Storynory - Audio Stories For Kids

Storynory - Audio Stories For Kids

By Storynory

Storynory brings you audio stories for the family, beautifully read, and with a touch of sophistication. We find traditional stories from all over the world and create our own characters including Katie the Witch, and Astropup the space travelling hound. We also give you songs, educational interviews, and a sprinkling of ancient history.

Episodes

Wicked Uncle's School Days

The kids complain about school rules - and Uncle Jeff tells them they don't know how lucky they are. His school days were far more eventful! And of course, his brother (the kids' Dad) was there two.
21/09/2122m 28s

The Unwilling Mermaid

You might think it would be a lot of fun to be a cute mermaid, but this girl is not happy about what happens to her when she experiences some strange goings-on. Listen to find out why. A longer than usual fairy tale with lots of twists, turns, and submersions!
13/09/2127m 2s

Bertie and the Magic Seal

Once upon a time, when we started Storynory back in 2005, our main character was called Bertie. He’s a royal prince, who was once turned into our frog. That’s why Storynory’s mascot is a little green frog wearing earphones. After a long time away on
07/09/2116m 38s

Fly,Fly,Fly! Little Birdie!

Today is Birdy's Birthday, She just hatched from her egg... Where will Birdy fly on her travels? Will she return to the nest? A story in verse by Jacob Monroe https://www.amazon.com/Fly-Little-Birdy-ebook/dp/B0973BNTRK/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=fly
30/08/216m 21s

Katie and the Liar

This story is about telling fibs, and it’s also about bullying.Sometimes it is hard to say who the real bully is - because of course the smart bullies don’t go around with a badge saying “I am a bully.”
23/08/2117m 52s

The Lady Beaming Bright

A story from Japan. A poor couple adopt a magical being. But who is their beautiful and charming new daughter? Listen on to find out.
16/08/2111m 36s

Katie and the Werewolf

Katie is an ordinary school girl; apart from one thing, she's a witch and can do magic spells. Her mother is a witch too - and her father is a scientist who investigates magic. But experimenting with magic can be dangerous - as her dad finds out in this h
09/08/2114m 19s

Why Bananas Belong to Monkeys

In this episode, we answer a question that has long puzzled some of the world's greatest thinkers. Why is it that monkeys believe that they rightfully own all the bananas? Listen on to find out.
02/08/2110m 31s

Astropup and the Conspiracy of Lizards Part 2

Some people say that the President of the World is not really in charge, but in fact, her every move is controlled by alien lizards disguised as humans. Some commentators even think the president herself is a lizard. But of course, that’s a crazy theory
26/07/2120m 55s

Coin Trick

Coin Trick is an audio fantasy adventure featuring modern characters, Native American gods and mythical creatures. We think you are going to love it. Our review and interview is kindly sponsored by the creators of Coin Trick but it is also a meeting of minds.  Catch Coin Trick in your favourite podcast app or head over to cointrick.net to start listening to the story. 
19/07/2115m 12s

Astropup and the Conspiracy of Lizards Part 1

Our space-travelling hound, Astropup, along with the Parrot Major and Marlow, visit the President of the World to sell her the idea of interplanetary hot dogs. But some people think the President is a lizard in disguise. Could this strange theory have any truth at the bottom of it?
12/07/2121m 15s

The Monkey Dance

The Musical Monkey is caught by a man in this story. Do you think he will end up on the family dinner table? Or will he have yet another trick up his sleeve? Well, he hasn't got a sleeve, but if he did, he might have a trick up it. https://www.patreon.com/Storynory
09/07/218m 47s

The Girl with A Bowl on her Head

It's only natural for parents to worry, and sometimes they worry a little too much. Once, a girl was beautiful - and her parents worried that she was too pretty. They were so concerned that they sent her out into the world with a bowl over her head. Poor girl! How could she find a job? How could she find love? When she had a bowl over her head? People were laughing at her. Even the fairies of the wood thought she was funny. Finally, a kind storyteller and a kind son of a wealthy farmer come into her life. But would she ever take the bowl off her head? That's the question? We think all ages will enjoy this funny, romantic, and only slightly silly story from Japan. And in case you are wondering, the Japanese words at the start are simply 1, 2, 3. Our sources for the story and the picture are The Wooden Bowl Japanese Fairy Tale Series, No. 16 and Japanese Fairy Tales, by Grace James. The story was adapted by Bertie for Storynory and read by Jana. The music is Japanese Souvenir by DeKibo licenced from Premium Beat. We are delighted to dedicate this story to Cora and Margo who support Storynory on Patreon.Patreon
05/07/2119m 32s

Katie and the Weather

It is spring, and the weather should be lovely but the the wind and the rain are continuous. Could there be some magical connection between Katie's mum and the weather? Support Storynory on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Storynory
03/07/2115m 42s

How the Monkey Tricked the Tiger

A cheeky, musical story for our younger listeners - lots of tricky fun! And even if you aren't so young, you might enjoy our bouncy song base on the playground chant, Eenee, Meenee, Mainee, Mo!
23/06/21

How the Monkey Tricked the Tiger

A cheeky, musical story for our younger listeners - lots of tricky fun! And even if you aren't so young, you might enjoy our bouncy song base on the playground chant, Eenee, Meenee, Mainee, Mo!
23/06/2113m 8s

The Moon Song

Jana sings The Moon Song based on the poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
20/06/212m 20s

The Doomed Prince Ending

We asked you to send us the ending to the Egyptian Fairytale, The Doomed Prince. The Prince was fated by the god Hathor to meet his end by a dog, a snake or a crocodile. He escaped the dog and the snake, but the crocodile dragged him off to his island in a lake where his enemy was an evil spirit. The original papyrus is torn off here. So how did the story end? Our listeners from all over the world came up with some amazing answers.
18/06/21

The Doomed Prince Ending

We asked you to send us the ending to the Egyptian Fairytale, The Doomed Prince. The Prince was fated by the god Hathor to meet his end by a dog, a snake or a crocodile. He escaped the dog and the snake, but the crocodile dragged him off to his island in
18/06/2118m 15s

How the Monkey became a Trickster

Why are monkeys full of mischief? This tuneful story from Brazil will explain. And you will hear a monkey who played the guitar before The Monkees.
09/06/21

How the Monkey Became a Trickster

Why are monkeys full of mischief? This tuneful story from Brazil will explain. And you will hear a monkey who played the guitar before The Monkees. Storynory, presents   Hello, this is Jana and I’m here with a folktale from Brazil. It’s about a monkey, a guitar, and a fruit tree. We think you’ll find this tuneful story loads of fun!   
09/06/218m 37s

Katie and the Catnappers

This story is a tale of two cats: one handsome and expensive, the other scruffy and not expensive-looking but definitely unique. When the expensive one is stolen, it is up the cheap cat so save him! Read by Emma Wilson and written by Bertie.
02/06/2117m 3s

Katie and the Catnappers

This story is a tale of two cats: one handsome and expensive, the other scruffy and not expensive-looking but definitely unique. When the expensive one is stolen, it is up the cheap cat to save him!
02/06/21

Mindi and the Goose No One Else Could See

A special episode of Storynory sponsored by Candlewick Press. It's a review of a gorgeous and sensitive picture book called "Mindi and the Goose No One Else Could See" by Sam McBratney.
27/05/21

Mindi and the Goose No One Else Could See

A special episode of Storynory sponsored by Candlewick Press. It's a review of a gorgeous and sensitive picture book called "Mindi and the Goose No One Else Could See" by Sam McBratney.
27/05/214m 36s

Mindi and the Goose No One Else Could See

A special episode of Storynory sponsored by Candlewick Press. It's a review of a gorgeous and sensitive picture book called "Mindi and the Goose No One Else Could See" by Sam McBratney. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/05/214m 35s

The Doomed Prince

A fairy story from ancient Egypt without an ending -you tell us how it should end and we shall read out the best answers out on Storynory. Send to comp@storynory by 14 June 2021.
16/05/21

The Doomed Prince

A fairy story from ancient Egypt without an ending -you tell us how it should end and we shall read the best answers out on storynory. Send to comp@storynory by 14 June 2021.
16/05/2117m 17s

The Doomed Prince

A fairy story from ancient Egypt without an ending -you tell us how it should end and we shall read the best answers out on storynory. Send to comp@storynory by 14 June 2021. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/05/2117m 16s

Astropup and the Teletransporter Part 1

Professor Perfect invites Astropup to visit the Cosmic Academy and see an incredible invention in action.
08/05/2118m 50s

Astropup and the Teletransporter Part Two

We solve the mystery of the puzzling appearance of another Astropup in the teletransporter.
08/05/2112m 34s

Herodotus - the Pyramids

In this series, I’m taking you on a tour of the Histories of Herodotus - the ancient Greek who loved to travel and explore the world and different cultures. He wrote around the year 450 BC. His second book is all about the fabulous, weird and wonderful land of Egypt - ancient Egypt as we would call it now. And of course one of the things that everyone knows about ancient Egypt now, is that they built the pyramids.
08/05/2110m 17s

Tiddy Mun

A slightly scary story. The chief spirit of the Fens of England was Tiddy Mun, who was no bigger than a child of three. He lived in the water holes, deep down in the still green water, and he only came out in the evening when the mist rose. When King Charles I employed Dutch engineers to drain the bogs, Tiddy Mun became angry.
04/05/21

Tiddy Mun

The chief spirit of the Fens of England was Tiddy Mun, who was no bigger than a child of three. He lived in the water holes, deep down in the still green water, and he only came out in the evening when the mist rose. When King Charles I employed Dutch eng
04/05/216m 46s

Tiddy Mun

Another spooky tale. The chief spirit of the Fens of England was Tiddy Mun, who was no bigger than a child of three. He lived in the water holes, deep down in the still green water, and he only came out in the evening when the mist rose. When King Charles I employed Dutch engineers to drain the bogs, Tiddy Mun became angry. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/05/216m 45s

The Buried Moon

A SCARY - but lovely story from the boggy East of England. The Fens of England were once full of horrid supernatural creatures who got hold of the moon and put out her lovely light. Our story has a touch of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.
25/04/21

The Buried Moon

A SCARY - but lovely story from the boggy East of England. The Fens of England were once full of horrid supernatural creatures who got hold of the moon and put out her lovely light. Our story has a touch of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.
25/04/2114m 46s

The Buried Moon

A SCARY - but lovely story from the boggy East of England. The Fens of England were once full of horrid supernatural creatures who got hold of the moon and put out her lovely light. Our story has a touch of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/04/2114m 50s

The Jungle Book - Part 8

An almight fight, in which Karr the python, Baloo the bear, and Bagheera the pantha attack the monkeys to rescue Mowgli. Will they succeed?
20/04/2118m 43s

The Jungle Book – Part 8

An almighty fight, in which Karr the python, Baloo the bear, and Bagheera the panther attack the monkeys to rescue Mowgli. Will they succeed?
20/04/21

The Jungle Book - Part 8

An almight fight, in which Karr the python, Baloo the bear, and Bagheera the pantha attack the monkeys to rescue Mowgli. Will they succeed? Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/04/2118m 43s

The Jungle Book – Part 7

Rann the Kite brings a message from Mowgli that he has been kidnapped. Baloo, Bagheera, and Kaa the Python rush to the rescue.
12/04/21

Jungle Book Part 7

Rann the Kite brings a message from Mowgli that he has been kidnapped. Baloo, Bagheera, and Kaa the Python rush to the rescue.    
12/04/2120m 47s

The Jungle Book - Part 7

Rann the Kite brings a message from Mowgli that he has been kidnapped. Baloo, Bagheera, and Kaa the Python rush to the rescue. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/04/2120m 46s

The King of the Birds

One of Korea's most popular stories. There are two brothers, one is rich and mean, the other is poor and good hearted. The poor brother receives help from the King of the Birds, and the older brother hopes to gain the same reward.
02/04/21

The King of the Birds

One of Korea's most popular stories. There are two brothers, one is rich and mean, the other is poor and good hearted. The poor brother receives help from the King of the Birds, and the older brother hopes to gain the same reward.
02/04/2118m 17s

The King of the Birds

One of Korea's most popular stories. There are two brothers, one is rich and mean, the other is poor and good hearted. The poor brother receives help from the King of the Birds, and the older brother hopes to gain the same reward. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/04/2118m 16s

The Samurai and the Tea Master

This traditional story from Japan is about the time a Samurai warrior challenged a tea master to a duel. It shows how if you are the master of yourself, you can be the master of anything. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/03/2113m 8s

The Jungle Book – Part 6

Mowgli has been captured by the Bandar-log and is being tossed through the tree-tops. A kite and a python come to the aid of Baloo and Bagheera.
04/03/21

The Jungle Book - Part 6

Storynory Presents THE JUNGLE BOOK Part Six By Rudyard Kipling Hello, this is Richard And I’m continuing with the Jungle Book - and the Chapter called Kaa’s Hunting. Mowgli the man-cub has been kidnapped by the Banda-Log. The Banda-log are the Monkey people. In Hindi, Bandar means "monkey" and log means "people". The Bandar-Log do not follow the Law of the Jungle, and both Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Black Panther consider them to be highly irresponsible, even though the monkeys like to claim: We are great. We are free. We are wonderful. And I’m delighted to dedicate this story to Micah, Shayna, and Ariella from New Jersey whose family supports Storynory via PayPal.  
04/03/2118m 15s

The Jungle Book - Part 6

Mowgli has been captured by the Bandar-log and is being tossed through the tree-tops. A kite and a python come to the aid of Baloo and Bagheera. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/03/2118m 14s

Orpheus

We bring you this sad but, we hope, beautiful story in verse. Orpheus the musician married Eurydice the shepherdess. When she was killed by a snake, he travelled down to the underworld and was granted one chance to fetch her back to life. Bertie has freely adapted this ancient tale into his own poem. Yes, we did warn you, it is sad. Adaptation by Bertie. Read by Richard. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/02/2111m 22s

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

A certain winner for children - how Goldilocks ate the Three Bears' porridge. We've added music with the Teddy Bear's Picnic played by a string orchestra.  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/02/214m 52s

The Jungle Book – Part 5

Baloo the bear is teaching Mowgli the law of the Jungle. He learns how to be safe among the various creatures - but there is one band of animals that are notorious outlaws - and Mowgli should stay clear of them.
18/02/21

The Jungle Book - Part 5

Baloo the bear is teaching Mowgli the law of the Jungle. He learns how to be safe among the various creatures - but there is one band of animals that are notorious outlaws - and Mowgli should stay clear of them.  
18/02/2119m 38s

The Jungle Book - Part 5

Baloo the bear is teaching Mowgli the law of the Jungle. He learns how to be safe among the various creatures - but there is one band of animals that are notorious outlaws - and Mowgli should stay clear of them. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/02/2119m 37s

The Chinese Year of the Ox

An Ox is a large animal that looks like a bull, but he is generally patient, hard-working, and easy-going. And people who are born in the year of the Ox are said to be like that too! How did humans come to have this useful animal on earth to help them farm? Listen on to find out.
11/02/21

The Chinese Year of the Ox

An Ox is a large animal that looks like a bull, but he is generally patient, hard-working, and easy-going. And people who are born in the year of the Ox are said to be like that too! How did humans come to have this useful animal on earth to help them farm?   If you have heard our story, the Chinese Year of the Animals, you will know that the Ox is the second animal in the Chinese Zodiac. You may recall that all the animals took part in a swimming race to decide what order they should come in. The powerful Ox was the strongest swimmer, and he kindly allowed the rat to ride on his back. But when he was close to the other side of the river, the sneaky rat jumped off the ox’s back and arrived first.
11/02/217m 32s

The Chinese Year of the Ox

An Ox is a large animal that looks like a bull, but he is generally patient, hard-working, and easy going. And people who are born in the year of the Ox are said to be like that too! How did humans come to have this useful animal on earth to help them farm? Listen on to find out. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/02/217m 32s

The Chinese Years of the Animals

What animal are you? In Chinese astrology, each year is named after an animal, and if you are born in that year, you take some of that animal's characteristics. This is the story of how each year took its name, and it also explains why there is no year of the cat, and why cats hate rats so much.  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/02/216m 26s

Hero and Leander

For Valentine's Day, an ancient romantic story - Hero and Leander - two lovers separated by a stretch of water, the Hellespont. Will Leander swim to meet his love?
08/02/21

Hero and Leander

The Dardanelles is a stretch of seawater that separates the continents of Europe and Asia. In ancient times, this thin, winding sea, which looks something like a broad river,  was called the Hellespont. It’s very deep and about three-quarters of a mile wide at its narrowest point. Do you think it would be safe to attempt to swim across it? Listen to this story, to find out.   
08/02/2115m 29s

Hero and Leander

For Valentine's Day, an ancient romantic story - Hero and Leander - two lovers separated by a stretch of water, the Hellespont.  Will Leander swim to meet his love? Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/02/2115m 29s

The Jungle Book – Part 4

Shere Khan, the Tiger has come to the meeting of the wolf pack. He wants to depose the leader of the pack, Akela, and kill the man-cub Mowgli. But Mowgli, who has fetched a pot of the red flower from the human village, has other ideas.
07/02/21

The Jungle Book - Part 4

Sheer Khan the Tiger has come to the meeting of the wolf pack. He wants to depose the leader of the pack, Akela, and kill the man-cub Mowgli. But Mowgli, who has fetched a pot of the red flower from the human village, has other ideas. Hello, this is Richard, and I’m here with the fourth part of the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. This episode will conclude the chapter called Mowgli’s Brothers. If you’ve been listening, you will know that Mowgli the man-cub has joined the wolf pack led by Akela. Shere Khan the lame tiger has sworn to kill him. Mowgli has returned to the human village to gather man’s red flower - otherwise known as fire.  
07/02/2117m 55s

The Jungle Book - Part 4

Shere Khan the Tiger has come to the meeting of the wolf pack. He wants to depose the leader of the pack, Akela, and kill the man-cub Mowgli. But Mowgli, who has fetched a pot of the red flower from the human village, has other ideas. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/02/2117m 54s

The Jungle Book - Part 3

Arkela the leader of the wolves has been a protector of Mowgli, but he is growing old. Mowgli may have to fend for himself against Sheer Khan the tiger. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/02/2115m 43s

The Jungle Book – Part 3

Akela the leader of the wolves has been a protector of Mowgli, but he is growing old. Mowgli may have to fend for himself against Shere Khan the tiger.
01/02/21

The Jungle Book - Part 3

The leader of the wolves has been a protector of Mowgli, but he is growing old. Mowgli may have to fend for himself against Sheer Khan the tiger.  
01/02/2115m 44s

The Jungle Book – Part 2

Father wolf presents Mowgli to the wolf pack asking them to accept him. But Shere Khan the tiger demands that they must hand the man-cub over to him. Who will speak up for Mowgli?
24/01/21

The Jungle Book - Part 2

Father wolf presents Mowgli to the wolf pack asking them to accept him. But Sheer Khan the tiger demands that they must hand the man-cub over to him. Who will speak up for Mowgli? Storynory presents, The Jungle Book, Mowgli’s Brothers, Part Two.  
24/01/2110m 35s

The Jungle Book - Part 2

Father wolf presents Mowgli to the wolf pack asking them to accept him. But Sheer Khan the tiger demands that they must hand the man-cub over to him. Who will speak up for Mowgli? Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/01/2110m 34s

