Tiny Tales series

Welcome to the homepage for the TINY TALES series of traditional myths and folktales retold in 100 words!

Each of the books will contain two hundred of these tiny stories. The way I create the books is by finding and writing three hundred tiny stories which I publish at this blog. Then, I sort through the three hundred to find the best ones to include in each book, while all the other stories are here at the blog for you to read and enjoy also. :-)

Here is an update on the series so far:

1. Tiny Tales of Nasruddin. This book is complete! It is available free to read online as a Pressbook or downloadable digital file (PDF, MOBI, EPUB), and there is also a Kindle version. Find out more at:

2. Tiny Tales from India. This book will contain Buddhist Jatakas, stories from the Panchatantra and other folktales, parables from Ramakrishna, plus stories of Birbal and Tenalirama. Publication date: appx. July 10. (Current status: final proofreading.)

3. Tiny Tales from Aesop. This book will contain Aesop's fables from the Greek and Roman classical tradition along with fables from medieval, Renaissance, and later Aesopic authors. Publication date: appx. July 24. (Current status: proofreading.)

4. Tiny Tales from the Sufis. This book will contain Sufi stories from a variety of sources. Publication date: appx. October 21. (Current status: collecting and writing stories; stories so far.)

5. Tiny Tales of Anansi. This book will contain Anansi stories from Caribbean sources; I may or may not include African Anansi stories (see #7 below). Publication date: appx. November 23. (Current status: collecting and writing stories; stories so far.)

6. Tiny Tales of Brer Rabbit. This book will contain Brer Rabbit stories, along with other African American folktales, focusing on animal tales. Publication date: appx. December 26. (Current status: I'm not currently working on this project, but I will start work in mid-July.)

7. Tiny Tales from Africa. This book will contain African folktales, with an emphasis on the African sources for the Anansi and Brer Rabbit stories in #5 and #6 above. Publication date: appx. January 28. (Current status: I'm not currently working on this project, but I will start work in mid-August.)

Plus plans for many more books to come! Tentatively planned for the coming year are the books listed above plus follow-up volumes for Nasruddin, India, and Africa, along with tales of Hanuman, and three Native American collections: Southeastern Nations, Southwestern Nations, and Coyote.

Thank you for your interest. :-)

Tiny Tales from Aesop

Welcome to Tiny Tales from Aesop. This is a collection of two hundred fables from Aesop, and each fable is just 100 words long.

The book is currently in the proofreading stage.
It will be available on July 24.
For now, here are the fables in blog post form (below).

A Book of Two Hundred 100-Word Stories


Aesop was a legendary storyteller of ancient Greece, and the stories called "Aesop's fables" have been going strong for three thousand years. This book contains a selection of classical, medieval, Renaissance, and modern Aesop's fables, ranging from the ancient Roman poet Phaedrus to the 18th-century neo-Latin poet Desbillons. You will find famous fables here such as "The Lion's Share" and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," plus many not-so-famous fables about animals, about people, and about the gods and goddesses too. The fables included here represent only a small fraction of the Aesopic fable tradition. For more Aesop's fables, visit:

The paragraph you just read about this book is 100 words long, as is this paragraph, and that's also the length of each story in this book. The stories go fast, but you can slow down when you find one you like. Read it again. Let it sink in. Maybe even write your own version of the story, using your imagination to add more details. Meanwhile, if you don't like a story, don't get bogged down; just move on to the next one. There are more 100-word stories from Aesop, plus stories from other cultural traditions, at:


