The wild swans
Far from here, where the swans fly to when we have winter, there lived a king who had eleven sons and one daughter, Elisa. The eleven brothers – they were princes – went to school with a star on their breast and sword at their side; they wrote on tablets of gold with diamond styluses and could learn things by heart as easily as read them – you could tell at once that they were princes. Their sister, Elisa, sat on a small stool of mirror glass and had a picture book that had cost half the kingdom.
Oh, how well everything went for those children – but that was not going to last!
Want to read the whole fairytale? Just go to here.