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HANS IN LUCK

By PCarson66 - Jun 18 2014
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I was very disappointed with this particular iTunes U selection. The narrarator was difficult to understand, she spoke hesitatingly, and her speech had absolutely no inflection. I quit listening after 5 minutes. I'm hoping that the other Grimm's Fairy Tales will have better narrarators. Thank you.

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HANS IN LUCK

By PCarson66 - Jun 18 2014
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I was very disappointed with this particular iTunes U selection. The narrarator was difficult to understand, she spoke hesitatingly, and her speech had absolutely no inflection. I quit listening after 5 minutes. I'm hoping that the other Grimm's Fairy Tales will have better narrarators. Thank you.
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Grimms' Fairy Tales from the Project Gutenberg EBook

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Grimms' Fairy Tales from the Project Gutenberg EBook

Rank #1: Rumpelstiltskin - read by Rob Hadaway

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In order to make himself appear more important, a miller lied to a king, telling him that his daughter could spin straw into gold. The king called for the girl, shut her in a tower room with straw and a spinning wheel, and demanded that she spin the straw into gold by morning, for three nights, or be executed (other versions have the king threatening to lock her up in a dungeon forever). She had given up all hope, when an impish creature appeared in the room and spun straw into gold for her in return for her necklace, then again the following night for her ring. On the third night, when she had nothing with which to reward him, the strange creature spun straw into gold for a promise that the girl's first-born child would become his.

The king was so impressed that he married the miller's daughter, but when their first child was born, the imp returned to claim his payment: "Now give me what you promised". The queen was frightened and offered him all the wealth she had if she could keep the child. The imp refused but finally agreed to give up his claim to the child if the queen could guess his name in three days. At first she failed, but before the final night, her messenger discovered the imp's remote mountain cottage and, unseen, overheard the imp hopping about his fire and singing the name of the child.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumplestiltskin

Jan 09 2012

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Rank #2: The Elves and the Shoemaker - read by Rob Hadaway

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A poor shoemaker and his wife need money to pay the rent. He gives away the last pair of shoes he has to a needy lady. He has leather to make one more pair of shoes. Elves come in the night and make a pair of shoes which he sells for more than his asking price the next day. He uses that money to pay the rent, buy food and more shoe leather. He feeds a poor traveller. The elves come the next night and make 2 pairs of shoes with the additional leather. He gives away one pair to a needy person and sells the other pair to a referral from the first customer who is immensely satisfied. He buys leather for 3 shoes, and stays up to find the elves making the shoes. The shoemaker and wife make clothes for the elves the next day, and the elves are pleased to find clothes, and continue making shoes. They all live happily ever after.

Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elves_and_the_Shoemaker

Jan 09 2012

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Rank #3: The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet- read by Haden Smith

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Chanticleer and Partlet begin their adventure with a trip to the mountains in search of nuts. They either grew too lazy or too full to travel home on foot so they built a carriage of nutshells. While deciding how to get home a duck accused them of trespassing on her grounds. Chanticleer and the duck began to fight until the duck could no longer handle the pain and agreed to draw their carriage home for them. The adventure continues from there as they encounter different obstacles on their journey back home. Their next adventures consists of a trip to visit Mr. Korbes and the death of Partlet.

May 03 2012

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Rank #4: Jorinda and Jorindel - read by Shannon Hawks

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A shape-shifting witch (or "fairy," depending on the translation) lived alone in a dark castle in the woods. She could lure wild animals and birds to her before killing them; she transfixed anyone who would came near to where she stood, and turn innocent maidens into birds and cage them. Jorinde and Joringel, who had promised to marry each other, went for a walk in the forest. They came too near the witch's lair; she turned Jorinde into a nightingale and fixed Joringel to the ground. Once she had carried away the bird, she freed Joringel.

One night Joringel dreamed of a flower, and that it would break all the witch's spells. He sought it for nine days, found it, and carried it back to the castle. He was not frozen to the ground when he approached the castle, and it opened all the doors. He found the witch feeding the birds. She was unable to curse him, and when she tried to take one cage away, he realized it was Jorinde. He touched the witch with the flower, and her evil magic left her forever. He touched Jorinde with the flower and she became a woman again; then he transformed all the other women back.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jorinde_and_Joringel

Jan 09 2012

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Rank #5: The Fox and The Horse- Read by Akosua Wiafe

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A farmer had a horse that had been an excellent faithful servant to him: but he was now grown too old to work; so the farmer would give him nothing more to eat. The farmer decided that the horse was of no use to him any longer so he told the horse to leave and only to return if he grows as strong as a lion. The horse wandered around until he met a fox with a wonderful idea to help him win over his owner. The fox tied a lion to the horse and signaled the horse to head back home. The master was in awe of the sight and allowed the horse to return home.

