French Children's Stories

Retold by The Fable Cottage

Children's stories translated into French with optional English translation and slow audio from a native French speaker. Great for kids... and adults too! Enjoy!


Once there was a girl with une peau blanche comme la neige who was un tantinet more beautiful than the queen. A story of magic mirrors, some dwarfs, poisoned apples, and ScrabbleTM

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When a rich chapelier tells people that his daughter can turn le foin into gold, the king makes him prove it (or be fed to the crocodiles!)

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A story about a girl with très longs cheveux who lives in une grand tour with no stairs. But it's also about different kinds of héros, and the things we do to live heureux jusqu’à la fin des temps.

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Les Habits neufs de l'empereur

A vain empereur loves bragging about his own intelligence. But when a dishonest tailleur sells him d'incroyables nouveaux habits, the emperor discovers who the real imbécile is.

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Cinderella is intelligente et gentille, but she's also très malheureuse. Will she escape her selfish belles-sœurs and belle-mère and go to the bal du roi?

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Jack et les Haricots Magiques

Jack means well, but when he sells his family's only vache for une poignée de haricots, he's in deep trouble. Will those beans really make him plus riche que l’homme le plus riche du monde?

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Hansel et Gretel

Hansel and Gretel get lost in la forêt and find une maison fait de chocolat et de bonbons. But then they also meet une méchante sorcière... Will Hansel become garçon rôti

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Les trois boucs bourrus

Three hungry boucs meet a troll grossier et grincheux on their way to eat la haute herbe verte in the meadow. Will they outsmart him? Or will he eat them pour le petit-dejeuner? 

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Petit Poulet

An updated version of Chicken Little: Petit Poulet is just like you and me — un poulet tout à fait normal. Unfortunately he believes everything he reads on the internet...

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L'Oiseau et la Baleine

A beautiful (but poignant) story of un oiseau and une baleine who tombent amoureux. But a whale can't fly, and a bird can't swim. Where will they live together? 

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Keep that learning going! We've created some fun after-reading activities to go along with our stories.

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