1. The Lion's Share
2. The Angry Lion
3. The Lion and the Rabbit
4. The Lion and the Bulls
5. The Lion and the Mouse
6. The Lion's Army
7. The Lion Cub and Man
8. The Lion in Love
9. The Lion and the Man Debate
10. The Lion and the Boar
11. The Old Lion and the Horse
12. The Lion and the Unicorn
13. The Old Lion's Last Breath
14. The Lion and the Donkey Go Hunting
15. Wild Donkey, Tame Donkey
16. The Wild Donkey
17. The Donkey and the Horse's Barley
18. The Cruel Horse and the Donkey
19. The Horse and the Donkey's Load
20. Death and the Donkey
21. The Donkey in Winter
22. The Two Donkeys
23. The Donkey and the Icon
24. The Fox and the Leopard
25. The Fox and the Dragon
26. The Farmer and the Dragon
27. The Fox in the Hut
28. The Fox Meets the Lion
29. The Lion and the Bear
30. The Fox Visits the Lion
31. The Fox in the Lion-King's Palace
32. The Fox and the Wolf, Courtiers
33. The Fox and the Ape
34. The Fox with a Short Tail
35. The Fox and the Old Women
36. The Fox and the Grapes
37. The Fox and the Moon
38. The Fox and the Boar
39. The Fox and the Rooster
40. The Fox Seeks an Eye Doctor
41. The Fox and the Stork
42. The Fox and the Mule
43. The Wolf and the Fox in the Well
44. The Fox and the Wolf in the Pit
45. The Fox Teaches the Wolf to Fish
46. The Fox and the Wolf and the Well-Buckets
47. The Fox and the Wolf in the Shed
48. The Wolf Becomes a Monk
49. The Wolf and the Porcupine
50. The Wolf and the Crane
51. The Wolf and the Goat on a Rock
52. The Wolf and the Goats in a Tub
53. The Wolf and the Cow
54. The Wolf and the Lamb at the Stream
55. The Wolf and the Lamb in the Temple
56. The Friendly Wolf
57. The Wolves and their Allies
58. The Treacherous Sheepdog
59. The Lamb and the Nanny-Goat
60. The Dogs and the River
61. The Dog without a House
62. The Hunting Dog and the Rabbit
63. The Rabbit and the Wolf
64. The War of the Rabbits and the Eagles
65. The Rabbit and the Sparrow
66. The Rabbit and the Weasel
67. The Rabbit's Resolution
68. The Funeral of the Lion-Queen
69. The Deer in the Cave
70. The Deer in the Stable
71. The Deer and his Reflection
72. The Deer and the Vine
73. The Deer and her Friends
74. The Monkey's Twin Children
75. The Monkey and the Fishermen
76. The King's Dancing Monkeys
77. The Monkey and the Camel
78. The Kingdom of the Monkeys
79. The Cat and the Rooster
80. The Cat and the Chickens
81. The Cat and her Neighbors
82. The Cat and the Stork
83. The Cat and the Sparrows
84. Cat and Fox, Philosophers
85. Brother Cat and Brother Rat
86. The Miller's Cat and the Mice
87. The Mouse and the Cat on the Shelf
88. The Cat and the Mouse in the Beer
89. The War of the Cats and the Mice
90. Belling the Cat
91. The Mouse and the Cat in the Flour
92. Country Mouse and City Mouse
93. The Mouse in the Soup
94. The Mouse in the Chest
95. The Mouse and the Bull
96. The Mouse Observes the World
97. The Hawk and the Mouse
98. The Hawk and the Nightingale
99. The Hawk and the Nightingale's Chicks
100. The War of the Hawks
101. The Two Doves
102. The Stork and the Crow
103. The Chicken and the Crow
104. The Noisy Crow
105. The Crow and the Cheese
106. The Fox who Played Dead
107. The Eagle and the Crow
108. The Eagle and the Peacock
109. The Crow's Warning
110. The Ambitious Crow
111. The Crane and the Eagle
112. The Crane Goes Fishing
113. The Halcyon and her Nest
114. The Swallow and the Nightingale
115. The Nightingale's Advice
116. The Nightingale and the Glow-Worm
117. The Beetle and the Eagle
118. The Bees Go to Court
119. The Bear and the Bees
120. The Fly and the Mule
121. The Gnat and the Bull
122. The Frogs and the Bulls
123. The Frogs and the Sun
124. The Mouse and the Frog
125. The Cunning Stork
126. The Boys and the Frogs
127. The Porcupine and the Snake
128. The Dragon and the Eagle
129. Zeus and the Wedding Gifts
130. Zeus and the Dogs
131. The Prayer of the Fox and the Wolf
132. Zeus and the Camel
133. Zeus and the Rabbit
134. Aphrodite and the Cat
135. Zeus and the Donkey
136. Zeus and the Lost Calf
137. Zeus and the Two Sacks
138. Zeus and the Jar of Good Things
139. Athena and the Shipwreck
140. Hercules and the Farmer
141. Fortuna and the Boy
142. Fortuna and the Farmer
143. The Farmer and the Wheat
144. The Farmer and the Weather Wishes
145. Prometheus and the Satyr
146. The Satyr and the Traveler
147. Hermes and the Traveler
148. Hermes and the Woodcutter
149. The Justice of the Gods
150. Death's Warnings
151. Death and the Old Man
152. Death and Cupid
153. The Father and his Lazy Sons
154. The Father and his Quarrelsome Sons
155. The Man's Loyal Dog
156. The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs
157. The Woman and her Cat
158. The Woman and her Hen
159. The Milkmaid's Bucket of Milk
160. The Farmer and the Lion
161. The Farmer and the Apple Trees
162. Bushes and Hedges
163. The Foolish Farmers and the Rabbit
164. The Farmer's Revenge
165. The Farmer and the Frozen Snake
166. The Widow and her Sheep
167. The Shepherd and his Cloak
168. The Shepherd and the Ram
169. The Shepherd's Big Sheepdog
170. The Shepherd and the Wolf Cubs
171. The Wolf Who Herded Sheep
172. The Shepherd and the Friendly Wolf
173. The Shepherd and the Lion
174. The Boy Who Cried Wolf
175. The Shepherd and the Rabbit
176. The Three Travelers
177. The Three Wise Men
178. The Two Friends and the Bear
179. The Two Travelers and the Ax
180. The Two Men and the Donkey
181. The Two Men and the Oyster
182. The Merchant and the Copper
183. The Man and his Mistresses
184. Three Generations
185. Father and Son and the Donkey
186. The Philosopher and the Pumpkin
187. The Monks and the Abbots
188. The Abbot and the Bones
189. The Hermit and his Disciple
190. The Priest and the Weeping Woman
191. Hiring a Donkey
192. Seeing a Camel
193. The Sailor and the Merchant
194. The Introverted Philosopher
195. The Miser and his Gold
196. The Boy and the Thief
197. The Boy and his Teacher
198. The Trumpeter Captured
199. The Star-Gazing Astrologer
200. The Man in the Tree


