The Dancing Water, the Singing Apple, and the Speaking Bird is an Italian Fairy Tale.A king wanders the streets at night. He hears three sisters talking:
- The oldest said: "If I were the wife of the royal butler, I would give the whole court to drink out of one glass of water, and there would be some left." The second said: "If I were the wife of the keeper of the royal wardrobe, with one piece of cloth I would clothe all the attendants, and have some left." The youngest said: "Were I the king's wife, I would bear him three children: two sons with apples in their hands, and a daughter with a star on her brow."
- Distressed Dude: After being abandoned as infants and being raised by fairies and a deer, the two brothers are turned to stone. Their sister must follow them to restore them.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: The queen's sisters try to murder their infant nephews and niece, and the queen herself is put into a treadmill as a slave for years.
- Forbidden Fruit: Do not talk to the bird. Whatever it says.
- Green-Eyed Monster: The older sisters envy the youngest because she married the king.
- Malicious Slander: When the queen gives birth to three Wonder Children, her sisters steal them and tell her husband that she gave birth to three puppies. He puts her in a treadmill as punishment for not having the children as she claimed she would.
- Moses in the Bulrushes: The king's children are abandoned in an attempt to murder them, and they grow up in ignorance of their birth, until a magic bird informs the king and children of the truth.
- Parental Substitute: The deer. Technically, Raised by Wolves, but they don't seem to have any trouble. Maybe the fairies did something.
- Rags to Royalty: The queen rises from impoverished to rich; her children are thrown from their position but rise back to it.
- Taken for Granite: When the young princes answer the Speaking Bird, despite a warning, they turn to stone.
- Wonder Child: The youngest sister says that if the king marries her, she will bear "two sons with apples in their hands, and a daughter with a star on her brow". Earnestly desiring such children, the king marries her, and she does.
- Youngest Child Wins: The youngest sister makes the grandest promise (to bear marvelous children) and so wins the king in marriage.