I love fairy tales, folktales, tall tales, even re-tellings. I’ve tried to organize the ones I’ve featured here at Carol’s Notebook below.

First, of course, two sets of stories pop into my head immediately when I think of  fairy tales. In Denmark, Hans Christian Andersen wrote his stories in the 1800s, while Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were collecting and publishing folklore in Germany.

Titles link to my posts.

Brothers Grimm

Bearskin

The Brave Little Tailor

The Bremen Town Musicians

Cinderella

The Death of the Little Hen

The Ear of Corn

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Faithful Johannes

Fisherman and His Wife

Fitcher’s Bird

The Four Skilful Brothers

Frau Trude

The Frog King

The Girl without Hands

Godfather Death

The Golden Goose

The Golden Key

The Hand with the Knife

Hansel and Grethel

Hans the Hedgehog

How Some Children Played at Slaughtering

Jorinde and Joringel

The Juniper Tree

King Thrushbeard

Little Red Cap

Little Snow White

Maid Maleen

The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage

Old Hildebrand

One Eye, Two-Eyes, Three-Eyes

The Queen Bee

Rapunzel

The Riddle

Rumpelstiltskin

The Robber Bridegroom

The Seven Ravens

The Six Swans

Snow White and Rose Red

The Star Talers

Sweetheart Roland

The Three Army Surgeons

The Three Little Men in the Woods

Thumbling

The Twelve Brothers

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Willful Child

The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids

Hans Christian Andersen

The Butterfly

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Ice Maiden

The Little Mermaid

The Little Match Girl

The Nightingale

The Old Grave-Stone

The Philosopher’s Stone

The Princess and the Pea

The Red Shoes

Thumbelina

The Ugly Duckling

The Snowman

The Snow Queen

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

 

Earlier and less well-known, Charles Perrault wrote some fairy tales in France in the 1600s.

Charles Perrault

Diamonds and Toads

Puss in Boots

Cinderella

Little Red Riding Hood

Hop o’ My Thumb

Sleeping Beauty in the Wood

 

Joseph Jacobs also collected many of the traditional stories, publishing a series of fairy tale books beginning around 1888.

Joseph Jacobs

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Old Witch

The Pedlar of Swaffham

The Pied Piper

The Sea-Maiden

The Story of the Three Little Pigs

The Strange Visitor

Tamlane

 

I’ve tried to break some of the other various tales down by area. Fairy tales and folktales are told all around the world, with similarities and differences showing up in each culture.

Africa

Congo

The Boy Who Wanted the Moon

Kenya

The Lion, the Hare, and the Hyena

Rwanda

Sebgugugu the Glutton

South Africa

Crocodile’s Treason

Asia

China

The Legend of Nian

Japan

The Fountain of Youth

Momotaro, the Peach Boy

The Vampire Cat of Nabeshima

India

The Merchant of Seri

The Measure of Rice

The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal

Dorani

Iran

The Knight, the Princess, and the Magic Rock

Korea

The Story Bag

Heungbu and Nolbu

Magic Spring

Philippines

The Chocolate Hills of Bohol

Sri Lanka

The Frog Prince

Tibet

The Story of the Two Devils

Vietnam

The Hundred-knot Bamboo Tree

Australia

The Cookooburrahs and the Goolahgool

Dinewan the Emu, and Wahn the Crows

Europe

Denmark

The Green Knight

France

Beauty and the Beast

England

Bluebeard

The Mermaid of Zennor

The Small-Tooth Dog

The Three Bears

The Three Heads of the Well

Greece

How the Dragon Was Tricked

Hungary

The Suitors of the Princess Fire-fly

The Wishing Skin

Ireland

The Boy and the Pooka

Brave Margaret

The Corpse Watchers

The Death Coach

Fair, Brown, and Trembling

The Leprecaun or Fairy Shoemaker

The Prince of Ireland and the Three Magic Stallions

The Story of Tuan Mac Cairill

The Bee Keeper and the Rabbit

Basque

Nekane, the Lamiña & the Bear

Italy

The Foolish Friend

The Little Girl Sold with the Pears

The Goat-Faced Girl

Penta with Maimed Hands

Verde Prato

Zelinda and the Monster

Lapland

The Mermaid and the Boy

Netherlands

The Elves and Their Antics

Norway

Boots Who Ate a Match with the Troll

Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Cat on the Doverfell

Tatterhood

Why the Sea is Salt

Iceland

The Elves’ Dance on New Year’s Eve

Which Was the Foolishest?

The Troll in the Skrúdur

Russia

Baba Yaga

The Cat Who Became Head-Forester

The Dead Mother

Father Frost

The Good Children

The Snake and the Princess

The Tsarevna Frog

The Tsaritsa Harpist

Tsarevitch Ivan, the Fire Bird, and the Gray Wolf

The Turnip

Vasilissa the Beautiful

Scotland

Whuppity Stoorie

The Brownie and the Thievish Maids

Kate Crackernuts

Spain

The Water of Life

Switzerland

The Bear Prince

Wales

Touched by Iron

North America

Canada

The Boy and the Dancing Fairy

The Legend of the Flying Canoe

The Strange Tale of Caribou and Moose

United States

Ashpet

The Ballad of Belle Dorcas

The Gingerbread Man

Jack the Giant Chaser

May Belle and the Mermaid

Mike Fink

Paul Bunyan

Pecos Bill

Pi’s Watercourse

Rainbow-Walker

Rip Van Winkle (set in America, although the author was English)

Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett

Three Gold Nuts

The Twelve Brothers and Their Uncle,  Dagwanoenyent

Native American

The Corn Spirit

Crow-Head

The Girl Who Always Cried

How the Turkey Got His Beard

The Lytton Girls Who Were Stolen by Giants

The Raven and the Goose

The Rough-Face Girl

The Star Maiden

The Strange Origin of Corn

The Vampire Skeleton

Caribbean

The Girl Who Spun Gold

South America

Brazil

Why the Sea Moans

Why the Bananas Belong to the Monkey

Columbia

The Mother of the Jungle

 

Some of the tales are definitely seasonal.

Christmas Tales

The Christmas Rose

The Thunder Oak

The Christmas Fairy of Strasburg

The Legend of the Poinsettia

The Legend of the Christmas Robin

 

I’ve also watched and read several re-telling and modern re-interpretations of the old stories and more modern fairy tales.

Stories

8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf by Michael Mullin

“Bluebeard’s Ghost” by William Makepeace Thackeray

“The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wilde

Poems

“Instructions” by Neil Gaiman

Books

The Bourbon Street Musicians by Kathy Price

The Little Moose Who Couldn’t Go to Sleep by Willy Claflin

Ouch! by Natalie Babbitt

The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child

Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie

Tony’s Bread by Tomie dePaola

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman

Movies

Hoodwinked Too! (2011)

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Red Riding Hood (2011)

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

Maleficent (2014)

Plays and Musicals

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Into the Woods