Emilie Poulsson

Emilie Poulsson


Welcome to the Top 80 Emilie Poulsson collection for kids to read online! This fantastic treasure trove of stories is perfect for children who love bedtime stories, or simply for when they want to dive into the world of reading. Our collection is available in pdf format, making it free to download and print for your young ones, ensuring that learning and education can be accessible and enjoyable. The stories in our Emilie Poulsson collection are short and easy to read, with lively illustrations and pictures that captivate young minds. What’s more, our collection offers the best audio story readings in English, providing a fun way for kids to enhance their language skills. The stories are suitable for boys and girls alike, catering to children of all ages – from toddlers and preschoolers to elementary school students.

Emilie Poulsson was a famous author and educator who specialized in creating captivating stories that were both entertaining and educational. Her works have stood the test of time, becoming classic tales that children throughout the years have adored. The importance of Emilie Poulsson’s stories lies in their ability to instill essential values and morals in young children as they read and listen to these tales. Featuring fantastic characters and magical adventures, this collection of bedtime stories makes night-time reading a joyful experience for both parents and children. Your kids will love reading these stories with you or listening to the audio versions as they drift off to sleep, knowing that they are not only learning but being transported into a fun, enchanting world of imagination and creativity.

Top 80 Emilie Poulsson for kids to read online:

  1. The Fairy’s New Year Gift: Two boys receive a book each from a fairy as a New Year’s gift; one wishes to keep his to paint on the last page, while the other wishes to look through his once only. The fairy returns to retrieve the books a year later but offers to show the boys the contents of their books before taking them back to Father Time. The boys find that each page has a beautiful moment associated with their good deeds, and ugly blots representing their misdeeds. The fairy gifts them each a new book for the New Year, as the old ones must go back to Father Time.
  2. The Sleeping Apple: The story is about a little apple high up in a tree, which a little child tries hard to wake up. The sun, a bird, and the wind all try to wake it up, but in vain, until the wind blows it off the tree, and it lands in the child’s apron, surprising and delighting her. A downloadable PDF version of the story is available.
  3. Wait and See: A baby beech tree is worried it is useless to others, but its mother advises it to wait and see. After the tree produces pretty flowers and small prickly things, both of which fall off, the baby beech thinks it is indeed useless, but its mother tells it to wait. Eventually, the tree produces beech nuts that the landowner’s children collect and take home to their mother. The mother tree explains that this is the good the baby tree can do.
  4. The Four Apple Trees: The story is about a man who wants a beautiful orchard but has to leave when young trees arrive. A man who is willing to work offers to plant the trees, but the owner is disappointed to find that only four trees were planted in four days. However, the four trees that were planted with care and diligence grew and lived for many years, bearing delicious apples, while the others were weak, produced poor fruit, and eventually died. The story teaches the importance of doing things well and carefully.
  5. Lisa and the Birds: A curious girl named Lisa asked a bird where it found food, where it slept, and where it drank. The bird answered her questions, telling her about the resources available in nature. When Lisa expressed concern for the birds in winter, the bird assured her they flew to warmer areas, and those who stayed could rely on the kindness of people like Lisa. There is an ebook available for download.
  6. The Crane Express: Six fat, fluffy little birds sitting on the Mediterranean beach want to go to Africa where they can eat fine flavored worms. They wait for a carrier and the fish offers to take them to the bottom of the sea. The sheep tells them about cranes that carry small birds to Africa. The cranes arrive and the little birds hop on the back of the fourth crane. The Crane Express takes them over the sea to the white shore of Africa.
  7. Bird Thoughts: The story is about a bird that lives in a small house and believes the world is small and round, made of pale blue shell, until it moves to a nest, where it thinks the world is made of straw. One day, it flies beyond the tree and finds out that the world is actually made of leaves. The bird keeps flying and experiencing new things, until it becomes uncertain about how the world is made. The story ends with a download link to an ebook version of the story.
  8. What the Clock Told Dolly: In the story, Dolly Dimple sat by the fireplace in her old-fashioned hallway and pondered over the mystery of the clock that struck at unusual times. Suddenly, the clock spoke to her and offered to tell the story of its life. The clock revealed that clocks did not exist at one point and people used sundials, sticks, and even cats to tell time. The clock further shared its life story and advised Dolly to keep herself busy, do right, and always learn something new. When Dolly’s brother called her, she realized that what she thought was a conversation with the clock and cricket was just a dream.
