The Enchanted Palace

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A king of long ago had a son named Fiordinando who never took his nose out of his books. He was always shut up in his room reading. From time to time he would close the book and gaze out the window at the garden and the woods beyond, then resume his reading and musing.

Troll Ride

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by Anna Wahlenberg PEDER LARS, the farmer’s son came riding along the highway. His heart was happy. He was bound for the city to buy a new jacket because that evening he was going a-courting and wanted to look his best. And he felt rather sure that he would not be turned down. However proud and[…]

The Frost King

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Collected by Alexander Afansyev, adapted by Erica Furgiuele While the narrator talks, a pantomime: the Frost King stands with the Mother and Daughter, a family portrait. Slowly, they separate, until the Stepfather and son have replaced the Frost King in the portrait.) Not very long ago, in a small village in Russia, there lived a[…]

Wormwood

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Edited by Italo Calvino Father King: Over and over it has been told that once upon a time there was a king and queen. Every time this queen had a baby, it was a girl. The king, who wanted a son, finally lost patience and said, “If you have one more girl, I shall kill it.”[…]