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Urashima Tarō

        Urashima Tarō, una fábula de Japón 
        A fisherman visits a magical world where time seems to fly by. 

        AGES: Upper elementary and up
        LENGTH: 2,695 words, 23 pages
        ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
        READABILITY: Fernández Huerta–83.3; Gutiérrez-50.5

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        Urashima Tarō

            Urashima Tarō, a story from Japan  
            A fisherman visits a magical world where time seems to fly by. 

            AGES: Upper elementary and up
            LENGTH: 2,769 words, 23 pages
            ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
            READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 1.6; Gunning-Fog- 3.5 |  
            (0-2000) Highest Frequency Words: 91.7%

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            Les Fables d'Ésope

              Les fables d’Ésope, a collection of fables
              A tortoise and hare race; a little mouse helps a big lion; a boy cries wolf; and other traditional stories by Aesop.

              AGES: All
              LENGTH: 1,824 words, 23 pages
              ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
              READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-44

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              Aesop's Fables

                Aesop’s Fables, a collection of traditional tales
                A tortoise and hare race; a little mouse helps a big lion; a boy cries wolf; and other traditional stories by Aesop.

                AGES: All
                LENGTH: 1,850 words, 29 pages
                ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 2.5; Gunning-Fog- 5.1 |  
                (0-2000) Highest Frequency Words: 97.7%

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                The Gingerbread Man

                  The Gingerbread Man,  a traditional story
                  A gingerbread man comes to life and runs away from many who want to eat him. 

                  AGES: All
                  LENGTH: 707 words, 15 pages
                  ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                  READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 2.2; Gunning-Fog- 5.8  
                  (0-2000) Highest Frequency Words: 99.3%

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                  Las fábulas de Esopo

                        Las fábulas de Esopo, a collection of Aesop tales
                        A tortoise and hare race; a little mouse helps a big lion; a boy cries wolf; and other traditional stories by Aesop.

                        AGES: ALL  
                        LENGTH: 2,210 words, 23 pages
                        ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                        READABILITY: Fernández Huerta–87.91; Gutiérrez-52.88

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                        Outropistache

                             Outropistache, a traditional story
                            An elf helps a woman spin straw into gold, but he demands her baby as payment.

                            AGES: ALL
                            LENGTH: 1,223 words, 17 pages
                            ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                            READABILITY: 

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                            Maria and Marjorie

                                  Maria and Marjorie, based on a true story
                                  Sisters from Oklahoma and members of the Osage Nation work hard and support each other as they become two of America’s greatest ballerinas.

                                  AGES: ALL
                                  LENGTH: 1,461 words, 17 pages
                                  ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                  READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level- 3.2; Gunning-Fog- 5.3

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                                  Maria y Marjorie

                                        Maria y Marjorie, based on a true story
                                        Sisters from Oklahoma and members of the Osage Nation work hard and support each other as they become two of America’s greatest ballerinas.

                                        AGES: ALL
                                        LENGTH: 1,252 words, 17 pages
                                        ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                        READABILITY: Fernández Huerta–79.56; Gutiérrez-46.81

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                                        Little Red Riding Hood

                                            Little Red Riding Hood, a traditional story
                                            A little girl meets a wolf on her way to Grandmother’s house.

                                            AGES: ALL
                                            LENGTH: 1,289 words, 17 pages
                                            ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated 
                                            READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid grade level 2.4 ; Gunning-Fog-4.6

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                                            Caperucita Roja

                                                Caperucita Roja, a traditional story
                                                A girl meets a wolf on the way to Grandmother’s house.

                                                AGES: ALL
                                                LENGTH: 1,223 words, 17 pages
                                                ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                READABILITY: Fernández Huerta–85.19; Gutiérrez-52.62

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                                                Rotkäppchen

                                                    Rotkäppchen, a traditional story
                                                    A girl meets a wolf on the way to Grandmother’s house.

                                                    AGES: ALL
                                                    LENGTH: 581 words, 10 pages
                                                    ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated

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                                                    Jesse Owens

                                                      Jesse Owens, a true story
                                                      An African American running legend and his journey to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. 

                                                      AGES: All 
                                                      LENGTH: 2,095 words, 21 pages 
                                                      ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated 
                                                      READABILITY: Scolarius-41 

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                                                      Los músicos de Bremen

                                                        Los músicos de Bremen, a traditional story
                                                        Animals are abandoned, so they go out on the road looking to become musicians in the big city, Bremen. 

                                                        AGES: ALL
                                                        LENGTH: 2,361 words, 26 pages
                                                        ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                        READABILITY: Fernández Huerta–86.79; Gutiérrez-51.15

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                                                        The Little Prince

                                                          The Little Prince,  a story by Etienne de Saint-Exupery
                                                          A little prince lives on his planet with only one friend, his rose. When the little prince leaves and has adventures, he misses his rose. 

