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"A leaf from heaven" a story by Hans Christian Andersen

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Read "A leaf from heaven" fairy tale for childrens. "A leaf from heaven" story, a short bedtime Story written by H.C. Andersen. A story about a leaf swaying in the wind that takes root and then takes up a lot of space. The other plants notice the space occupied by the new plant and do not agree.


"A leaf from heaven" a story by Hans Christian Andersen A fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen
High up in the thin, clear air there flew an angel bearing a flower from the garden of heaven. As he kissed it, a tiny leaf drifted down into the muddy soil in the middle of the wood; it very soon took root there, and sprouted, and sent up shoots among the other plants.

"That's a funny kind of slip," said the plants.


And neither the thistle nor the stinging nettle would have anything to do with the stranger. "It must be some low kind of garden plant," they said, grinning and making fun at it. But it grew and grew, and like no other plant its long b…

"A cheerful temper" a story by Hans Christian Andersen

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Read "A cheerful temper" fairy tale for childrens. "A cheerful temper" story, a short bedtime Story written by H.C. Andersen. A story in which Andersen talks about his father compared to his life.


"A cheerful temper" a story by Hans Christian Andersen A fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen
From my father I received the best inheritance, namely a "good temper." - "And who was my father?" That has nothing to do with the good temper; but I will say he was lively, good-looking round, and fat; he was both in appearance and character a complete contradiction to his profession. "And pray what was his profession and his standing in respectable society?" Well, perhaps, if in the beginning of a book these were written and printed, many, when they read it, would lay the book down and say, "It seems to me a very miserable title, I don't like things of this sort." And yet my father was not a skin-dresser nor an executioner; o…

"The Tinderbox" a story by Hans Christian Andersen

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Read "The Tinderbox" fairy tale for childrens. "The Tinderbox" story, a short bedtime Story written by H.C. Andersen.
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"The Tinderbox" a story by Hans Christian Andersen A fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen
A soldier came marching along the high road: "Left, right - left, right." He had his knapsack on his back, and a sword at his side; he had been to the wars, and was now returning home. As he walked on, he met a very frightful-looking old witch in the road. Her under-lip hung quite down on her breast, and she stopped and said, "Good evening, soldier; you have a very fine sword, and a large knapsack, and you are a real soldier; so you shall have as much money as ever you like."


"Thank you, old witch," said the soldier.

"Do you see that large tree," said the witch, pointing to a tree which stood beside them. "Well, it is quite hollow insid…

"The little mermaid" a story by Hans Christian Andersen

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Read "The little mermaid" fairy tale for childrens. "The little mermaid" story, a short bedtime Story written by H.C. Andersen.
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"The little mermaid" a story by Hans Christian Andersen A fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen
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 branche…

"The Phoenix bird" a story by Hans Christian Andersen

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"The Phoenix bird" a story by Hans Christian Andersen A fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen
In the Garden of Paradise, beneath the Tree of Knowledge, bloomed a rose bush. Here, in the first rose, a bird was born. His flight was like the flashing of light, his plumage was beauteous, and his song ravishing. But when Eve plucked the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, when she and Adam were driven from Paradise, there fell from the flaming sword of the cherub a spark into the nest of the bird, which blazed up forthwith. The bird perished in the flames; but from the red egg in the nest there fluttered aloft a new one– the one solitary Phoenix bird. The fable tells that he dwells in Arabia, and that every hundred years, he burns himself to death in his …

"The Little Match Girl" a story by Hans Christian Andersen

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Read "The Little Match Girl" fairy tale for childrens. The little match-seller story, a short bedtime Story written by Hans Christian Andersen.
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"The Little Match Girl" a story by Hans Christian Andersen A fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen
It was terribly cold and nearly dark on the last evening of the old year, and the snow was falling fast. In the cold and the darkness, a poor little girl, with bare head and naked feet, roamed through the streets. It is true she had on a pair of slippers when she left home, but they were not of much use.


They were very large, so large, indeed, that they had belonged to her mother, and the poor little creature had lost them in running across the street to avoid two carriages that were rolling along at a terrible rate. One of the slippers she could not find, and a boy seized upon the other and ran away with it, saying that he could use it as a cradle, when he had children of his own…

"Little Ida's flowers" a story by Hans Christian Andersen

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Read "Little Ida's flowers" fairy tale for childrens. Little Ida's flowers story, a short bedtime Story written by the H.C. Andersen.
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"Little Ida's flowers" a story by Hans Christian Andersen
"My poor flowers are quite dead," said little Ida, "they were so pretty yesterday evening, and now all the leaves are hanging down quite withered. What do they do that for," she asked, of the student who sat on the sofa; she liked him very much, he could tell the most amusing stories, and cut out the prettiest pictures; hearts, and ladies dancing, castles with doors that opened, as well as flowers; he was a delightful student. "Why do the flowers look so faded to-day?" she asked again, and pointed to her nosegay, which was quite withered.


"Don't you know what is the matter with them?" said the student. "The flowers were at a ball last night, and therefore, it is no wonder th…

"The princess and the pea" a story by Hans Christian Andersen

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"The princess and the pea" a story by Hans Christian Andersen
Once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess; but she woul have to be a real princess. He travelled all over the world to find one, but nowhere could he get what he wanted. There were princesses enough, but it was difficult to find out whether they were real ones. There was always something about them that was not as it should be. So he came home again and was sad, for he would have liked very much to have a real princess.


One evening a terrible storm came on; there was thunder and lightning, and the rain poured down in torrents. Suddenly a knocking was heard at the city gate, and the old king went to open it.

"The Nightingale" a story by Hans Christian Andersen

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Read "The Nightingale" fairy tale for childrens. The Nightingale story, a short bedtime Stories written by the H.C. Andersen.
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"The Nightingale" a story by Hans Christian Andersen
In China, you know, the emperor is a Chinese, and all those about him are Chinamen also. The story I am going t tell you happened a great many years ago, so it is well to hear it now before it is forgotten.


The emperor's palac was the most beautiful in the world. It was built entirely of porcelain, and very costly, but so delicate and brittle tha whoever touched it was obliged to be careful. In the garden could be seen the most singular flowers, with prett silver bells tied to them, which tinkled so that every one who passed could not help noticing the flowers. Indeed everything in the emperor's garden was remarkable, and it extended so far that the gardener himself did not kno where it ended. Those who travelled beyond its limits knew that there w…