May 03 2012

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Rank #6: The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet Part 2- read by Haden Smith

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Chanticleer and Partlet begin their adventure with a trip to the mountains in search of nuts. They either grew too lazy or too full to travel home on foot so they built a carriage of nutshells. While deciding how to get home a duck accused them of trespassing on her grounds. Chanticleer and the duck began to fight until the duck could no longer handle the pain and agreed to draw their carriage home for them. The adventure continues from there as they encounter different obstacles on their journey back home. Their next adventures consists of a trip to visit Mr. Korbes and the death of Partlet.

May 03 2012

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Rank #7: Little Red-Cap - read by Stuart Lyle

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Little Red Cap (1812) - The famous tale of a girl who meets a wolf while bringing a basket of food to her grandmother. Included in the original story is an encounter with a second wolf not found in most modern versions.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story089.pdf

Dec 12 2013

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Rank #8: Old Sultan - read by Stuart Lyle

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Old Sultan (1812) - A peasant plans to kill his faithful old dog, Sultan, because he is no longer of any use to him. A wolf schemes to help Sultan preserve his life then expects something in return.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story108.pdf

Dec 12 2013

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Rank #9: Clever Elsie - read by Stuart Lyle

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Dec 12 2013

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Rank #10: The Pink - read by Akosua Wiafe

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The queen’s son, who has the power of wishing, is stolen by a cook; the queen, accused of letting animals kill the boy, is locked in a tower. The prince later uses his power to punish the cook and return home.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story118.pdf

Dec 05 2013

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Rank #11: The Frog Prince - read by Akosua Wiafe

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The well-known tale of a princess who promises companionship to a frog who retrieves her golden ball from a well. The princess, at her father’s command, begrudgingly fulfills her promise.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story046.pdf

Dec 04 2013

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Rank #12: The Goose-Girl - read by Akosua Wiafe

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On her way to marry a distant Prince, a Princess is bullied by her waiting-maid and forced to change identities with her. The waiting-maid marries the prince and the princess becomes a “goose-girl.”

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story060.pdf

Dec 04 2013

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Rank #13: Hans in luck- read by Akosua Wiafe

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Hans worked hard for seven years but wishes to return to see his poor mother. His master pays him his wages which amounts to a lump of gold the size of his head. Hans puts the gold in handkerchief and starts out on his journey jogging but soon becomes tired. He spots a rider on horse back and seeing the ease at which the horse travels he offers to exchange his lump of gold for the horse. Happy with the exchange the man gives him the horse and Hans rides off.
The horse bolts and Hans is thrown from the animal. Whereupon he meets a shepherd who convinces Hans to swap his horse for a cow. Telling Hans that a cow can provide milk, cheese and butter and is of more leisurely company. Hans takes up the offer and takes the cow and continues on with his journey only to find that the cow is dry and not producing milk as he had been told.
Disgruntled with the cow, Hans meets a butcher who he exchanges his cow for pig. Thanking the butcher for the pig Hans setting off jogging again, hopeful he has now found an ideal travel companion. Alas, Hans meets a countryman who informs him that the pig is owned by the squire and he is in danger of being caught for taking the squire's pig. Hans takes the countryman's goose in exchange for his pig, happy that it will provide a good roast and a supply of goose fat.
At the next village Hans sees a scissor-grinder and explains his story to him. The scissor-grinder offers him a grindstone for his goose arguing that a grindstone will provide a source of income. Hans happily exchanges the goose for the grindstone. He continues on his way, but is tired by the grindstone and is short of money for food.
Hans stops for a drink on the banks of a river, the grindstone falls into the deep water and is lost. Hans is happy to be rid of the heavy grindstone and being free of all troubles. He walks on to his mother's house and recounts his lucky tale.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_in_Luck

Oct 18 2012

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Rank #14: The Three Languages- read by Dwight Williams