  9. The Discontented Pendulum: A clock suddenly stops ticking and all of its parts appear to blame each other until the pendulum confesses to being tired of its monotonous job. The dial plate tries to convince the pendulum to continue ticking, saying that the one stroke they were required to make was not enough to be fatiguing, but the pendulum complains about the millions it had made before. Eventually, they all agree to return to their duties, and the clock starts ticking again.
  10. The Kind Old Oak: As winter approaches, the little birds have gone away and the trees have lost their leaves. The violets are afraid of dying in the cold. However, the old oak tree promises to protect them, and they trust him. The oak drops its leaves on the violets, forming a cover. The violets go to sleep, and the winter passes harmlessly over them under the tree’s protection. The violets wake up when the spring rain comes and they are grateful to the old oak.
  11. The Chestnut Boys: Three baby boys are put to sleep by Mother Nature in a little green house without windows and with a tightly fastened door. Jack Frost knocks and asks them to come out and play, but Mother Nature tells them to sleep a little longer. When it’s time to wake up, the boys find it hard to adjust to the big world outside and soon grow tired. Mother Nature clothes them with “red and yellow and faded brown” leaves, and later with snow, until they wake up in the springtime as chestnuts.
  12. How West Wind Helped Dandelion: This is a story about a Dandelion plant and its various friends, such as insects, birds, and the Sunbeams, Raindrops, and Winds. The Dandelion diligently worked on growing and making seeds, but when it saw Max and Nannie gathering seeds, it became hopeful that they would collect its seeds too. However, they did not even notice the Dandelion’s seeds. Feeling slighted, the Dandelion confided in West Wind, who promised to take care of its seeds by sowing them and covering them, so they would grow in the spring. After a sudden gust of wind, all of the Dandelion’s seeds were gone, and it felt relief and gratitude towards West Wind for taking care of its seeds.
  13. Odysseus and the Bag of Winds: Odysseus and his crew come to the island of Aeolia where they are welcomed by the great King of the winds, Aeolus, who gifts them a large bulging sack made of an ox’s skin, containing the blustering winds. Only opening the bag to use the wind when necessary, the crew foolishly opened it and were pushed far off course, unable to regain control of the boat as the winds had taken over. The sailors managed to land the boat but were unable to return home for many years, and Odysseus later reminisces of the story.
  14. The North Wind at Play: The story is about Aeolus and his son, North Wind, who likes to play. He sees a tree with green apples, a field of corn, and a beautiful lily and wants them to play with him. However, each object explains why they cannot leave their place. North Wind accidentally causes the apple and corn to fall and touches the lily, causing it to never look up again. The farmer complains to Aeolus, and North Wind is scolded and told to play only when it’s safe.
  15. The Fantail Pigeon: The story is about a little white fantail pigeon who feels useless and wants to learn how to be of use. She goes to the wise old owl and asks for help, but the owl tells her that she is foolish and offers no advice. Feeling even sadder, the pigeon receives wisdom from an unexpected source – an old drake – who reminds her that everyone has a purpose and a gift. The pigeon realizes that she has a pretty white tail and nice pink feet, and decides to make the best of what she has. The story teaches us to appreciate ourselves and our gifts, and to make the most of them.
  16. Pearl and her pigeons: The story is about a little girl named Pearl who receives two white pigeons from her brother. Pearl loves to play with her pets and allows them to fly freely outside. The pigeons even lay eggs, and Pearl happily watches over the little birds with their mother. Downloads for the story are available in PDF format for offline reading or printing.
  17. The Constant Dove: The story is about a white dove named Daisy, who meets a busy little bird named Nuthatch. Daisy is concerned for Nuthatch as she knows he won’t find any food once winter arrives. When Nuthatch suggests Daisy should fly away too, she smiles and replies that she will wait patiently for spring and will be fed by kind hands all winter long. The story ends with a message of kindness and care for others. A PDF version of the story is available to download.
  18. A True Pigeon Story: The story is about two pairs of pigeons, each with a father and mother bird and two little ones. While one set of parents went out to get food, one of their little birds fell out of the dovecote and couldn’t get back up. The other parents, who were still at home, watched and then gathered sticks to build a small fence across their own dovecote’s doorway to prevent their own babies from falling out. The owner of the pigeons observed the entire event and shares this heartwarming story of the thoughtful and caring actions of the pigeon parents.
