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Adventure stories

Without a doubt, adventure stories are one of the most popular types of children’s books. It’s no surprise, really – who doesn’t enjoy a story filled with surprising and delightful twists and turns? Children, in particular, adore tales that are suspenseful and thrilling in equal measure. Adventure stories, which are action-packed and include clever, brave heroes and dastardly villains, can keep even the most easily distracted children on the edge of their seats (or beds!)
This month, we have a whole host of fascinating tales for you and your children to share with one another before it’s time to visit the land of nod. We have carefully selected our stories, picking only those that have been read and loved by children for many years.
Adventure story - Four Clever Brothers

Four Clever Brothers

Brothers Grimm

A father sends his four sons into the world to learn a craft in order to survive. They each return with a skill. They then hear of a princess who was stolen by an angry dragon. Do they have the skills to save her?

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The Naughty Boy adventure story

The Naughty Boy

Hans Christian Andersen

Picture Cupid in your mind. What do you see? Do you envision a young boy or baby holding a bow and arrow? If yes, you are like most of us. Why do we think of love when we think of Cupid?

English version
Afrikaans version

The Water of Life adventure story

The Water of Life

Brothers Grimm

Three princes have a very sick father. The only cure is to drink the Water of Life from a land far away. The princes go to look for it to save their father, but, unfortunately they don’t know where to find it.

English version
Afrikaans version

The Velveteen Rabbit adventure story

The Velveteen Rabbit

Margery Williams

A toy becomes Real when it finds a child who really, truly loves it. You don’t need someone else’s love to validate you, but you also don’t need anyone else to tell you who you are.

English version
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The Selfish Giant adventure story

The Selfish Giant

Oscar Wilde

A beloved tale about a very selfish giant, his wonderful garden, the curious and playful village children, and, of course, the little child who changes the giant’s heart.

English version
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The Skylight Room adventure story

This story is about a young woman, Miss Leeson, and her stay at one of Mrs Parker’s parlours. During her stay, Miss Leeson experiences hard times and is later rescued by a star…

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The Reluctant Dragon adventure story

The Reluctant Dragon

Kenneth Grahame

A boy befriends a poetry-loving dragon living above his home. When the town-folk send for St. George to slay the dragon, the boy needs to come up with a clever plan to save his friend.

English version
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The Knight and the Griffin adventure story

The Knight and the Griffin

Retold by the Storyberries

Every year Frank visits his grandfather’s friend Rupert, who tells him magical stories.

English version
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Robin Hood adventure story

Robin Hood

English folklore

A story of charity, compassion and justice, from England. Robin Hood takes part in an archery contest thrown by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Will he realise it’s a trap before it is too late?

English version
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Pinocchio adventure story


Carlo Collodi

A poor man named Geppetto wants to carve himself a marionette in order to make a living as a puppeteer. He carves a puppet from an enchanted piece of wood and names it Pinocchio.

English version
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The Sword in the Stone adventure story

The story revolves around a young boy who happens to discover the wizard Merlin and thus begins his adventure in the magic world.

English version
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The Enchanted Pig adventure tale

When you’re a princess you expect a fairy tale wedding. You don’t expect your husband to be a hairy, smelly piggy. The pig, of course, is an enchanted prince but Flora loses him almost as soon as she finds him.

English version
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