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Famous Bedtime Stories
1. The Reward
The Reward is a cautionary tale from India and warns against the dangers of being greedy.
There once was an emperor named Akbar. He went hunting in the woods, but when it started to get dark, he became lost. A young boy, Mahesh, heard the emperor calling for help, went into the jungle, and led him back to the palace.
As a reward, the emperor took a ring from his finger and gave it to Mahesh.
“Bring this ring back to the palace in the morning, show it to the guards, and tell them to let you in,” said the emperor, “Then I can reward you for your kindness.”
The next day Mahesh came back to the palace, showed the ring to the guard, and asked to see the emperor. However, the guard was a greedy man and told Mahesh, “I will only let you in if you give me half of your reward.”
Mahesh agreed and went to see the emperor.
“I would like 50 lashes as my reward,” said Mahesh.
The emperor tried to talk him out of it, but Maresh insisted. After the 25th lash, Mahesh stopped the emperor and explained about the guard.
The emperor was very angry with the guard. He went out and gave the guard the remaining 25 lashes and fired him on the spot.
Then the emperor asked Maresh again what he would like as a reward.
“I promised the guard half of everything,” Maresh said, “So I do not want any further reward.”
So, instead, the emperor gave Mahesh’s family a new home and all they needed to enjoy a happy life.
2. The Unexpected Rock
This story is told by the Miwok tribe, who live in what we now call Yosemite. It reveals how the rock formation Tutokanula, or El Capitan, grew out of the earth overnight.
One day two children were playing in a stream. When they got out, they were chilly, but the girl saw a soft, mossy area in the sun.
“Let’s go and sit there,” she said, “It will be warm in the sun.”
The children laid on the moss and soon fell asleep. As the day went on, the rock inched upwards to keep them close to the sun and warm. The children were so comfortable they stayed asleep.
At dinner time, the children’s family searched everywhere but could not find them.
Then coyote sniffed the ground, followed the children’s trail, and said, “They must be on top of this new rock.”
Antelope was the best jumper, and the family asked him to get the children, but he could only reach a short way up the rock.
Grizzly bear was the best climber, so they asked her to get the children, but she could only reach a little higher than antelope.
All of the animals tried — jackrabbit, raccoon, even mountain lion, but none could reach the children.
“Let me try,” said the inchworm, and all of the animals laughed.
“You are too small,” they said. “How could you possibly do what we couldn’t?”
But the children’s family asked him to try.
Slowly, slowly, the inchworm passed the points the other animals had reached. Finally, he got to the top and woke the children by crawling on their faces and led them down the mountain.
That day, the Miwok named the rock Tutokanula in honor of the inchworm, the tiny creature who achieved great things.
3. You Need A Lion’s Whisker
This fairy tale from Ethiopia tells the story of a woman who learns there are no shortcuts and that patience, perseverance, and hard work are essential.
Leeya married a man who already had a son. She tried to be friends with the boy, but nothing she did worked. So Leeya went to see the medicine man in the mountains.
“Please help me,” Leeya said. “I want the boy to be happy and to be friends with him. I’ve tried for an entire week, but nothing works.”
“I can help, but first, I need you to pluck a whisker from a living lion and bring it to me,” he said.
Leeya was afraid, but she wanted to be friends, so she went to where the lions lived.
Every day for a month, Leeya would put out a bowl of meat and watch from behind a rock when the lion came to feed.
The next month she did the same thing but knelt up, so her head was showing. The next month she stood taller so the lion could see her from the waist up, and the following month she stood beside the rock.
For the next six months, she inched closer to the lion. In the tenth month, she stood next to him while he ate. In the eleventh, she held the bowl, and in the twelfth month, she would place her hand on the lion’s face.
Finally, she was brave enough to pluck a whisker from the lion, and she took it to the medicine man. The medicine man accepted the whisker from her and threw it into the fire.
“Why did you do that?” asked Leeya. “I worked hard for a full year to get that whisker.”
“You worked hard,” said the medicine man. “You were patient, gave the lion what it needed, and gained its trust. Is it any harder to do the same for a young boy who misses his mother?”
Then Leeya understood. There were no shortcuts, but patience, love, understanding, and perseverance would get her where she wanted to be.
4. Growing For A King
Growing For A King, a Chinese cautionary tale, is an excellent place to begin talking about the dangers of peer pressure.
An old king had no children, so he held a competition to find the next leader.
