"Rip Van Winkle" tells the tale of a lovable but rather lazy man who falls asleep after drinking some moonshine and awakens some 20 years later to a world that has changed completely for him. This short story by Washingt... More »

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Bruno Mars' songs "Just the Way You Are," "Locked Out of Heaven," "Grenade" and "When I Was Your Man" each peaked at the number one position on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Other hits by, or featuring, Bruno Mars include "... More »

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Some short and cute poems for teenagers include classics such as Dorothy Parker's "One Perfect Rose" and Emily Dickinson's "If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking." Modern short poems like "Lazy Teen" by Bradi Nichols and... More »

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The moral of "Rip Van Winkle" is that life passes by with or without a person and that change is inevitable. The story also shows that a person will pay dearly when they try to avoid change; in many ways, Irving is askin... More »

The central conflict of "Rip Van Winkle" involves competing visions of American society following the Revolution. In the story, Washington Irving reveals an America falling short of its romanticized vision. He presents t... More »

The story of the "Three Little Pigs" is a tale about three pigs that upon setting out from their mother's home each build a home, one made of hay, another made of twigs and the third one made of bricks. They are soon att... More »

Although the tale was not an original work, in May of 1875, “The Gingerbread Boy” was printed for the first time in St. Nicholas Magazine. Before this print copy, “The Gingerbread Boy” was a traditional tale that was spr... More »