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The ungrateful son
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The ungrateful son - Fairy Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Reading time for children: 2 min

A man and his wife were once sitting by the door of their house, and they had a roasted chicken set before them, and were about to eat it together. Then the man saw that his aged father was coming, and hastily took the chicken and hid it, for he would not permit him to have any of it. The old man came, took a drink, and went away. Now the son wanted to put the roasted chicken on the table again, but when he took it up, it had become a great toad, which jumped into his face and sat there and never went away again, and if any one wanted to take it off, it looked venomously at him as if it would jump in his face, so that no one would venture to touch it. And the ungrateful son was forced to feed the toad every day, or else it fed itself on his face; and thus he went about the world without knowing rest.

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Informations for scientific analysis

Fairy tale statistics
NumberKHM 145
Aarne-Thompson-Uther-IndexATU Typ 980D
Translations deutsch
Readability Index by Björnsson41.3
Flesch-Reading-Ease Index68
Flesch–Kincaid Grade-Level12
Gunning Fog Index14.6
Coleman–Liau Index6.1
SMOG Index9
Automated Readability Index12
Character Count811
Letter Count625
Sentence Count5
Word Count168
Average Words per Sentence33,60
Words with more than 6 letters13
Percentage of long words7.7%
Number of Syllables208
Average Syllables per Word1,24
Words with three Syllables5
Percentage Words with three Syllables3%

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