The Jungle Book – Part 1

Storynory Presents THE JUNGLE BOOK By Rudyard Kipling Hello, This is Richard, and I’m going to be reading from the famous Mowgli chapters from the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. They tell the tale of a child who was brought up by wolves in the Indian Jungle - and may even be based, rather loosely, on some real-life tales of wolf-kids. If you have ever seen the film by Disney, you will know that Mowgli’s great enemy is Shere Khan, the lame, man-eating tiger. I’m going to be breaking up the text into episodes of about 15 minutes each, otherwise, these are the wonderful words that flowed from the pen of Rudyard Kipling.  
21/01/2117m 39s

The Jungle Book - Part 1

A family of wolves adopts a human baby boy - but Shear Khan the lame tiger wants the man-child for himself. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/01/2117m 38s

The Jungle Book – Part 1

A family of wolves adopts a human baby boy - but Shere Khan the lame tiger wants the man-child for himself.
21/01/21

Herodotus – the Pyramids

The ancient Pyramids of Egypt were built 4,500 years ago. The ancient Greek Herodotus tells us how they were built - and mentions some projects that he thinks are even more amazing.
17/01/21

Herodotus - the Pyramids

The ancient Pyramids of Egypt were built 4,500 years ago. The ancient Greek Herodotus tells us how they were built - and mentions some projects that he thinks are even more amazing. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/01/2110m 16s

Winter Time

A frosty but cosy winter scene set in a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
01/01/21

Winter Time

A frosty but cosy winter scene set in a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
01/01/211m 28s

Winter Time

A frosty but cosy winter scene set in a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/01/211m 28s

Away in a Manger Christmas Carol

Merry Christmas! A cute version of the traditional carol - ‘Away in a Manger’ sung by Jana
24/12/20

Away in a manger

Merry Christmas! A cute version of traditional Christmas Carol, sung by Jana Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/12/201m 18s

Away in a manger

A cute version of traditional Christmas Carol
24/12/201m 18s

The Nosy Neighbour

Happy Hanukkah! A little history of the Jewish Celebration of Lights, and a story that features lots of festive food. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/12/206m 56s

The Nosy Neighbour

Happy Hanukkah! A little history of the Jewish Celebration of Lights, and a story that features lots of festive food.
12/12/20

The Nosy Neighbour

Happy Hanukkah! A little history of the Jewish Celebration of Lights, and a story that features lots of festive food. This is Jana, and today I’m here with a holiday story to commemorate Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem over 2000 years ago.  
12/12/206m 57s

Katie and the Magical Deer

Katie finds a deer with golden antlers in her garden. He seems very friendly. How did he get there?
03/12/20

Katie and the Magical Deer

Hello, this is Natasha, and I’m here with a story about Katie who is a little bit like you.  She goes to school with other ordinary people.  But there’s one thing that is a bit different about her. She’s a witch and can do magic spells.  This story features one of my favourite animals: a deer. Deer are delicate and vulnerable. Down the ages, people have hunted them for their meat which is called venison. They are very good at hiding. They blend into the undergrowth and the woods, and the antlers of the stags look just like branches.  But if they run, they spring and glide through the air so gracefully!     Well enough about deer, and on with the story.   
03/12/2021m 45s

Katie and the Magical Deer

Katie finds a deer with golden antlers in her garden. He seems very friendly. How did he get there? Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/12/2021m 44s

Song of a Dream

Happy Diwali! Song of a Dream’, a charming poem by the Indian Poetess, Sarojini Naidu, whom Mahatma Gandhi called the "Indian Nightingale"
14/11/20

Song of a Dream

Song of a Dream   Hello, this is Jana, and I’m here with a poem from India, called ‘Song of a Dream’,  in honour of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of lights.     Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness, and good over evil.  For Indians, Diwali is a huge holiday, in October or November. It usually involves a lot of fireworks lighting up the sky. The celebrations last for five days, though the third day, which  marks Lakshmi is the most important. Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, prosperity and beauty .      My family, who come from India, are in fact Christian. But in honour of my ancestral country, I'm going to read an Indian poem, ‘Song of a Dream’, by Sarojini Naidu. I hope it will light up your heart.    ONCE in the dream of a night I stood Lone in the light of a magical wood, Soul-deep in visions that poppy-like sprang; And spirits of Truth were the birds that sang, And spirits of Love were the stars that glowed, And spirits of Peace were the streams that flowed In that magical wood in the land of sleep. Lone in the light of that magical grove, I felt the stars of the spirits of Love Gather and gleam round my delicate youth, And I heard the song of the spirits of Truth; To quench my longing I bent me low By the streams of the spirits of Peace that flow In that magical wood in the land of sleep. And that was ‘Song of a Dream’, a charming poem by the Indian Poetess, Sarojini Naidu, whom Mahatma Gandhi called the "Indian Nightingale".     I do hope that you enjoyed it. For now, from me, Jana, Happy Diwali!
14/11/202m 6s

Song of a Dream

Happy Diwali! Song of a Dream’, a charming poem by the Indian Poetess, Sarojini Naidu, whom Mahatma Gandhi called the "Indian Nightingale" Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/11/202m 6s

The Strangest Flight

Mum's birthday is on Halloween. The family is flying to New York to celebrate, but the plane they board is not at all what they are expecting - it is luxurious, old fashioned, and rather strange.
30/10/20

The Strangest Flight

Mum's birthday is on Halloween. The family is flying to New York to celebrate, but the plane they board is not at all what they are expecting - it is luxurious, old fashioned, and rather strange.
30/10/2027m 5s

The Strangest Flight

Mum's birthday is on Halloween. The family is flying to New York to celebrate, but the plane they board is not at all what they are expecting - it is luxurious, old fashioned, and rather strange. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/10/2027m 5s

The Wild Swans at Coole

Have you heard the "bell-beat" of swans wings as they fly over the water? This poem by WB Yeats evokes that sound as well as the autumn months.
07/10/20

The Wild Swans at Coole

Have you heard the "bell-beat" of swans wings as they fly over the water? This poem by WB Yeats evokes that sound as well as the autumn months. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/10/204m 24s

The Wilde Swans of Coole

Have you heard the "bell-beat" sound of swans flying over water? The irish poet WB Yates evokes the most majestic of water birds in this poem for the month of October
07/10/204m 25s

Solomon Takes a Walk

Katie the Ordinary Witch is back with a super-funny story about her magical cat Solomon who is both big-headed and thin-skinned. He has gone missing. What can he possibly be up to?
25/09/20

Solomon Takes a Walk

Katie the Ordinary Witch is back with a super-funny story about her magical cat Solomon who is both big-headed and thin-skinned. He has gone missing. What can he possibly be up to? It was one minute past six in the evening. Normally Solomon would be prowling in circles around his bowel mewing: “Come on Katie, what kind of cat lover do you claim to be? Have you forgotten about my dinner?” But there was no Solomon to be seen. Katie went out into the garden and called, “Solomon, Solomon, dinner time! Come on you greedy cat, where are you?”
25/09/2017m 20s

Solomon Takes a Walk

Katie the Ordinary Witch is back with a super-funny story about her magical cat Solomon who is both big-headed and thin-skinned. He has gone missing. What can he possibily be up to? Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/09/2017m 20s

Herodotus: The Egyptians and the Greeks

Egyptian Pharaoh Amasis made friends with powerful Greeks of his time. We include a famous story about the Greek ruler, Polycrates of Samos, and his golden ring.
14/09/20

Herodotus: The Egyptians and the Greeks

Egyptian Pharaoh Amasis made friends with powerful Greeks of his time. We include a famous story about the Greek ruler, Polycrates of Samos, and his golden ring.
14/09/2015m 56s

Herodotus: The Egyptians and the Greeks

Egyptian Pharaoh Amasis made friends with powerful Greeks of his time. We include a famous story about the Greek ruler, Polycrates of Samos, and his golden ring. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/09/2015m 56s

Astropup and the Seven Mountains of Genius Part 2

In part two of our space adventure, Astropup puts on the Virtual Reality Goggles and climbs the seventh mountain of Genius which is dedicated to food.
04/09/20

Astropup and the Seven Mountains of Genius Part 2

In part two of our space adventure, Astropup puts on the Virtual Reality Goggles and climbs the seventh mountain of Genius which is dedicated to food.
04/09/2020m 15s

Astropup and the Seven Mountains of Genius Part 2

In part two of our space adventure, Astropup puts on the Virtual Reality Goggles and climbs the seventh mountain of Genius which is dedicated to food. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/09/2020m 14s

Robot Competition Answers

Here they are! The three winners to our How to Spot a Robot Competition and we read out all the replies.
28/08/20

Robot Competition Answers

Here they are! The three winners to our How to Spot a Robot Competition and we read out all the replies.
28/08/2015m 40s

Robot Competition Answers

Here they are! The three winners to our 'How to Spot a Robot' Competition, and we read out all of your replies. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/08/2015m 39s

Astropup and the Seven Mountains of Genius

Astropup is Back! The Parrot normally disdains video games, but when he hears about one called The Seven Mountains of Genius he tries it and is soon hooked.
18/08/20

Astropup and the Seven Mountains of Genius

Hello, this is Richard, And I’m here with a story about our favourite space travelling dog, Astropup. It’s in two parts. Now I’m going to hand you over to Astropup himself. You Earthbound kids and pups probably can’t imagine being cooped up for months on end. Unless you’ve ever been on a space mission, you couldn’t possibly know what it’s like. How would you feel if you could not go out and about and see your friends? What if you were stuck inside, under house arrest? At first you would think that not going to school was the best thing ever. And then, slowly, but surely, you’d start to go CRAAAAAZZZZZY!  
18/08/2022m 14s

Astropup and the Seven Mountains of Genius

Astropup is Back! The Parrot normally disdains video games, but when he hears about one called The Seven Mountains of Genius he tries it and is soon hooked. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/08/2022m 13s

Undercover Robot Competition

Storynory Competition! Win a signed copy of Bertie's new book, Undercover Robot. "If there was a super-intelligent and life-like robot in your class at school, what do you think would be the tell-tale sign that he/she was not human?" Send us your answer in a couple of sentences to @storynory on Twitter/FB or comp@storynory.com by August 7 2020. Get thinking!
19/07/20

Undercover Robot Competition

Storynory Competition! Win a signed copy of Bertie's new book, Undercover Robot.  "If there was a super-intelligent and life-like robot in your class at school, what do you think would be the tell-tale sign that he/she was not human?"  Send us your answer in a couple of sentences to @storynory on Twitter/FB or comp@storynory.com by August 7th 2020.  Get thinking!  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/07/209m 43s

Undercover Robot Interview

A new book by Bertie and his friend David Edmonds! If super-high-tech android Dotty can spend a year passing as a twelve-year-old schoolgirl, she could win a multi-million-pound prize. It's available now on amazon.co.uk! David and Bertie explain what it's all about.
01/07/20

Undercover Robot Interview

A new book by Bertie and his friend David Edmonds! If super-high-tech android Dotty can spend a year passing as a twelve-year-old schoolgirl, she could win a multi-million-pound prize. It's available now on amazon.co.uk! David and Bertie explain what it's all about. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/07/206m 35s

Undercover Robot Interview

A new book by Bertie and his friend David Edmonds! If super-high-tech android Dotty can spend a year passing as a twelve-year-old schoolgirl, she could win a multi-million-pound prize. It's available now on amazon.co.uk! David and Bertie explain what it's
01/07/206m 35s

Gilgamesh Part 6 – The Plant of Immortality

Hello, this is Richard, And here we rejoin Gilgamesh as he crosses the seas to meet with Ut-Naphishtim, the far distant. Ut-Napishtim, the far distant, the only human to have conquered death, was sitting on a jetty by his home in the mouth of a great river. He watched his trusty sea captain bring his boat up along the water, and he saw that he was bringing a passenger - a great hulk of a man, dressed in rags. When the boat was near, the sea captain leapt onto the jetty with the rope to moor it and was shortly followed by his passenger.  
29/05/2011m 1s

Gilgamesh Part 5 -The Great Flood

Hello, this is Richard, And here we rejoin Gilgamesh as he crosses the seas to meet with Ut-Naphishtim, the far distant. Ut-Napishtim, the far distant, the only human to have conquered death, was sitting on a jetty by his home in the mouth of a great river. He watched his trusty sea captain bring his boat up along the water, and he saw that he was bringing a passenger - a great hulk of a man, dressed in rags. When the boat was near, the sea captain leapt onto the jetty with the rope to moor it and was shortly followed by his passenger.  
29/05/2012m 49s

Gilgamesh Part 4 – The Journey

Hello, This is Richard, and this is the fourth part of the Story of Gilgamesh, an epic story from ancient Mesopotamia. If you heard the earlier stories, you will know that King Gilgamesh and his friend, the strongman Enkidu, defeated Humbaba the dragon. When they then killed the Bull of Heaven, the gods took their revenge by making Enkidu die. Gilgamesh was grief-stricken and left the city and his Royal life behind him to set out on a journey.  
29/05/2012m 41s

Gilgamesh Part 3 – the Bull of Heaven

The epic from Mesopotamia continues. Gilgamesh refuses to marry the goddess Ishtar. She seeks revenge by sending the Bull of Heaven to trample Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu.    
29/05/2013m 45s

Gilgamesh Part 2 – Humbaba the Dragon

Hello, this is Richard, and this is the second part of our epic story from ancient Mesopotamia. Its hero is a king called Gilgamesh, and he has been joined by a wildman called Enkidu who is now his adopted brother. Enkidu stayed at the palace of Gilgamesh as an honoured guest, and in the evening he joined the feasting in the great hall while the musicians played on drums, flutes and trumpets. The two strongmen drank toasts to one another’s long life and health. Gilgamesh the king stood up, and the banqueters fell quiet. He turned to his friend and made the following speech. “Enkidu, you l
29/05/2016m 45s

Gilgamesh A Myth from Mesopotamia Part 1

Hello, This is Richard, and I’m here with one of the oldest stories in the world. It is older than even the Bible. Its hero is a great king, warrior, and strongman called Gilgamesh who wanted to discover the secret of immortality or living forever. It was written down around 4000 years ago on clay tablets in letters called Cuneiform when the City of Babylon was at the height of its powers. Babylon was in the part of the world called Mesopotamia, which means between the two rivers, and is in modern-day Iraq. The story goes back even further in time to when a civilisation called the Sumerians ruled Mesopotamia about 6000 years ago. So here is the story of Gilgamesh, based on ancient tales. chard, at Storynory.com, goodbye.
29/05/2015m 45s

Herodotus: The Sacred Animals of Ancient Egypt

Herodotus tells us that ancient Egyptians worshiped cows and bulls. How and why did they do that? Bertie investigates... Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/05/208m 0s

Herodotus: The Sacred Animals of Ancient Egypt

Herodotus tells us that ancient Egyptians worshiped cows and bulls. How and why did they do that? Bertie investigates...
25/05/20

Herodotus: The Sacred Animals of Ancient Egypt

Sacred Animal in Ancient Egypt This is Bertie, and I’m here with some more from Herodotus, the father of history who lived 2,500 years ago.  Herodotus was a Greek who liked to travel.  He went around much of the Persian Empire, including Egypt, and wrote down what he saw.  A fair bit of what we know about life in Ancient Egypt comes to us from Herodotus.     
25/05/208m 0s

Hush Little Baby

Fall asleep to a soothing lullaby sung by Jana
15/05/20

Hush Little Baby

Lulla-lulla-lullaby Hush, little baby don't you Hush, little baby don't say a word Papa's gonna buy you a mocking bird And if that mocking bird don't sing Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring And if that diamond ring is brass Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass And if that looking glass gets broke Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat And if that billy goat don't pull Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull And if that cart and bull turn over Papa's gonna buy you a dog called Rover And if that dog called Rover don't bark Papa's gonna buy you a horse and cart And if that horse and cart turn round You'll still be the sweetest little babe in town (be the sweetest litte babe) Still be the sweetest little babe in town La, la, la, la, la, la Hush, little baby don't you cry...
15/05/203m 49s

Hush Little Baby

Fall asleep to a a soothing Lulla-lulla-lullaby sung by Jana Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/05/203m 49s

Gilgamesh Part 6 – The Plant of Immortality

Gilgamesh has travelled across the world in search of immortality. Finally he picks a plant from the bottom of the ocean that gives everlasting youth - but a thief is not far away.
08/05/20

Gilgamesh Part 6 - the Plant of Immortaliy

Gilgamesh has travelled across the world in search of immortality. Finally he picks a plant from the bottom of the ocean that gives everlasting youth - but a thief is not far away. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/05/2011m 25s

In Early May

A delightful poem to celebrate the start of May written by the Canadian poet, Bliss Carman, and read by Jana in honour of her Mother whose birthday is on May 1st.
01/05/20

In Early May

In Early May O MY dear, the world to-day Is more lovely than a dream! Magic hints from far away Haunt the woodland, and the stream Murmurs in his rocky bed Things that never can be said. Starry dogwood is in flower, Gleaming through the mystic woods. It is beauty's perfect hour In the wild spring solitudes. Now the orchards in full blow Shed their petals white as snow. All the air is honey-sweet With the lilacs white and red, Where the blossoming branches meet In an arbor overhead. And the laden cherry trees Murmur with the hum of bees. All the earth is fairy green, And the sunlight filmy gold, Full of ecstasies unseen, Full of mysteries urntold. Who would not be out-of-door, Now the spring is here once more!
01/05/201m 48s

In Early May

A delightful poem to celebrate the start of May written by the Canadian poet, Bliss Carman, and read by Jana in honour of her mother whose birthday is May 1st. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/05/201m 48s

The Spy Who Never Was Part 2

Was Uncle Jeff ever a spy? The kids and Mum have their suspicions. In this second part of our spy story, Uncle Jeff reveals the truth about his trip to Moscow in his youth.
21/04/20

The Spy Who Never Was Part Two

Was Uncle Jeff ever a spy? The kids and mum have their suspicions. In this second part of our spy story, Uncle Jeff reveals the truth about his trip to Moscow in his youth. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/04/2022m 51s

The Spy Who Never Was Part 2

The Spy Who Never Was Part 2 A Wicked Uncle story for Storynory. Story by Bertie. Read by Richard. Jemima & Russian official by Jana. Hello, This is Richard and I’m back with the second part of our story, The Spy Who Never Was. If you heard the first part, you’ll know that Jeremy and Jemima are convinced that their Uncle Jeff is a spy. Their mum has confirmed that he had an interesting adventure in Russia when he was young, but the details are a secret. The kids have finally pressured their uncle into revealing all, and this is what he told them.
21/04/2022m 51s

The Spy Who Never Was

Suspense and intrigue with Storynory's Wicked Uncle Jeff. The family are convinced that he  is secretly a spy. The first of two parts... the second part coming very soon ! Dedicated to Henry in New York City.  Bertie says The idea for this story was inspired by Richard's own electric Skateboard - and you can see him riding his skateboard and reciting poetry on his YouTube channel, YouTube channel, Sk8oetry Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/04/2014m 41s

The Spy Who Never Was

Suspense and intrigue with Storynory's Wicked Uncle Jeff. The family are convinced that he is secretly a spy. The first of two parts... the second coming very soon !
13/04/20

The Spy Who Never Was

This story is dedicated to Henry  in New York City whose family generously supports us.  This is Richard, and I’m here with a brand new story about Jeremy, Jemima, and their Wicked Uncle Jeff.   One Friday night, Dad went out to the Cornershop to buy popcorn chocolate-coated-peanuts, and fizzy drinks. When he got back, the family settled down to watch a movie. Even since Dad had converted the back room into a TV den, it had become their favourite spot to spend the evening. He had set it up with two cosy sofas, low lights, and a huge flat screen. As Dad pointed out watching a home movie could be almost as exciting as going to the cinema, and it was a lot cheaper.   
13/04/2014m 42s

Don’t Worry Little Crab

Don't Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton. Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny rock pool near the sea. Today they’re going for a dip in the big ocean.  A Storynory Picture Book Recommendation Sponsored by Candlewick Press
10/04/20

