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Tom Tit Tot

tom tit totIn this , a woman lies to a king about her daughter being good at using a spinning-wheel. For some reason this is just the kind of girl the king wants to marry. The girl, who doesn’t seem to be good at anything except eating, then needs the help of a strange creature in order to keep her head. However, to avoid an even worse fate, she must guess the creature’s name. In his book “English Fairy Tales”, Joseph Jacobs wrote: “The story of Tom Tit Tot …is one of the best folk-tales that have ever been collected, far superior to any of the continental variants of this tale with which I am acquainted.” I am afraid that we can’t agree. To learn why, we suggest that you read the story and then have a look at our Comments below.

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(n: fairytale pl fairytales) A children's story that has people or creatures in it with magical powers. 14000
(n: fairy pl fairies) An imaginary creature having magical powers. 4000
(n: tale pl tales) A story about real or imaginary events; an exciting or dramatic story that may not be completely true.

A Fish Story

a fish storyAlthough this story was described as an “Australian” when published in 1910, Australia is too young a nation to have folktales of its own. This is an Australian folktale. Like those of many other ancient cultures, it tries to explain the meaning of every-day things in the world. In this case: how fish got into rivers, and why rivers always feel warmer if you swim in them on a cold day.

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folktale(n: folktale pl folktales) A story that is part of the traditions of a group of people and was handed down in spoken form before books and printing. 9000

aborigine(adj: aboriginal) Of or relating to the people and things that have been in a region from the earliest time. Used especially when referring to the native peoples of Australia.
(n: aborigine pl aborigines) 1. A member of the original people to live in an area. 2. A member of any of the native peoples of Australia. 9000

Christmas Day in the Morning

christmas day in the morningIt is almost the season again, and this story by Pearl S. Buck tells how doing something special to show how much you love someone can be the greatest Christmas gift of all. An old man remembers a Christmas when, as a boy, he first learned how much his father loved him. He decided that the cheap tie he had bought his father was not good enough, and came up with another gift which they both remember for the rest of their lives.

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festive(adj: festive) 1. Cheerful and exciting; happy, as if celebrating or on holiday. She was in a festive mood. It was a festive occasion. 2. [British] Of or relating to Christmas. The festive season: the period immediately leading up to Christmas and ending just after New Year. 6000

Mr Miacca

mr miaccaMr Miacca is an English of the type, where adults tell stories of imaginary beings to frighten children into behaving in a certain way. In the story, a boy diss his mother and twice finds himself about to be cooked for Mr Miacca’s dinner. He gets away the first time by tricking Mrs Miacca, but the second time Mr Miacca has other ideas.

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folktale(n: folktale pl folktales) A story that is part of the traditions of a group of people and was handed down in spoken form before books and printing. 9000

(n: bogyman pl bogymen) An imaginary monster or bad person, used by adults or older children to frighten bad children into good behavior. 12000

(v: obey, obeys, obeyed, obeying) To do what someone tells you to do or what a rule, law, etc., says you must do. (เชื่อฟัง) 5000
The opposite of obey (to not do what you are told to do) is 'disobey'.