  19. The Johnny Cake: The story is about a little girl named Ava who is asked by her grandmother to make a johnny cake. However, she faces a series of obstacles along the way, including an empty meal barrel, a shopkeeper who has no meal, a miller who has no meal, a cornfield with no corn, and a farmer who needs the land plowed. Through her hard work and persistence, Ava finally obtains fresh meal and is able to make the johnny cake, successfully completing her task. The story ends with a download link to an ebook version.
  20. Nero at the Bakery: The story is about a clever dog named Nero who visits a bakery alone and carries a basket in his mouth to buy bread. The baker knows him and gives him a loaf of bread, which Nero pays for with the money in his basket. A little girl named Sophie watches and follows Nero to see where he goes. Nero delivers the bread to a lady who was waiting for him at a house. When Sophie returns home, she shares the story with her family and they’re all amazed by Nero’s intelligence. The story is available to download as a PDF for offline reading or printing.
  21. How Patty Gave Thanks: On a cold November night, the animals in the barn were grateful and happy as they settled down for their night’s sleep. They had all been visited by little Patty on Thanksgiving Day, who thanked them for the milk, rides, wool, eggs, and many other things they provided. The animals were delighted with the kind and grateful words and gifts from Patty, and they all drifted off to sleep happily thinking about her.
  22. The Thrifty Squirrels: In this story, a family of squirrels, who are careful and thrifty, are visited by a rabbit who is suffering from cold and hunger. The squirrels welcome him in and give him food and warmth. The rabbit admires the squirrels’ lifestyle but cannot stay with them as he is too used to a wandering life. The story teaches the importance of being prudent and thrifty.
  23. Jack Frost and His Work: This is a story about Jack Frost and his work on a cold autumn night. He packs his box with paint brushes and silvery white sparkles and goes around warning people to prepare for him. He opens chestnut burrs so squirrels and children can get the nuts but also destroys late flowers and hardens the ground. Unfortunately, he also destroys a little boy named Alan’s garden, prompting Alan to learn to take his plants indoors when Jack Frost comes again.
  24. The Dream of Little Christel: The story is about a young girl named Christel who is inspired by a fairy in her dream to make a difference in the world. She sets off on a walk and performs small acts of kindness, such as fixing a stuck windmill and watering a drooping rose tree. She reflects on the power of small actions and feels satisfied with what she has accomplished. The story is available for download as a PDF ebook.
  25. The “Go-Sleep” Story: The story is about different animals who check on Baby Ray before they go to bed because he plays with them and gives them treats. They all wear white nightgowns and hear Baby Ray’s mother telling him a lullaby each time they check on him. Eventually, all the animals check on Baby Ray, find him asleep, and they all go to bed. An ebook in PDF format is also available for download.
  26. Christmas in the Barn: In this story, Johnny sees two Christmas trees arrive at his house and realizes that his parents had each bought one. He decides to use the extra tree to create a Christmas breakfast for all of his pets, tying hay, bowls of food, and other treats to the branches. With the help of his parents and the cook, he sets up the tree and watches contentedly as his animals enjoy their treats. He even blows a trumpet to signal the end of the festival.
  27. Santa Claus and the Mouse: On a Christmas Eve, Santa Claus visits a house to fill up the stockings of children. While doing so, he finds a little mouse awake and watching him. Santa allows the mouse to stay and watch, but when he proudly declares that the stockings can’t hold anything more, the mouse suggests there’s still room for one more thing. Santa laughs at the idea, but lets the mouse try. The mouse then gnaws a small hole in the stocking and fills it with a clever trick, earning a Christmas cheese from Santa.
  28. Jet The Cat: The story is about a cat named Jet who used to be cross with everyone and chased all other cats away. However, one day a poor, friendless cat came to live with Jet, and the two became friends. This changed Jet’s behavior to become more gentle and kind towards other cats. The story shows how a little act of kindness can change someone’s behavior in a positive way.
  29. Dot The Kitten: This story is about a little kitten with soft and silky fur named Dot, who loves spending time with her grandma while she knits. Although she is still inexperienced and too young to catch a rat, Dot enjoys playing with a ball of yarn. The story is available to download in PDF format.