He decreed that every child who wanted to try would be given a seed. They had to go home and nurture the seed for one year. At the end of the year, the grower of the best plant would be the new leader.
Heng entered the contest and took a seed home. She put the seed in the best soil, watered it carefully, and gave it just the right amount of sun.
By the end of the first month, other children in the town had tiny sprouts, but Heng did not. By the end of the third month, all of the other children had little, bushy plants, but still, Heng had nothing.
The other children made fun of Heng, telling her she could never be the leader because she couldn’t even grow a tiny plant.
Heng swapped the soil and the pot. She tried everything she could think of, but at the end of the year, she still had nothing.
The last day of the contest arrived, and all of the children took their plants to the palace, except Heng. She sat at home and cried, but her parents said she should be proud of her hard work and took her along to the judging.
The king walked up and down, judging the beautiful, luscious plants; some of them even had fruit. Then he arrived at Heng.
“Where is your plant?” asked the king.
Through her tears, Heng said, “I worked very hard. I gave the seed my best soil, watered it every day, put it in just the right amount of sun, and brought it in from the cold. But nothing I did could make the seed grow.”
“That’s right,” said the king. “I gave everyone seeds that had been boiled and dried. None of them could grow into plants”.
“You are the only honest child who was strong enough to admit your seed wouldn’t grow, the king continued. “That makes you our new leader.”
5. The Ugly Duckling
This is one of the classic bedtime stories for kids. The story starts on a farm, where a duck sits on a clutch of eggs to make them hatch. The eggs hatch one by one, and soon, there are six yellow-feathered ducklings chirping excitedly. The last egg takes longer to hatch, and from it emerges a strange-looking duckling with grey feathers. Everybody finds the grey duckling ugly, including its mother. The dejected duckling runs away and lives alone in a swamp until winter comes. Seeing the duckling starving in winter, a farmer takes pity on the ugly duckling and gives it food and shelter at home. However, the duckling is afraid of the farmer’s noisy children and flees to a cave by a frozen lake. When spring comes, a flock of beautiful swans descend on the lake, and the duckling, which is now fully grown, but lonely, approaches the swans, expecting to be rejected. To his surprise, the swans welcome him. He looks at his reflection in the water and realises that he is not an ugly duckling anymore but a beautiful swan. The swan joins this flock and flies off with his new family.
6. Beauty and the Beast
This famous fairy tale tells us that we should look past outward appearances and give more importance to a person’s good nature. There once was a merchant who got lost in a storm and took shelter in a castle he found. While leaving, he plucked a rose from the garden to gift his daughter Belle. The castle belonged to a hideous beast, who imprisoned the merchant for trying to steal the rose. The merchant begged to be set free and told the beast he only wanted the rose for his daughter Belle. The Beast lets him go, on the condition that his daughter would take his place and live in the castle. The merchant returned home and told Belle everything. Belle went to live in the castle with the Beast in place of her father. The Beast fell in love with the beautiful Belle, who realised that the Beast was very good-natured and not vicious. One day, Belle asked permission to see her father. When she left, the Beast felt heartbroken. Belle returned to the castle to see that the Beast was dying. She held the Beast and cried, admitting that she loved him. All of a sudden, the Beast turned into a handsome prince. He was cursed by a witch that he would remain a Beast until a woman truly loved him, despite his hideous looks. The witch’s curse was broken when Belle said she loved the beast. The prince and Belle got married and lived happily ever after.
7. The Emperor’s New Clothes
This is a funny bedtime story for kids. A proud and boastful emperor only cares about displaying himself in beautiful clothes and finery. He hires two weavers and promises them a reward if they make for him the best suit of clothes ever worn by anyone. The weavers are con-men who tell the king that they are using a special invisible fabric to anyone stupid or unfit for his position. The weavers are tricking the king by only pretending to stitch the clothes, by miming making clothes. Thus, even though no one, including the emperor and his ministers, can see the clothes, nobody admits it for fear of being called stupid or unfit for his position. The weavers claim to have finished the suit and mime-dressing the emperor, who then marches before his subjects to show off his new clothes. The townspeople go along with this, as they do not want to admit that the king is naked and risk being called stupid. Then, a child watching the procession screams that the emperor has no clothes. The child does not understand the reason to keep up the pretence. Hearing the child, others in the crowd also join the child in saying that the emperor is naked. The emperor is very embarrassed. He realises that his pride and foolishness put him in a situation where he became the object of ridicule.
