Once upon a time,
Cinderella had a step-mother and two step-sisters move into her house.
Each of them was cruel, and every day they did mean things to Cinderella.
One day, an invitation to a ball was delivered.
“You have to stay home!”
said her step-mother and step-sisters as they left.
As Cinderella was left crying, her Fairy Godmother appeared
and said, “I am going to help you.”
With a sparkle of her magic wand
a beautiful dress and a pumpkin carriage appeared!
“This magic will only last until midnight,” said the Fairy Godmother,
lastly giving her a pair of glass slippers.
When Cinderella arrived at the castle,
a handsome prince came up to her
and asked, “May I have this dance?”
The two of them were getting along wonderfully,
The clock struck midnight!
Cinderella rushed away to get home,
but lost one of her glass slippers on the stairs.
The next day, a servant from the castle came to the house.
“The Prince will marry whoever owns this glass slipper.”
“It’s mine! It’s mine!”
lied the two step-sisters.
But their feet were too big to fit!
Cinderella, of course, was a perfect fit.
Cinderella married the Prince
and they had a wonderful life together,
living happily ever after.
Little Red Riding Hood（赤ずきん）
Once upon a time,
Little Red Riding Hood was on her way to visit her sick grandmother,
when a Big Bad Wolf came along.
“You should pick some flowers,” he said.
“Good idea!” she said.
So off wandered Little Red Riding Hood.
Meanwhile, the wolf went on ahead and ate up her grandmother.
Then the wolf waited, pretending to be her grandmother.
Thinking something was strange, Little Red Riding Hood said,
“Grandmother, what big ears you have!”
“The better to hear you with,” said the wolf.
“What big eyes you have!”
“The better to see you with!”
“What a big mouth you have!”
“Uh, that’s… the better to eat you with!”
And with that, the wolf swallowed Little Red Riding Hood in one gulp!
After that he dozed off.
Then a hunter came passing by.
“Oh my! Someone’s been eaten by this wolf.”
The hunter took some scissors, and cut open the wolf’s stomach.
Out popped Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother.
“I’m never going to wander off again!”
promised Little Red Riding Hood to her grandmother.
And they lived happily ever after.
The Three Little Pigs（三匹のこぶた）
Once upon a long time ago,
there were three little pigs who each built their own house.
The first little pig built a house of straw.
“I built it in no time!” he said.
The second little pig built a house of wood.
“It was so easy!” he said.
Then a Big Bad Wolf came along.
“I’ll blow those houses down with barely one blow!”
And away he blewwwwwwwwwwww!
With that, both the straw house and the wood house were blown to smithereens!
“Help!” cried the two little pigs,
as they ran away to the third little pig’s house.
The third little pig had built a house out of solid brick.
“I worked really hard to make it super strong,” he said.
“Now I can eat all three of them at once!” said the wolf.
The wolf took a big breath, and blewwwwwwwwwwww!
But the brick house didn’t budge an inch!
“Okay then, I’ll get in through the chimney!” said the wolf.
“Oh no, the wolf is getting in!”
said the first two little pigs in a panic.
“Don’t worry. Just leave it to me,” said the third little pig.
He put a big pot on the fireplace,
and boiled some water until it was bubbling over.
The wolf coming down through the chimney
fell right into the hot water. Bang!
“Ouch! Hot! Hot! Hot!” he screamed,
and got a big red burn on his behind!
“I’ve had just about enough of little pigs!” said the wolf
as he was running away.
And the three little pigs lived in the brick house together happily ever after.
Jack and the Beanstalk（ジャックと豆の木）
Once upon a very long time ago,
a very poor boy named Jack
went off to sell a cow, just as his mother told him.
On the way, he met a mysterious man.
“Give me that cow, and I’ll give you this magic bean!” the man said.
“Magic?” said Jack.
Jack excitedly traded the cow for the bean.
His mother was furious,
and threw the bean out the window.
The next morning, there was a gigantic beanstalk growing outside!
“The top is somewhere way up there in the clouds!” said Jack.
Jack was overjoyed, and started climbing it.
Before long, he saw a castle.
A woman came out from it.
“This is a giant’s house. Hurry up and escape!” she said.
“What?!” said Jack.
Just as Jack was about to leave…
The footsteps were coming closer and closer.
“Oh dear, you’re going to get eaten! Go hide in the stove,” said the woman.
Just when Jack was hiding himself,
a hairy-old giant appeared.
“I smell the smell of a little boy,” said the giant.
“You must be imagining things,” said the woman.
So the giant scarfed down a baby cow instead,
then dozed off while counting his gold coins.
“Now’s the time!” said Jack.
Jack threw a sackful of gold coins over his shoulder, and raced out of the castle.
He was in such a rush, however, that he ended up falling down.
The giant woke up.
“Wait!” roared the giant.
Jack climbed down the beanstalk as fast as he could,
but the giant was quickly getting closer and closer.
"Mom, quick - bring the axe!” yelled Jack.
Once Jack got the axe, he swung with all his might.
Creak, creak, boom!
The beanstalk came crashing down, with the giant falling to his death.
From then on, Jack stuck to an honest day’s work,
and lived happily ever after with his mother.