  30. A Wise Old Horse: This is a story about a horse named Solomon who had been pinched by a blacksmith while getting a shoe on his foot. The next day, Solomon’s owner discovered that he had left the field where he had been grazing, and the gate was lying on the ground. After finding a horse’s teeth marks on the gate, the owner realized that Solomon must have left himself out of the field because the shoe was hurting him. He then went to the blacksmith who agreed to fix the shoe, and Solomon was found happy and grazing in the field again.
  31. Pegasus: A young man named Bellerophon is tasked with defeating a creature that is ruining crops in the land of Lycia. In a dream, the goddess Minerva gives him a golden bridle, and Bellerophon discovers a winged white horse named Pegasus drinking from a spring. He successfully tames Pegasus and uses the horse’s help to defeat the monster. After their victory, Bellerophon lets Pegasus go, but the two remain fast friends as Pegasus helps Bellerophon complete other brave deeds. A downloadable ebook of the story is available.
  32. The Story The Milk Told Me: A glass of milk tells a person the story of its origins, starting with being stored in an icebox in a distribution center before being bottled and brought to the city. The milk explains that it originally came from a cow who ate grass on the riverbank. When the person asks where the milk goes after being consumed, the milk states that it turns into red blood that makes the body strong. The person thanks the milk and drinks it, but remembers the story to share it with others.
  33. Cleverness of a Sheep Dog: In this story, a snowstorm hits Scotland, and farmers worry about their hundreds of unsheltered sheep on the hills. One farm alone has 300 missing sheep, and search parties go out to find them. However, the snow is too thick, and they cannot locate any sheep until Rough, a sheepdog, digs little holes to mark where the buried sheep are. The men dig under each hole, and most of the sheep are saved thanks to Rough’s cleverness.
  34. Goody Two Shoes: The story is about a brother and sister named Tommy and Margery who had no parents to take care of them and wandered around poor, ragged and lonely. A kind gentleman helps them by taking Tommy with him to become a sailor and arranging for Margery to live with a good Mrs. Smith who took care of her. A cobbler makes Margery a pair of new shoes which delight her, and she shows them to everyone, making people call her “Goody Two Shoes.”
  35. Watery Thanks: A little boy is thirsty and drinks from a pump, thanking it for the water. The pump tells him to thank the spring which tells him to thank the rain and dew which leads to thanking the sun which ultimately gets water from the ocean. The ocean tells the boy to thank the one who created everything. The boy thanks nature for the water and all good things. An ebook version of the story is available to download.
  36. Snowflakes: The story is about a little raindrop that falls to the earth and becomes a snowflake, along with other snowflakes. One of the snowflakes remembers a place where a sick boy planted seeds and decides to keep the ground warm so that the seeds do not freeze. Other snowflakes join, and the ground is covered thickly with snow. When the snow melts and turns into water, the seeds drink it and grow into little leaves and eventually flowers. The story teaches the importance of doing good in the world.
  37. Stony and Rocky: The story is about two brothers, Stony and Rocky, who live on a cliff overlooking a river. They want to join their smooth and round brothers and sisters in the river, but cannot break away from their current home. Jack Frost offers to help, and with the help of the sun, wind, and rain, they are able to loosen from their home and plunge into the water. At first, they are scared and hurt but eventually adapt to the river’s busy life. After many years of being worn down, they are collected and used to make beautiful walks in a park where children play. This becomes their final home, and they live there ever after.
  38. Do What You Can: This is a story about a farmer who is very worried about his cornfield drying up from lack of rain. Two raindrops in the clouds above feel sorry for the farmer and decide to cheer him up by going to his field. More raindrops soon join them, and the cornfield is eventually revived, all because the first little raindrop determined to do what it could. The story teaches the lesson that everyone can make a difference, no matter how small they are. An ebook (PDF) download of the story is also provided.
  39. Neptune: This story is about Neptune, the old ocean god, who finds the sea in distress due to a storm raging above. He and his trusted dolphins set out to help the ships in danger and calm the rough waters, with Neptune using his trident to aid the ships on the rocks. In the end, calm is restored, and Neptune is seen gliding over the serene sea with the dolphins dancing around him.
  40. The Brook and the Water Wheel: The story is about a conversation between a brook and a water wheel in a gristmill. The brook questions why the water wheel keeps working tirelessly on the same task when the brook gets to enjoy different sights and sounds. The water wheel answers that it finds pleasure in continuing to work and that it was made to dwell in this place. It is content to labor because it is the wheel’s choice and it enjoys the sound of the grinding and helping farmers make flour for their families.
