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Sweet Porridge
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Sweet Porridge - Fairy Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Reading time for children: 2 min

There was a poor but good little girl who lived alone with her mother, and they no longer had anything to eat. So the child went into the forest, and there an aged woman met her who was aware of her sorrow, and presented her with a little pot, which when she said, „Cook, little pot, cook,“ would cook good, sweet porridge, and when she said, „Stop, little pot,“ it ceased to cook. The girl took the pot home to her mother, and now they were freed from their poverty and hunger, and ate sweet porridge as often as they chose. Once on a time when the girl had gone out, her mother said, „Cook, little pot, cook.“ And it did cook and she ate till she was satisfied, and then she wanted the pot to stop cooking, but did not know the word.

Sweet Porridge Fairy Tale

So it went on cooking and the porridge rose over the edge, and still it cooked on until the kitchen and whole house were full, and then the next house, and then the whole street, just as if it wanted to satisfy the hunger of the whole world, and there was the greatest distress, but no one knew how to stop it. At last when only one single house remained, the child came home and just said, „Stop, little pot,“ and it stopped and gave up cooking, and whosoever wished to return to the town had to eat his way back.

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Informations for scientific analysis

Fairy tale statistics
NumberKHM 103
Aarne-Thompson-Uther-IndexATU Typ 565
Translations deutsch
Readability Index by Björnsson41.9
Flesch-Reading-Ease Index69.8
Flesch–Kincaid Grade-Level12
Gunning Fog Index15
Coleman–Liau Index7.2
SMOG Index8.6
Automated Readability Index12
Character Count1.250
Letter Count959
Sentence Count7
Word Count245
Average Words per Sentence35,00
Words with more than 6 letters17
Percentage of long words6.9%
Number of Syllables294
Average Syllables per Word1,20
Words with three Syllables6
Percentage Words with three Syllables2.4%
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