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A count's son could learn nothing. The count sent him to find a master who could teach him something. One year, he came back saying he knew what dogs said when they barked; the next, what birds said; the third, what frogs said. Infuriated by his uselessness, his father drove him out. He was offered a night's shelter in a tower, but warned that wild dogs barked and howled there, and every night ate a man. He went and came back, saying that the dogs were there to guard a treasure until it was taken, and they had told him how to take it. The lord of the castle asked him to do it, and he came out with a chest of gold, and the lord adopted him as a son. He went to Rome. On the way, listening to frogs made him thoughtful. In Rome, the Pope had died, and they could not choose his successor, and were looking for some marvelous sign. Two doves descended on him, and they chose him as Pope — as the frogs had foretold. The doves persuaded him, and he had to sing Mass, but the doves whispered how to do it in his ear.

May 22 2012

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Rank #15: The Old Man and His Grandson- read by Josh Brook

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An old man could not eat neatly, so his son and daughter-in-law made him eat by the stove and, when he broke his bowl, bought him a cheap one. His four-year-old grandson played with wood and said that he was making a trough for his parents to eat from when they were old. After that, they let him eat at the table and did not complain about the spill.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Old_Man_and_his_Grandson

May 03 2012

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Clever Gretel - read by Stuart Lyle

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Clever Gretel (1812) - Gretel, a cook who is in the habit of sampling what she makes, prepares two fowls for her master and a guest. When the guest is slow to arrive, Gretel’s master goes to find him and Gretel eats the fowls.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story014.pdf

Dec 12 2013

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The Willow-Wren and the Bear - read by Stuart Lyle

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The Willow-Wren and the Bear (1812) - A bear insults the Willow-Wren’s children and a war results between all flying creatures and all four- footed animals. The willow-wren’s children then insist that the bear apologize.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story207.pdf

Dec 12 2013

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The Dog and the Sparrow - read by Stuart Lyle

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The Dog and the Sparrow (1812) - A sparrow helps get food for a hungry dog who is then killed by a wagoner. The sparrow exacts revenge on the wagoner for killing his friend.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story025.pdf

Dec 12 2013

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Sweetheart Roland - read by Stuart Lyle

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Sweetheart Roland (1812) - A witch schemes to kill her good step-daughter but ends up killing her beloved wicked daughter instead. The stepdaughter takes the witch’s magic wand and runs away with her sweetheart Roland.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story156.pdf

Dec 12 2013

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Rapunzel - read by Stuart Lyle

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Rapunzel (1812) - A witch locks Rapunzel in a tower and must call to her to let down her hair so she can climb it to gain entrance. A prince overhears the witch, calls for Rapunzel’s hair himself, then makes plans to save her.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story127.pdf

Dec 12 2013

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Old Sultan - read by Stuart Lyle

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Old Sultan (1812) - A peasant plans to kill his faithful old dog, Sultan, because he is no longer of any use to him. A wolf schemes to help Sultan preserve his life then expects something in return.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story108.pdf

Dec 12 2013

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Little Red-Cap - read by Stuart Lyle

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Little Red Cap (1812) - The famous tale of a girl who meets a wolf while bringing a basket of food to her grandmother. Included in the original story is an encounter with a second wolf not found in most modern versions.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story089.pdf

Dec 12 2013

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Clever Elsie - read by Stuart Lyle

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Dec 12 2013

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The Pink - read by Akosua Wiafe

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The queen’s son, who has the power of wishing, is stolen by a cook; the queen, accused of letting animals kill the boy, is locked in a tower. The prince later uses his power to punish the cook and return home.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story118.pdf

Dec 05 2013

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The Frog Prince - read by Akosua Wiafe

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The well-known tale of a princess who promises companionship to a frog who retrieves her golden ball from a well. The princess, at her father’s command, begrudgingly fulfills her promise.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story046.pdf

Dec 04 2013

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The Goose-Girl - read by Akosua Wiafe

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On her way to marry a distant Prince, a Princess is bullied by her waiting-maid and forced to change identities with her. The waiting-maid marries the prince and the princess becomes a “goose-girl.”