Don't Worry Little Crab

I’m dropping by to recommend a delightful book published by the wonderful Candlewick Press who are kindly supporting Storynory. It’s called Don’t Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton, and it’s a picture book that will enchant younger readers with its Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny rock pool near the sea. Today they’re going for a dip in the big ocean. “This is going to be so great,” says Little Crab, splish-splashing and squelch-squelching along, all the way to the very edge. Then comes a first glance down at the waves. WHOOSH! Maybe it’s better if they don’t go in? Chris Haughton’s illustrations are clean and modern, and the characters, Little Crab and Very Big Crab are funny and engaging, but what I most love about this book are the gorgeous marine colours - wonderful, vivid turquoises, greens and blues.  
10/04/203m 0s

Don't Worry Little Crab

Don't Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton. Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny rock pool near the sea. Today they’re going for a dip in the big ocean. “This is going to be so great,” says Little Crab, splish-splashing and squelch-squelching along, all the way to the very edge. Then comes a first glance down at the waves. WHOOSH! Maybe it’s better if they don’t go in?  A Storynory Picture Book Recommendation Sponsored by Candlewick Press Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/04/203m 0s

The Monkey Who Loved Chocolate

  This chocolate-crazed story should get you in the mood for an Easter-egg hunt. Look out for a surprise-guest appearance from a famous fluffy animal dear to the hearts of chocolate-lovers everywhere. Jim is one of the very few boys on earth who doesn’t like chocolate. When Aunty Judith takes him to the zoo, she gives him a chocolate bar. Jim throws it to Theo the monkey – but little does he know what chaos and mayhem will follow from his kind gift. Story by Bertie. Read by Natasha.  Proofread by Jana Elizabeth. This is a story about a very unusual boy and an even more unusual monkey. The boy was out of the ordinary as boys go because he didn’t like chocolate. No, not at all. Not even one little bit. And I must say, I’ve never met a boy like that. Not in my entire life. And the monkey was unusual because he absolutely adored chocolate – this particular monkey went absolutely bananas for it – and as you may guess – very few monkeys are mad about chocolate, if only because, they’ve never even tasted it.
09/04/2014m 42s

The Monkey Who Loved Chocolate

When Theo the monkey tastes chocolate for the first time, he goes crazy for it. He breaks out of the zoo and goes on smash and grab raids across the town. Will there be any chocolate left for Easter? We've remixed this classic Storynory with new music and Sound FX
09/04/2014m 41s

Frère Jacques

Jana sings a beguiling and rather different version of the famous french song. You haven't heard it quite like this before!
05/04/20

Frère Jacques

A haunting and rather different version of the famous french song. You haven't heard it quite like this before! Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/04/203m 16s

Frère Jacques

Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques, Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous? Sonnez les matines! Sonnez les matines! Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.   Brother Jacques, Brother Jacques, Do you sleep? Do you Sleep Sound the bells for  matins! Sound the bells for  matins!  Ding, dang, dong.  Ding, dang, dong.
05/04/203m 17s

Herodotus - the Animals of Ancient Egypt

Herodotus tells about Crocodiles, Hippos, flying snakes, the Ibis, and the Phoenix Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/03/205m 46s

Herodotus – the Animals of Ancient Egypt

Herodotus tells about Crocodiles, Hippos, flying snakes, the Ibis, and the Phoenix
25/03/20

Herodotus - the animals of Ancient Egypt

I’m going to be telling you all about the fascinating animals of Ancient Egypt as reported on by Herodotus two and a half thousand years ago.    
25/03/205m 47s

Spring the Sweet Spring

A delightful poem about Spring
23/03/20

Spring the Sweet Spring

By Thomas Nash Spring, the sweet spring, is the year’s pleasant king, Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring, Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing: Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo! The palm and may make country houses gay, Lambs frisk and play, the shepherds pipe all day, And we hear aye birds tune this merry lay: Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo! The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet, Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit, In every street these tunes our ears do greet: Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to witta-woo! Spring, the sweet spring!
23/03/203m 14s

Spring the Sweet Spring

Dedicated to Miller David in NY  Richard's Sk8oetry YouTube Channel Sk8oetry https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX9AFktmYu9Q5rycs8lEuyg By Thomas Nash Spring, the sweet spring, is the year’s pleasant king, Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring, Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing:       Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo! The palm and may make country houses gay, Lambs frisk and play, the shepherds pipe all day, And we hear aye birds tune this merry lay:       Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo! The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet, Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit, In every street these tunes our ears do greet:       Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to witta-woo!             Spring, the sweet spring! Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/03/203m 14s

The Little Mermaid Part Three

"I know what you want," said the sea witch; "it is very stupid of you, but you shall have your way, and it will bring you to sorrow, my pretty princess. You want to get rid of your fish's tail, and to have two supports instead of it, like human beings on earth, so that the young prince may fall in love with you, and that you may have an immortal soul." And then the witch laughed so loud and disgustingly, that the toad and the snakes fell to the ground, and lay there wriggling about. "You are but just in time," said the witch; "for after sunrise to-morrow I should not be able to help you till the end of another year. I will prepare a draught for you, with which you must swim to land tomorrow before sunrise, and sit down on the shore and drink it. Your tail will then disappear, and shrink up into what mankind calls legs, and you will feel great pain, as if a sword were passing through you. But all who see you will say that you are the prettiest little human being they ever saw. You will still have the same floating gracefulness of movement, and no dancer will ever tread so lightly; but at every step you take it will feel as if you were treading upon sharp knives, and that the blood must flow. If you will bear all this, I will help you." "Yes, I will," said the little princess in a trembling voice, as she thought of the prince and the immortal soul. "But think again," said the witch; "for when once your shape has become like a human being, you can no more be a mermaid. You will never return through the water to your sisters, or to your father's palace again; and if you do not win the love of the prince, so that he is willing to forget his father and mother for your sake, and to love you with his whole soul, and allow the priest to join your hands that you may be man and wife, then you will never have an immortal soul. The first morning after he marries another your heart will break, and you will become foam on the crest of the waves." "I will do it," said the little mermaid, and she became pale as death. "But I must be paid also," said the witch, "and it is not a trifle that I ask. You have the sweetest voice of any who dwell here in the depths of the sea, and you believe that you will be able to charm the prince with it also, but this voice you must give to me; the best thing you possess will I have for the price of my draught. My own blood must be mixed with it, that it may be as sharp as a two-edged sword." "But if you take away my voice," said the little mermaid, "what is left for me?" "Your beautiful form, your graceful walk, and your expressive eyes; surely with these you can enchain a man's heart. Well, have you lost your courage? Put out your little tongue that I may cut it off as my payment; then you shall have the powerful draught." "It shall be," said the little mermaid. Then the witch placed her cauldron on the fire, to prepare the magic draught. "Cleanliness is a good thing," said she, scouring the vessel with snakes, which she had tied together in a large knot; then she pricked herself in the breast, and let the black blood drop into it. The steam that rose formed itself into such horrible shapes that no one could look at them without fear. Every moment the witch threw something else into the vessel, and when it began to boil, the sound was like the weeping of a crocodile. When at last the magic draught was ready, it looked like the clearest water. "There it is for you," said the witch. Then she cut off the mermaid's tongue, so that she became dumb, and would never again speak or sing. "If the polypi should seize hold of you as you return through the wood," said the witch, "throw over them a few drops of the potion, and their fingers will be torn into a thousand pieces." But the little mermaid had no occasion to do this, for the polypi sprang back in terror when they caught sight of the glittering draught, which shone in her hand like a twinkling star. So she passed quickly through the wood and the marsh, and between the rushing whirlpools. She saw that in her father's palace the torches in the ballroom were extinguished, and all within asleep; but she did not venture to go in to them, for now she was dumb and going to leave them forever, she felt as if her heart would break. She stole into the garden, took a flower from the flower-beds of each of her sisters, kissed her hand a thousand times towards the palace, and then rose up through the dark blue waters. The sun had not risen when she came in sight of the prince's palace, and approached the beautiful marble steps, but the moon shone clear and bright. Then the little mermaid drank the magic draught, and it seemed as if a two-edged sword went through her delicate body: she fell into a swoon, and lay like one dead. When the sun arose and shone over the sea, she recovered, and felt a sharp pain; but just before her stood the handsome young prince. He fixed his coal-black eyes upon her so earnestly that she cast down her own, and then became aware that her fish's tail was gone, and that she had as pretty a pair of white legs and tiny feet as any little maiden could have; but she had no clothes, so she wrapped herself in her long, thick hair. The prince asked her who she was, and where she came from, and she looked at him mildly and sorrowfully with her deep blue eyes; but she could not speak. Every step she took was as the witch had said it would be, she felt as if treading upon the points of needles or sharp knives; but she bore it willingly, and stepped as lightly by the prince's side as a soap-bubble, so that he and all who saw her wondered at her graceful-swaying movements. She was very soon arrayed in costly robes of silk and muslin, and was the most beautiful creature in the palace; but she was dumb, and could neither speak nor sing. Beautiful female slaves, dressed in silk and gold, stepped forward and sang before the prince and his royal parents: one sang better than all the others, and the prince clapped his hands and smiled at her. This was great sorrow to the little mermaid; she knew how much more sweetly she herself could sing once, and she thought, "Oh if he could only know that! I have given away my voice forever, to be with him." The slaves next performed some pretty fairy-like dances, to the sound of beautiful music. Then the little mermaid raised her lovely white arms, stood on the tips of her toes, and glided over the floor, and danced as no one yet had been able to dance. At each moment her beauty became more revealed, and her expressive eyes appealed more directly to the heart than the songs of the slaves. Every one was enchanted, especially the prince, who called her his little foundling; and she danced again quite readily, to please him, though each time her foot touched the floor it seemed as if she trod on sharp knives. The prince said she should remain with him always, and she received permission to sleep at his door, on a velvet cushion. He had a page's dress made for her, that she might accompany him on horseback. They rode together through the sweet-scented woods, where the green boughs touched their shoulders, and the little birds sang among the fresh leaves. She climbed with the prince to the tops of high mountains; and although her tender feet bled so that even her steps were marked, she only laughed, and followed him till they could see the clouds beneath them looking like a flock of birds travelling to distant lands. While at the prince's palace, and when all the household were asleep, she would go and sit on the broad marble steps; for it eased her burning feet to bathe them in the cold sea-water; and then she thought of all those below in the deep. Once during the night her sisters came up arm-in-arm, singing sorrowfully, as they floated on the water. She beckoned to them, and then they recognized her, and told her how she had grieved them. After that, they came to the same place every night; and once she saw in the distance her old grandmother, who had not been to the surface of the sea for many years, and the old Sea King, her father, with his crown on his head. They stretched out their hands towards her, but they did not venture so near the land as her sisters did. As the days passed, she loved the prince more fondly, and he loved her as he would love a little child, but it never came into his head to make her his wife; yet, unless he married her, she could not receive an immortal soul; and, on the morning after his marriage with another, she would dissolve into the foam of the sea. "Do you not love me the best of them all?" the eyes of the little mermaid seemed to say, when he took her in his arms, and kissed her fair forehead. "Yes, you are dear to me," said the prince; "for you have the best heart, and you are the most devoted to me; you are like a young maiden whom I once saw, but whom I shall never meet again. I was in a ship that was wrecked, and the waves cast me ashore near a holy temple, where several young maidens performed the service. The youngest of them found me on the shore, and saved my life. I saw her but twice, and she is the only one in the world whom I could love; but you are like her, and you have almost driven her image out of my mind. She belongs to the holy temple, and my good fortune has sent you to me instead of her; and we will never part." "Ah, he knows not that it was I who saved his life," thought the little mermaid. "I carried him over the sea to the wood where the temple stands: I sat beneath the foam, and watched till the human beings came to help him. I saw the pretty maiden that he loves better than he loves me;" and the mermaid sighed deeply, but she could not shed tears. "He says the maiden belongs to the holy temple, therefore she will never return to the world. They will meet no more: while I am by his side, and see him every day. I will take care of him, and love him, and give up my life for his sake." Very soon it was said that the prince must marry, and that the beautiful daughter of a neighboring king would be his wife, for a fine ship was being fitted out. Although the prince gave out that he merely intended to pay a visit to the king, it was generally supposed that he really went to see his daughter. A great company were to go with him. The little mermaid smiled, and shook her head. She knew the prince's thoughts better than any of the others. "I must travel," he had said to her; "I must see this beautiful princess; my parents desire it; but they will not oblige me to bring her home as my bride. I cannot love her; she is not like the beautiful maiden in the temple, whom you resemble. If I were forced to choose a bride, I would rather choose you, my dumb foundling, with those expressive eyes." And then he kissed her rosy mouth, played with her long waving hair, and laid his head on her heart, while she dreamed of human happiness and an immortal soul. "You are not afraid of the sea, my dumb child," said he, as they stood on the deck of the noble ship which was to carry them to the country of the neighboring king. And then he told her of storm and of calm, of strange fishes in the deep beneath them, and of what the divers had seen there; and she smiled at his descriptions, for she knew better than any one what wonders were at the bottom of the sea. In the moonlight, when all on board were asleep, excepting the man at the helm, who was steering, she sat on the deck, gazing down through the clear water. She thought she could distinguish her father's castle, and upon it her aged grandmother, with the silver crown on her head, looking through the rushing tide at the keel of the vessel. Then her sisters came up on the waves, and gazed at her mournfully, wringing their white hands. She beckoned to them, and smiled, and wanted to tell them how happy and well off she was; but the cabin-boy approached, and when her sisters dived down he thought it was only the foam of the sea which he saw. The next morning the ship sailed into the harbor of a beautiful town belonging to the king whom the prince was going to visit. The church bells were ringing, and from the high towers sounded a flourish of trumpets; and soldiers, with flying colors and glittering bayonets, lined the rocks through which they passed. Every day was a festival; balls and entertainments followed one another. But the princess had not yet appeared. People said that she was being brought up and educated in a religious house, where she was learning every royal virtue. At last she came. Then the little mermaid, who was very anxious to see whether she was really beautiful, was obliged to acknowledge that she had never seen a more perfect vision of beauty. Her skin was delicately fair, and beneath her long dark eye-lashes her laughing blue eyes shone with truth and purity. "It was you," said the prince, "who saved my life when I lay dead on the beach," and he folded his blushing bride in his arms. "Oh, I am too happy," said he to the little mermaid; "my fondest hopes are all fulfilled. You will rejoice at my happiness; for your devotion to me is great and sincere." The little mermaid kissed his hand, and felt as if her heart were already broken. His wedding morning would bring death to her, and she would change into the foam of the sea. All the church bells rung, and the heralds rode about the town proclaiming the betrothal. Perfumed oil was burning in costly silver lamps on every altar. The priests waved the censers, while the bride and bridegroom joined their hands and received the blessing of the bishop. The little mermaid, dressed in silk and gold, held up the bride's train; but her ears heard nothing of the festive music, and her eyes saw not the holy ceremony; she thought of the night of death which was coming to her, and of all she had lost in the world. On the same evening the bride and bridegroom went on board ship; cannons were roaring, flags waving, and in the centre of the ship a costly tent of purple and gold had been erected. It contained elegant couches, for the reception of the bridal pair during the night. The ship, with swelling sails and a favorable wind, glided away smoothly and lightly over the calm sea. When it grew dark a number of colored lamps were lit, and the sailors danced merrily on the deck. The little mermaid could not help thinking of her first rising out of the sea, when she had seen similar festivities and joys; and she joined in the dance, poised herself in the air as a swallow when he pursues his prey, and all present cheered her with wonder. She had never danced so elegantly before. Her tender feet felt as if cut with sharp knives, but she cared not for it; a sharper pang had pierced through her heart. She knew this was the last evening she should ever see the prince, for whom she had forsaken her kindred and her home; she had given up her beautiful voice, and suffered unheard-of pain daily for him, while he knew nothing of it. This was the last evening that she would breathe the same air with him, or gaze on the starry sky and the deep sea; an eternal night, without a thought or a dream, awaited her: she had no soul and now she could never win one. All was joy and gayety on board ship till long after midnight; she laughed and danced with the rest, while the thoughts of death were in her heart. The prince kissed his beautiful bride, while she played with his raven hair, till they went arm-in-arm to rest in the splendid tent. Then all became still on board the ship; the helmsman, alone awake, stood at the helm. The little mermaid leaned her white arms on the edge of the vessel, and looked towards the east for the first blush of morning, for that first ray of dawn that would bring her death. She saw her sisters rising out of the flood: they were as pale as herself; but their long beautiful hair waved no more in the wind, and had been cut off. "We have given our hair to the witch," said they, "to obtain help for you, that you may not die to-night. She has given us a knife: here it is, see it is very sharp. Before the sun rises you must plunge it into the heart of the prince; when the warm blood falls upon your feet they will grow together again, and form into a fish's tail, and you will be once more a mermaid, and return to us to live out your three hundred years before you die and change into the salt sea foam. Haste, then; he or you must die before sunrise. Our old grandmother moans so for you, that her white hair is falling off from sorrow, as ours fell under the witch's scissors. Kill the prince and come back; hasten: do you not see the first red streaks in the sky? In a few minutes the sun will rise, and you must die." And then they sighed deeply and mournfully, and sank down beneath the waves. The little mermaid drew back the crimson curtain of the tent, and beheld the fair bride with her head resting on the prince's breast. She bent down and kissed his fair brow, then looked at the sky on which the rosy dawn grew brighter and brighter; then she glanced at the sharp knife, and again fixed her eyes on the prince, who whispered the name of his bride in his dreams. She was in his thoughts, and the knife trembled in the hand of the little mermaid: then she flung it far away from her into the waves; the water turned red where it fell, and the drops that spurted up looked like blood. She cast one more lingering, half-fainting glance at the prince, and then threw herself from the ship into the sea, and thought her body was dissolving into foam. The sun rose above the waves, and his warm rays fell on the cold foam of the little mermaid, who did not feel as if she were dying. She saw the bright sun, and all around her floated hundreds of transparent beautiful beings; she could see through them the white sails of the ship, and the red clouds in the sky; their speech was melodious, but too ethereal to be heard by mortal ears, as they were also unseen by mortal eyes. The little mermaid perceived that she had a body like theirs, and that she continued to rise higher and higher out of the foam. "Where am I?" asked she, and her voice sounded ethereal, as the voice of those who were with her; no earthly music could imitate it. "Among the daughters of the air," answered one of them. "A mermaid has not an immortal soul, nor can she obtain one unless she wins the love of a human being. On the power of another hangs her eternal destiny. But the daughters of the air, although they do not possess an immortal soul, can, by their good deeds, procure one for themselves. We fly to warm countries, and cool the sultry air that destroys mankind with the pestilence. We carry the perfume of the flowers to spread health and restoration. After we have striven for three hundred years to all the good in our power, we receive an immortal soul and take part in the happiness of mankind. You, poor little mermaid, have tried with your whole heart to do as we are doing; you have suffered and endured and raised yourself to the spirit-world by your good deeds; and now, by striving for three hundred years in the same way, you may obtain an immortal soul." The little mermaid lifted her glorified eyes towards the sun, and felt them, for the first time, filling with tears. On the ship, in which she had left the prince, there were life and noise; she saw him and his beautiful bride searching for her; sorrowfully they gazed at the pearly foam, as if they knew she had thrown herself into the waves. Unseen she kissed the forehead of her bride, and fanned the prince, and then mounted with the other children of the air to a rosy cloud that floated through the aether. "After three hundred years, thus shall we float into the kingdom of heaven," said she. "And we may even get there sooner," whispered one of her companions.
22/03/2029m 18s

