A farmer has a pear tree, a hen and three daughters. Every year, he must deliver three baskets of pears to the king, but one year, he can't fill the third basket and so hides his youngest daughter inside instead.
Little Peterle's father buys a goose at the Christmas market. But Peterle turns the bird, which he calls Guste, into a family pet and won't go to sleep unless she is allowed to sleep in his room instead of the cold cellar.
The toymaker Kasimir had hardly finished carving the puppet Turli before he comes alive and starts causing unintentional mischief by skipping school and creating chaos at the puppet theater.
There once was a poor miller who had no children but only three apprentices to work for him. The two older boys were lazy, mean and stupid, but youngest was hard-working, friendly, and cheerful. When the miller grows too old to work, he send the boys out into the world.
During a thunderstorm, the potter believes that the frightened tiger is actually his escaped donkey. He takes the tiger home. Everyone praises him for his bravery and he gets appointed as the royal army’s commander. When a war starts, the potter has to find the enemies' location.
The merchant's daughter Constance asks for a singing, soaring lark, which her father obtains from a lion on the condition that he send the first person he encounters at home to the lion's den.
When a group of goblins save the king from drowning in a swamp, he must promise them his first-born son in exchange. During his captivity, young Prince Irregang completes a series of impossible tasks with some magical help from Maid Miseri, who is also the goblins' prisoner.
A childless woman begs Allah to give her a child, even if it is only a pumpkin. When her prayer is answered, she cares for her little pumpkin girl and sends her to school.
When the old miller dies, he leaves the mill to his oldest son, the donkey to the second son, and a tomcat to the youngest son, Hans. The cat wants to repay his master for his kindness and comes up with a clever plan.