Mother’s Nursery Tales

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(4.8 stars; 6 reviews)

Perhaps you did not know that fairy tales were ever truths, but they are—the best and oldest of them. That does not mean they are facts like the things you see around you or learn from history books. Facts and truths are as different as the body and the spirit. Facts are like the body that we can see and touch and measure; we cannot see or measure the Spirit, but it is there.

No one knows who first told them, nor where nor when. Perhaps none of them was told by any one particular person. Perhaps they just grew upon the Tree of Wisdom when the world was young, like shining fruit, and our wise and simple first parents plucked them, and gave them to their children to play with, and to taste. These are not new fairy-tales, the ones in this book that has been newly made for you and placed in your hands. They are old fairy-tales gathered together, some from one country, and some from another. They are old, old, old. As old as the hills or the human race,—as old as truth itself. Long ago, even so long ago as when your grandmother’s grandmother’s grandmother was a little rosy-cheeked girl, and your grandfather’s grandfather’s grandfather was a noisy shouting little boy, these stories were old.They could not harm the children, these fruits from the tree of wisdom, for each one was a lovely globe of truth, rich and wholesome to the taste. Magic fruit, for one could eat and eat, and still the fruit was there as perfect as ever to be handed down through generations, until at last it comes to you, as beautiful as in those days of long ago - Summary from the introduction (6 hr 36 min)


Introduction 3:36 Read by Phil Chenevert
The Sleeping Beauty 13:15 Read by Bekaroo
Jack and the Bean Stalk 14:29 Read by Lydia
Beauty and the Beast 18:47 Read by Emily Tisheuar
Jack-the-Giant-Killer 26:12 Read by Lynne T
The Three Wishes 4:08 Read by alicethefairy
The Goose Girl 12:17 Read by Lydia
The Little Old Woman and Her Pig 9:12 Read by Scott Bennett
The White Cat 12:46 Read by Lydia
Brittle-Legs 11:51 Read by Scott Bennett
“I Went Up One Pair of Stairs,” etc 3:49 Read by Bekaroo
The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean 4:15 Read by Bekaroo
The Water-Sprite 5:44 Read by Sonia
Star Jewels 4:28 Read by Lydia
Sweet Porridge 5:03 Read by Reeses118
Chicken-Diddle 6:12 Read by Jade Hjelstrom
A Pack of Ragamuffins 9:13 Read by Georgann Fennell
The Frog Prince 8:50 Read by Kana McKay
The Wolf and the Five Little Goats 10:52 Read by Scott Bennett
The Golden Goose 17:13 Read by Jude Ellis
The Three Spinners 7:37 Read by chelstex
Goldilocks and the Three Bears 9:50 Read by Larry Wilson
The Three Little Pigs 14:00 Read by Emily Tisheuar
The Golden Key 1:57 Read by Lydia
Mother Hulda 10:08 Read by Reeses118
The Six Companions 15:16 Read by Georgann Fennell
The Golden Bird 29:46 Read by Reeses118
The Nail 3:11 Read by Reeses118
Little Red Riding-Hood 6:11 Read by alicethefairy
Aladdin, or the Magic Lamp 35:26 Read by James K. White
The Cobbler and the Fairies 5:55 Read by Reeses118
Cinderella 18:04 Read by Kana McKay
Jack in Luck 13:02 Read by anjpatel
Puss in Boots 14:01 Read by Emily Tisheuar
The Town Musicians 9:41 Read by Georgann Fennell


Great for bedtime for children

(5 stars)

Old time bedtime stories.