                                                          AGES: All
                                                          LENGTH: 1,557 words, 23 pages
                                                          ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                          READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 2.5; Gunning-Fog- 5.1 |  
                                                          (0-2000) Highest Frequency Words: 97.7%

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                                                          Alicia en el país de las maravillas

                                                            Alicia en el país de las maravillas, a story by Lewis Carroll
                                                            A little girl, Alice, runs after a White Rabbit. She runs into many strange creatures in a magical world. 

                                                            AGES: ALL
                                                            LENGTH: 2,361 words, 29 pages
                                                            ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                            READABILITY: Fernández Huerta–80.38; Gutiérrez-49.92

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                                                            Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten

                                                              Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten, a traditional story
                                                              Animals are abandoned, so they go out on the road looking to become musicians in the big city, Bremen.

                                                              AGES: ALL
                                                              LENGTH: 881 words, 21 pages
                                                              ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated

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                                                              Maid Maleen

                                                                Maid Maleen, a traditional story
                                                                A girl refuses to give up the man she loves, so she is locked in a tower.

                                                                AGES: ALL
                                                                LENGTH: 1,801 words, 16 pages
                                                                ILLUSTRATIONS: moderately illustrated
                                                                READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 3.4; Gunning Fog- 5.9​

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                                                                Le Petit Chaperon Rouge

                                                                  Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, a traditional story
                                                                  A girl meets a wolf on the way to Grandmother’s house.

                                                                  AGES: All
                                                                  LENGTH: 1,181 words, 17 pages
                                                                  ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                  READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-40 

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                                                                  Jesse Owens

                                                                    Jesse Owens, a true story
                                                                    An African American running legend and his journey to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. 

                                                                    AGES: All
                                                                    LENGTH: 1,824 words, 23 pages
                                                                    ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                    READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid-2.1; Gunning-Fogg-na

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                                                                    Le bonhomme de pain d'épice

                                                                      Le Bonhomme de Pain d’épice, a traditional story
                                                                      A gingerbread cookie comes to life and runs away from many who want to eat him.


                                                                      AGES: All
                                                                      LENGTH: 827 words, 15 pages
                                                                      ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                      READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-46


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                                                                      Cendrillon

                                                                        Cendrillon, a traditional story
                                                                        A poor girl must work for a family who does not love her, until she goes to the royal ball.

                                                                        AGES: All
                                                                        LENGTH: 1,824 words, 23 pages
                                                                        ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                        READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-44

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                                                                        Conte de Noel

                                                                          Conte de Noël, a story by Charles Dickens
                                                                          Scrooge only cares about money so three spirits take him to see his future.

                                                                          AGES: All
                                                                          LENGTH: 2,617 words, 27 pages
                                                                          ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                          READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-39

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                                                                          Dorothée

                                                                            Dorothée, a story by L. Frank Baum
                                                                            A tornado takes a little girl to a new land called Oz. She wants to go home, but she needs the help of the Wizard of Oz.

                                                                            AGES: All
                                                                            LENGTH: 1,945 words, 30 pages
                                                                            ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                            READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-41

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                                                                            Heidi

                                                                              Heidi, a story by Johanna Spyri
                                                                              A little girl is sent to the mountains to live with Grandfather. She soon learns to love her new family and friends.

                                                                              AGES: All
                                                                              LENGTH: 1,366 words, 19 pages
                                                                              ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                              READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-40

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                                                                              Le Petit Prince

                                                                                Le Petit Prince, a story by Etienne de Saint-Exupery
                                                                                A little prince lives on his planet with only one friend, his rose. When the little prince leaves and has adventures, he misses his rose. 

                                                                                AGES: All
                                                                                LENGTH: 1,604 words, 24 pages
                                                                                ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-40

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                                                                                Ramona

                                                                                  Ramona, a story by Helen Hunt Jackson
                                                                                  Native American girl is adopted by a rich family from Spain, but she later encounters racism and discovers the hardships of her biological family and their community. 

                                                                                  AGES: Upper elementary and older
                                                                                  LENGTH: 2,955 words, 28 pages
                                                                                  ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                  READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-42

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                                                                                  Alice aux pays des merveilles

                                                                                    Alice aux pays des merveilles​, a story by Lewis Carroll
                                                                                    A little girl, Alice, runs after a White Rabbit. She runs into many strange creatures in a magical world. 

                                                                                    AGES: Upper elementary and older
                                                                                    LENGTH: 2,901 words, 29 pages
                                                                                    ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                    READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-38

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                                                                                    Hansel et Gretel

                                                                                      Hansel et Gretel​, a traditional story 
                                                                                      Two children are abandoned in the forest. They are very hungry until they see a house made out of candy. But they soon find the candy is a trap.

                                                                                      AGES: ALL
                                                                                      LENGTH: 2,333 words, 20 pages
                                                                                      ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                      READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-45

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                                                                                      Ali Baba et les 40 voleurs

                                                                                        Ali Baba et les 40 voleurs​, a traditional story   
                                                                                        A poor man finds a magical cave filled with treasure, but the treasure belongs to terrible bandits. His servant helps protect Ali Baba when the bandits come looking for their treasure.

