This 1909 collection of 42 stories is well written and most of the tales are new. They are from Spain, Japan, India, Celt, China, France, Russia, England, Persia, Portugal, Scandinavia, and Germany. The famous writers Voltaire and Anderson composed a couple. The following are several examples.
"I Wonder" is about a king who is bothered because a huge magical tree is blocking his view. Every time that someone chops it grows taller. He also wants a well, but his ground is full of rocks. And he wants water from the well, but his castle is on a mountain far from belowground water. He promises his daughter and half his kingdom to whomever solves these three problems. A young man finds the solution because he is very curious.
"What the Birds said" is a story of a young man who understands the language of birds and several adventures he had because of his skill.
"The Smith and the Fairies" shows how a father is able to rescue his son from fairies who kidnapped him.