The Little Mermaid Part Two

n the second part of this classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid saves a young prince from drowning - but he never has a chance to see that he owes his life to her. The Little Mermaid speaks to her grandmother, who tells her that human beings have short lives on earth, but possess immortal souls. Mermaids on the other hand, can live for 300 years, but then they turn to nothing. The only way a mermaid can become gain a soul is for a human being to love her. The Little Mermaid decides to risk all for her prince. The Music is Pachelbel's Canon. Part one is here Read by Natasha. Duration 28 Minutes. At last she reached her fifteenth year. "Well, now, you are grown up," said the old dowager, her grandmother; "so you must let me adorn you like your other sisters;" and she placed a wreath of white lilies in her hair, and every flower leaf was half a pearl. Then the old lady ordered eight great oysters to attach themselves to the tail of the princess to show her high rank. "But they hurt me so," said the little mermaid.   "Pride must suffer pain," replied the old lady. Oh, how gladly she would have shaken off all this grandeur, and laid aside the heavy wreath! The red flowers in her own garden would have suited her much better, but she could not help herself: so she said, "Farewell," and rose as lightly as a bubble to the surface of the water. The sun had just set as she raised her head above the waves; but the clouds were tinted with crimson and gold, and through the glimmering twilight beamed the evening star in all its beauty. The sea was calm, and the air mild and fresh. A large ship, with three masts, lay becalmed on the water, with only one sail set; for not a breeze stiffed, and the sailors sat idle on deck or amongst the rigging. There was music and song on board; and, as darkness came on, a hundred colored lanterns were lighted, as if the flags of all nations waved in the air. The little mermaid swam close to the cabin windows; and now and then, as the waves lifted her up, she could look in through clear glass window-panes, and see a number of well-dressed people within. Among them was a young prince, the most beautiful of all, with large black eyes; he was sixteen years of age, and his birthday was being kept with much rejoicing. The sailors were dancing on deck, but when the prince came out of the cabin, more than a hundred rockets rose in the air, making it as bright as day. The little mermaid was so startled that she dived under water; and when she again stretched out her head, it appeared as if all the stars of heaven were falling around her, she had never seen such fireworks before. Great suns spurted fire about, splendid fireflies flew into the blue air, and everything was reflected in the clear, calm sea beneath. The ship itself was so brightly illuminated that all the people, and even the smallest rope, could be distinctly and plainly seen. And how handsome the young prince looked, as he pressed the hands of all present and smiled at them, while the music resounded through the clear night air. It was very late; yet the little mermaid could not take her eyes from the ship, or from the beautiful prince. The colored lanterns had been extinguished, no more rockets rose in the air, and the cannon had ceased firing; but the sea became restless, and a moaning, grumbling sound could be heard beneath the waves: still the little mermaid remained by the cabin window, rocking up and down on the water, which enabled her to look in. After a while, the sails were quickly unfurled, and the noble ship continued her passage; but soon the waves rose higher, heavy clouds darkened the sky, and lightning appeared in the distance. A dreadful storm was approaching; once more the sails were reefed, and the great ship pursued her flying course over the raging sea. The waves rose mountains high, as if they would have overtopped the mast; but the ship dived like a swan between them, and then rose again on their lofty, foaming crests. To the little mermaid this appeared pleasant sport; not so to the sailors. At length the ship groaned and creaked; the thick planks gave way under the lashing of the sea as it broke over the deck; the mainmast snapped asunder like a reed; the ship lay over on her side; and the water rushed in. The little mermaid now perceived that the crew were in danger; even she herself was obliged to be careful to avoid the beams and planks of the wreck which lay scattered on the water. At one moment it was so pitch dark that she could not see a single object, but a flash of lightning revealed the whole scene; she could see every one who had been on board excepting the prince; when the ship parted, she had seen him sink into the deep waves, and she was glad, for she thought he would now be with her; and then she remembered that human beings could not live in the water, so that when he got down to her father's palace he would be quite dead. But he must not die. So she swam about among the beams and planks which strewed the surface of the sea, forgetting that they could crush her to pieces. Then she dived deeply under the dark waters, rising and falling with the waves, till at length she managed to reach the young prince, who was fast losing the power of swimming in that stormy sea. His limbs were failing him, his beautiful eyes were closed, and he would have died had not the little mermaid come to his assistance. She held his head above the water, and let the waves drift them where they would. In the morning the storm had ceased; but of the ship not a single fragment could be seen. The sun rose up red and glowing from the water, and its beams brought back the hue of health to the prince's cheeks; but his eyes remained closed. The mermaid kissed his high, smooth forehead, and stroked back his wet hair; he seemed to her like the marble statue in her little garden, and she kissed him again, and wished that he might live. Presently they came in sight of land; she saw lofty blue mountains, on which the white snow rested as if a flock of swans were lying upon them. Near the coast were beautiful green forests, and close by stood a large building, whether a church or a convent she could not tell. Orange and citron trees grew in the garden, and before the door stood lofty palms. The sea here formed a little bay, in which the water was quite still, but very deep; so she swam with the handsome prince to the beach, which was covered with fine, white sand, and there she laid him in the warm sunshine, taking care to raise his head higher than his body. Then bells sounded in the large white building, and a number of young girls came into the garden. The little mermaid swam out farther from the shore and placed herself between some high rocks that rose out of the water; then she covered her head and neck with the foam of the sea so that her little face might not be seen, and watched to see what would become of the poor prince. She did not wait long before she saw a young girl approach the spot where he lay. She seemed frightened at first, but only for a moment; then she fetched a number of people, and the mermaid saw that the prince came to life again, and smiled upon those who stood round him. But to her he sent no smile; he knew not that she had saved him. This made her very unhappy, and when he was led away into the great building, she dived down sorrowfully into the water, and returned to her father's castle. She had always been silent and thoughtful, and now she was more so than ever. Her sisters asked her what she had seen during her first visit to the surface of the water; but she would tell them nothing. Many an evening and morning did she rise to the place where she had left the prince. She saw the fruits in the garden ripen till they were gathered, the snow on the tops of the mountains melt away; but she never saw the prince, and therefore she returned home, always more sorrowful than before. It was her only comfort to sit in her own little garden, and fling her arm round the beautiful marble statue which was like the prince; but she gave up tending her flowers, and they grew in wild confusion over the paths, twining their long leaves and stems round the branches of the trees, so that the whole place became dark and gloomy. At length she could bear it no longer, and told one of her sisters all about it. Then the others heard the secret, and very soon it became known to two mermaids whose intimate friend happened to know who the prince was. She had also seen the festival on board ship, and she told them where the prince came from, and where his palace stood. "Come, little sister," said the other princesses; then they entwined their arms and rose up in a long row to the surface of the water, close by the spot where they knew the prince's palace stood. It was built of bright yellow shining stone, with long flights of marble steps, one of which reached quite down to the sea. Splendid gilded cupolas rose over the roof, and between the pillars that surrounded the whole building stood life-like statues of marble. Through the clear crystal of the lofty windows could be seen noble rooms, with costly silk curtains and hangings of tapestry; while the walls were covered with beautiful paintings which were a pleasure to look at. In the centre of the largest saloon a fountain threw its sparkling jets high up into the glass cupola of the ceiling, through which the sun shone down upon the water and upon the beautiful plants growing round the basin of the fountain. Now that she knew where he lived, she spent many an evening and many a night on the water near the palace. She would swim much nearer the shore than any of the others ventured to do; indeed once she went quite up the narrow channel under the marble balcony, which threw a broad shadow on the water. Here she would sit and watch the young prince, who thought himself quite alone in the bright moonlight. She saw him many times of an evening sailing in a pleasant boat, with music playing and flags waving. She peeped out from among the green rushes, and if the wind caught her long silvery-white veil, those who saw it believed it to be a swan, spreading out its wings. On many a night, too, when the fishermen, with their torches, were out at sea, she heard them relate so many good things about the doings of the young prince, that she was glad she had saved his life when he had been tossed about half-dead on the waves. And she remembered that his head had rested on her bosom, and how heartily she had kissed him; but he knew nothing of all this, and could not even dream of her. She grew more and more fond of human beings, and wished more and more to be able to wander about with those whose world seemed to be so much larger than her own. They could fly over the sea in ships, and mount the high hills which were far above the clouds; and the lands they possessed, their woods and their fields, stretched far away beyond the reach of her sight. There was so much that she wished to know, and her sisters were unable to answer all her questions. Then she applied to her old grandmother, who knew all about the upper world, which she very rightly called the lands above the sea. "If human beings are not drowned," asked the little mermaid, "can they live forever? do they never die as we do here in the sea?" "Yes," replied the old lady, "they must also die, and their term of life is even shorter than ours. We sometimes live to three hundred years, but when we cease to exist here we only become the foam on the surface of the water, and we have not even a grave down here of those we love. We have not immortal souls, we shall never live again; but, like the green sea-weed, when once it has been cut off, we can never flourish more. Human beings, on the contrary, have a soul which lives forever, lives after the body has been turned to dust. It rises up through the clear, pure air beyond the glittering stars. As we rise out of the water, and behold all the land of the earth, so do they rise to unknown and glorious regions which we shall never see." "Why have not we an immortal soul?" asked the little mermaid mournfully; "I would give gladly all the hundreds of years that I have to live, to be a human being only for one day, and to have the hope of knowing the happiness of that glorious world above the stars." "You must not think of that," said the old woman; "we feel ourselves to be much happier and much better off than human beings." "So I shall die," said the little mermaid, "and as the foam of the sea I shall be driven about never again to hear the music of the waves, or to see the pretty flowers nor the red sun. Is there anything I can do to win an immortal soul?" "No," said the old woman, "unless a man were to love you so much that you were more to him than his father or mother; and if all his thoughts and all his love were fixed upon you, and the priest placed his right hand in yours, and he promised to be true to you here and hereafter, then his soul would glide into your body and you would obtain a share in the future happiness of mankind. He would give a soul to you and retain his own as well; but this can never happen. Your fish's tail, which amongst us is considered so beautiful, is thought on earth to be quite ugly; they do not know any better, and they think it necessary to have two stout props, which they call legs, in order to be handsome." Then the little mermaid sighed, and looked sorrowfully at her fish's tail. "Let us be happy," said the old lady, "and dart and spring about during the three hundred years that we have to live, which is really quite long enough; after that we can rest ourselves all the better. This evening we are going to have a court ball." It is one of those splendid sights which we can never see on earth. The walls and the ceiling of the large ball-room were of thick, but transparent crystal. May hundreds of colossal shells, some of a deep red, others of a grass green, stood on each side in rows, with blue fire in them, which lighted up the whole saloon, and shone through the walls, so that the sea was also illuminated. Innumerable fishes, great and small, swam past the crystal walls; on some of them the scales glowed with a purple brilliancy, and on others they shone like silver and gold. Through the halls flowed a broad stream, and in it danced the mermen and the mermaids to the music of their own sweet singing. No one on earth has such a lovely voice as theirs. The little mermaid sang more sweetly than them all. The whole court applauded her with hands and tails; and for a moment her heart felt quite gay, for she knew she had the loveliest voice of any on earth or in the sea. But she soon thought again of the world above her, for she could not forget the charming prince, nor her sorrow that she had not an immortal soul like his; therefore she crept away silently out of her father's palace, and while everything within was gladness and song, she sat in her own little garden sorrowful and alone. Then she heard the bugle sounding through the water, and thought- "He is certainly sailing above, he on whom my wishes depend, and in whose hands I should like to place the happiness of my life. I will venture all for him, and to win an immortal soul, while my sisters are dancing in my father's palace, I will go to the sea witch, of whom I have always been so much afraid, but she can give me counsel and help." And then the little mermaid went out from her garden, and took the road to the foaming whirlpools, behind which the sorceress lived. She had never been that way before: neither flowers nor grass grew there; nothing but bare, gray, sandy ground stretched out to the whirlpool, where the water, like foaming mill-wheels, whirled round everything that it seized, and cast it into the fathomless deep. Through the midst of these crushing whirlpools the little mermaid was obliged to pass, to reach the dominions of the sea witch; and also for a long distance the only road lay right across a quantity of warm, bubbling mire, called by the witch her turfmoor. Beyond this stood her house, in the centre of a strange forest, in which all the trees and flowers were polypi, half animals and half plants; they looked like serpents with a hundred heads growing out of the ground. The branches were long slimy arms, with fingers like flexible worms, moving limb after limb from the root to the top. All that could be reached in the sea they seized upon, and held fast, so that it never escaped from their clutches. The little mermaid was so alarmed at what she saw, that she stood still, and her heart beat with fear, and she was very nearly turning back; but she thought of the prince, and of the human soul for which she longed, and her courage returned. She fastened her long flowing hair round her head, so that the polypi might not seize hold of it. She laid her hands together across her bosom, and then she darted forward as a fish shoots through the water, between the supple arms and fingers of the ugly polypi, which were stretched out on each side of her. She saw that each held in its grasp something it had seized with its numerous little arms, as if they were iron bands. The white skeletons of human beings who had perished at sea, and had sunk down into the deep waters, skeletons of land animals, oars, rudders, and chests of ships were lying tightly grasped by their clinging arms; even a little mermaid, whom they had caught and strangled; and this seemed the most shocking of all to the little princess. She now came to a space of marshy ground in the wood, where large, fat water-snakes were rolling in the mire, and showing their ugly, drab-colored bodies. In the midst of this spot stood a house, built with the bones of shipwrecked human beings. There sat the sea witch, allowing a toad to eat from her mouth, just as people sometimes feed a canary with a piece of sugar. She called the ugly water-snakes her little chickens, and allowed them to crawl all over her bosom.
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The Little Mermaid

