Children’s Stories Made Horrific

  1. Previously in this series: The adventures of Madeline. A long way out in the deep blue sea there lived a fish. Not just an ordinary fish, but the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean. His scales were every shade of blue and green and purple, with sparkling silver scales among them. He had not yet learned to value himself, which means: He had not yet learned to fight for his happiness. The…

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  2. In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. In two straight lines they broke their bread and brushed their teeth and went to bed. They smiled at the good and frowned at the bad and sometimes they were very sad. They left the house at half past nine in two straight lines in rain or shine- the smallest one was Madeline. She was not…

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  3. Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother, “I am running away.” This was his first mistake. “If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you. I would swallow my own heart before I let you escape." “If you run after me,” said the little bunny, “I will become a fish in a trout stream and I will swim away from you.” The little…

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  4. If you give a mouse a cookie, your life will no longer be your own. You will never again know peace; you have already given in. He's going to ask for a glass of milk and you will give it to him, because you are incapable of acting in your own best interests. When you give him the milk (just say no, no is a perfectly reasonable response; why won't you say it?) he'll probably…

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  5. You must be so tired! That day was your day. You went to Great Places! You went off and away! You had brains in your head. You had feet in your shoes. And you steered yourself In directions you'd choose. You went on your own. And you knew what you knew. And you were the one who would pick what to do. You walked up and down streets. Looked them over with care. Some you…

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  6. Previously: The Hunger of the Caterpillar and The Giving Tree. A mother bird sat on her egg. The egg jumped. "Oh, oh!" said the mother bird. "My baby will be here. He will want to eat. I must get something for my baby bird to eat," she said. "I will be back!" So away she went. The egg jumped. It jumped and jumped and jumped. Out came the baby bird. "Where is my…

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  7. In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf. One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and - pop - out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar. He was alone, except for his hunger, and his hunger was a writhing and a hissing thing. He started to look for some food. On Monday he ate through one apple, but he was still hungry. On Tuesday he…

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  8. Once there was a tree and she loved a little boy. And everyday the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples. And the apples stained his mouth a strange color and it wasn't green and it wasn't red and the stain wouldn't go away no matter how much…

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