Bedtime Stories: The Princess in the Chest


I love reading to my kids. I know some parents do not have the time to read to their children, or have problems reading. So I am offering bedtime stories, all for free.

This story is The Princess in the Chest from
THE PINK FAIRY BOOK Edited by Andrew Lang

The story is of a king who can’t have children and blames the quennt. He goes away for a year and tells her to have a child. She sees an old wise woman who helps her have a daughter, but they must not see her before her 14th birthday. Of course, the king does on the last day and she is cursed and dies. Her body is put in a chast and sentries watch over it but all of them disappear. Finally a Smith agrees to watch the chest, then gets scared and tries to get away, but a mysterious little man stops him and tells him what to do to survive the night. He does, there is some scary stuff that happens, the king is happy, he does it two more times, the curse is broken, the girl rises up and is freed from the curse, and they all live happily ever after.

This fairy tale is Rated PG, because there is a scary banshee type ghost in this story. Overall it is actually a pretty good story for a stormy night and has a happy ending.

You can read the book yourself for free at
Project Gutenberg Pink Fairy
or you can download it to put on your iPod or a cd here (Right Click, Save Target As):

The Princess in the Chest

or just click below and listen right now

0:00