This is a truly moving and beautiful story. You will be transported to the magical underworld gardens of the mermaids.  This famous tale is every bit as lovely as Hans Christian Andersen's other masterpiece, The Snow Queen . But be warned,  it's a long story, and it's very powerful.   It might well make you cry.   I am sure that it will stay with you for the rest of your life. The Little Mermaid longs to experience the human world.   On her fifteenth birthday she is at last allowed to rise to the surface.  She saves a prince from drowning, and falls in love with him. The first of three parts. Read Natasha's Story Review   Told by Natasha. Duration  15.23 FAR out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above. There dwell the Sea King and his subjects. We must not imagine that there is nothing at the bottom of the sea but bare yellow sand. No, indeed; the most singular flowers and plants grow there; the leaves and stems of which are so pliant, that the slightest agitation of the water causes them to stir as if they had life. Fishes, both large and small, glide between the branches, as birds fly among the trees here upon land. In the deepest spot of all, stands the castle of the Sea King. Its walls are built of coral, and the long, gothic windows are of the clearest amber. The roof is formed of shells, that open and close as the water flows over them. Their appearance is very beautiful, for in each lies a glittering pearl, which would be fit for the diadem of a queen. The Sea King had been a widower for many years, and his aged mother kept house for him. She was a very wise woman, and exceedingly proud of her high birth; on that account she wore twelve oysters on her tail; while others, also of high rank, were only allowed to wear six. She was, however, deserving of very great praise, especially for her care of the little sea-princesses, her grand-daughters. They were six beautiful children; but the youngest was the prettiest of them all; her skin was as clear and delicate as a rose-leaf, and her eyes as blue as the deepest sea; but, like all the others, she had no feet, and her body ended in a fish's tail. All day long they played in the great halls of the castle, or among the living flowers that grew out of the walls. The large amber windows were open, and the fish swam in, just as the swallows fly into our houses when we open the windows, excepting that the fishes swam up to the princesses, ate out of their hands, and allowed themselves to be stroked. Outside the castle there was a beautiful garden, in which grew bright red and dark blue flowers, and blossoms like flames of fire; the fruit glittered like gold, and the leaves and stems waved to and fro continually. The earth itself was the finest sand, but blue as the flame of burning sulphur. Over everything lay a peculiar blue radiance, as if it were surrounded by the air from above, through which the blue sky shone, instead of the dark depths of the sea. In calm weather the sun could be seen, looking like a purple flower, with the light streaming from the calyx. Each of the young princesses had a little plot of ground in the garden, where she might dig and plant as she pleased. One arranged her flower-bed into the form of a whale; another thought it better to make hers like the figure of a little mermaid; but that of the youngest was round like the sun, and contained flowers as red as his rays at sunset. She was a strange child, quiet and thoughtful; and while her sisters would be delighted with the wonderful things which they obtained from the wrecks of vessels, she cared for nothing but her pretty red flowers, like the sun, excepting a beautiful marble statue. It was the representation of a handsome boy, carved out of pure white stone, which had fallen to the bottom of the sea from a wreck. She planted by the statue a rose-colored weeping willow. It grew splendidly, and very soon hung its fresh branches over the statue, almost down to the blue sands. The shadow had a violet tint, and waved to and fro like the branches; it seemed as if the crown of the tree and the root were at play, and trying to kiss each other. Nothing gave her so much pleasure as to hear about the world above the sea. She made her old grandmother tell her all she knew of the ships and of the towns, the people and the animals. To her it seemed most wonderful and beautiful to hear that the flowers of the land should have fragrance, and not those below the sea; that the trees of the forest should be green; and that the fishes among the trees could sing so sweetly, that it was quite a pleasure to hear them. Her grandmother called the little birds fishes, or she would not have understood her; for she had never seen birds. "When you have reached your fifteenth year," said the grand-mother, "you will have permission to rise up out of the sea, to sit on the rocks in the moonlight, while the great ships are sailing by; and then you will see both forests and towns." In the following year, one of the sisters would be fifteen: but as each was a year younger than the other, the youngest would have to wait five years before her turn came to rise up from the bottom of the ocean, and see the earth as we do. However, each promised to tell the others what she saw on her first visit, and what she thought the most beautiful; for their grandmother could not tell them enough; there were so many things on which they wanted information. None of them longed so much for her turn to come as the youngest, she who had the longest time to wait, and who was so quiet and thoughtful. Many nights she stood by the open window, looking up through the dark blue water, and watching the fish as they splashed about with their fins and tails. She could see the moon and stars shining faintly; but through the water they looked larger than they do to our eyes. When something like a black cloud passed between her and them, she knew that it was either a whale swimming over her head, or a ship full of human beings, who never imagined that a pretty little mermaid was standing beneath them, holding out her white hands towards the keel of their ship. As soon as the eldest was fifteen, she was allowed to rise to the surface of the ocean. When she came back, she had hundreds of things to talk about; but the most beautiful, she said, was to lie in the moonlight, on a sandbank, in the quiet sea, near the coast, and to gaze on a large town nearby, where the lights were twinkling like hundreds of stars; to listen to the sounds of the music, the noise of carriages, and the voices of human beings, and then to hear the merry bells peal out from the church steeples; and because she could not go near to all those wonderful things, she longed for them more than ever. Oh, did not the youngest sister listen eagerly to all these descriptions? and afterwards, when she stood at the open window looking up through the dark blue water, she thought of the great city, with all its bustle and noise, and even fancied she could hear the sound of the church bells, down in the depths of the sea. In another year the second sister received permission to rise to the surface of the water, and to swim about where she pleased. She rose just as the sun was setting, and this, she said, was the most beautiful sight of all. The whole sky looked like gold, while violet and rose-colored clouds, which she could not describe, floated over her; and, still more rapidly than the clouds, flew a large flock of wild swans towards the setting sun, looking like a long white veil across the sea. She also swam towards the sun; but it sunk into the waves, and the rosy tints faded from the clouds and from the sea. The third sister's turn followed; she was the boldest of them all, and she swam up a broad river that emptied itself into the sea. On the banks she saw green hills covered with beautiful vines; palaces and castles peeped out from amid the proud trees of the forest; she heard the birds singing, and the rays of the sun were so powerful that she was obliged often to dive down under the water to cool her burning face. In a narrow creek she found a whole troop of little human children, quite naked, and sporting about in the water; she wanted to play with them, but they fled in a great fright; and then a little black animal came to the water; it was a dog, but she did not know that, for she had never before seen one. This animal barked at her so terribly that she became frightened, and rushed back to the open sea. But she said she should never forget the beautiful forest, the green hills, and the pretty little children who could swim in the water, although they had not fish's tails. The fourth sister was more timid; she remained in the midst of the sea, but she said it was quite as beautiful there as nearer the land. She could see for so many miles around her, and the sky above looked like a bell of glass. She had seen the ships, but at such a great distance that they looked like sea-gulls. The dolphins sported in the waves, and the great whales spouted water from their nostrils till it seemed as if a hundred fountains were playing in every direction. The fifth sister's birthday occurred in the winter; so when her turn came, she saw what the others had not seen the first time they went up. The sea looked quite green, and large icebergs were floating about, each like a pearl, she said, but larger and loftier than the churches built by men. They were of the most singular shapes, and glittered like diamonds. She had seated herself upon one of the largest, and let the wind play with her long hair, and she remarked that all the ships sailed by rapidly, and steered as far away as they could from the iceberg, as if they were afraid of it. Towards evening, as the sun went down, dark clouds covered the sky, the thunder rolled and the lightning flashed, and the red light glowed on the icebergs as they rocked and tossed on the heaving sea. On all the ships the sails were reefed with fear and trembling, while she sat calmly on the floating iceberg, watching the blue lightning, as it darted its forked flashes into the sea. When first the sisters had permission to rise to the surface, they were each delighted with the new and beautiful sights they saw; but now, as grown-up girls, they could go when they pleased, and they had become indifferent about it. They wished themselves back again in the water, and after a month had passed they said it was much more beautiful down below, and pleasanter to be at home. Yet often, in the evening hours, the five sisters would twine their arms round each other, and rise to the surface, in a row. They had more beautiful voices than any human being could have; and before the approach of a storm, and when they expected a ship would be lost, they swam before the vessel, and sang sweetly of the delights to be found in the depths of the sea, and begging the sailors not to fear if they sank to the bottom. But the sailors could not understand the song, they took it for the howling of the storm. And these things were never to be beautiful for them; for if the ship sank, the men were drowned, and their dead bodies alone reached the palace of the Sea King. When the sisters rose, arm-in-arm, through the water in this way, their youngest sister would stand quite alone, looking after them, ready to cry, only that the mermaids have no tears, and therefore they suffer more. "Oh, were I but fifteen years old," said she: "I know that I shall love the world up there, and all the people who live in it." At last she reached her fifteenth year. "Well, now, you are grown up," said the old dowager, her grandmother; "so you must let me adorn you like your other sisters;" and she placed a wreath of white lilies in her hair, and every flower leaf was half a pearl. Then the old lady ordered eight great oysters to attach themselves to the tail of the princess to show her high rank. "But they hurt me so," said the little mermaid. "Pride must suffer pain," replied the old lady. Oh, how gladly she would have shaken off all this grandeur, and laid aside the heavy wreath! The red flowers in her own garden would have suited her much better, but she could not help herself: so she said, "Farewell," and rose as lightly as a bubble to the surface of the water. The sun had just set as she raised her head above the waves; but the clouds were tinted with crimson and gold, and through the glimmering twilight beamed the evening star in all its beauty. The sea was calm, and the air mild and fresh. A large ship, with three masts, lay becalmed on the water, with only one sail set; for not a breeze stiffed, and the sailors sat idle on deck or amongst the rigging. There was music and song on board; and, as darkness came on, a hundred colored lanterns were lighted, as if the flags of all nations waved in the air. The little mermaid swam close to the cabin windows; and now and then, as the waves lifted her up, she could look in through clear glass window-panes, and see a number of well-dressed people within. Among them was a young prince, the most beautiful of all, with large black eyes; he was sixteen years of age, and his birthday was being kept with much rejoicing. The sailors were dancing on deck, but when the prince came out of the cabin, more than a hundred rockets rose in the air, making it as bright as day. The little mermaid was so startled that she dived under water; and when she again stretched out her head, it appeared as if all the stars of heaven were falling around her, she had never seen such fireworks before. Great suns spurted fire about, splendid fireflies flew into the blue air, and everything was reflected in the clear, calm sea beneath. The ship itself was so brightly illuminated that all the people, and even the smallest rope, could be distinctly and plainly seen. And how handsome the young prince looked, as he pressed the hands of all present and smiled at them, while the music resounded through the clear night air. It was very late; yet the little mermaid could not take her eyes from the ship, or from the beautiful prince. The colored lanterns had been extinguished, no more rockets rose in the air, and the cannon had ceased firing; but the sea became restless, and a moaning, grumbling sound could be heard beneath the waves: still the little mermaid remained by the cabin window, rocking up and down on the water, which enabled her to look in. After a while, the sails were quickly unfurled, and the noble ship continued her passage; but soon the waves rose higher, heavy clouds darkened the sky, and lightning appeared in the distance. A dreadful storm was approaching; once more the sails were reefed, and the great ship pursued her flying course over the raging sea. The waves rose mountains high, as if they would have overtopped the mast; but the ship dived like a swan between them, and then rose again on their lofty, foaming crests. To the little mermaid this appeared pleasant sport; not so to the sailors. At length the ship groaned and creaked; the thick planks gave way under the lashing of the sea as it broke over the deck; the mainmast snapped asunder like a reed; the ship lay over on her side; and the water rushed in. The little mermaid now perceived that the crew were in danger; even she herself was obliged to be careful to avoid the beams and planks of the wreck which lay scattered on the water. At one moment it was so pitch dark that she could not see a single object, but a flash of lightning revealed the whole scene; she could see every one who had been on board excepting the prince; when the ship parted, she had seen him sink into the deep waves, and she was glad, for she thought he would now be with her; and then she remembered that human beings could not live in the water, so that when he got down to her father's palace he would be quite dead. But he must not die. So she swam about among the beams and planks which strewed the surface of the sea, forgetting that they could crush her to pieces. Then she dived deeply under the dark waters, rising and falling with the waves, till at length she managed to reach the young prince, who was fast losing the power of swimming in that stormy sea. His limbs were failing him, his beautiful eyes were closed, and he would have died had not the little mermaid come to his assistance. She held his head above the water, and let the waves drift them where they would. In the morning the storm had ceased; but of the ship not a single fragment could be seen. The sun rose up red and glowing from the water, and its beams brought back the hue of health to the prince's cheeks; but his eyes remained closed. The mermaid kissed his high, smooth forehead, and stroked back his wet hair; he seemed to her like the marble statue in her little garden, and she kissed him again, and wished that he might live. Presently they came in sight of land; she saw lofty blue mountains, on which the white snow rested as if a flock of swans were lying upon them. Near the coast were beautiful green forests, and close by stood a large building, whether a church or a convent she could not tell. Orange and citron trees grew in the garden, and before the door stood lofty palms. The sea here formed a little bay, in which the water was quite still, but very deep; so she swam with the handsome prince to the beach, which was covered with fine, white sand, and there she laid him in the warm sunshine, taking care to raise his head higher than his body. Then bells sounded in the large white building, and a number of young girls came into the garden. The little mermaid swam out farther from the shore and placed herself between some high rocks that rose out of the water; then she covered her head and neck with the foam of the sea so that her little face might not be seen, and watched to see what would become of the poor prince. She did not wait long before she saw a young girl approach the spot where he lay. She seemed frightened at first, but only for a moment; then she fetched a number of people, and the mermaid saw that the prince came to life again, and smiled upon those who stood round him. But to her he sent no smile; he knew not that she had saved him. This made her very unhappy, and when he was led away into the great building, she dived down sorrowfully into the water, and returned to her father's castle. She had always been silent and thoughtful, and now she was more so than ever. Her sisters asked her what she had seen during her first visit to the surface of the water; but she would tell them nothing. Many an evening and morning did she rise to the place where she had left the prince. She saw the fruits in the garden ripen till they were gathered, the snow on the tops of the mountains melt away; but she never saw the prince, and therefore she returned home, always more sorrowful than before. It was her only comfort to sit in her own little garden, and fling her arm round the beautiful marble statue which was like the prince; but she gave up tending her flowers, and they grew in wild confusion over the paths, twining their long leaves and stems round the branches of the trees, so that the whole place became dark and gloomy. At length she could bear it no longer, and told one of her sisters all about it. Then the others heard the secret, and very soon it became known to two mermaids whose intimate friend happened to know who the prince was. She had also seen the festival on board ship, and she told them where the prince came from, and where his palace stood. "Come, little sister," said the other princesses; then they entwined their arms and rose up in a long row to the surface of the water, close by the spot where they knew the prince's palace stood. It was built of bright yellow shining stone, with long flights of marble steps, one of which reached quite down to the sea. Splendid gilded cupolas rose over the roof, and between the pillars that surrounded the whole building stood life-like statues of marble. Through the clear crystal of the lofty windows could be seen noble rooms, with costly silk curtains and hangings of tapestry; while the walls were covered with beautiful paintings which were a pleasure to look at. In the centre of the largest saloon a fountain threw its sparkling jets high up into the glass cupola of the ceiling, through which the sun shone down upon the water and upon the beautiful plants growing round the basin of the fountain. Now that she knew where he lived, she spent many an evening and many a night on the water near the palace. She would swim much nearer the shore than any of the others ventured to do; indeed once she went quite up the narrow channel under the marble balcony, which threw a broad shadow on the water. Here she would sit and watch the young prince, who thought himself quite alone in the bright moonlight. She saw him many times of an evening sailing in a pleasant boat, with music playing and flags waving. She peeped out from among the green rushes, and if the wind caught her long silvery-white veil, those who saw it believed it to be a swan, spreading out its wings. On many a night, too, when the fishermen, with their torches, were out at sea, she heard them relate so many good things about the doings of the young prince, that she was glad she had saved his life when he had been tossed about half-dead on the waves. And she remembered that his head had rested on her bosom, and how heartily she had kissed him; but he knew nothing of all this, and could not even dream of her. She grew more and more fond of human beings, and wished more and more to be able to wander about with those whose world seemed to be so much larger than her own. They could fly over the sea in ships, and mount the high hills which were far above the clouds; and the lands they possessed, their woods and their fields, stretched far away beyond the reach of her sight. There was so much that she wished to know, and her sisters were unable to answer all her questions. Then she applied to her old grandmother, who knew all about the upper world, which she very rightly called the lands above the sea. "If human beings are not drowned," asked the little mermaid, "can they live forever? do they never die as we do here in the sea?" "Yes," replied the old lady, "they must also die, and their term of life is even shorter than ours. We sometimes live to three hundred years, but when we cease to exist here we only become the foam on the surface of the water, and we have not even a grave down here of those we love. We have not immortal souls, we shall never live again; but, like the green sea-weed, when once it has been cut off, we can never flourish more. Human beings, on the contrary, have a soul which lives forever, lives after the body has been turned to dust. It rises up through the clear, pure air beyond the glittering stars. As we rise out of the water, and behold all the land of the earth, so do they rise to unknown and glorious regions which we shall never see." "Why have not we an immortal soul?" asked the little mermaid mournfully; "I would give gladly all the hundreds of years that I have to live, to be a human being only for one day, and to have the hope of knowing the happiness of that glorious world above the stars." "You must not think of that," said the old woman; "we feel ourselves to be much happier and much better off than human beings." "So I shall die," said the little mermaid, "and as the foam of the sea I shall be driven about never again to hear the music of the waves, or to see the pretty flowers nor the red sun. Is there anything I can do to win an immortal soul?" "No," said the old woman, "unless a man were to love you so much that you were more to him than his father or mother; and if all his thoughts and all his love were fixed upon you, and the priest placed his right hand in yours, and he promised to be true to you here and hereafter, then his soul would glide into your body and you would obtain a share in the future happiness of mankind. He would give a soul to you and retain his own as well; but this can never happen. Your fish's tail, which amongst us is considered so beautiful, is thought on earth to be quite ugly; they do not know any better, and they think it necessary to have two stout props, which they call legs, in order to be handsome." Then the little mermaid sighed, and looked sorrowfully at her fish's tail. "Let us be happy," said the old lady, "and dart and spring about during the three hundred years that we have to live, which is really quite long enough; after that we can rest ourselves all the better. This evening we are going to have a court ball." It is one of those splendid sights which we can never see on earth. The walls and the ceiling of the large ball-room were of thick, but transparent crystal. May hundreds of colossal shells, some of a deep red, others of a grass green, stood on each side in rows, with blue fire in them, which lighted up the whole saloon, and shone through the walls, so that the sea was also illuminated. Innumerable fishes, great and small, swam past the crystal walls; on some of them the scales glowed with a purple brilliancy, and on others they shone like silver and gold. Through the halls flowed a broad stream, and in it danced the mermen and the mermaids to the music of their own sweet singing. No one on earth has such a lovely voice as theirs. The little mermaid sang more sweetly than them all. The whole court applauded her with hands and tails; and for a moment her heart felt quite gay, for she knew she had the loveliest voice of any on earth or in the sea. But she soon thought again of the world above her, for she could not forget the charming prince, nor her sorrow that she had not an immortal soul like his; therefore she crept away silently out of her father's palace, and while everything within was gladness and song, she sat in her own little garden sorrowful and alone. Then she heard the bugle sounding through the water, and thought- "He is certainly sailing above, he on whom my wishes depend, and in whose hands I should like to place the happiness of my life. I will venture all for him, and to win an immortal soul, while my sisters are dancing in my father's palace, I will go to the sea witch, of whom I have always been so much afraid, but she can give me counsel and help." And then the little mermaid went out from her garden, and took the road to the foaming whirlpools, behind which the sorceress lived. She had never been that way before: neither flowers nor grass grew there; nothing but bare, gray, sandy ground stretched out to the whirlpool, where the water, like foaming mill-wheels, whirled round everything that it seized, and cast it into the fathomless deep. Through the midst of these crushing whirlpools the little mermaid was obliged to pass, to reach the dominions of the sea witch; and also for a long distance the only road lay right across a quantity of warm, bubbling mire, called by the witch her turfmoor. Beyond this stood her house, in the centre of a strange forest, in which all the trees and flowers were polypi, half animals and half plants; they looked like serpents with a hundred heads growing out of the ground. The branches were long slimy arms, with fingers like flexible worms, moving limb after limb from the root to the top. All that could be reached in the sea they seized upon, and held fast, so that it never escaped from their clutches. The little mermaid was so alarmed at what she saw, that she stood still, and her heart beat with fear, and she was very nearly turning back; but she thought of the prince, and of the human soul for which she longed, and her courage returned. She fastened her long flowing hair round her head, so that the polypi might not seize hold of it. She laid her hands together across her bosom, and then she darted forward as a fish shoots through the water, between the supple arms and fingers of the ugly polypi, which were stretched out on each side of her. She saw that each held in its grasp something it had seized with its numerous little arms, as if they were iron bands. The white skeletons of human beings who had perished at sea, and had sunk down into the deep waters, skeletons of land animals, oars, rudders, and chests of ships were lying tightly grasped by their clinging arms; even a little mermaid, whom they had caught and strangled; and this seemed the most shocking of all to the little princess. She now came to a space of marshy ground in the wood, where large, fat water-snakes were rolling in the mire, and showing their ugly, drab-colored bodies. In the midst of this spot stood a house, built with the bones of shipwrecked human beings. There sat the sea witch, allowing a toad to eat from her mouth, just as people sometimes feed a canary with a piece of sugar. She called the ugly water-snakes her little chickens, and allowed them to crawl all over her bosom. "I know what you want," said the sea witch; "it is very stupid of you, but you shall have your way, and it will bring you to sorrow, my pretty princess. You want to get rid of your fish's tail, and to have two supports instead of it, like human beings on earth, so that the young prince may fall in love with you, and that you may have an immortal soul." And then the witch laughed so loud and disgustingly, that the toad and the snakes fell to the ground, and lay there wriggling about. "You are but just in time," said the witch; "for after sunrise to-morrow I should not be able to help you till the end of another year. I will prepare a draught for you, with which you must swim to land tomorrow before sunrise, and sit down on the shore and drink it. Your tail will then disappear, and shrink up into what mankind calls legs, and you will feel great pain, as if a sword were passing through you. But all who see you will say that you are the prettiest little human being they ever saw. You will still have the same floating gracefulness of movement, and no dancer will ever tread so lightly; but at every step you take it will feel as if you were treading upon sharp knives, and that the blood must flow. If you will bear all this, I will help you." "Yes, I will," said the little princess in a trembling voice, as she thought of the prince and the immortal soul. "But think again," said the witch; "for when once your shape has become like a human being, you can no more be a mermaid. You will never return through the water to your sisters, or to your father's palace again; and if you do not win the love of the prince, so that he is willing to forget his father and mother for your sake, and to love you with his whole soul, and allow the priest to join your hands that you may be man and wife, then you will never have an immortal soul. The first morning after he marries another your heart will break, and you will become foam on the crest of the waves." "I will do it," said the little mermaid, and she became pale as death. "But I must be paid also," said the witch, "and it is not a trifle that I ask. You have the sweetest voice of any who dwell here in the depths of the sea, and you believe that you will be able to charm the prince with it also, but this voice you must give to me; the best thing you possess will I have for the price of my draught. My own blood must be mixed with it, that it may be as sharp as a two-edged sword." "But if you take away my voice," said the little mermaid, "what is left for me?" "Your beautiful form, your graceful walk, and your expressive eyes; surely with these you can enchain a man's heart. Well, have you lost your courage? Put out your little tongue that I may cut it off as my payment; then you shall have the powerful draught." "It shall be," said the little mermaid. Then the witch placed her cauldron on the fire, to prepare the magic draught. "Cleanliness is a good thing," said she, scouring the vessel with snakes, which she had tied together in a large knot; then she pricked herself in the breast, and let the black blood drop into it. The steam that rose formed itself into such horrible shapes that no one could look at them without fear. Every moment the witch threw something else into the vessel, and when it began to boil, the sound was like the weeping of a crocodile. When at last the magic draught was ready, it looked like the clearest water. "There it is for you," said the witch. Then she cut off the mermaid's tongue, so that she became dumb, and would never again speak or sing. "If the polypi should seize hold of you as you return through the wood," said the witch, "throw over them a few drops of the potion, and their fingers will be torn into a thousand pieces." But the little mermaid had no occasion to do this, for the polypi sprang back in terror when they caught sight of the glittering draught, which shone in her hand like a twinkling star. So she passed quickly through the wood and the marsh, and between the rushing whirlpools. She saw that in her father's palace the torches in the ballroom were extinguished, and all within asleep; but she did not venture to go in to them, for now she was dumb and going to leave them forever, she felt as if her heart would break. She stole into the garden, took a flower from the flower-beds of each of her sisters, kissed her hand a thousand times towards the palace, and then rose up through the dark blue waters. The sun had not risen when she came in sight of the prince's palace, and approached the beautiful marble steps, but the moon shone clear and bright. Then the little mermaid drank the magic draught, and it seemed as if a two-edged sword went through her delicate body: she fell into a swoon, and lay like one dead. When the sun arose and shone over the sea, she recovered, and felt a sharp pain; but just before her stood the handsome young prince. He fixed his coal-black eyes upon her so earnestly that she cast down her own, and then became aware that her fish's tail was gone, and that she had as pretty a pair of white legs and tiny feet as any little maiden could have; but she had no clothes, so she wrapped herself in her long, thick hair. The prince asked her who she was, and where she came from, and she looked at him mildly and sorrowfully with her deep blue eyes; but she could not speak. Every step she took was as the witch had said it would be, she felt as if treading upon the points of needles or sharp knives; but she bore it willingly, and stepped as lightly by the prince's side as a soap-bubble, so that he and all who saw her wondered at her graceful-swaying movements. She was very soon arrayed in costly robes of silk and muslin, and was the most beautiful creature in the palace; but she was dumb, and could neither speak nor sing. Beautiful female slaves, dressed in silk and gold, stepped forward and sang before the prince and his royal parents: one sang better than all the others, and the prince clapped his hands and smiled at her. This was great sorrow to the little mermaid; she knew how much more sweetly she herself could sing once, and she thought, "Oh if he could only know that! I have given away my voice forever, to be with him." The slaves next performed some pretty fairy-like dances, to the sound of beautiful music. Then the little mermaid raised her lovely white arms, stood on the tips of her toes, and glided over the floor, and danced as no one yet had been able to dance. At each moment her beauty became more revealed, and her expressive eyes appealed more directly to the heart than the songs of the slaves. Every one was enchanted, especially the prince, who called her his little foundling; and she danced again quite readily, to please him, though each time her foot touched the floor it seemed as if she trod on sharp knives. The prince said she should remain with him always, and she received permission to sleep at his door, on a velvet cushion. He had a page's dress made for her, that she might accompany him on horseback. They rode together through the sweet-scented woods, where the green boughs touched their shoulders, and the little birds sang among the fresh leaves. She climbed with the prince to the tops of high mountains; and although her tender feet bled so that even her steps were marked, she only laughed, and followed him till they could see the clouds beneath them looking like a flock of birds travelling to distant lands. While at the prince's palace, and when all the household were asleep, she would go and sit on the broad marble steps; for it eased her burning feet to bathe them in the cold sea-water; and then she thought of all those below in the deep. Once during the night her sisters came up arm-in-arm, singing sorrowfully, as they floated on the water. She beckoned to them, and then they recognized her, and told her how she had grieved them. After that, they came to the same place every night; and once she saw in the distance her old grandmother, who had not been to the surface of the sea for many years, and the old Sea King, her father, with his crown on his head. They stretched out their hands towards her, but they did not venture so near the land as her sisters did. As the days passed, she loved the prince more fondly, and he loved her as he would love a little child, but it never came into his head to make her his wife; yet, unless he married her, she could not receive an immortal soul; and, on the morning after his marriage with another, she would dissolve into the foam of the sea. "Do you not love me the best of them all?" the eyes of the little mermaid seemed to say, when he took her in his arms, and kissed her fair forehead. "Yes, you are dear to me," said the prince; "for you have the best heart, and you are the most devoted to me; you are like a young maiden whom I once saw, but whom I shall never meet again. I was in a ship that was wrecked, and the waves cast me ashore near a holy temple, where several young maidens performed the service. The youngest of them found me on the shore, and saved my life. I saw her but twice, and she is the only one in the world whom I could love; but you are like her, and you have almost driven her image out of my mind. She belongs to the holy temple, and my good fortune has sent you to me instead of her; and we will never part." "Ah, he knows not that it was I who saved his life," thought the little mermaid. "I carried him over the sea to the wood where the temple stands: I sat beneath the foam, and watched till the human beings came to help him. I saw the pretty maiden that he loves better than he loves me;" and the mermaid sighed deeply, but she could not shed tears. "He says the maiden belongs to the holy temple, therefore she will never return to the world. They will meet no more: while I am by his side, and see him every day. I will take care of him, and love him, and give up my life for his sake." Very soon it was said that the prince must marry, and that the beautiful daughter of a neighboring king would be his wife, for a fine ship was being fitted out. Although the prince gave out that he merely intended to pay a visit to the king, it was generally supposed that he really went to see his daughter. A great company were to go with him. The little mermaid smiled, and shook her head. She knew the prince's thoughts better than any of the others. "I must travel," he had said to her; "I must see this beautiful princess; my parents desire it; but they will not oblige me to bring her home as my bride. I cannot love her; she is not like the beautiful maiden in the temple, whom you resemble. If I were forced to choose a bride, I would rather choose you, my dumb foundling, with those expressive eyes." And then he kissed her rosy mouth, played with her long waving hair, and laid his head on her heart, while she dreamed of human happiness and an immortal soul. "You are not afraid of the sea, my dumb child," said he, as they stood on the deck of the noble ship which was to carry them to the country of the neighboring king. And then he told her of storm and of calm, of strange fishes in the deep beneath them, and of what the divers had seen there; and she smiled at his descriptions, for she knew better than any one what wonders were at the bottom of the sea. In the moonlight, when all on board were asleep, excepting the man at the helm, who was steering, she sat on the deck, gazing down through the clear water. She thought she could distinguish her father's castle, and upon it her aged grandmother, with the silver crown on her head, looking through the rushing tide at the keel of the vessel. Then her sisters came up on the waves, and gazed at her mournfully, wringing their white hands. She beckoned to them, and smiled, and wanted to tell them how happy and well off she was; but the cabin-boy approached, and when her sisters dived down he thought it was only the foam of the sea which he saw. The next morning the ship sailed into the harbor of a beautiful town belonging to the king whom the prince was going to visit. The church bells were ringing, and from the high towers sounded a flourish of trumpets; and soldiers, with flying colors and glittering bayonets, lined the rocks through which they passed. Every day was a festival; balls and entertainments followed one another. But the princess had not yet appeared. People said that she was being brought up and educated in a religious house, where she was learning every royal virtue. At last she came. Then the little mermaid, who was very anxious to see whether she was really beautiful, was obliged to acknowledge that she had never seen a more perfect vision of beauty. Her skin was delicately fair, and beneath her long dark eye-lashes her laughing blue eyes shone with truth and purity. "It was you," said the prince, "who saved my life when I lay dead on the beach," and he folded his blushing bride in his arms. "Oh, I am too happy," said he to the little mermaid; "my fondest hopes are all fulfilled. You will rejoice at my happiness; for your devotion to me is great and sincere." The little mermaid kissed his hand, and felt as if her heart were already broken. His wedding morning would bring death to her, and she would change into the foam of the sea. All the church bells rung, and the heralds rode about the town proclaiming the betrothal. Perfumed oil was burning in costly silver lamps on every altar. The priests waved the censers, while the bride and bridegroom joined their hands and received the blessing of the bishop. The little mermaid, dressed in silk and gold, held up the bride's train; but her ears heard nothing of the festive music, and her eyes saw not the holy ceremony; she thought of the night of death which was coming to her, and of all she had lost in the world. On the same evening the bride and bridegroom went on board ship; cannons were roaring, flags waving, and in the centre of the ship a costly tent of purple and gold had been erected. It contained elegant couches, for the reception of the bridal pair during the night. The ship, with swelling sails and a favorable wind, glided away smoothly and lightly over the calm sea. When it grew dark a number of colored lamps were lit, and the sailors danced merrily on the deck. The little mermaid could not help thinking of her first rising out of the sea, when she had seen similar festivities and joys; and she joined in the dance, poised herself in the air as a swallow when he pursues his prey, and all present cheered her with wonder. She had never danced so elegantly before. Her tender feet felt as if cut with sharp knives, but she cared not for it; a sharper pang had pierced through her heart. She knew this was the last evening she should ever see the prince, for whom she had forsaken her kindred and her home; she had given up her beautiful voice, and suffered unheard-of pain daily for him, while he knew nothing of it. This was the last evening that she would breathe the same air with him, or gaze on the starry sky and the deep sea; an eternal night, without a thought or a dream, awaited her: she had no soul and now she could never win one. All was joy and gayety on board ship till long after midnight; she laughed and danced with the rest, while the thoughts of death were in her heart. The prince kissed his beautiful bride, while she played with his raven hair, till they went arm-in-arm to rest in the splendid tent. Then all became still on board the ship; the helmsman, alone awake, stood at the helm. The little mermaid leaned her white arms on the edge of the vessel, and looked towards the east for the first blush of morning, for that first ray of dawn that would bring her death. She saw her sisters rising out of the flood: they were as pale as herself; but their long beautiful hair waved no more in the wind, and had been cut off. "We have given our hair to the witch," said they, "to obtain help for you, that you may not die to-night. She has given us a knife: here it is, see it is very sharp. Before the sun rises you must plunge it into the heart of the prince; when the warm blood falls upon your feet they will grow together again, and form into a fish's tail, and you will be once more a mermaid, and return to us to live out your three hundred years before you die and change into the salt sea foam. Haste, then; he or you must die before sunrise. Our old grandmother moans so for you, that her white hair is falling off from sorrow, as ours fell under the witch's scissors. Kill the prince and come back; hasten: do you not see the first red streaks in the sky? In a few minutes the sun will rise, and you must die." And then they sighed deeply and mournfully, and sank down beneath the waves. The little mermaid drew back the crimson curtain of the tent, and beheld the fair bride with her head resting on the prince's breast. She bent down and kissed his fair brow, then looked at the sky on which the rosy dawn grew brighter and brighter; then she glanced at the sharp knife, and again fixed her eyes on the prince, who whispered the name of his bride in his dreams. She was in his thoughts, and the knife trembled in the hand of the little mermaid: then she flung it far away from her into the waves; the water turned red where it fell, and the drops that spurted up looked like blood. She cast one more lingering, half-fainting glance at the prince, and then threw herself from the ship into the sea, and thought her body was dissolving into foam. The sun rose above the waves, and his warm rays fell on the cold foam of the little mermaid, who did not feel as if she were dying. She saw the bright sun, and all around her floated hundreds of transparent beautiful beings; she could see through them the white sails of the ship, and the red clouds in the sky; their speech was melodious, but too ethereal to be heard by mortal ears, as they were also unseen by mortal eyes. The little mermaid perceived that she had a body like theirs, and that she continued to rise higher and higher out of the foam. "Where am I?" asked she, and her voice sounded ethereal, as the voice of those who were with her; no earthly music could imitate it. "Among the daughters of the air," answered one of them. "A mermaid has not an immortal soul, nor can she obtain one unless she wins the love of a human being. On the power of another hangs her eternal destiny. But the daughters of the air, although they do not possess an immortal soul, can, by their good deeds, procure one for themselves. We fly to warm countries, and cool the sultry air that destroys mankind with the pestilence. We carry the perfume of the flowers to spread health and restoration. After we have striven for three hundred years to all the good in our power, we receive an immortal soul and take part in the happiness of mankind. You, poor little mermaid, have tried with your whole heart to do as we are doing; you have suffered and endured and raised yourself to the spirit-world by your good deeds; and now, by striving for three hundred years in the same way, you may obtain an immortal soul." The little mermaid lifted her glorified eyes towards the sun, and felt them, for the first time, filling with tears. On the ship, in which she had left the prince, there were life and noise; she saw him and his beautiful bride searching for her; sorrowfully they gazed at the pearly foam, as if they knew she had thrown herself into the waves. Unseen she kissed the forehead of her bride, and fanned the prince, and then mounted with the other children of the air to a rosy cloud that floated through the aether. "After three hundred years, thus shall we float into the kingdom of heaven," said she. "And we may even get there sooner," whispered one of her companions. "Unseen we can enter the houses of men, where there are children, and for every day on which we find a good child, who is the joy of his parents and deserves their love, our time of probation is shortened. The child does not know, when we fly through the room, that we smile with joy at his good conduct, for we can count one year less of our three hundred years. But when we see a naughty or a wicked child, we shed tears of sorrow, and for every tear a day is added to our time of trial!"  
22/03/2015m 23s

