Folk Tales

Here’s an archive of old tales from around the world, read by TQ Townsend. Recordings may be freely used for non-commercial purposes.

One of Aesop’s Fables (which wasn’t probably written by Aesop.) Retold by T.Q. Townsend.

Aschenputtel (Abridged)
The Cinderella tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. Abridged by TQ Townsend.

Full, final version of the Cinderella tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm as published in 1857. First published in Berlin in 1812 in Children’s and Household Tales.

Cendrillon (Abridged)
The most commonly known Cinderella story written by Charles Perrault. Abridged by TQ Townsend.

Cendrillon, or the Little Glass Slipper
The full version of the most well-known Cinderella story by Charles Perrault. Translated from the original French by Andrew Lang in The Blue Fairy Book.

An early Cinderella story first published in 1636 in the Pentamerone by the Italian writer Giambattista Basile

The Crow and The Snake
A Ukrainian folk tale about a crow who defends her home against the Snake who lives near her which seeks to destroy her children.

The Crow and the Pitcher
One of Aesop’s Fables, which teaches an important lesson about resilience . . . and the concept of displacement of water!

Les Animaux Malades de la Peste
A fable originally written by Aesop and adapted by Jean de La Fontaine in his Fables. This is Fable 1 in Book VII, which tells of powerful carnivores using a harmless donkey as a scapegoat for their crimes.

A Cinderella story written by Strabo telling of a woman who married Pharaoh after an eagle delivered one of her slippers to him

Ye Xian
An ancient Cinderella story from China, first written down in about the year 860 in Miscellaneous Morsels from Youyang by Duan Chengshi.