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story060.pdf

Dec 04 2013

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The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet: Part 3- read by Akosua Wiafe

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Another day Chanticleer and Partlet agreed to go again to the mountains to eat nuts; and it was settled that all the nuts which they found should be shared equally between them. Now Partlet found a very large nut; but she said nothing about it to Chanticleer, and kept it all to herself: however, it was so big that she could not swallow it, and it stuck in her throat. Then she was in a great fright, and cried out to Chanticleer, ’Pray run as fast as you can, and fetch me some water, or I shall be choked.’ Chanticleer ran as fast as he could to the river, and said, ’River, give me some water, for Partlet lies in the mountain, and will be choked by a great nut.’ The river said, ’Run first to the bride, and ask her for a silken cord to draw up the water.’ Chanticleer ran to the bride, and said, ’Bride, you must give me a silken cord, for then the river will give me water, and the water I will carry to Partlet, who lies on the mountain, and will be choked by a great nut.’ But the bride said, ’Run first, and bring me my garland that is hanging on a willow in the garden.’ Then Chanticleer ran to the garden, and took the garland from the bough where it hung, and brought it to the bride; and then the bride gave him the silken cord, and he took the silken cord to the river, and the river gave him water, and he carried the water to Partlet; but in the meantime she was choked by the great nut, and lay quite dead, and never moved any more.
http://www.authorama.com/grimms-fairy-tales-15.htmland all the beasts of the wood, came and climbed upon the hearse.

So on they went till they came to a rapid stream. ’How shall we get over?’ said Chanticleer. Then said a straw, ’I will lay myself across, and you may pass over upon me.’ But as the mice were going over, the straw slipped away and fell into the water, and the six mice all fell in and were drowned. What was to be done? Then a large log of wood came and said, ’I am big enough; I will lay myself across the stream, and you shall pass over upon me.’ So he laid himself down; but they managed so clumsily, that the log of wood fell in and was carried away by the stream. Then a stone, who saw what had happened, came up and kindly offered to help poor Chanticleer by laying himself across the stream; and this time he got safely to the other side with the hearse, and managed to get Partlet out of it; but the fox and the other mourners, who were sitting behind, were too heavy, and fell back into the water and were all carried away by the stream and drowned.

Thus Chanticleer was left alone with his dead Partlet; and having dug a grave for her, he laid her in it, and made a little hillock over her. Then he sat down by the grave, and wept and mourned, till at last he died too; and so all were dead.

http://www.authorama.com/grimms-fairy-tales-15.html

Jan 22 2013

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Hans in luck- read by Akosua Wiafe

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Hans worked hard for seven years but wishes to return to see his poor mother. His master pays him his wages which amounts to a lump of gold the size of his head. Hans puts the gold in handkerchief and starts out on his journey jogging but soon becomes tired. He spots a rider on horse back and seeing the ease at which the horse travels he offers to exchange his lump of gold for the horse. Happy with the exchange the man gives him the horse and Hans rides off.
The horse bolts and Hans is thrown from the animal. Whereupon he meets a shepherd who convinces Hans to swap his horse for a cow. Telling Hans that a cow can provide milk, cheese and butter and is of more leisurely company. Hans takes up the offer and takes the cow and continues on with his journey only to find that the cow is dry and not producing milk as he had been told.
Disgruntled with the cow, Hans meets a butcher who he exchanges his cow for pig. Thanking the butcher for the pig Hans setting off jogging again, hopeful he has now found an ideal travel companion. Alas, Hans meets a countryman who informs him that the pig is owned by the squire and he is in danger of being caught for taking the squire's pig. Hans takes the countryman's goose in exchange for his pig, happy that it will provide a good roast and a supply of goose fat.
At the next village Hans sees a scissor-grinder and explains his story to him. The scissor-grinder offers him a grindstone for his goose arguing that a grindstone will provide a source of income. Hans happily exchanges the goose for the grindstone. He continues on his way, but is tired by the grindstone and is short of money for food.
Hans stops for a drink on the banks of a river, the grindstone falls into the deep water and is lost. Hans is happy to be rid of the heavy grindstone and being free of all troubles. He walks on to his mother's house and recounts his lucky tale.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_in_Luck

Oct 18 2012

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The Three Languages- read by Dwight Williams

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A count's son could learn nothing. The count sent him to find a master who could teach him something. One year, he came back saying he knew what dogs said when they barked; the next, what birds said; the third, what frogs said. Infuriated by his uselessness, his father drove him out. He was offered a night's shelter in a tower, but warned that wild dogs barked and howled there, and every night ate a man. He went and came back, saying that the dogs were there to guard a treasure until it was taken, and they had told him how to take it. The lord of the castle asked him to do it, and he came out with a chest of gold, and the lord adopted him as a son. He went to Rome. On the way, listening to frogs made him thoughtful. In Rome, the Pope had died, and they could not choose his successor, and were looking for some marvelous sign. Two doves descended on him, and they chose him as Pope — as the frogs had foretold. The doves persuaded him, and he had to sing Mass, but the doves whispered how to do it in his ear.