All the stories in this book are adapted from Mille Fabulae et Una [1001 Fables] by Laura Gibbs, a compendium of Aesop's fables in Latin. Sources range from the Latin fabulist Phaedrus, to medieval fabulists such as Odo of Cheriton and Renaissance fabulists such as Abstemius, as well as the modern Latin fabulist Fran├žois-Joseph Desbillons. See the blog post links above to access notes and specific bibliography for each story.

Nasruddin and the Stranger

A stranger approached Nasruddin as he was standing at the crossroads.
"Which way to town?" the stranger asked.
Nasruddin pointed to the right.
"And how long will it take to get there?"
Nasruddin stared at the stranger intently and shrugged.
"I know you can hear me!" the stranger shouted. "How long will it take me to get to town?"
Nasruddin shrugged again, and the stranger stomped off angrily.
A minute later, Nasruddin shouted, "About half an hour."
The stranger turned and shouted back, "Why didn't you say so?"
"I had to see how quickly you were walking," Nasruddin replied, smiling.

Inspired bySacred Laughter of the Sufis by Imam Jamal Rahman
Notes: This story is on p. 8 of the book.

This story is included in Tiny Tales of Nasruddin, where it is Story 36.

Jokes in the Coffeehouse

Nasruddin and his friends were sitting in the coffeehouse, and one of them decided to tell a joke. It was a very long joke, and the man told the joke very badly.
Everyone squirmed in their seats as they listened to his performance.
Finally, the joker reached the punchline, which he bungled.
No one laughed... except Nasruddin.
Later, one of Nasruddin's friends asked him, "Why did you laugh at that joke? It wasn't funny at all."
"You should always laugh at the joke," Nasruddin told him. "If you don't, there's a possibility that they might try to tell it again."

Inspired byThe Little Book of Sufi Parables by Nico Neruda
Notes: This is story 1 in the book. This belongs to the genre of "Nasruddin-in-the-coffee-house" stories.

This story is included in Tiny Tales of Nasruddin, where it is Story 78.

Nasruddin's Lunch

Nasruddin was working as a laborer, and each day he ate lunch in the company of his fellow workers.
"Nothing but bread and cheese," Nasruddin would say each day as he looked longingly at the food the other men had for their lunch. He saw dolmas, kebabs, tabbouleh, yogurt, pilaf, all kinds of food.
"You complain like this every day," one of the men said to Nasruddin. "You should tell your wife to make you something different for lunch."
"I'm not married," said Nasruddin.
"Who makes your lunch then?"
"I do," Nasruddin admitted, staring sadly at his bread and cheese.

Inspired bySacred Laughter of the Sufis by Imam Jamal Rahman
Notes: This story is on p. 6 of the book. Dolmas are stuffed grape leaves. The word "yogurt" itself is a Turkish word borrowed into English.

This story is included in Tiny Tales of Nasruddin, where it is Story 137.

Who Gets the Loaf of Bread?

Nasruddin was traveling together with an ascetic and a scholar, and they had found four loaves of bread.
They each ate one loaf, and then quarreled about the fourth.
Nobody wanted to share, so Nasruddin said, "Whoever has the best dream gets the bread!"
The next morning, the ascetic said, "I dreamed I kissed God's feet. What could top that?"
The scholar said, "My dream's better: God embraced me and praised my wisdom!"
Then Nasruddin said, "In my dream, God came to me and said, 'Nasruddin, what are you lying there for? Go eat the bread now!' So I did."

Inspired byThe Little Book of Sufi Parables by Nico Neruda
Notes: This is story 11 in the book. There are many variations on this story of the three dreamers; see, for example, The Dreams of the Three Travelers.

This story is included in Tiny Tales of Nasruddin, where it is Story 156.

Nasruddin Leaves the Tavern

It was late at night, and Nasruddin had spent the entire evening in a tavern, drinking and talking, talking and drinking. And drinking.
By the time he decided to head home, he was quite intoxicated.
As Nasruddin staggered through the streets, he ran into the night watchman.
"Who's that there?" asked the watchman. "What are you doing out at this late hour? Where did you come from? Where are you going?"
"Those are all very important questions," said Nasruddin, "very important indeed." Then he smiled. "And if I knew the answers to your questions, I suppose I'd be home already."

Inspired bySacred Laughter of the Sufis by Imam Jamal Rahman
Notes: This story is on p. 16 of the book.