Jorinda and Jorindel
This is the story about an evil fairy and two young lovers. It is a typical fairy tale in that the woman is captured, turned into a nightingale in this instance, and the male character has to come to her rescue after being let go by the evil fairy. When I was a child I never really paid attention to the 'Damsel in Distress' idea, but now that I am older I obviously notice it a lot more. It's sad that fairy tales can't be a bit more empowering. And, it is too bad that so many people read these stories and believe in the knight in shining armour.
The Travelling Musicians
This was a cute story. A donkey, dog, cat, and cock have reached their older years and their owners have decided they have out-lived their usefulness. The animals decide that they are going to have to set out on their own to avoid terrible fates. It starts with the donkey wanting to go to town to become a musician and he encounters the other animals on his journey. Things do not quite play out exactly how they plan, but they end up with a happy ending.