Gilgamesh Part 5 -The Great Flood

Gilgamesh is searching for the secret of Immortality. He visits Utnapishtim the Far Away who tells him how he survived the Great Flood when the gods decided to destroy humankind.
15/03/20

Gilgamesh Part 5 - The Flood

Gilgamesh is searching for the secret of Immortality. He visits Utnapishtim the Far Away who tells him how he survived the Great Flood when the gods decided to destroy humankind. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/03/2012m 48s

The Commune of Cats

A fiery, catty, fairy tale about a sweet girl who goes to live in a mansion once owned by a princess, and now owned by a commune of cats. The mysterious cat comrade Gatsby is in charge - but who is he really? And how will our heroine, Lizzie fair when she works for the cats?
27/02/20

The Commune of Cats

Long ago, when cats could still talk like human beings, a commune of cats lived in a large mansion. Each of the 28 rooms in the house was filled with cats and kittens. Only the 29th room was uncrowded. This room was very large and took up the entire third floor of the house - we shall hear more about who lived there later.  All in all, 103 cat families slept in the building and strolled around the extensive grounds. The cats had everything they needed to lead a comfy life because they were rich. A princess had once lived in the house until she was very old, and she left all her fortune to the cats. When the princess ascended to the great palace in the sky, her faithful servant continued to live in the house and attend to all the cats’ needs. The years went by until he too passed on to join the princess, and then the cats wondered who could be their new servant.  
27/02/2028m 37s

The Commune of Cats

A fiery, catty, fairy tale about a sweet girl who goes to live in a mansion once owned by a princess, and now owned by a commune of cats. The mysterious cat comrade Gatsby is in charge - but who is he really? And how will our heroine, Lizzie fair when she works for the cats? Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/02/2028m 37s

The Space Programme

Subscribe to The Space Programme by searching for it wherever you're listening to this or by tapping here: https://podfollow.com/tsp The Space Programme is a brand new radio drama from the UK's children's radio station, Fun Kids. Listen to it wherever you get your podcasts and hear it first, 4:30pm every Friday on Fun Kids. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/02/209m 31s

The Witch Who Got into Trouble At School

An early katie story - reissued for your enjoyment. Katie has twice as much school work to do as all the other kids. She has to learn loads and loads of magic spells, as well as her written spelling, arithmetic, geography, french and history. She finds that it’s ever so tempting just to use a little bit of magic in her ordinary school exams. And that’s when her trouble begins. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/02/2014m 31s

Astropup and the Teletransporter Part 2

We solve the mystery of the puzzling appearance of another Astropup in the teletransporter.
10/02/20

Astropup and the Teletransporter Part Two

We solve the mystery of the puzzling appearance of another Astropup in the teletransporter. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/02/2012m 33s

Astropup and the Teletransporter Part 1

Professor Perfect invites Astropup to visit the Cosmic Academy and see an incredible invention in action.
03/02/20

Astropup and the Teletransporter Part 1

Professor Perfect invites Astropup to visit the Cosmic Academy and see an incredible invention in action. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/02/2018m 50s

The Swing

A soaring poem by Robert Loius Stevenson that captures the joy of childhood. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/01/201m 6s

Gilgamesh Part 4 – The Journey

King Gilgamesh is stricken with grief by the death of his friend, Enkidu. He sets out on a journey to find the secret of immortality, and has to pass through a passage guarded by a man with the body of a scorpion.
05/01/20

Gilgamesh Part 4 - the journey

King Gilgamesh is stricken with grief by the death of his friend, Enkidu. He sets out on a journey to find the secret of immortality, and has to pass through a passage guarded by a man with the body of a scorpion. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/01/2012m 40s

Jana's Studio: Keep Fit Interview

Jana finds out how young people can live a healthy lifestyle and keep fit safely - with Rodney Kenteby, personal fitness trainer, who gives us lots of sensible advice. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/12/1913m 22s

Birdy and the Christmas Power Cut

It's going to be a candle-lit Christmas for Jake and his family, because the electricity is not working. How will they cook Christmas Dinner? Jake's, best friend, a magical crow called Birdy has an idea. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/12/1925m 11s

The Moon Song

Jana sings the mysterious Moon Song, based on the poem by Robert Louis Stevenson (read recently by Richard) with original music by Bertie.
11/12/19

The Moon Song

Jana sings the mysterious Moon Song, based on the poem by Robert Louis Stevenson (read recently by Richard) with original music by Bertie. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/12/192m 20s

The Moon - Poem

An atmospheric nightime poem by Robert Louis Stevenson who also wrote Treasure Island. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/12/191m 11s

The Moon Song

MOON has a face like the clock in the hall; shines on thieves on the garden wall, Streets and fields harbour quays, birdies asleep in the forks of the trees.  (instrumental break)  squalling cat  squeaking mouse, howling dog by the door of the house, bat that lies in bed at noon, love to be out by the light of the moon.  (instrumental break)  all of the things that belong to the day Cuddle to sleep out of the way;  flowers and children close their eyes up in the morning the sun shall arise.   MOON has a face like the clock in the hall;  (these four lines are all  in the same mode)  shines on thieves on the garden wall, Streets and fields and harbour quays, birdies asleep in the forks of the trees.   squalling cat squeaking mouse, howling dog by the door of the house,  bat that lies in bed at noon, love to be out by the light of the moon. 
08/12/191m 12s

Gilgamesh Part 3 – the Bull of Heaven

The epic from Mesopotamia continues. Gilgamesh refuses to marry the goddess Ishtar. She seeks revenge by sending the Bull of Heaven to trample Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu.
30/11/19

Gilgamesh Part 3 - the Bull of Heaven

The epic from Mesopotamia continues. Gilgamesh refuses to marry the goddess Ishtar. She seeks revenge by sending the Bull of Heaven to trample Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/11/1913m 43s

Gilgamesh Part 2 – Humbaba the Dragon

Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, and his adopted brother, the wildman Enkidu, travel to Lebanon to fight the dragon, Humbaba. Adapted from the myth from ancient Mesopotamia.
22/11/19

Gilgamesh Part Two - Humbaba

Gilgamesh, king of Urkuk, and his adopted brother, the wildman Enkidu, travel to Lebanon to fight the dragon, Humbaba. Adapted from the myth from ancient Mesopotamia. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/11/1916m 46s

Gilgamesh – A Myth from Mesopotamia – Part 1

This is one of the oldest stories in the world. It’s hero is a great king, warrior, and strongman called Gilgamesh who wanted to discover the secret of immortality, or living forever. He formed a strong bond with wildman called Enkidu.
15/11/19

Gilgamesh - A Myth from Mesopotamia - Part 1

This is one of the oldest stories in the world. It’s hero is a great king, warrior, and strongman called Gilgamesh who wanted to discover the secret of immortality, or living forever.  He formed a strong bond with wildman called Enkidu. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/11/1916m 13s

Six Honest Serving Men

Six Honest Serving Men is a short poem by Rudyard Kipling. It's a little puzzling and we wonder what it means. What do you think? Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/11/191m 34s

Halloween Ghosts at Hampton Court Palace

Warning - Spooky Stories !! Jana visits the wonderful Hampton Court Palace by the River Thames to get into the mood for Halloween. Hampton Court Palace belonged to England’s King Henry VIII in the 16th century - and as you may know he had six wives, two of whom, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, were executed up the river at the Tower of London. This is a really beautiful palace, packed with history and ghosts. Jana toured the palace with Sheila, a State Apartment Warder at Hampton Court, who conducts ghost tours around the palace. Sheila tells us some amazing stories that mingle history with spookiness including: The Haunted Gallery - and the tragic last days of Henry the VIII's fifth wife, the young Catherine Howard. (It is a fascinating but quite a heart rending story - so be WARNED). The very spooky story of The Grey Lady, Sybil Penn, who was the nursemaid of Prince Edward (the son of Henry's third wife, Jane Seymour) who later became King Edward VI while still young. Sybil's ghost involves a mysterious spinning wheel. The story of the skeletons of two builders who died while building the Fountain Court of Hampton Court in the time of King William and Queen Mary.  These are VERY SPOOKY stories and they are Packed with History. And if you want more spookiness, Sheila recommends you check out the video of the skeletor of Hampton Court that was filmed in 2003 by a security camera.
25/10/1931m 44s

