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The Bull and the Donkey

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The Bull and the donkey Sherehezade is married to the Sultan. All his many previous brides have been beheaded the morning after their wedding. Her plan to stay alive is to keep the terrible tyrant amused with stories, always leaving him wanting more.

Her first story is an amusing tale which she heard from her father. It tells of a crafty donkey who advises a bull how to avoid work. He does not realise that their master can understand the speech of animals and will outwit him. But there is a twist to the tale. The master’s wife demands to know what the animals have said, but he cannot tell her or else he will die.

Bertie has adapted this story from the rather racy, x-rated (and no doubt true to the original), translation of the 1001 nights by the famous Victorian explorer, Richard Burton. We try to keep the spirit of the original as much as possible – and in fact we think this is much closer than most children’s versions out there – but there’s a lot in the 1001 Nights that just wouldn’t quite do for a children’s site.

Read by Elizabeth. Duration 19.30. Adaptation by Bertie.


Praise be to Allah, Sherehezade is married to the Sultan Sharyar. All the many brides of the sultan, who came before her have been put to death on the first morning of their marriage. It is late in the night, and the dawn is but a few hours away. The newly weds cannot sleep, and Sherehezade begins to tell her husband a story.

There was once a merchant who was rich in cattle and camels. He lived in the country with his wife and family and devoted himself to farming. Now, Allah in his wisdom had given him the power to understand the speech of all kinds of animals and birds. But this great gift came with a condition: he must not tell any human being what he heard the animals to say or he would surely die on the spot.

One evening he was sitting by the stables while he watched his children playing in the hay, when he heard his bull talking in his deep lowing voice:

“Oh donkey, ” he was saying to his fellow animal, “How come you have the best barley, the freshest water, and the easiest life? You stay here in doors all day while the men wait upon you like servants, sweeping your stall, and brushing your coat until it shines. But as for me, they lead me out to work at the call of the dawn prayer. The men make me wear a thing called a yoke around my shoulders and it is heavy and uncomfortable. They crack whips over my back and force me to pull the plough through the fields from morning to sunset. My life is nothing but toil and trouble. But your duties are light and pleasant. Once every two weeks, you carry the master to the market on your back. He is not fat, and the burden is not great, and on the way he learns to like you and appreciate you. Your life is so much better than mine. Dear donkey, pray do help me. Tell me how I can live like you?”

You can imagine how the merchant was intrigued by this conversation, and how he tuned in his ears in to make sure that he did not miss a word. He heard the donkey laugh with a great Eeeee-ore! and reply to the bull:

“Why you big old fool ! You are ten times as strong as I am, and yet you let the humans treat you without any respect for your superior force . Don’t you have any sense ? Do your horns grow inside your head where your brains should be? Listen to your wiser and better brother, and your problems shall be done and dusted. Do not show willingness for work, or of course the men will take advantage of you. When they come in the morning, and try to place the thing called a yoke over your neck, toss your head. When they try to drive you out to the fields, lie down in your manger and refuse to move. They cannot make a great hulk like you even budge and inch if you do not wish it. Bellow like you are angry or ill. They will soon get the message and leave you alone.”

The merchant heard all the words of the donkey, and he was curious to see whether the bull would head his advice. It was therefore not entirely surprising to him when, the next morning, the steward came to him, looking anxious and worried and and said:

“Sir, something has got into the bull. Perhaps it is a demon, or perhaps he is ill. When we try to put the yoke on his neck, he tosses his head so that we cannot manage it. When we try to drive him out of the stall, he bellows at us and paws the ground with his front leg. And now, finally, he is lying down in the straw. What are we to do sir? We cannot force the bull to go out into the fields if he does not wish it. He is far to big and strong.”

The merchant understood only to well what was wrong with the bull. He was not ill, and no demon had bedevilled him. All that had happened was that he was following the advice of his friend the donkey. The merchant had already decided what must be done. He would teach the donkey a lesson. He said to his steward:

“If the bull does not wish to work, then let him take a well earned rest. Put the yoke on the donkey, and make him plough the fields today, for it is only fair that he takes his share of the hard work.”

