What Are Some Classic Bedtime Stories?


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Classic bedtime stories include "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "The Princess and the Pea." Both are European fairy tales passed down in the oral tradition and first published in the early 19th century.

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"Jack and the Beanstalk" is a classic bedtime story about a boy named Jack who lives with his mother. Jack's mother tells him to sell the family cow that has stopped giving milk. On the way to the market, Jack encounters an old man who trades him magic beans for the cow. Jack's mother angrily throws the beans out of the window and sends Jack to bed.

The beans grow into a beanstalk overnight. Jack climbs the beanstalk, steals the treasure from a giant living at the top and kills the giant by chopping down the beanstalk.

"The Princess and the Pea" is another classic bedtime story about a prince who wants to marry a princess but cannot find one that he believes is genuine royalty. When a young woman claiming to be a princess shows up at the castle one rainy night, the queen decides to test her. The queen prepares a tall pile of mattresses and blankets for the lady to sleep on and places a pea underneath the stack. In the morning, the lady explains that she did not sleep at all because there was something hard in her bed. Her delicate skin proves that she is a real princess and she marries the prince.

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