Precious Seeds

Once upon a time there lived a lonely old couple on a farm. They had a mare and a milk cow sweet-as-can-be, but they did not have any children.

The old woman wished she had a child, for she had love and nurturing in her heart. Though her knees were a bit knobby and her back a bit stooped, she made a point of going out every day to water the vegetable garden...

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The Ugly Bird

Once upon a time, there was a king who could not sleep. A great forest stood to the east of his castle, and in it lived a number of birds that would shriek and call all through the night, disturbing him. He tried any number of things suggested by his advisors—sealing his window casements, muffling his ears with cotton, and even sleeping upside-down, which a foreign ambassador suggested, but sadly did not work...

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