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List of Fairy Tales


The Adventures of Pinocchio

Attilio Mussino (1878 - 1954) - 1911 edition of The Adventures of Pinocchio - Stories Preschool

Is a novel for children by Italian author Carlo Collodi, written in Pescia. The first half was originally a serial in 1881 and 1882, and then later completed as a book for children in February 1883. It is about the mischievous adventures of an animated marionette named Pinocchio and his father, a poor woodcarver named Geppetto. More about The Adventures of Pinocchio »



Aladdin in the Magic Garden, an illustration by Max Liebert from Ludwig Fulda's Aladin und die Wunderlampe

Is a Middle Eastern folk tale. With the aid of the genie of the lamp, Aladdin becomes rich and powerful and marries Princess Badroulbadour, the sultan's daughter (after magically foiling her marriage to the vizier's son). The genie builds Aladdin and his bride a wonderful palace, far more magnificent than the sultan's. More about Aladdin ».


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The cover illustration, by E. Gertrude Thomson, of The Nursery Alice by Lewis Carroll

Is an 1865 novel written by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. More about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ».


Bambi, a Life in the Woods

Bambi, a Life in the Woods

Originally published in Austria as Bambi. The novel traces the life of Bambi, a male roe deer, from his birth through childhood, the loss of his mother, the finding of a mate, the lessons he learns from his father and experience about the dangers posed by human hunters in the forest. More about Bambi, a Life in the Woods ».


Beauty and the Beast

Illustration for Beauty and the Beast by Walter Crane - Stories Preschool

Is a traditional fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740 in La Jeune Américaine et les contes marins. Her lengthy version was abridged, rewritten, and published by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756 in Magasin des enfants to produce the version most commonly retold. More about Beauty and the Beast ».


Henny Penny

An illustration from the story Chicken Little in the New Barnes Reader vol.1, New York, 1916 - Stories Preschool

Henny Penny, more commonly known in the United States as "Chicken Little" and sometimes as Chicken Licken, is a folk tale with a moral in the form of a cumulative tale about a chicken who believes the world is coming to an end. Versions of the story go back more than 25 centuries; it continues to be referenced in a variety of media. More about Henny Penny ».



Old, Old Fairy Tales: Cinderella. She lost her slipper as she ran from the castle - Stories Preschool

Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper, (French: Cendrillon, ou La petite Pantoufle de Verre, Italian: Cenerentola, German: Aschenputtel) is a folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression/triumphant reward. Thousands of variants are known throughout the world. The title character is a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances, that are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune. More about Cinderella ».


The Elves and the Shoemaker

Illustration of The Elves (en:The Elves and the Shoemaker) from Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm, translated by Lucy Crane, illustrated by Walter Crane, first published by Macmillan and Company in 1886 - Stories Preschool

The Elves and the Shoemaker is an often copied and re-made 1806 story about a poor shoemaker who receives much-needed help from elves. The original story is the first of three fairy tales, contained as entry 39 in the German Grimm's Fairy Tales under the common title "Die Wichtelmänner". More about The Elves and the Shoemaker ».


The Frog Prince; or, Iron Henry

Arthur Rackham's illustration to the fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm The Frog Prince - Stories Preschool

The Frog Prince; or, Iron Henry is a fairy tale, best known through the Brothers Grimm's written version; traditionally it is the first story in their collection. In the tale, a spoiled princess reluctantly befriends the Frog Prince (meeting him after dropping a gold ball into a pond), who magically transforms into a handsome prince. More about The Frog Prince; or, Iron Henry ».


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The Three Bears - Project Gutenberg eText 17034 - Stories Preschool

Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the older "The Story of the Three Bears" are two variations of an old fairy tale. The original tale tells of an ugly, old woman who enters the forest home of three bachelor bears whilst they are away. She sits in their chairs, eats some of their porridge, and falls asleep in one of their beds. More about Goldilocks and the Three Bears ».


Hansel and Gretel

Hansel-and-gretel-rackham - Stories Preschool

Is a well-known fairy tale of German origin, recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch living deep in the forest in a house constructed of cake and confectionery. The two children save their lives by outwitting her. More about Hansel and Gretel ».


Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk Giant - Project Gutenberg eText 17034 - Stories Preschool

Jack and the Beanstalk is an English fairy tale. Jack is a young, poor boy living with his widowed mother and a dairy cow as their only source of income. When the cow stops giving milk, Jack's mother tells him to take it to the market to be sold. On the way, Jack meets an old man who offers "magic beans" in exchange for the cow, and Jack makes the trade. More about Jack and the Beanstalk ».


The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Is a fairy tale by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul. The tale was first published in 1837, and has been adapted to various media, including musical theatre and an animated film. More about The Little Mermaid ».


Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood (1881) by Carl Larsson - Stories Preschool

Little Red Riding Hood, also known as "Little Red Cap" or simply "Red Riding Hood", is a European fairy tale about a young girl and a Big Bad Wolf. The story has been changed considerably in its history and subject to numerous modern adaptations and readings. The story was first published by Charles Perrault. More about Little Red Riding Hood ».


The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

A collection of fairy tale nutcrackers

Is a story written in 1816, by E. T. A. Hoffmann in which young Marie Stahlbaum's favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls. More about The Nutcracker and the Mouse King ».



Rapunzel: Illustration by Johnny Gruelle - Stories Preschool

Rapunzel is a German fairy tale in the collection assembled by the Brothers Grimm, and first published in 1812 as part of Children's and Household Tales. The Grimm Brothers' story is an adaptation of the fairy tale Rapunzel by Friedrich Schulz published in 1790. More about Rapunzel ».



Rumpelstiltskin: Andrew Lang's The Blue Fairy Book, (1889) - Stories Preschool

Is a fairy tale popularly associated with Germany (where he is known as Rumpelstilzchen). The tale was one collected by the Brothers Grimm in the 1812 edition of Children's and Household Tales. According to researchers at Durham University and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, the story originated around 4,000 years ago. More about Rumpelstiltskin ».


Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty; Darstellung von Alexander Zick (1845 - 1907) - Stories Preschool

Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault or "Little Briar Rose" (German: Dornröschen) by the Brothers Grimm is a classic fairy tale written by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, which involves a beautiful princess, a sleeping enchantment, and a handsome prince. More about Sleeping Beauty ».


Snow White

Snow White: Schneewittchen; Darstellung von Alexander Zick (1845 - 1907) - Stories Preschool

Is a nineteenth-century German fairy tale which is today known widely across the Western world. The fairy tale features such elements as the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, matricide, filicide, and the characters of the Evil Queen, Snow White's evil stepmother, the huntsman, a beautiful princess named Snow White into a sleeping enchantment, a handsome prince and the seven dwarfs. More about Snow White ».


The Three Little Pigs

The wolf blows down the straw house in a 1904 adaptation of the fairy tale Three Little Pigs - Stories Preschool

The Three Little Pigs is a fable/fairy tale featuring anthropomorphic pigs who build three houses of different materials. A big bad wolf blows down the first two pigs' houses, made of straw and sticks respectively, but is unable to destroy the third pig's house, made of bricks. More about The Three Little Pigs ».



Thumbelina: Illustration by Vilhelm Pedersen, Andersen's first illustrator - Stories Preschool

Thumbelina is about a tiny girl and her adventures with appearance- and marriage-minded toads, moles, and cockchafers. She successfully avoids their intentions before falling in love with a flower-fairy prince just her size. "Thumbelina" is chiefly Andersen's invention, though he did take inspiration from tales of miniature people such as "Tom Thumb". More about Thumbelina ».


The Tinderbox

The Tinderbox

The Tinderbox is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a soldier who acquires a magic tinderbox capable of summoning three powerful dogs to do his bidding. When the soldier has one of the dogs transport a sleeping princess to his room, he is sentenced to death but cunningly summons the dogs to save his life. More about The Tinderbox ».


The Tortoise and the Hare

Arthur Rackham, The Hare and the Tortoise, illustration line block printed from drawing, from Aesop's Fables. Published by Ballantyne & Co., London, 1912.

The Tortoise and the Hare is one of Aesop's Fables and is numbered 226 in the Perry Index. The account of a race between unequal partners has attracted conflicting interpretations. It is itself a variant of a common folktale theme in which ingenuity and trickery (rather than doggedness) are employed to overcome a stronger opponent. More about The Tortoise and the Hare ».


The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling, book illustration by Theo van Hoytema

Is a literary fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875). The story tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse from the others around him until, much to his delight (and to the surprise of others), he matures into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful bird of all. More about The Ugly Duckling ».

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