  41. The Story of Echo: The story is about Echo, a playful wood-nymph who loved to play tricks on her friends. However, her companions gradually began to avoid her as her pranks often became unkind. Eventually, the queen of the gods punished Echo by taking away her ability to speak unless someone first speaks to her. Echo became ashamed and sorry and went into the woods where she lived alone. People sometimes hear her voice in lonely places, but only if they first call to her.
  42. The Tree: A tree grows flowers, which become berries and are shared with a grateful girl. The tree continues to bear fruit, knowing that its gifts are cherished by all who come to visit. There is a downloadable PDF version of the story available.
  43. The Surprise from the Maple Trees: The story is about a boy named David who moves to the countryside and is fascinated by the winter birds and the farm animals. David’s father tells him to wait until spring for a surprise from the maple trees. When spring arrives, David discovers tin pails hanging from the trees and juice-like liquid dripping into them. His father explains that it’s sap, which can be boiled into delicious maple syrup and sugar, and they demonstrate the process for David. In the end, David learns about sugar-maple trees and wonders if other children will be surprised by them too.
  44. Spring and Her Helpers: In this story, Winter prepares to leave and Spring takes over with her helpers: the Sun, the winds, and the birds. Together, they work to make the earth beautiful by melting ice and snow, coaxing growth from the ground, and drying out the plants and animals. When their work is done, Spring thanks her helpers and feels happy and content.
  45. The Meeting of the Winds: In this story, the North Wind and the South Wind meet in a field by a river. The two winds argue over who has the best home, but the river reminds them that they are both important and necessary. They make amends and decide to appreciate each other’s homes. The North Wind flies back to the cold and the South Wind goes on with her work of bringing spring to the world.
  46. A Surprise: The story is about Mr. Chipmunk, who finds a pile of acorns and decides to keep them until spring while he already has enough nuts for the winter. The little acorns overhear him and excitedly wait for the spring to come, during which they lay very still and go to sleep. When they wake up, they find themselves growing into baby oaks, surrounded by beautiful flowers and green grasses. Mr. Chipmunk, who comes back to the spot where he kept the acorns, is amazed to see the baby oaks and wonders who put them there. The story ends on a happy note with the baby oaks growing taller each year. A downloadable PDF version of the story is available.
  47. Jack and Jenny Sparrow: A sparrow in a public park is forced to leave by his neighbors who are annoyed by his early morning chirping. The sparrow defends himself by saying he has the right to stay and did nothing wrong, but is ultimately exiled. He and his mate struggle to find a new home and barely survive the winter until they meet a kind little girl who feeds them each morning. Later, the carpenter in the park sets up a new bird-box, and the sparrows are delighted to begin building a new nest.
  48. Little Yellow-Wing: A group of children go to visit a brook after a storm. They find a half-drowned bird, which they rescue and name Yellow-Wing. They take care of the bird, but eventually decide to release it back into the wild near where they found it. The bird joins its mother in a nearby tree, and the children are happy to have helped it. An ebook of the story is available for download.
  49. Child and bird: The story is about a beautiful bird named Birdie, who is offered gifts by a young girl to coax it down from a tree branch. However, Birdie is not tempted by material possessions and instead emphasizes the value of nature and simplicity. The girl learns from Birdie’s wisdom and begins to appreciate the beauty of nature and the simple things in life. The story ends with a message that some things in life are more valuable than material possessions.
  50. The Sandpipers: In this story, a teacher shows children a picture of a sandpiper and explains where it lives and how it behaves. While the sandpiper family is at the beach having fun, they suddenly spot some men carrying guns. The father sandpiper tries to distract the men away from his family by pretending to be injured and leads them away until he feels they are far enough. The other birds are grateful to him for saving them, and the story ends with them happily going back to the beach.
  51. The Scarecrow: A farmer tries to keep robins from eating the cherries on his tree by making a fearsome scarecrow, which initially succeeds, but eventually the birds realize it’s harmless and begin to make themselves at home in the cherry tree. They even build their nests in the scarecrow’s pockets and raise a family in the tree, undisturbed. In the end, everyone is happy, and the farmer has learned to peacefully coexist with nature. An ebook can be downloaded for offline reading or printing.