And following their master’s orders, the men placed the yoke over the shoulders of the donkey, and they dragged him out to the fields. When he stubbornly dug his heels into the ground, they cracked whips over his back. He had no choice but to pull the heavy plough through the earth all day, even though the sun was hot, and his mouth was dry. When at last he came back to his stall in the evening, his legs were weak and and his whole body was weary. He saw the bull lying down in clean straw, looking rested and happy. Indeed the bull welcomed him home cheerily saying:

“My true friend, the kind and wonderful donkey, I have done exactly as you advised me, and today I have enjoyed rest, water, and good food. I thank you from the bottom of my bull’s heart for your words of wisdom. “

But the donkey had little to say just then. He was unusually quiet beacuse he was so weary. He took a long drink of water and lay down in his hay, utterly exhausted by his day’s work.

When the morning came, the merchant rose early for he wanted to see how his animals had fared. He peeped in through the window of the stables and he saw that the the bull was swishing his tale happily. They donkey was still lying down in his straw, feeling less than his best. The bull was saying:

“I am so looking forward to another day’s rest. When the men come for me, I shall again toss my head, paw the ground, and bellow with my great voice. Then I shall lie down and they will not be able to lead me out to work.”

As the donkey stood up, he felt that his legs were still shaky from the previous day’s toil in the fields. When he heard the bull’s plans to stay at home, he reflected: “Oh foolish me! I am not half as clever as I thought. I gave the bull good advice, but I did not foresee how it would rebound on me and how I would pay for it. Now I must play a trick on him, or I shall suffer once more.”

And so now he said to the bull:

“My friend, I have advised you well once, and now I shall advise you again. When the men come today, do not toss your head and refuse to take the yoke. Nor should you bellow with rage or lie down in your straw, if you care for your life. For yesterday, I heard the merchant speaking to his steward. He gave orders that if the bull does not work, he should take him to the butcher and make meat for the poor people, and leather for shoes and saddles.”

The bull thanked the donkey for once again giving him wise advice, and when the men came to fetch him from the stall, he willingly took the yoke and went out to the fields for his day’s work.

The merchant saw all that had happened, and all day long he was laughing and smiling to himself whenever he thought of the trick that he had played on the donkey.

Now the merchant had a wife, whom he had been married to for many years, and whom he loved dearly. She did not fail to notice that he was smiling to himself all day, and she asked him the reason. He said:

“My beloved, I am laughing at a conversation that I overheard between the animals, but I cannot tell it to you for I will surely die on the spot. Long ago, I prayed to Allah that I should understand the speech of all kinds of creatures, and in return for this favour I offered that if ever I should ever betray what I heard to another human soul, then I should die immediately.”

The merchant’s wife only grew more curious when she heard this reply, and demanded more and more vehemently that he should tell her what he had heard the animals say and that she should share in his amusement.

“But I shall surely die if I tell you !” he protested.

“Nonsense! There can be no secrets between man and wife. I shall leave you if you do not tell me! “ she replied.

The argument went on so long that the merchant could bear her sulking no longer. He sat down to write his will and worked with his steward to make sure that all his affairs were in order and his debts were paid before he died. Then he called all his family and his servants to a meeting and told them of his decision:

“This evening I shall relate to my wife what I heard of the conversation between the bull and the donkey, and then I must surely die. And therefore this is my last farewell. May Allah be praised and always be with you.”

And so saying, he went about the family and servants distributing small gifts so that the would remember him well.

Now when Sherehezade reached this part of the story, she said to the Sultan:

“But great one, I must halt my tale, for the sunlight is at our window and it is time to rise and meet whatever the day holds in store for us,”

And the Sultan, who had been listening very intently to the tale, and was greatly amused by it, was anxious to hear what happened next. Would the merchant really tell his wife what had happened, and die on the spot? He begged Sherehezade to finish the tale, but the call to Prayer was already echoing around the rooftops of the palace, and the maids were busy sweeping the courtyards.

The wise and lovely woman stroked the Sultan’s head, and said, “If it so pleases you, great master, I shall finish telling the tale this following night.”

And as the Sultan so wanted to know the end of the story, he gladly agreed to her suggestion, and Sherehezade lived through that day as his queen. The following night, she continued her story of the merchant:

All of the merchant’s household was in tears and even the dogs got to hear of the terrible news and began to howl. Only the cockerel strutted about the farm looking as proud and as pleased with himself as usual. He made his call to the hens:

“Cock-a-doo-dool-do!! “

The behaviour of the cockerel angered the farm dogs who said :

“Why do you make merry when we are in mourning for the master? Have you not heard that he is about to die? Do you not have any respect for him?”