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8. Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
This is a story from The Arabian Nights: One Thousand and One Nights. It is a story full of magical adventures. It tells the tale of Aladdin, a poor tailor’s son. After his father dies, Aladdin’s mother earns money by spinning cotton. One day, a wicked magician comes to Aladdin and says he will pay him money for doing a small job. He also gifts him a ring as a token of advance. He then takes him to a hidden cave and asks him to go inside and bring him a lamp. The cave is full of gold and treasures. Aladdin finds the lamp and brings it to the opening of the cave. The magician asks Aladdin to give him the lamp, but Aladdin asks him to help him climb out of the cave first. The magician gets angry and says magic words that trap Aladdin inside the cave. A desperate Aladdin absently rubs the ring on his finger, and a genie magically appears, saying it will grant him any wish. Aladdin asks the genie to help him get out. He then takes the lamp and goes home. He tells his mother everything. The next day, his mother rubs the lamp while cleaning it, and again, a genie appears. It grants Aladdin and his mother anything they wish for. They now become wealthy and live in comfort. Aladdin also marries the princess of the land and lives luxuriously in a palace built for them by the genie.
Meanwhile, the magician disguises himself as a lamp seller and comes to the palace, claiming to exchange new lamps for old ones. The princess gives away the magic lamp, not knowing what it is. The magician then takes the genie of the lamp to take away Aladdin’s riches, palace and even the princess. Aladdin is in despair and tries to find a way to get everything back. He suddenly remembers the magic ring and uses the genie of the ring to bring back his palace, the lamp, and the princess. Aladdin then sets the genies of the lamp and ring free and lives happily ever after with the princess.
9. THE LAZY KING’S LESSON
Once upon a time, there was a king who ruled a big kingdom in India. He was very fat and lazy. He always used to sit and do nothing, just eat and sleep. He slept till late in the day and snored the loudest. He had a wife and a little princess. His wife was the queen of the kingdom. She was always worried about her lazy husband.
One day, the queen needed some bread, fruits and vegetables to cook and eat. The little princess wanted candy. The queen thought if she would ask the king to get the things himself, he would get some exercise. So, the queen asked the king to buy the things she needed from the market. The king rubbed his eyes and said, ‘Just ten more minutes dear!’, and went back to sleep. The queen went to wake him up again, but the king continued to sleep. Finally, the queen got really angry and shouted at the king to wake him up. The king woke up and said, ‘Fine! I’ll go and get the things you need, if that makes you happy. But you have to promise me that you will let me sleep for the rest of the year.’
The king went to the market and saw a furniture shop. There was a big cosy and comfy bed, he went in there and slept for the day, forgetting why he had come to the market. Nobody woke him up because he was the king. A messenger came to the palace in the evening and told the queen what had happened. That day when little princess couldn’t get her candy, she was cross with her king daddy and decided to teach him a lesson. She asked the queen if she would come to the furniture shop in the market with her. The queen agreed readily. So they went to the furniture shop together in a carriage. All people in the kingdom followed the carriage to find out where the queen and her little daughter were going.
They reached the market. And then, they saw daddy king sleeping in the furniture shop and snoring. They went to wake him up, but in vain. The princess whispered something into her mother’s ear. The queen smiled and ordered the legs of the bed to be cut. As the first leg came off, the king fell off the bed and hurt his back. ‘Ouch!’, he said angrily, demanding to know who dared to disturb him. The little princess was laughing at her father. Soon, he found everyone else laughing at him too. He felt ashamed that everyone in the kingdom had discovered his laziness, and he was never lazy again.
10. The little Mermaid
Long long ago , in the Deep Sea kingdom , there lived the sea king with his five mermaid daughters . Sirenetta was the youngest and the loveliest among them . She had a beautiful voice and everybody from far and wide came to hear her sing and praised her voice and her beauty.
One day , while Sirenetta was swimming on the surface of the water and watching ships go by , she saw a young man falling off his ship . She swam swiftly to save him from drowning and dragged him to the shore . Soon , people found the man on the shore and Sirenetta swam away .
This man was actually the prince of a kingdom. When he became conscious, the prince looked around for the girl who had saved him but no one knew who she was. Sirenetta often thought of the young man and fell in love with the prince, but she was sad because she could never be like all the other ladies he knew. They had two feet and she had a fish tail!