  52. The Nest of Many Colors: In this story, Mr. and Mrs. Oriole return to their old summer home and begin collecting materials to weave a nest. Two children, Ned and Kitty, plan to make the nest the most beautiful nest ever by putting colorful worsted strings outside. After a week of busy weaving, the nest is completed and it is a gorgeous many-colored nest made with worsteds, long wisps of hay, and horsehair. Everyone is filled with wonder and delight at the beauty of the nest that was made without any tools.
  53. A Barnyard Talk: The story is about a group of animals on a farm who argue over who is the most important. The rooster crows to wake people up, the hen lays eggs for pancakes, the cat kills rats and mice, and the dog protects the house. The farmer tells them that they are all important and gives them each a treat. The animals are happy and stop arguing. A downloadable ebook is available.
  54. Little Gustava and her animals: A cheerful little girl named Gustava enjoys a beautiful spring morning on her porch with her animal friends – a grey cat, a brown hen, white doves, and a Scottish terrier named Rags. She feeds them bread and milk, and they all happily feast together. Gustava’s mother then brings her a fresh bowl of bread and milk, and the scene is filled with happiness and joy. The story ends with the girl and her animal friends sharing a delightful meal together.
  55. The Lost Chicken: The story is about Mrs. Crackle, a hen who is looking for her lost little chicken named Peepsie. She searches everywhere in the farmyard and beyond, meeting other animal mothers who offer to help her search. Eventually, a little girl finds Peepsie in the house and returns him to Mrs. Crackle. Whenever Peepsie disappears again, the little girl brings him back to his mother. Mrs. Crackle realizes that there is no one like her Peepsie. Downloads of the eBook version of the story are available.
  56. Peewee’s Lesson: The story is about a little chicken named Peewee who lived with his mother on a farmyard. Peewee loved his life and was happy until one day he almost drowned trying to join some ducklings in the water, but Mother Duck saved him. His mother comforts him and reminds him that everyone has their own strengths and abilities, and they should embrace them to their advantage. Peewee learns a valuable lesson and is excited for new adventures, knowing that his mother will always be there to support him.
  57. The Story of Speckle: This is a story about Speckle, a hen who sits on her nest in a barn to keep her eggs warm and waits patiently for them to hatch. She is visited by other animals like the horse, cow, dog, and even a bird, who admire her dedication. The farmer’s daughter, Phoebe, starts to take care of Speckle by bringing her food and water every day. Finally, after three weeks, some of the eggs begin to hatch, and Speckle becomes a proud mother hen to ten little chicks. Speckle and her babies take a walk around the farm, where they encounter other farm animals, and the barn swallow who initially spoke to her congratulates her on her new family. The story ends with the farmer giving Speckle a coop to keep her and her babies safe.
  58. The Little Lazy Boy: The story is about a lazy little boy named Bojr who prefers playing to working or studying, until he realizes the importance of hard work and education after meeting a bee, a swallow, and a wise old dog named Stentor. Bojr decides to go to school and work hard like the animals around him. He eventually becomes the best reader in his class and learns the value of playtime after hard work.
  59. Edith and the Bees: A little girl goes to the garden to pick flowers for her sick playmate and ends up getting stung by a bee. Her father takes her to a beemaster who shows her a hive and tells her about the three types of bees. She finds out that workers are responsible for the hive’s tasks, including nursing babies and making honey. She learns about their winter habits and is pleased to have something interesting to tell her friend about bees. The story has a downloadable PDF format available.
  60. A Narrow Escape: The story is about two young bees, Buz and Hum, who are allowed to fly for the first time. An older bee shows them the ropes but warns them not to fly over the garden walls where they could encounter danger. Buz ignores the advice and has an accident, being saved only because a stick with a twig on it acts as a sail and blows her to safety. She manages to climb out of the pond and eventually back to the hive where she decides to listen to advice in the future. A downloadable ebook version of the story is available.
  61. Solomon and the Bees: The story is about a wise king named Solomon who was known for his wisdom and the brilliance of his kingdom. The Queen of Sheba, intrigued by his reputation, went to Solomon’s kingdom to challenge his wisdom and test his ability to see through deceit. She cleverly brought two identical wreaths, one made of fresh flowers and one made of artificial ones, and asked King Solomon to tell her which was real and which was fake. King Solomon, unable to discern the difference, asked for a window to be opened, and bees flew into the room and landed on the real flowers. Queen Sheba was impressed and humbled, understanding the power of Solomon’s wisdom. The story teaches that valuable lessons can be found in life’s smallest details, and one can find knowledge and understanding if they observe and appreciate the world around them.
