Five captivating stories to keep the whole family amused.
When a girl’s father makes wild boasts about her, the girl finds herself at the mercy of a childish but lethal king, who demands she turns his straw into gold. With her neck on the line, the girl has no idea how to save herself – until a devilish imp offers his services. But is his price one she is willing to pay?
Adapted from the Brothers Grimm traditional tale, this story is 10 minutes.
The Monkey and the Crocodile
Monkey loves to hang out in the low branches near the river, where it's nice and cool. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with Crocodile, who loves to talk about food. But when Crocodile invites his house for dinner, Monkey will need to have his wits about him to get home alive.
This classic trickster tale adapted from the Panchatantra is 7 minutes.
Theseus and the Minotaur
A terrible thing happens in Athens every year… fourteen children are sent to Crete and sacrificed to the Minotaur, a beast with the body of a man and the head of a bull. When the young Prince Theseus hears of this, he is determined to kill the Minotaur. But Theseus must face the minotaur inside the Labyrinth, a maze of darkness: once he’s killed the creature, how will he find his way out?
This retelling of a classic Greek myths is 10 mins (almost 11).
This traditional tale from Asia tells of a Stonecutter who, unhappy with his lot, wishes to be the Mayor. Through the magic of story, his wish comes true. But the Stonecutter is never satisfied, he then wants to be King and when he sees the Sun has power over him, he sets his sights higher. The Stonecutter becomes the sun, a cloud, then a mountain and finally ends up right back where he started.
7 mins (ish)
The Three Princes
This story from Asia tells of a Queen who wants to find a suitable King (re-imagined from the traditional King offers princess as bride format) so sets a task for three princes. Each finds a gift but which will be the best and win the hand of the queen? Before they have a chance to find out the Queen gets sick, but by working together the brothers use their gifts to save her. A lovely story with a nice message, but also a magic flying rug!
Originally from the Arabian nights, our version is 11 mins (well just over)