May 22 2012

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The Straw, The Coal, and The Bean- read by Haden Smith

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An old woman has got some beans that she intends to cook over her fire. Being in a hurry, she grabs some straw to make the fire light faster. She pours the beans in the pot and, being in a hurry, she drops one on the floor which lands next to a piece of straw. Soon the fire is burning nicely and a hot coal jumps out and lands next to the straw and the bean. They talk and realize they have all narrowly escaped the fire; they band together to flee. At a river, the straw lies down to let them cross. The coal, being hot tempered by nature, immediately sets across. But when the coal is halfway across, the water rushes underneath, and the coal becomes terrified of being drowned. So he stops, too afraid to go on. The straw catches on fire from the coal, and splitting in two, the straw and the coal are swept downstream.The bean cannot help but laugh at the misfortune of his comrades, and indeed he laughs so hard that he bursts his side. He is in trouble, but luckily there is a friendly tailor nearby who sews him back up with some black thread, and ever since beans have had a black seam.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Straw,_the_Coal,_and_the_Bean

May 03 2012

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The Old Man and His Grandson- read by Josh Brook

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An old man could not eat neatly, so his son and daughter-in-law made him eat by the stove and, when he broke his bowl, bought him a cheap one. His four-year-old grandson played with wood and said that he was making a trough for his parents to eat from when they were old. After that, they let him eat at the table and did not complain about the spill.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Old_Man_and_his_Grandson

May 03 2012

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Cat and Mouse in Partnership- read by Akosua Wiafe

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A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse, and had said so much to her about the great love and friendship she felt for her, that at length the mouse agreed that they should live and keep house together. They decided to look out for each other and find a way to survive the winter. They bought a pot of fat and decided to store it in the church until the winter. Cat developed a sudden urge to occasionally sneak into the church and consume the pot of fat and so he did. He then lies to the mouse in order to get out of the house and cat continued to do this until the pot was completely devoured. The mouse grew suspicious until the day came for them to retrieve the pot of fat. Upon arrival at the church, the mouse's suspicion is proven true and the mouse is eaten by the cat.

May 03 2012

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The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet Part 2- read by Haden Smith

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Chanticleer and Partlet begin their adventure with a trip to the mountains in search of nuts. They either grew too lazy or too full to travel home on foot so they built a carriage of nutshells. While deciding how to get home a duck accused them of trespassing on her grounds. Chanticleer and the duck began to fight until the duck could no longer handle the pain and agreed to draw their carriage home for them. The adventure continues from there as they encounter different obstacles on their journey back home. Their next adventures consists of a trip to visit Mr. Korbes and the death of Partlet.

May 03 2012

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The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet- read by Haden Smith

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Chanticleer and Partlet begin their adventure with a trip to the mountains in search of nuts. They either grew too lazy or too full to travel home on foot so they built a carriage of nutshells. While deciding how to get home a duck accused them of trespassing on her grounds. Chanticleer and the duck began to fight until the duck could no longer handle the pain and agreed to draw their carriage home for them. The adventure continues from there as they encounter different obstacles on their journey back home. Their next adventures consists of a trip to visit Mr. Korbes and the death of Partlet.

May 03 2012

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The Fox and The Horse- Read by Akosua Wiafe

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A farmer had a horse that had been an excellent faithful servant to him: but he was now grown too old to work; so the farmer would give him nothing more to eat. The farmer decided that the horse was of no use to him any longer so he told the horse to leave and only to return if he grows as strong as a lion. The horse wandered around until he met a fox with a wonderful idea to help him win over his owner. The fox tied a lion to the horse and signaled the horse to head back home. The master was in awe of the sight and allowed the horse to return home.

May 03 2012

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HANS IN LUCK

By PCarson66 - Jun 18 2014
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I was very disappointed with this particular iTunes U selection. The narrarator was difficult to understand, she spoke hesitatingly, and her speech had absolutely no inflection. I quit listening after 5 minutes. I'm hoping that the other Grimm's Fairy Tales will have better narrarators. Thank you.