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Giant Friends

One day when my friend and I came into the castle, I smelled a man. It’s a distinct odor that some giants find appetizing. We found him in the treasure room, filling his little coat with pieces of gold. “Let’s cook him for supper,” said my...

Honest Little Jack

I left home with a sore heart. I would have stayed with my mother after my father died, but she didn’t want me. She said there wasn’t enough work for me to do in the house. My brothers Martin and Michael took everything she had in her larder, but they...

Tom Thumb’s Mother

My husband thinks that we should leave our little boys in the forest when they’re out tying fagots tomorrow. I can’t do it! Yet, we’re so desperately poor. Not one of them is old enough to earn a living. The youngest is puny, and he hardly ever...

Dragon of the North

I have a voracious appetite, and it can’t be satisfied. I’m eating all the living creatures on the planet, and I will not stop until I have consumed them all. I jump like a frog, so you won’t know where I’m coming from. I have the body of an ox...

Orphan Herd-Boy

I was sitting with my flocks one night when I heard the sound of crying. I got up and followed the sound, and what did I find but a giant who had hurt his foot trying to uproot an oak. He wanted me to bind his foot, and I did, and now he has rewarded me in the most...