  62. Mrs. Flyaway: In this story, we learn about a group of ants who build their own house using grass blades, and how they take care of their queen and newborn babies. One day, the queen ant wants to run away, but her fellow worker ants convince her to stay for the sake of her babies. Later, the eggs hatch into grubs, which eventually transform into adult ants. The ants work hard to keep their house and babies safe and well-fed. The story can be downloaded as a PDF for offline reading or printing.
  63. The Plant Household: The story tells the tale of a beautiful household, led by a dainty queen and her servants who work hard to ensure that Lady Flower and everyone else had what they needed. Despite their different roles and attire, everyone worked with pride and joy, making this household the happiest and most beautiful in all the land. An ebook (PDF) is available for download.
  64. Clytie, the Sunflower Nymph: The story is about Clytie, a beautiful nymph who loved the sun. She spent her days outdoors, basking in the warmth and light of the sun, and waiting for its appearance each morning. Apollo, the sun god, was captivated by her beauty and transformed her into a sunflower, which turns its face to the sun throughout the day.
  65. The Indian Legend of the Trailing Arbutus: The story tells the legend of the creation of the arbutus, the sweetest of all wild flowers, on the shore of Lake Superior. An old man in the forest encounters a beautiful maiden with powers over nature, and they talk about their abilities while smoking. As the old man falls asleep, the maiden uses her powers to turn him into a small mass of leaves and plant the first arbutus flowers around him. She breathes on the plants, giving them her virtues and sweetest breath, and moves away through the woods and over the plains, where the arbutus grows.
  66. The Little Plant: The story is about a seed named Sprout that lived in a magical garden filled with all sorts of plants. A beam of sunshine and the singing raindrops encouraged Sprout to grow and explore the world. Sprout emerged into a beautiful garden, made friends with other plants and insects, and grew stronger and more vibrant every day. Through Sprout’s journey, the story teaches us about the promise of adventure that lies in every seed and the importance of embracing it.
  67. Daffy-down-dilly: The story is about a little daffodil named Daffy-down-dilly who lived in a meadow filled with colorful flowers. One day, a curious little girl named Lily visited the meadow and heard Daffy-down-dilly speak. Daffy-down-dilly taught Lily about kindness, modesty, and the beauty of nature. Lily took these lessons to heart and became a kind and gentle child, spreading her virtues throughout the village. The once ordinary meadow became a magical place filled with love, light, and the wisdom of Daffy-down-dilly and her fellow flowers.
  68. How the Beans Came Up: This is a story about a little girl named Alice who longed for a garden and finally got Lima beans from her Uncle Peter. However, after planting them, she repeatedly covered them with soil, and the beans never grew. Her Uncle explained that she should have just waited, and he gave her new beans. This time, Alice didn’t cover them, and the beans grew into healthy vines with white blossoms. Alice picked and cooked the beans for dinner, and the next year, she planted more and had a bountiful harvest.
  69. Mabel on Midsummer Day: This story is about a kind and helpful girl named Mabel who helps her sick sister by visiting her grandmother. During her visit, she meets fairies who grant her three blessings for her respectful and kind behavior towards them: she will always do things well, be loved, and her latest wish will be granted. Mabel returns home to find that her sister has recovered from her illness miraculously, and the fairy blessings stay with her throughout her life. An ebook download link is available for the story.
  70. The Wind and the Sun: In the story, the Wind boasts about his strength while the Sun claims to be strong too. They decide to test their strength by seeing who can make a traveler take off his cloak. The Wind tries to forcefully blow the cloak off, but the traveler grips it tighter. The Sun shines upon the traveler gently and steadily until eventually, the traveler decides to take off his cloak voluntarily. The Sun wins the challenge, proving that sometimes, a gentle approach is more effective than force.
  71. The Water Bloom: The story is about a young girl named Harper who sees a rainbow for the first time and is awestruck by its beauty. She imagines that the most lovely flowers from their garden have floated up and caught in the showers, creating this magical sight. Harper’s father watches his daughter’s delight in the simple beauty of the rainbow, and it reminds him of the magic and wonder in the world. It is an uplifting story about the simple but profound beauty of nature.