                                                                                        AGES: ALL
                                                                                        LENGTH: 2,838 words, 27 pages
                                                                                        ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                        READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-40

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                                                                                        La Belle aux bois dormant

                                                                                          La Belle au bois dormant​, a traditional story   
                                                                                          A witch puts a curse on a princess: she will fall asleep for all eternity. But true love wakes up the sleeping beauty.

                                                                                          AGES: ALL
                                                                                          LENGTH: 1,696 words, 23 pages
                                                                                          ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                          READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-42

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                                                                                          Les Musiciens de Breme

                                                                                            Les Musiciens de Brême, a traditional story   
                                                                                            Animals are abandoned, so they go out on the road looking to become musicians in the big city, Bremen.

                                                                                            AGES: ALL
                                                                                            LENGTH: 2,060 words, 26 pages
                                                                                            ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                            READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-37

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                                                                                            Cenicienta

                                                                                              Cenicienta, a traditional story   
                                                                                              A poor girl must work for her step-mother and step-sisters. She is unhappy, until she goes to the ball.

                                                                                              AGES: ALL
                                                                                              LENGTH: 1,492 words, 20 pages
                                                                                              ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                              READABILITY: Fernandez Huerta-78.04; Gutierrez-47.28​

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                                                                                              La Bella Durmiente

                                                                                                La Bella Durmiente​​, a traditional tale
                                                                                                A witch puts a curse on a princess: she will fall asleep for all eternity. But true love wakes up the sleeping beauty.

                                                                                                AGES: ALL
                                                                                                LENGTH: 2,414 words, 23 pages
                                                                                                ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                                READABILITY: Fernández Huerta-82.21; Gutierrez-48.75​​

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                                                                                                El Principito

                                                                                                  El Principito​, a story by Etienne de Saint-Exupery 
                                                                                                  A little prince lives on his planet with only one friend, his rose. When the little prince leaves and has adventures, he misses his rose.

                                                                                                  AGES: ALL
                                                                                                  LENGTH: 1,372 words, 22 pages
                                                                                                  ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                                  READABILITY: Fernández Huerta-80.91; Gutiérrez-49.59​

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                                                                                                  El hombre de jengibre

                                                                                                    El hombre de jengibre​, a traditional tale
                                                                                                    A cookie is shaped like a little man, but it comes to life and runs away.

                                                                                                    AGES: ALL
                                                                                                    LENGTH: 649 words, 15 pages
                                                                                                    ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                                    READABILITY: Fernández Huerta-89.32; Gutiérrez-51.76​​

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                                                                                                    A Christmas Carol

                                                                                                      A Christmas Carol​, a story by Charles Dickens
                                                                                                      Scrooge only cares about money so three spirits take him to see Christmas past, present, and future.

                                                                                                      AGES: ALL
                                                                                                      LENGTH: 2,414 words, 27 pages
                                                                                                      ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                                      READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 2.1; Gunning Fog- 4.7​

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                                                                                                      Hansel and Gretel

                                                                                                        Hansel and Gretel, a traditional story
                                                                                                        Two children are abandoned in the forest. They are very hungry until they see a house made out of candy. But they soon find the candy is a trap.

                                                                                                        AGES: ALL
                                                                                                        LENGTH: 2,096 words, 19 pages
                                                                                                        ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                                        READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 2.6; Gunning Fog-4.8

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                                                                                                        Alice in Wonderland

                                                                                                          Alice in Wonderland, a story by Lewis Carroll
                                                                                                          A little girl, Alice, runs after a White Rabbit. She runs into many strange creatures in a magical world.

                                                                                                          AGES: ALL
                                                                                                          LENGTH: 2,446 words, 29 pages
                                                                                                          ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                                          READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 2.0; Gunning Fog- 4.6

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                                                                                                          Sleeping Beauty

                                                                                                            Sleeping Beauty, a traditional story
                                                                                                            A witch puts a curse on a princess: she will fall asleep for all eternity. But true love wakes up the sleeping beauty.

                                                                                                            AGES: ALL
                                                                                                            LENGTH: 1,771 words, 23 pages
                                                                                                            ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                                            READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 3.2; Gunning Fog- 5.6

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                                                                                                            Cinderella

                                                                                                              Cinderella, a traditional story
                                                                                                              A poor girl must work for her step-mother and step-sisters. She is unhappy, until she goes to the royal ball.

                                                                                                              AGES: ALL
                                                                                                              LENGTH: 1,796 words, 23 pages
                                                                                                              ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                                              READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 4.3; Gunning Fog- 6
                                                                                                              (0-2000) Highest Frequency Words: 95.8% ​

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                                                                                                              The Musicians of Bremen

                                                                                                                The Musicians of Bremen, a traditional story
                                                                                                                Animals are abandoned, so they go out on the road looking to become musicians in the big city, Bremen.

                                                                                                                AGES: ALL
                                                                                                                LENGTH: 2,137 words, 26 pages
                                                                                                                ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                                                                READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 2.7; Gunning Fog-5.2

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