And the proud cockerel replied:

“I am not sorry for the master. I have 50 wives and he has but one. He should understand better how to behave with his wife.”

And it so happened that the merchant, was sitting in his study overlooking the farmyard , and when he overheard this conversation, he felt ashamed that he had given in to despair and not handled the situation better. He thought to himself:

“I am shrewd in business, and know all there is to know about farming, but in my own home I am like a fool, and understand nothing of diplomacy. I must be as cunning as…. as the donkey.”

And with new hope in his heart, he went to his wife’s room, and knocked softly on the door: His wife’s voice called out from within:

“Are you now ready to tell me what you heard the animals say that was so amusing?”

And the merchant replied that he was ready, and he came into the room:

“My dear, it is all very simple,” he explained. “The bull spoke like this:”

“LOWWWWWW!”

and the donkey replied like this

“EEEE-AWWWW!

And then the dogs said

“AOWWWWWW!”

and the cockerel said

“Cock-a-doodle-do!”

And when she heard her husband speak like this, the wife laughed so much that she forgot her anger and was happy.

And that was the very first story of the 1001 Nights that Sherehezade told to the Sultan, enchanting and amusing the cruel tyrant with her words and in so doing softening his heart. When she had finished the tale, her sister, Dunyazad, who shared the room with them spoke up and said:

“Your excellence, do you wish my sister to tell you another tale? For she has a great many others , some even more wonderful than this one.

And the Sultan who was not sleepy, said that he would gladly hear another tale, if it was as entertaining as the one they had just heard, and so Sherehezade began the second story of the 1001 nights.

But if you would like to hear it, you will have to come back another time to Storynory.com. We do of course have many stories on the site,including classic stories, adaptations and originals, all of which you can download for free.

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165 Responses to “The Bull and the Donkey”

  • JUSTICE says:

    I really like this story.It was a fantastic story well at least that’s what I think.Some people might think differently but we all have our own thought,who knows how you might fell about this story . Some people might like this story and some people might think this story is boring but it doesn’t matter because if you don’t like the story then don’t listen to it your not the person who wrote the story so it really doesn’t matter what you think of the story its about how it makes you fell I love the way you read Natasha you have a beautiful voice I don’t care what anyone else thinks you can read very good like a pro like I said I really like this story and I think other people should too………

  • mohammad says:

    this story was very nice and stobad

  • Some kid says:

    I love this story! :-) :-) :-)

  • Naseem says:

    This is awesome. Till next time.

    THANKS A LOT!

  • fjad says:

    Its kind of a cool folktale not the most boringest one but its a cool folktale i guess

  • BOB says:

    its pretty good.

  • tony says:

    love it

  • lithikhaa says:

    i loved it just right for me
    When is the next one coming

  • Mum says:

    i hate this story.

  • Chase says:

    Boring

  • arshad says:

    it is very interesting story.

  • jared says:

    i hate this story this isnt meant for children

  • jared says:

    great story and is awesome

  • Sarah says:

    Like this story a lot. I also like how the donkey tricked the Bull so easily. Smart.:)

  • Anonymous says:

    Like this story a lot! I liked how the donkey tricked the Bull so easily. Smart:)

  • nevaeh lane says:

    i love it it is cool well not relly but nice if you like it see you later got to got to play with my horses

  • khalid says:

    awesome

  • molly o' says:

    Hi I loved this story I really want to find out does the he tell his wife and die on the spot
    Thank ps write more
    Byee bye

  • jahzaya says:

    this is so great i will read this again

  • joviv says:

    It was a very good story and I’d love to live at soultan’s castle so i can hear those wonderfull stories from Sherehezade

  • crystal says:

    i think this story is the best there should be a another story like this thanks to who ever made this ps your the best

  • Anonymous says:

    i think there should be another story like this because its a traditional story to us thanks to who ever made it !from the best ps thanks

  • Chan The Man says:

    Thanxs a lot Miss Jones for making us read this

  • Katie says:

    I love your storys

  • yvonne says:

    i always remember this story because it is so amusing

  • yvonne says:

    great story i wish i can download this in my computer

  • turkey lurkey says:

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  • Tavannah says:

    This story was so funny!
    But at the same time it was stupid of all the advise they were giving to their self.

  • Serena says:

    I read this story again and again and again, it was very intersting the first time I read this story until the man told his wife i so excited and can’t wait to read the next, please write more of these stories like magical i like magical creature like fairytales. Thank a lot!