  72. The Silkworm: In a magical forest, Flora approached a colony of hardworking silkworms and asked them to spin a silken robe for her. The silkworms happily agreed and worked tirelessly for weeks to create the finest, strongest silk threads. After much hard work, the silkworms completed their masterpiece, a stunning silk robe that fit Flora perfectly, making her feel like a princess. The ebook for this story is available for download.
  73. The Friendly Playmate: Four children from Espesett Farm go berry-picking on a hillside and make friends with a burly brown animal, which they call a “funny big brown pig.” The animal follows them around and even helps them gather pine cones from a nearby tree. When the children go home and tell their parents about their new friend, their father investigates and finds out that the animal was actually a brown bear. Despite the danger, the children never forgot their friendly playmate.
  74. Little Bear Cub: A grumpy Little Bear Cub becomes restless and declares that he wants to go out and explore the world, believing that he can achieve something greater than being a normal bear. He sets his sights on becoming a prince and meets a boy who loans him clothes. The Little Bear Cub goes to the King’s palace and convinces everyone that he is a prince with his dancing skills. He even gets engaged to the princess until he forgets all his manners and behaves like a bear when he encounters honey, resulting in him being chained up forever. The moral of the story is to be content with who you are and not to try to be something you’re not.
  75. Emborg And The Animals: A young girl named Emborg goes out on her own to buy a birthday present for her mother. She meets several friendly animals along the way who generously give her gifts without expecting anything in return. Emborg is amazed by their kindness and learns that giving brings happiness. When she becomes tired and wonders how she will carry all the gifts home, a horse appears and carries her and the presents back to her mother.
  76. Mikkel Fox And Bamsa Bear: The story is about Bamsa the Bear who, while eating blueberries, finds the entrance to Mikkel Fox’s den. Wanting to trap the fox, Bamsa tries to close the entrance. Despite his efforts, Mikkel outwits him by using a different entrance and then beats Bamsa with a stick. Defeated and humiliated, Bamsa returns home, realizing that strength alone is not enough, and that he should have studied the ways of other animals. The story ends with Mikkel laughing at Bamsa, who reflects on his lack of cleverness. The story is available to download as a PDF.
  77. The Cat And The Goat: Little Miss Puss Cat meets an old goat while mewing sadly on the side of the road. When the goat asks her why she’s so upset, she ignores him and continues to mew. The goat persists, and eventually, the cat becomes angry and begins to hiss and screech, causing the goat to flee in terror. The cat finds the goat’s reaction comical and forgets why she was upset in the first place.
  78. Waiting For Spring: The cows on Solberg Farm are eager to leave the barn and feast on the fresh green grass and drink from the brook in the forest, as they have been locked up all winter. The cows become excited when they hear the sound of bells outside, and they are finally let out of the barn and chosen as the leader of the herd. The cows all have bells hung on their necks, they are given food, and they are led to the forest pasture near the saeter. They are delighted to be out in the sunshine and eating the fresh grass, and they happily run off towards their summer grazing ground.
  79. The Rescue of Red Top: The story is about a wise cow named Dagros who takes charge when another cow, Red Top, falls down a ravine and is in danger. Dagros runs to get help from menfolk, calling and roaring as loud as she can. The men arrive and manage to lift Red Top back up, and they reward Dagros for her quick thinking by giving her a larger branch of a rowan tree.
  80. The Candy Pig: The story is about a little girl named Kaisa who received a beautiful candy pig as a Christmas gift. Kaisa, however, started questioning why the candy pig had ears and legs and ended up consuming the entire pig despite its considerable size. Later, she realized her mistake when she suffered from stomach pain, and learned that moderation is essential even when it comes to delightful candies.

In conclusion, Emilie Poulsson’s inspiring collection of the Top 80 stories serves as a wonderful treasure trove for children to explore. Each tale in this compilation not only entertains and delights young readers but also imparts valuable life lessons and promotes a love for reading. By diving into the magical world of Poulsson’s stories, children can develop their imagination, cultivate empathy, and appreciate the beauty and richness of various cultures. Indeed, this timeless collection of tales is a must-read for every child, as it fosters a strong foundation for personal growth and a lifelong love for literature.