail. This is the story of how all that changed. Raccoon was heading home after a night of hunting when he passed Raven’s home in the forest. Raccoon noticed that Raven…

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The Ant and the Grasshopper (Aesop’s Fables)

One warm, sunny day, a grasshopper was bounding through the fields. He was happy, and sang a song as he jumped. As he got tired, he decided to lay down on a warm rock in the sunshine and watch the clouds. Just then, an ant passed by, working very hard to carry an ear of…

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