  • parul verma says:

    i loved it

  • Anonymous says:

    This story is very amazing and I love it

  • Anonymous says:

    I love this story

  • Ferin says:

    When’s the next 1001 nights stories? :-)

  • JJ says:

    love it.hope there will be nother one

  • michelle says:

    i like the story

  • michelle says:

    When is the 2nd story coming??

  • Barack Obama says:

    I liked your story. Thank You!

  • brave says:

    Is it good to know everything?

  • soccer master says:

    ?? ???
    it is soooooooo fun!

  • idk says:

    this is borring

  • serena says:

    i can’t wait to read if the merchant is really going to tell his wife and he die in the spot. great story!

  • serena says:

    i like the story real much but could there be all the 1001 night story that sherazade told? thanks a lot!

  • serena says:

    This story is real intresting I like this story very much!

  • serena says:

    i like thism story very much!

  • Natasha says:

    Hello

    Thank you I’m pleased you enjoy the stories. The Bull and The Donkey is a an Aesop’s fable from the far east. Like with many of Aesop’s fables, we can interpret different moral messages from them. From this tale we can learn that’s its not always wise to trust the advice of friends.

    Thanks for listening
    Bye Bye
    N *

  • samad davoudi says:

    yes all of your stories are wonderfull. I’ve been enjoying reading these stories long nights. thank you all a lot.

  • shane says:

    Very nice story. I enjoy The Bull and the donkey.This is BRAVOOOOOO.

  • dont look me up says:

    it is sorta like the fox and the wolf ( well the name)

  • Hamzah Bennett says:

    I enjoyed this story except for that loser robin dissing it Islam is true and the US has problems. Idiot

  • Nikhil chandra says:

    I DID NOT LIKE THE STORY AT ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.

  • sheeva says:

    I love the story so much i always tell the story in my head whenever I’m sad! It’s funny, amusing, supportive, and…………..
    …..I think I should give ” The Bull and the Donkey” a big CONGRATULATIONS and a gigantic ROUND OF APPLAUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I feel the same way as King Shahryar!!!!!!!!Amused, happy, and excited and anxious for the second story of the 1001 nights told by Sherezade! I think I should tell my friends about the story.Excellent work on the story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • evie says:

    it was amazing realy goooood

  • hi says:

    this is borring

  • laura says:

    this is silly

  • bostonbruins11 says:

    i love it

  • leann says:

    I love the bull and the donkey, it’s now my favourite story and now I know how to write a story just like it.I will always visit storynory.com, bye.

  • Bertie says:

    Thanks Oz Nadz ! We are flattered that you like the story so much. I will have a look out for any racism in the comments, and sorry if that got through.

  • Oz-Nadz says:

    I’m an adult and accidently found it on podcasts.. but seriously it was one of the best tales ive heard and Eliza made it even more exciting and funnier :) good on you guys and pls keep it going.. although ive noticed some racism on some comments.. but never let it get to you or stop you guys.. excellent work!!!

    Regards

    Nadz xox

  • anahi says:

    hey, i have realy loved the the story i have never heard this story before. but i have heard many more intersting storys on this website.

    p.s.-i only would hope there would be many, many, many, more stories.

  • Alisha says:

    verrygood storry 100%

  • Mohammadali says:

    THANK you so much !!!!!

  • catilyn says:

    this story is the best…. SO AMAZING!!!!! ^^!!!!!

  • ismaeil says:

    hi there;
    i just wanna say thank U
    it’s nice to find some good story said by nice voice of yours, specially when it is the persian story
    thanx a lot

  • Lily says:

    very good story! Thank you for sharing

  • Taghreed says:

    Very lovely and nice. Thanks a lot

  • Terena says:

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  • steven says:

    how was the idea made to make alice in wonderland

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  • thiru says:

    i liked this very much….please put some more stories
    thank you

  • amber says:

    that was awesome!

  • Baabul, India says:

    at this very moment, this is the world’s best site.

  • Elli says:

    The latest translation of 1001 nights to Finish language has down in 2009.

  • Elli says:

    dear :call me smiley :D says

    I have finished my study at university.

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Katie, I know we must do another 1001 nights soon. Sorry for the big gap. I can tell you that she did tell many more stories..

  • call me smiley :D says:

    u r right Elli which grade r u in im in 7th

  • katie says:

    did the queen survive her next day please tell me an another great story about her PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank ya bertie

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  • reza says:

    thanks a lot . stories from Asia are great . please put some more stories of this type .

