What Are Some Popular Short Stories for Children?


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Some popular examples of short stories for children are Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit tales, the Mary Poppins collection by P.L. Travers, the Little House stories by Laura Ingles Wilder and the complete Winnie-the-Pooh tales. There are also the contemporary Berenstain Bears books by the Berenstain family. Moral stories encompass such classics as the Brothers Grimm tales and Aesop's fables. Global literature includes the Jataka tales from India and Zen stories.

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Stories for children differ in length and according to the intended age of the listener or reader. Short stories may take only a minute or two to finish, or well over an hour. The colorful Little Golden Books have been popular for many decades and are usually 10-20 pages long, whereas the turn-of-the-century classic, "Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame, is a heavy tome that contains many short adventures within. Longer tales such as these may thus be broken into manageable chapters for reading one at a time.

Hans Christian Andersen wrote many famous stories for children, including "The Little Match Girl," "Thumbelina," "The Emperor's New Clothes," and "The Little Mermaid." These and other examples of short children's literature have often been made into popular movies by Disney and other film makers.

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