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The golden key
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The golden key - Fairy Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Reading time for children: 2 min

In the winter time, when deep snow lay on the ground, a poor boy was forced to go out on a sledge to fetch wood. When he had gathered it together, and packed it, he wished, as he was so frozen with cold, not to go home at once, but to light a fire and warm himself a little. So he scraped away the snow, and as he was thus clearing the ground, he found a tiny, gold key. Hereupon he thought that where the key was, the lock must be also, and dug in the ground and found an iron chest. If the key does but fit it! thought he, no doubt there are precious things in that little box. He searched, but no keyhole was there. At last he discovered one, but so small that it was hardly visible. He tried it, and the key fitted it exactly. Then he turned it once round, and now we must wait until he has quite unlocked it and opened the lid, and then we shall learn what wonderful things were lying in that box.

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Informations for scientific analysis


Fairy tale statistics
Value
NumberKHM 200
Aarne-Thompson-Uther-IndexATU Typ 2260
Translations deutsch
Readability Index by Björnsson27.1
Flesch-Reading-Ease Index87.9
Flesch–Kincaid Grade-Level5.6
Gunning Fog Index8.9
Coleman–Liau Index6.3
SMOG Index8
Automated Readability Index5.5
Character Count902
Letter Count691
Sentence Count10
Word Count184
Average Words per Sentence18,40
Words with more than 6 letters16
Percentage of long words8.7%
Number of Syllables218
Average Syllables per Word1,18
Words with three Syllables7
Percentage Words with three Syllables3.8%

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