  • Elli says:

    I liked this story so much, looking for other stories of 1001 nights.

  • Elli says:

    Hi, I am so happy that i could fined storynory.i can learn when i am enjoying listening to the stories and poems and…
    but about1001 nights, i liked it very much.I learn from different cultures.Humanity is respect each other.I learn English to be able to understand others.
    Bertie´s response was great.Thank you.

  • Anjali says:

    This is a great web sight I’ve ever seen. Thanks a lot for your great contribution. God Bless you.

  • Gianne Ong says:

    LOVE IT SO WISE

  • mominah says:

    I love some of it

  • mominah says:

    Ilike it but can you make one a littel bit funnyer or better please and i mean it NOW!

  • Anonymous says:

    i hate it

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Anon – I think the original author of this story from the 1001 nights is as anonymous as you are. However this version is By Bertie of Storynory.

  • Anonymous says:

    hi what is the author of his story?

  • skull says:

    Dear Elizibeth,
    i GO to a montersory school!

  • free gladiator says:

    When he stubbornly dug his heals into the ground(WRONG)
    When he stubbornly dug his heels into the ground

  • Kendra says:

    What’s the next story of the 1001 Nights?

  • Yulia says:

    Thank you! Great job!

  • FEONA says:

    I ENJOYED THIS STORY AS WELL. I AM A SCHOOL TEACHER AND I AM LOOKING FOR INTERESTING STORIES FOR MY 8-9 YEARS OLD. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO DEVELOP MY SKILLS IN STORY TELLING IN AN INTERESTING AND MEANINGFUL WAY. I THANK YOU.

  • Tina says:

    I love it,thank you so much.

  • Anonymous says:

    I like it very much,thankssss

  • Rod_Brazil says:

    Hello,
    my name is Rodrigo and I’m from Brazil.
    I’ve been looking for a website with podcasts in form of tales and then I found this one of the little prince frog: storynory.com

    Thank you so much for this work, I support you guys, because you’re helping me and another persons through the world in the english learning.

    Greetings from Brazil
    Rod

  • umaiz says:

    it is very good story i like it

  • prince kotha says:

    please put all the stories of 1001 nights on the website

  • prince kotha says:

    hello my name is prince kotha no.1

  • Catherine says:

    It’s O.K.

  • Anonymous says:

    not at all interesting

  • Shaker says:

    Nice story and nice website…..

    My Name is Shaker, from India. Since five years I am tryng to learn English language. In this regard I have been visiting lots of websites. I liked this, Storynory.com, website. Already I have downloaded more than ten audio stories from this site. I would like to thank those fellows who are doing such a kind job. Thanks once again.

  • hana says:

    cool story u added alot of details

  • Bob says:

    I like the pig

  • Bob says:

    I like the Donkey

  • kayleigh says:

    can u try to put the nutcracker on?

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Sumayia, I’m really glad we are on your iPod. Thanks for letting us know and for your nice comment.

  • Sumayia says:

    I love your website its like the coolest in the whole world i download your audio stories in my i pod and listen at night

    love you
    Sumayia

  • Lee says:

    nice story i enjoyed it, elizabeth does a funny french accent :)

  • itS me alice the 100% 1 and u can aSK me any things i will only be here the motht and every 2nd 1 caz im buzy all the time lol im a buzy bee ;L lol :)
    lots off love alice xxx

  • Amine says:

    Dear Berti,

    Thanks for a wonderful story and great response to a hateful comments from Robin!

    Thanks once again

    A

  • Jake says:

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  • kareem says:

    it is long

  • anthony says:

    i like the bull and the donkeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Nimdan says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful story with us.

  • Rose says:

    Life is a challenge, so learning from and getting to know about each other is necessary for human beings.

  • shimaa says:

    this is the first time to read an english story,, really its very marvelous

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Robin

    This is a site from the UK. We present all cultures to our audience as best we can. There are Jewish stories (just recently) and lots of Christian ones – and if you count Greek myths as pagan, well there are a few of those too.

    I’m no religious expert, but The God of Abraham, so I’m told, belongs to Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

    And whereas our own Western Stories sometimes present dubious values – such as brutal revenge and helpless princesses – in a quite straightforward and unrepentant fashion – the 1001 nights are really interesting about women…… Yes, they are badly treated by the Sultan, but the heroine is a woman of great skill and courage who outwits him and risks her own life on behalf of her “sisters”.