Halloween Ghosts at Hampton Court Palace

History meets Halloween at Hampton Court when Jana goes on a Ghost tour of King Henry VIII's palace and hears some very spooky stories.
25/10/19

Halloween Ghosts at Hampton Court Palace

An EXTRA SPOOKY episode. History meets Halloween at Hampton Court when Jana goes on a Ghost tour of King Henry VIII's Palace and hears some very spooky stories. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/10/1931m 43s

Birdy and the Seagulls

Hello, this is Richard, and I’m here with a story about a black crow called Birdy. Birdy is the best friend of a boy called Jake - and one of the many special things about Birdy is that he can talk. The thing is - nobody else in Jake’s life believes that Birdy can communicate with him.     
18/10/1918m 4s

Birdy and the Seagulls

Jake's best friend is a crow called Birdy who can talk - but nobody else in Jake's life has heard Birdy speak. Some seagulls have nested on Jake's roof and are bothering the workmen on the roof. Birdy comes to help
18/10/19

Birdy and the Seagulls

Jake's best friend is a crow called Birdy who can talk - but nobody else in Jake's life has heard Birdy speak. Some seagulls have nested on Jake's roof and are bothering the workmen on the roof. Birdy comes to help Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/10/1918m 3s

Pet Writing Competition Results Part 2

This is Jana, and I'm here with part two of our winning entries for our Pet Writing Competition. We have four very different stories for you! Well done to: Sylvia Belcher Amidala Paul and Dorothy  
15/10/1913m 45s

Pet Writing Competition Results Part 2

More winners from our Pet Writing competition with stories from all over the world about your very special pets. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/10/1913m 44s

Pet Writing Competition Results Part 1

Thank you to EVERYONE who sent us a story. They were all wonderful, and as ever, it was very hard to pick the winners. Jana presents Four winning stories in our Pet Writing Competition. But that's not all! Three more winning entries will follow shortly. In this first batch, we have four lovely stories by Andrea Meneghini Bernadette Haines Saphira Walder Sophie Madeleine   And we will be back soon with three more!  
09/10/1919m 19s

Pet Writing Competition Results Part 1

Our latest writing competition results are in !  Thank you to EVERYONE who sent us a story. They were all wonderful, and as ever, it was very hard to pick the winners. Jana presents Four winning stories in our Pet Writing Competition But that's not all !  Three more winning entries will follow shortly.  In this first batch we have four lovely stories by   Andrea Meneghini Bernadette Haines Saphira Walder Sophie Madeleine And we will be back soon with three more !  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/10/1919m 19s

Pet Writing Competition Results Part 1

Our latest writing competition results are in ! Thank you to EVERYONE who sent us a story. They were all wonderful, and as ever, it was very hard to pick the winners. We present the first batch of four stories here, with three more winners to follow soon.
09/10/19

Herodotus: Gods of Ancient Egypt

And I’m here with some more ancient history based on the writings of Herodotus. In the second book of his Histories, he describes ancient Egypt and in this episode, I’m going to be talking about the Egyptian gods.   Herodotus gathered much of his information about Egypt by talking to the scribes and priests in the temples when informed about the countries traditions and beliefs. He himself reckoned that no nation was more right about religion than any other and that the Greeks had probably imported most of their beliefs from Egypt. And he often gives the Egyptian gods Greek names.   
01/10/199m 54s

Gods of Ancient Egypt

Herodotus often wrote about the Egyptian gods under Greek names. He thought the Egyptian gods were more or less the same as the Greek ones. Was he right? Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/10/199m 54s

Wicked Uncle and Grandma's Skip

Grandma was 85 years old. She still lived on her own quite independently, although she had stopped driving the car when she’d reached 80. In a moment of weakness, she had confessed to the doctor that she occasionally had dizzy spells when she could not remember what her name was or what country she lived in. He prescribed pills for mild epilepsy and ordered her to give up her driving. At first, she refused, but the doctor insisted, saying it wasn't safe for other motorists. Therefore she had no choice but to surrender her licence, which she deeply regretted.  
28/09/1925m 46s

Wicked Uncle and Grandma's Skip

Dad (Nigel) and the Kids go on Holiday to the Red Sea. Back home, cousin Jenny has come to stay with Grandma. Dad's holiday relaxation soon disappears into the African Sky as he starts to receive annoying text messages.  Read by Richard for Storynory and written by Bertie.  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/09/1925m 46s

Wicked Uncle and Grandma’s Skip

Dad (Nigel) and the Kids go on Holiday to the Red Sea. Back home, cousin Jenny has come to stay with Grandma. Dad's holiday relaxation soon disappears into the African Sky as he starts to receive text messages.
27/09/19

The Town Musicians of Bremen

This amusing story by the Brothers Grimm is about four farm animals, a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster, who believe they can earn a good living as musicians. But it isn't really by the sweetness of their barking, braying, mewing, and cockle-doodle-doing that gets their supper.
15/09/1910m 52s

Herodotus – The River Nile

Herodotus visited Egypt and devoted the Second Book of his Histories to its wonders. He called Egypt the "Gift of the Nile" and looked at varios theories about where its true source was, and why it flooded its banks every year.
10/09/19

Herodotus - The River Nile

Herodotus visited Egypt and devoted the Second Book of his Histories to its wonders. He called Egypt the "Gift of the Nile" and looked at varios theories about where its true source was, and why it flooded its banks every year. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/09/199m 43s

Pet Writing Competition

Writing Competition !  Send us your TRUE story about your very Special Pet by 22nd September.  Entrants must be 16 years or younger -  mum and dad can help with spelling,  typing and grammar.  Include a photo or drawing of your pet if you can.  We will choose 5 stories and read them out on Storynory !  Send to comp@storynory.com.   Competition Groove by Jana and Bertie ! Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/09/194m 54s

The Magician’s Horse

A boy makes friends with a white horse who has a very special talent - she can talk ! 
02/09/19

The Magician's Horse

A boy makes friends with a white horse who has a very special talent - she can talk !  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/09/1919m 52s

The Crow and Friends

A story from ancient Indian in which A crow makes friends with three animals who are very different from himself and together they fend off dangers.  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/08/1920m 9s

Jana's Studio Interview about Show Dogs

Jana and Sophie talk to Anita Mitchell about her two show dogs (and much adored pets), Dolly and Mabel - a pair of gorgeous West Highland White Terriers who show at Crufts, the world's biggest dog show.  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/08/1916m 48s

The Tiger Who Had No Manners

A crafty old mountain tiger in Korea is caught in a trap. He is rescued by a buddhist monk. How does he show his gratitude?
16/08/19

The Tiger Who Had No Manners

A crafty old mountain tiger in Korea is caught in a trap.  He is rescued by a buddhist monk.  How does he show his gratitude?  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/08/199m 51s

Bertie Valentine

here is a terribly romantic mood on the pond where Prince Bertie the Frog lives. All the pond life are excited by Valentine's Day, but nobody is more excited than Bertie. All he has to do is to lure the lovely Princess Beatrice down to the pond, receive a kiss from Her Royal Loveliness, and he will turn back into his true self - a handsome prince. Sadie the Swan has a plan, but Colin the Carp is certain that it won't be so easy to persuade a princess to kiss Bertie.Support the show.
11/08/1915m 21s

Astropup's Space Tourist Part Two

A laser gun fight on the moon breaks out after Luna's pet, Mr Muggles, runs off to join the cat people.  We continue adventure featuring Astropup, the Parrot, and Marlow who have taken a passenger on board, a teenage girl called Luna.  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/08/1916m 24s

Astropup’s Space Tourist

A new adventure featuring Astropup who travels in space with a super-brainy Parrot and a human called Marlow.  In this story (which comes in two parts) the three friends go into business offering tours in space . The first customer is a girl called Luna who wants to walk on the moon on her 16th birthday.  The trouble begins when she brings along her pet cat, Mr Muggles. 
02/08/19

Astropup's Space Tourist

A new adventure featuring Astropup who travels in space with a super-brainy Parrot and a human called Marlow.  In this story (which comes in two parts) the three friends go into business offering tours in space .The first customer is a girl called Luna who wants to walk on the moon on her 16th birthday.  The trouble begins when she brings along her pet cat, Mr Muggles.   Read by Richard Scott in the voice of Astropup and written by Bertie with Luna's voice by Jana.  Lots of original sound effects on music.   Full text at https:///wwww.storynory.com Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/08/1919m 30s

The Grateful Crane

The crane, an elegant and beautiful bird, is considered to be auspicious in Japan. In this story, a poor farmer receives good fortune after he rescues a wounded crane. But unfortunately his curiosity gets the better of him, and his luck does not hold out. It's a short, rather sad, but beautiful story. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
29/07/197m 24s

Astropup Part Two

The Planet of the Cats.Support the show.
25/07/1920m 33s

The 1001 Nights Intro

Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
25/07/1915m 11s

Song: Old MacDonald had a Farm

Jana sings a rocky version of this most famous of songs
19/07/19

Song Old MacDonald Had a Farm

A rocky version of the most famous song ever sung. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
19/07/192m 9s

The Two Frogs and the Well

A tale by Aesop with a story, a poem, and a song. The moral is "Look before you leap!" Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
15/07/196m 0s

Astropup in Gone with the Wind

We continue our Love Story in Space. The Parrot and Astropup have plucked a  red rose from the Planet of the Cows for the Parrot to give to his beloved, Polly. Unfortunately the bulls who guard the sacred rose have a very blustery response. 
10/07/19

Astropup in Gone with the Wind

We continue our Love Story in Space.  The Parrot and Astropup have plucked a  red rose from the Planet of the Cows for the Parrot to give to his beloved, Polly.  Unfortunately the bulls who guard the sacred rose have a very blustery response.  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Storynory See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
10/07/1912m 5s

Astropup and the Sacred Rose

A love story set in space, told by Astropup. The parrot plucks a sacred rose on a distant planet to give to his beloved Polly, and trouble breaks loose.
30/06/1913m 54s

Wicked Uncle and the Trolley Rage

Mum is shopping for Vegan Haggis when she is confronted by a rival shopper who demands the last one. Only Uncle Jeff can sort out the feud that follows.
19/06/1918m 48s

Why the Back Door is Front

A traditional Welsh story about an old woman who is falsely accused of being a witch.
05/06/198m 15s

Bonnie Prince Charlie

History: The true story of Bonnie Prince Charlie, a hero of Scotland, who led a rebellion against the English in 1745.
19/05/1910m 50s

The Sky Boat Song

Jana sings this romantic song about Scotland's Bonnie Prince Charlie who lead a rebellion against the English in 1745. Later he escaped back to France via the Isle of Sky helped by Flora MacDonald who dressed him up as her maid Betty!
05/05/193m 1s

6, Herodotus, As Rich As Croesus

Croesus ruled Lydia from 560 to 546 BC. He was famed for his wealth, and still is to this day. The wise Athenian, Solon, visited him. The story has a moral - do not boast of your fortune or the gods may take you down.Support the show.
13/03/1912m 21s

Lapis and the Ghost Cats Part 2

A scarier story than usual - part two of Lapis and the Ghost Cats takes our feline heroes on a journey into the Land of the Dead to meet the ancient Egyptian gods, Osiris and Isis and Anubis. Lots of music and sound fx add to the spooky atmosphere !
27/02/1917m 17s

Lapis and the Ghost Cats Part 1.

Lapis, the ancient Egyptian Cat, and her friend Chloe come face to face with spooky ghost cats from the Land of the Dead
19/02/1918m 3s

The Red Bandits of Montgomery

A story from Wales that is a little like Rumplestiltskin
13/02/199m 14s

Chinese Year of the Pig

2019 is the Chinese year of the Pig. We tell you a famous pig story to celebrate ! Dedicated to Penny who supports us on Patreon.
04/02/199m 48s

Ancient Babylon

The largest and most splendid city in the ancient world was captured by King Cyrus of Persia in 539 BC. The story is entwined with the history of the Jews in the Bible who were exiled to the rivers of Babylon.
22/01/199m 52s

Solveig’s Song

Jana sings the haunting song from our Peer Gynt series - based on the music of Edvard Grieg - the Norwegian composer. Please support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Storynory
17/01/192m 45s

5 – Peer Gynt: The Button Maker

Peer returns home after 20 years abroad. Will anyone remember him? He meets some strange beings who do in fact know who he is.
08/01/198m 30s

4 – Peer Gynt: The Sahara Desert

Peer travels to Egypt - meets the mysterious Anitra - and seeks the answer to the riddle of the Sphinx
04/01/1910m 27s

New Year Song: Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year Everyone! - Jana sings a magical version of the Scottish Anthem - Auld Lang Syne
31/12/183m 1s

3 – Peer Gynt. The Bøyg

How can Peer not be himself? The Bøyg speaks to Peer in Riddles. Featuring Solveig's song sung by Jana.
29/12/1811m 47s

2 – Peer Gynt. In The Hall of the Mountain King

Peer Gynt, a poor boy with big dreams, has run away to the mountains. He meets a green lady who introduces him to the Mountain King of the Trolls.
27/12/1813m 30s

1 – Peer Gynt. The Magic Reindeer Ride

The famous Norwegian fairy tale that includes trolls and flying reindeer ! Peer Gynt is a storyteller - his mother calls him a fibber - but his tales are spellbinding and hilarious.
24/12/1815m 21s

Christmas Carol ~ Silent Night

Jana and Amarni sing this Christmas Waltz in duo. Our gentle and lovely version of Silent Night.
14/12/182m 12s

The Two Witch Cats

A welsh story about a magician who catches thieves.
04/12/187m 20s

Taffy Morgan’s Harp

An amusing Welsh story about a lad who thinks he is a musical genius - but few agree.
27/11/1810m 39s

Song ~ Baa Baa Black Sheep

Not just for little kids! Jana sings this famous rhyme so sweetly we think all ages will feel soothed and un-jangled by it.
22/11/182m 3s

The Cretan Bull

Bertie is on the Greek Island of Crete and relates two famous legends from the time of King Minos - and how they blend into History in the writing of Herodotus.
11/11/189m 37s

Lapis and the Stolen Statue Part Two

Amon the Egyptian priest has been arrested for stealing a stolen statue. His cats Lapis and Cleo travel up the River Nile to prove his innocence.
29/10/1815m 47s

Katie’s Grandma at School

In time for Halloween, Katie's Grandma is 100 years old ! She tells Katie the story of how she went to an English boarding school back in the 1930s and made a best friend from the USA, Amy.
21/10/1817m 15s

Song: How doth the Crocodile?

Lovely Jana sings a mystical and up tempo song based on the crazy poem by Lewis Carroll - How Doth the Crocodile? - a thank you to Olivia for supporting us on Patreon
06/10/182m 34s

The World’s Oldest Religion

Zoroastrianism is the ancient religion of the Persians and it is still practiced to this day. It has influenced many of our own beliefs, even if we don't realise it ! We continue our retelling of the histories of Herodotus from Ancient Greece.
23/09/188m 56s

Lapis and the Stolen Statue Part 1

Lapis and Cleo are shocked when their master, Amon the Priest, is arrested on charges of stealing a scared statue. Another story from Ancient Egypt !
11/09/1810m 32s

Jana’s Studio ~ Ice Cream Interview

Does your mouth start watering when you think of your most scrumptious tasting ice cream? Then listen on! Jana has a delightful chat with Lewis Alfonso, an Italian gelato maker, and finds out fascinating & delicious facts. One is never too old for ice cream!
27/08/1816m 36s

Young Cyrus

A poor young Persian boy is a natural leader. In a game, his friends choose him to play their king. He gets into trouble when he orders the son of an aristocrat to be punished.
19/08/1811m 4s

Wicked Uncle and the Scottish Shark

Is it safe to go in the Scottish Loch? Uncle Jeff takes the kids on a kayaking holiday. There are no sharks in Scotland, right?
01/08/1819m 39s

Jana’s Studio: Interview with Richard Scott

Jana catches up with Richard Scott, our narrator best known for his voice for Astropup, the space travelling hound. Listen to this hilarious chit chat to find out some inside secrets, favourite sonnets and shared tongue twisters!
26/07/1813m 41s

Astropup and the Parrot in Love

The Parrot is looking for a wife. He finds a suitable parrot who lives on the planet Lizardia - but unfortunately he is suffering from a bad cold and is unusually short of words.
17/07/1820m 32s

7, King Croesus and the Oracle of Delphi

The oracle predicts that if Croesus goes to war against the Persians, he will defeat a great empire. Her advice seems clear enough, is it?
10/07/1818m 52s

Song ~ Fish Alive

Jana sings this traditional song with an upbeat feel.
26/06/181m 59s

Lapis: Sister Friends

Lapis, the Egyptian cat, has to share her home with another cat. She is not pleased.
19/06/1813m 14s

Lapis the Egyptian Cat

Introducing a new catty character with magical powers that do not always work as they are supposed to do.
25/05/1813m 53s

Why do we have fears? Interview

Are you scared of the dark? Of Spiders? Of Dogs? Jana explores why we have fears, and why sometimes, our fears are too strong for our own good - and become phobias. She speaks to Andrew West, a psychiatrist who works with children and young people.
01/05/1818m 25s

The Son of Croesus

Herodotus 7. The anger of the gods is coming for Croesus, after he boasted of being the richest and happiest person in the world.
25/04/1810m 8s

The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling

A story from Japan that will make you laugh, featuring a funny old woman, a Jizo and some Oni with giant appetites.
10/04/1811m 49s

Wicked Uncle’s April Fool Mystery

Grandma believes in supernatural goings-on around the house, and it drives Dad CRAZY! Then peculiar things start to happen to him. Magic? Or an April Fool trick? Can you solve the mystery?
27/03/1812m 59s

6, Herodotus, As Rich As Croesus

Croesus ruled Lydia from 560 to 546 BC. He was famed for his wealth, and still is to this day. The wise Athenian, Solon, visited him. The story has a moral - do not boast of your fortune or the gods may take you down.
22/03/1812m 21s

Fear

Emily is 12 years old. She is enjoying her independence, walking to school with her best friend Heidi. But she has one big fear in her life. What is it?
11/03/1814m 41s

Jana’s Studio : I Spy With My Little Eye – A Look into our Eyes

Jana meets Paul Kinnear, an ophthalmologist (a doctor specialising in eyes), to learn about our eyes and how we can keep them healthy. Paul also shares a couple of eye jokes and his favourite eye poem !
07/03/189m 54s

Astropup in the Virtual Reality World

Astropup, and the Parrot try on some Virtual Reality glasses that make space travel totally blissful. But danger lurks. Kindly sponsored by RXBAR Kids rxbar.com/storynory
27/02/1822m 3s

Finette Part Two

Finette and Yvon arrive in Brittany and Kerver Castle. Finette fears that Yvon will forget all about her and their love. Is that possible ?
25/02/1818m 23s

Finette Part One

Finette loves bright clothes and golden jewellery. In particular she wears a necklace made of golden bullets. She is trapped in the service of a giant. One day a new stable boy, Yvon, starts work for the giant. Soon Yvon has to complete some impossible tasks. Only Finette can help him. A story from Brittany in France.
20/02/1826m 20s

5, Herodotus , The Battle of the Eclipse

Ancient people thought that the Sun and the Moon were gods - didn't they? Or were there some people alive two and half thousand years ago who were more scientific?
16/02/189m 25s

The Goblin Spider

A creepy-crawly story from Japan about a Samurai who must stay the night in a temple haunted by a giant Goblin-Spider
03/02/185m 55s

The Pot of Broth

A cunning old soldier has a "magical" stone that can make a pot of broth - although it could taste better with the help of Sibby Connelly's Chicken - adapted from a play by WB Yeats
22/01/1815m 7s