In the Deep Sea lived a witch with magical powers. One day, Sirenetta went to beg her for human legs. The witch said, ‘I need your beautiful voice! Only then I shall give you legs! But you must remember, every time you set your feet on the ground, it will hurt very badly!” Sirenetta agreed.
She did not mind the pain. All she wanted was to be with the prince. As soon as she got her two feet Sirenetta became dumb. When she was leaving, the witch said, ‘If your prince marries anybody else, you shall dissolve in the sea water. You can never become a mermaid again!”
With the witch’s magic spell, Sirenetta found herself lying on the beach and the prince looking down at her. He asked, ‘Where are you from?’ But she could not reply. The prince took her to his palace and looked after her. They became good friends and had a wonderful time together. Every step Sirenetta took hurt, but she bore it all silently.
She loved the prince but the prince was in love with the beautiful maiden who had saved him. The prince did not realise it had been Sirenetta and she couldn’t tell him.
Obeying the wishes of his father, the prince went to meet the daughter of a neighbouring king. Enchanted by her beauty the prince was convinced this was the same maiden who rescued him. He asked the princess to marry him. A grand wedding took place.
Sirenetta was heartbroken. That night, crying she ran to the seashore. There she saw four mermaids. Why, they were her sisters! One of them handed her a knife and said, ‘Here, Sirenetta! This is a magic knife! We gave our long hair locks to the witch of the Deep Sea and she gave this to us in return. Kill your prince and you shall turn into a mermaid again! Then you can come and live with us!’
Sirenetta took the magic knife and went to the prince’s room at night. But she loved him so much that she could Suddenly, from the sky came a pink cloud. It lifted her from the land into the sky. ‘Where am IT’ asked Sirenetta, for now she could talk. The beautiful fairies not kill him.
She knew that at dawn, she would vanish into the sea, just as the witch of the Deep Sea had told her earlier. She sat on the shore and wept silently. replied, ‘We are the air fairies. You are now one of us because you did a good deed for the person you love. Come with us.” From then on, the little mermaid, Sirenetta, lived in the sky with the fairies.
11. Greatest wealth
A rich man lived in a big city. He had a lot of money and had also recently bought a big house in the city. He was very rich in money but very poor in terms of body and health.
He worked very hard day and night to earn money, but he had no time for his body at all. Even after being very rich and earning money, he was surrounded by many new diseases. A rich man lived in a big city. He had a lot of money and had also recently bought a big house in the city. He was very rich in money but very poor in terms of body and health.
He worked very hard day and night to earn money, but he had no time for his body at all. Even after being very rich and earning money, he was surrounded by many new diseases.
The man was not selfish, but only that the man did not have time to spend money. He started getting used to earning money. He did not find time to go to the doctor. His body was slowly becoming weaker due to not paying attention.
One day he came home very tired. Today she was having a very bad headache, so she went straight to her bed. Being exhausted when his servant brought food, he refused to eat and went to sleep hungry.
At midnight, his headache increased even more. He could not get some society to know what is happening. Suddenly a strange figure came in front of her and she hardened and she said, “I am your soul and today I am leaving your body forever.”
The man then panicked and said, “Why are you leaving my body? I have a lot of money and I have worked hard for it all my life. I live in such a big house, that many people only care about that house I can think. ” Their dreams. “The soul said,” Listen to me, this big house is your house, not mine.
My home is your body, which is getting thinner day by day, and has also come in the grip of many diseases. “” I imagine living in a broken hut for many years. In the same way, you put your body, that is, my house, and I cannot live in it. “The soul left the man’s body, saying this.
Moral:- Our health is our greatest wealth, when we lose it, then we realize it.
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FAQ Famous Bedtime Stories
Q1. What are some famous bedtime stories?
A1. Some famous bedtime stories include “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “The Three Little Pigs,” “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” and “Peter Pan.”
Q2. Can you recommend a classic bedtime story for children?
A2. Of course, a classic bedtime story for children is “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown. This is a soothing and evergreen option.
Q3. Are there any popular bedtime stories from different cultures?
A3. Yes, you can see stories like “The Arabian Nights”, “Anansi the Spider” from African folklore, “Momotaro” from Japan, and “The Tortoise and the Hare” from Aesop’s Fables.
Q4. What’s a great bedtime story for kids?
A4. A wonderful bedtime story for children is “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam Mc Bratney. It’s heartwarming and perfect for little ones.