    The 1001 Nights – Aladdin, Sinbad, you don’t want them —- really? Shall we just pretend that the Islamic world, with its rich culture stories doen’t exist?

    As we say in the introduction, this story is as close to the original in spirit as we can make it, and the way the narrative sometimes calls on Allah is very characteristic and evocative. That’s why we use it.

  • robin says:

    I am so upset that this site would plant seeds of false Gods in our childrens head.I thought this site was a site from the USA.
    The USA is a country based on Christian values,Not some alluh that persecutes Christians and Americans alike.I trusted this site and feel so betrayed.
    Needless to say I will not be on here anymore.I just wanted to express my disgust and anger.

  • thegoodguy says:

    i find useful website to learn english. thank so much to you who found the web

  • jafar says:

    I enjoied that.
    thank for this story

  • Dena says:

    I thought that the merchant will really die, I am glad that he had found another way to explain to his wife about it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dena

  • Ginger says:

    Bertie,
    Do you know how many parts are in awaking beauty series?

  • Ginger says:

    Please install a new story!!! Also, I liked this story1

  • marnee says:

    I LLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE IT YOU ROCK LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  • jenni says:

    I LOVE IT SOOOOOOOO MUCH WELL BY 4 EVER

  • all of the above says:

    this book was amazing i like it soooooooooooo much i thought it was coolllllllllllllll$

  • Avery says:

    I like this story I love this story LOLOLOLOLOVE THIS story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! because of what the king cuts the heads of.

  • T.N says:

    When are you going to going to put up another “1001 Nights” story?

  • T.N says:

    Great story. I wonder if the sudan will learn to love his wife and feel sorry for the bad things he had done. Anyway, if he didn’t want to have a wife, why marry? Hmph! That doesn’t make any sense.

  • ducky wucky says:

    Hi , It was scary when he almost told his wife ,I ran to my room .It is scaryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Lianne says:

    It was a very interesting story!! And Elizabeth narrated it very well!! Nice………..

  • aditi says:

    very good

  • Alexander says:

    Funny ending

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Padma, there will be more 1001 nights stories, but no more of the Bull and the donkey characters.

  • padma says:

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWESOME STORY,clever way he tricked the donkey.is there another part

  • Anonymous says:

    Tyty for good story .
    It’s help me to get .

  • Max says:

    IT WAS SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • yassine says:

    a very nice story to read. a good job , go on.

  • MICHELLE says:

    BUT I WANT AWAKIN’ BEAUTS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Albert Einstein says:

    Love is a better teacher than duty.

  • Dil junior10 class 5 says:

    We like this story very much and the story was interesting too.

  • hi says:

    thank you to natasha for putting this story in i love these 1001 arabian stories they are COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLL

  • Raven says:

    BORING it was so boring!I hate it so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so much

  • Niki says:

    i love this syory and Justin Beiber

  • i like this story but it is sad when the animals get wiped it is messed up but i guess tht is how the story goes so good job with the story writing

  • ali says:

    It is very simple story ,it returns me fifty five years ago when my mother used to tell me her amuzing tales,thank you for the translation to arabic,most of sites rejecte these language,thanks you a lot.

  • candlelight says:

    donkey’s wisdom are only a foolish itself.and it is forever.thanks for help me have a fun.bye bye

  • Bertie says:

    Giritchi, Sorry that your friend wen there.. Montessori Guided Studies are our sponsor and they help us keep the stories free, so we have to mention them.

  • Girltchi says:

    Um, awesome and srtange at the same time!Btw plz stop metioning Montessori because it makes me sad. I used to hav a best friend but then she went there instead and left me friendless:C. Thx!

  • mohamed says:

    Elizabeth i like youuuuuuuuu

  • lolly pop says:

    i like this story so spso so so so so so so so so so so so so so much!

  • blanca says:

    i love this story it is a best the number one so far in my wrold

  • ASHLEY/JUSTIN BEIBER says:

    i love it it is the best

  • brendan says:

    I like this story.I think that this story should be in magizine.

  • stefny says:

    i likd the story rilly much

  • zachary says:

    i love it!!!!!!!!!!

  • daniel says:

    I like this story verymoch

  • fallon says:

    thanks for HOMEWORK!!!!!!!!!!!!! teachers

  • Zoë says:

    I like this Sorys.

  • yasmin says:

    great story’ I love it.

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