Jana’s Studio – Million Dollar Ideas

Jana's new factual programme interviews Jeremy Howell of BBC TV about Million Dollar Ideas - those everyday objects around your house that somebody invented and which made millions of $$$$$$$$!
19/01/185m 11s

Song – Five Little Ducks

It's the classic preschool song - but we've changed it around a little. Ours is a folky version with sweet singing by Jana - a slightly different tune and a different ending. All ages might enjoy it !
15/01/183m 38s

Elfie and the Elf’s Adventure – Competition Winner

A short and sweet story - the final winner in our best or worst ever present writing competition. A little girl wants a puppy, but Santa say No - it's not safe to deliver puppies.
15/01/182m 48s

Last Christmas Together

Veena's best friend is a boy at the local orphanage. She is sad because her family are moving to another town, and she will never see him again. A winner in our best / worst present ever competition.
12/01/184m 47s

The Prehistoric Christmas Present – Competition Winner

Way back in time, a boy receives a pet as a present - but his mother says he can't keep it because it will grow, and grow and grow - one of the winners in our "best and worst" present competition .
10/01/185m 53s

Jim’s Tree Hut – A Competition Winner

The first of four winners from our Christmas Writing Competition - Jim is a monkey who lives in New Zealand - he has a very special idea for how to spend Christmas with his friends.
09/01/187m 10s

4, Herodotus, the Burnt Temple

King Alyattes of Lydia is at war with the Greek city of Miletus. His soldiers accidentally burn down a temple of Athena. Alyattes falls ill. Coincidence? Or the curse of the Greek Goddess?
06/01/187m 16s

Katie and the Forgetfulness Spell

Katie makes a New Year wish that everybody could simply forget that she's a witch because she longs for everyone to treat her is if she was "ordinary."
30/12/1718m 2s

05, Uncle Christmas – The Great Christmas Delivery

Finally Uncle Christmas has his wish - he is delivering the presents this year - what could possibly go wrong?
25/12/1710m 30s

4, Uncle Christmas – The Christmas Kid Invasion

Uncle Christmas is in charge of the presents this year. He decides to change the way things are done and invites 100 kids to try out the toys at the secret hideaway - much to the annoyance of the elves
24/12/179m 26s

The Night Before Christmas

The classic Christmas poem with festive music
24/12/176m 0s

3, Herodotus, the Kingdom of Lydia

In history, Gyges became king of Lydia by committing a crime - we hear this story and an alternative version in which he used a magic ring to make himself invisible - and we ask an important question.
19/12/17

3, Uncle Christmas – the Great Christmas Race

Uncle Christmas races his brother, Father Christmas, to see who will deliver the presents this year.
10/12/1712m 21s

2, Uncle Christmas – The Christmas Hideaway

Father Christmas is on holiday in California. His motor-trike, guitar-loving younger brother, sneaks over to Scandinavia to see how the toy business works.
03/12/1710m 48s

2, Herodotus, Arion and the Dolphin

The remarkable story of a dolphin saving a man - but is it true?
30/11/1711m 17s

1, Uncle Christmas

Uncle Christmas is the younger brother of Father Christmas, otherwise known as Santa. He rides a motor trike, plays the guitar, and lives near Venice Beach. His life seems perfect, but there is one thing missing. He wants to help his older brother deliver the presents.
26/11/1714m 23s

Jana’s Studio : Interview with Bertie

A special Interview by Storynory's editor, Jana Elizabeth, with Bertie, the writer of our stories. They talk about our new Herodotus series and what else is coming up on Storynory.
24/11/179m 3s

1, The Histories of Herodotus

Herodotus, the father of history, tells us a different version of the famous Trojan War, which he learned on his travels around Egypt and the Middle East.
21/11/17

Katie and the Stray Dog

Katie helps an injured dog and invites him to stay in the house - but her magical and mischievous cat, Solomon, is not happy about her decision - and makes life difficult for the poor mutt !
13/11/1722m 24s

The Oak and the Reed

Aesop's fable of the mighty oak and the slender reed is told in verse.
06/11/173m 26s

Christmas 2017 Writing Competition

Write a story about the best or the worst present ever. We will pick three winning stories and read them on Storynory. The first prize includes a $50 voucher for Wicked Uncle, the home of brilliant presents.
02/11/171m 49s

Birdy’s Halloween

Jake goes trick-treating with a real Tudor ghost from Hampton Court Palace where Henry VIII lived.
30/10/178m 39s

Witches Fly Song for Halloween

Tap your feet to this spooky and silly song for Halloween
26/10/172m 54s

Halloween at the castle

An Irish tale for Halloween sometimes known as Jamie Freel and the Young Lady. This story is both spooky and sweet - but perhaps not for small children as there is a quite sad and heavy passage towards the end - before the happy ending.
17/10/1719m 27s

Birdy’s Lost and Found

Dad probably does not believe that Birdy can talk - after all he is just a crow - and yet he does seem rather clever and useful.
11/10/176m 30s

Birdy’s History

Jake has befriended a crow that he calls Birdy. Birdy tells Jake about some history which he has seen for himself in his very long life.
08/10/174m 41s

Birdy and the Boy

A boy makes friends with a talking bird who has many secrets.
03/10/175m 34s

London Bridge – Song

London Bridge is falling down, My Fair Lady. Music for kids. We've taken this traditional song and given it a funky beat.
19/09/172m 27s

Katie and the Mind Reader

Katie's best friend Isis has developed a technique for reading minds - will this ability help her in life?
12/09/1720m 47s

Princess Golden

A French fairytale in which a king sends a messenger to woo a princess on his behalf. Avenant (the messenger) is helped on the way by a carp, an owl and a crow.
04/09/1725m 23s

Let’s go to the beach – song

A happy song to remember the summer by with lovely singing from Storynory's Jana
27/08/173m 4s

The Dog and the Elephant

A story from India that shows how friendship is more important than fine food and living the high-life.
22/08/175m 26s

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star – Song

The traditional tune is sung by Jana Elizabeth for Storynory in this cheerful and upbeat version with a hint of hip-hop.
13/08/172m 28s

Wicked Uncle and the Smuggled Cat

Uncle Jeff and the family spend the summer on a Greek Island where they adopt a hungry cat - but what to do with this rare friend when it is time to head home?
26/07/1723m 44s

My Shadow

A short and sweet poem about a shadow that follows a child around all day - but who likes to stay in bed before the sun is up. By ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
22/07/171m 33s

The Evil Mouse

An old French story about an evil mouse who orders a young girl to play with fire.
08/07/1720m 1s

The Boy Who Loved to Draw Cats

A boy is training to be a zen monk in Japan. Life in the monastery is hard. There is one thing he loves to do - and it is not to study or work in the garden.
27/06/178m 5s

The Ugly Boatman

A story from Vietnam about a fisherman who plays a bamboo flute - if only his face was as beautiful as his music !
21/06/178m 13s

Astropup and the Best Hotdog in the Universe

Food is running low on board the spaceship carrying our heroes. The parrot takes them in search of the best hotdog in the Universe.
14/06/1720m 8s

The Three Dogs

A boy sets out with three loyal dogs and they slay a dragon on their way. Watch out for twists and turns in the story!
05/06/1713m 55s

The Riddling Knight

An ancient story sung in a ballad that mixes riddles and romance. Richard and Jana sing a duet -with Richard taking the part of a Knight and Jana the part of Nelly.
22/05/174m 27s

The Wind and the Moon

A gusty poem by the Scottish writer, George MacDonald. The wind is trying to bully the moon - can he succeed?
03/05/174m 42s

How Love and Peace Came To the Woods

This ancient story by Aesop is brought up to date. The moral remains the same - when somebody tells you of their love and friendship, remember to judge them by their deeds, not their words.
22/04/177m 30s

Hiawatha’s Childhood

Hiawatha learns Native American legends from his grandmother Nokomis.
12/04/176m 1s

Bertie and Beatrice’s Dreams Part 2

We continue the story of Bertie and Beatrice's dreams. Beatrice has called off the wedding, left the palace, and gone to live in the town and look for a job. How will the ex-princess get on in the "real world"?
30/03/1714m 11s

Bertie and Beatrice’s Dreams

Prince Bertie and Princess Beatrice have very different dreams leading to trouble in the palace.
22/03/1712m 34s

Marlow’s Metamorphosis

Astropup's friend Marlow undergoes a strange transformation in the second part of our dog-master adventure.
12/03/1718m 3s

The Boy Who Spoke to the Birds

A story from Russia about a boy who who could speak to the birds and who proved homself to be an excellent son.
03/03/1713m 32s

Astropup and the Dog Master

Who is the strange character who looks a little like a human, but who has the smell of a dog? Astropup reveals all.
22/02/1717m 28s

The Two Frogs and the Well

A tale by Aesop with a story, a poem, and a song. The moral is "Look before you leap!"
10/02/17

Astropup and the Big Match in the Sky

Astropup and his friends go to a football match in space
03/02/1716m 39s

Why Cats and Dogs are Enemies

A story from China that explains why cats hate dogs. Told by a mouse.
11/01/17

Sleeping Beauty Shorter Version

A romantic fairytale in a shorter form than our previous version.
02/01/177m 39s

In the Bleak Mid-Winter

In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan. The words have been used for a traditional carol, but they were originally a Christmas poem by Christina Rossetti. Listen to them read aloud by Natasha.
25/12/162m 33s

Katie and the Christmas Chimney

A Katie story set at Christmas. Katie and her best friend Isis plan a Christmas surprise for Samantha - which goes badly wrong.
14/12/1617m 23s

Beauty and the Beast Shorter Version

Do appearances matter? Or is the heart within the most important of all qualities? The classic tale.
25/11/166m 54s

Katie and the Perfect Baby Sitter

Katie and her best friend Isis set up a perfect baby sitting business.
17/11/16

A Spooky Irish Story

For Halloween, a spooky story from Ireland about some witches with horns growing from their heads.
24/10/16

Kubla Khan

Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote this strange and powerful poem in 1797 after waking up from a dream.
23/10/16

The Kubla Khan

The famous poem by Coleridge describes a wonderful palace built by the Mongolian Kubla Khan in Xanadu.
23/10/16

Cinderella – Shorter Version

Once, there lived a sweet tempered girl whose name was Cinderella. Unfortunately, her mother died young, and her father married again. His second wife had a sharp temper and her two daughters were just like her. In a word - horrid.
15/10/16

Snow White – Shorter Version

Snow White - a new shorter version of the classic fairy tale.
07/10/16

Uncle Jeff and the Switching Disaster

A hugely imaginative adventure with trap doors and puzzles wins our Wicked Uncle writing competition!
05/10/16

The Wicked, Wicked Polar Bear

A story that blows hot, cold and scorching, is one of the winners of our Children's writing competition. How would you like to go to the Arctic? asks Uncle Jeff to the Kids - Of course they would !
03/10/16

The Wicked Uncle’s Surprise

Uncle Jeff leaps into action to save the kids in this latest winning entry in our writing competition.
02/10/16

Uncle Jeff Gets into Trouble

A youthful Uncle Jeff buys a pink Porsche which he really can't afford.
30/09/16

The Grasshopper and the Ants

A grasshopper loves to play music while the ants work, work, work
15/09/16

The Fox and the Crow

Did you know that foxes love cheese? If you didn’t, you should hear this short story with a moral by Aesop about a cunning fox who flatters and tricks a vain crow.
15/09/16

The Rat and the Elephant

A rat meets and Indian elephant and thinks she is far prettier
15/09/16

Father Anansi

The Father Anansi stories come from West Africa and this is a nice introduction to them. Hear about a shape-shifting tricky spider.
15/09/16

Five Little Monkeys

A funny counting song.
15/09/16

If

Stirring words of advice for life from the author of the Jungle Book.
14/09/16

How doth the little busy bee

How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day From every opening flower! Bees against idleness and mischief. A moral poem for children read aloud.
14/09/16

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

The cosmic poem sung unaccompanied in a sweet, twinkling voice by Gabriella for Storynory, with words by Words by Jane Taylor(1783–1824).
14/09/16

Lady Bird, Lady Bird

Ladybird, Ladybird Fly away home! Your house is on fire, And your children all roam, Except little Nan, Who sits in her pan, Weaving her laces as fast as she can. Read by Natasha
14/09/16

The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad

Sinbad's 7th and final voyage takes him to new heights.
08/09/16

High Flight

A soaring poem written during World War II by a Spitfire pilot.
05/08/16

Wicked Uncle’s Lost Dog

Uncle Jeff takes Smoochies and the kids for a walk in Hyde Park. What could possibly go wrong?
19/07/16

Writing Competition – Wicked Uncle

Writing competition! Write your own Wicked Uncle story for Storynory.
19/07/16

The Sixth Voyage of Sinbad

Sinbad sails on a raft through a tunnel that leads him to a fabulous kingdom.
01/07/16

The Fifth Voyage of Sinbad

Sinbad sets sail again, is shipwrecked, and helps the Old Man of the Sea.
22/06/16

The Weaver and the Dragon

An Irish weaver becomes a knight, serves 'The King of Dublin' and takes on a dragon.
27/05/16

The Pooka in the Kitchen

The servants in a large Irish House are grateful to a Pooka who comes every night to do their work for them. At Christmas, they decide to reward him.
16/05/16

The Charge of the Light Brigade

"Forward, the Light Brigade! "Charge for the guns!" he said: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.
08/05/16

Thor’s Wedding

Thor the Thunder is often pictured carrying his hammer called Mjolnir, which he uses as a battle axe. In this Norse Myth, he has to dress up as a girl.
01/05/16

2: Lady Annabelle’s Diamond Dog Collar

Astropup and the parrot solve a case for a great detective.
04/04/16

Lady Annabelle’s Diamond Dog Collar

Sherlock Holmes teams up with the Parrot and Astropup to solve the mystery of a missing dog and the diamond dog collar that he was wearing
26/03/16

Jack Hannaford

A cunning old soldier plays a trick on a naive couple. A traditional English folk story.
14/03/16

The Doctor and the Fairy Princess

A doctor is called in the middle of the night to help a fairy princess. Will his reward make him rich or a prisoner of the fairy folk?
21/02/16

Ambassador 2. Journey into the Past

The parrot has been appointed ambassador to a distant planet. With typical impatience, he tries to travel to the planet via a shortcut - and ends up in a funny sort of place.
07/02/16

The Priest’s Supper

Some Irish Fairy Folk have a question for a hungry priest.
26/01/16

1.Astropup and the Feathered Ambassador

The Parrot, formally President of the World, is appointed ambassador to a distant planet in the first of a new Astropup series.
16/01/16

Baskervilles 14, The Hound

The detectives, Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade travel through the fog of Grimpen Mire to Merripit House. Will they solve the mystery of the hound that has been terrifying Dartmore? Our audio story reaches its climax.
12/01/16

The Piper and the Pooka

The Pooka is a wondrous creature that can shift its shape. Sometimes it's friendly, sometimes it isn't, but it is almost always mischievous.
28/12/15

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

A Christmas mystery for Sherlock Holmes arrives in the shape of a goose.
22/12/15

The Demon Cat

AN Irish story about a spooky cat who demands fish ( by Lady Wilde )
08/12/15

The Fairies

A poem about fairies that begins a new series of Irish tales and poems.
01/12/15

Wicked Spooky

Uncle Jeff takes the kids to the countryside which they find very spooky indeed.
24/11/15

The Fourth Voyage of Sinbad

The darkest story in the Sinbad Series reveals the sailor and businessman as ingenious as ever, and single-minded in the pursuit of wealth.
28/10/15

The Wheelie People

An unusual story from Ancient Greece about the meaning of love, originally told in Plato's Symposium.
06/10/15

Katie and No More Miss Perfect Part Two

Katie's best friend Isis is doing her best not to be perfect and to be a normal and interesting person. She's agreed to take part in Samantha's Video Blog and to perform silly things for the camera. Is it a good idea? Will people like her more?
26/09/15

Katie and No More Miss Perfect

Katie's best friend, Isis, is fed up with being perfect
18/09/15

The Monkey in the Kitchen

Monkeys invade a school kitchen in the fifth story in our series about Theo the Monkey
05/09/15

Kung Fu Monkey Style

Theo takes Kung Fu lessons and is surprised by some unexpected visitors.
27/08/15

Theo and the Monkey Cops

We learn why Theo the Crime Fighting Monkey failed to show up for his first kung fu lesson
15/08/15

Sifu and the Legend of the Monkey King

The second part of our series about Sifu and Theo the Monkey. Theo fails to turn up for his first Kung Fu lesson, and Sifu tells Neet the chinese legend that inspired him to take up Kung Fu.
04/08/15

Baskervilles 13, Fixing the Nets

A portrait may hold the clue to the mystery of the murder on the moor
28/07/15

How Anansi Brought Wild Animals into the World

Anansi, the anti-hero of West African folklore, refuses to follow instructions.
13/07/15

Sifu Meets The Monkey

The return of Theo, the crime-fighting monkey, in which he meets a Kung Fu master.
30/06/15

Lily the Flower Fairy

Lilly is a flower fairy who is in search of a friend. Fiona from Vermont sent this winning entry to our Magical Person Writing Competition.
10/06/15

Trixie the Magic Rabbit

Trixie the Magic Rabbit is the first of three winning entries in our Magic Person writing competition. Trixie speaks several languages and can run super-fast.
05/06/15

Katie Cancels The School Rules

At Katie's School, thanks to a little magical influence on the head teacher, they had a chance to see what life would be like without any rules.
26/05/15

The Third Voyage of Sinbad

Sinbad is attacked by pirate monkeys, held captive by a giant, and threatened by huge serpents.
10/05/15

The Second Voyage of Sinbad

Sinbad falls into a valley full of giant serpents and precious diamonds. Only some giant birds can save him.
01/05/15

Anansi Meets Father Thunder

Anansi visits an old man under the sea and receives a gift. The gift is more wonderful than anything he expected but his mean spirit gets the better of him.
18/04/15

How Wisdom Got Out

Anansi, our hero from Ghana in West Africa, keeps all the world's wisdom in a pot and he decides to hide it up a tree.
11/04/15

How Anansi brought stories to the world

The shape-shifting Anansi is sometimes a spider, sometimes a man. He comes from Ghana in West Africa and he is one of the great storytellers of the world.
02/04/15

The Good Turn

A boy of Zanzibar goes out hunting and does a good turn to an Ape, a Snake, and a Lion. Is it true that one good turn deserves another?
25/03/15

Katie and the Other Witch Part Two

Do you want to know the truth about the Other Witch, Agrippina Crompton? Do you think she is a fake? Find out in this second part of our exciting Katie story.
14/03/15

Katie and the Other Witch Part One

A new witch has set up a business in town. Katie and her mum suspect that she is a fake, but the rival is popular with the public.
07/03/15

How to Out-Jeff Uncle Jeff

Uncle Jeff has a new girlfriend - Jessica - can she be more irresponsible than he is?
01/03/15

The Goat and his Master

A goat tries to help his master, but the master does not know how to be polite to a goat!
24/02/15

Friendships

Three friends at school are bothered by two girls who play mean tricks on them. Should they retaliate or try to make peace?
20/02/15

The Goat and the Gold

Happy Year of the Goat ! One of our writing competition winners is a story about a clever goat and some stolen gold
19/02/15

The Donkey and the Lion

A donkey is dim enough to fall for the same trick twice.
15/02/15

The Monkey and the Shark

A clever monkey has a story that explains a story.
11/02/15

The Amazing Gazelle

A story from Zanzibar about a clever gazelle who helps a beggar.
05/02/15
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