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Fairy Tales. What are Fairy Tales?. Stories for children that come from oral storytelling tradition Old stories that tell of man’s problems, fears and hopes. Elements of a Fairy Tale. Contains magic or enchantment in characters, plot or settings

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What are fairy tales
What are Fairy Tales?

  • Stories for children that come from oral storytelling tradition

  • Old stories that tell of man’s problems, fears and hopes


Elements of a fairy tale
Elements of a Fairy Tale

  • Contains magic or enchantment in characters, plot or settings

  • May contain characters such as fairies, witches, elves, pixies, magicians, fairy godparents etc.

  • Good versus Evil

  • May teach a moral lesson







Popular fairy tales
Popular Fairy Tales

  • Sleeping Beauty

  • Cinderella

  • Rapunzel

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Snow White

  • Beauty and the Beast

  • The Frog Prince

  • Red Riding Hood

  • Hansel and Gretel

  • Rumpelstiltskin

  • Snow Queen

  • Thumbelina

  • The Emperor’s New Clothes

  • The Real Princess


An illustrated retelling of the classic tale about a boy named Jack who uses his quick wits to outsmart a giant and make a fortune for himself and his widowed mother.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 4.1

Point Value: 0.5


A retelling of a folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress. Includes a note that traces the Italian, French, and German origins of the story, and discusses the author's decision to mimic the style of Italian Renaissance art in his illustrations.

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Reading Level: 4.6

Point Value: 0.5


A strange little man helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-born child.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 4.0

Point Value: 0.5


A retelling of the well-known tale in which two children are left in the woods but find their way home despite an encounter with a wicked witch.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 4.3

Point Value: 0.5


Although she is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, a kind-hearted young woman manages to attend the palace ball with the help of her fairy godmother.


A mother saves her seven children from Heckedy Peg, a witch who has changed them into different kinds of food.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 3.2

Point Value: 0.5


Through her great capacity to love, a kind and beautiful maid releases a handsome prince from the spell which has made him an ugly beast.

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Reading Level: 5.3

Point Value: 0.5


Rebuffed by the princess after retrieving her golden ball, a noble frog sets out to find a more suitable mate.


On her way to deliver a basket of food to her sick grandmother, Elisabeth encounters a sly wolf.

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Reading Level: 4.4

Point Value: 0.5


The queen has a plan to help the prince find a real princess to marry.

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Reading Level: 1.8

Point Value: 0.5


An illustrated retelling of the fairy tale in which a jealous queen attempts to kill her beautiful stepdaughter and is thwarted on every try.

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Reading Level: 5.1

Point Value: 0.5


A beautiful and beloved princess, cursed by the one fairy who was not invited to her christening, pricks her finger on her sixteenth birthday and falls asleep for one hundred years.

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Reading Level: 6.1

Point Value: 0.5


Fractured Fairy Tales who was not invited to her christening, pricks her finger on her sixteenth birthday and falls asleep for one hundred years.

When authors modernize or change one or more of the elements of the story, the story is called a fractured fairy tale.


Based on "Cinderella," this story is set in Texas, the fairy godmother is a cow, and the hero, named Bubba, is the stepson of a wicked rancher.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 3.8

Point Value: 0.5


A rhyming retelling of the story of a young woman who finds her prince at a Halloween ball despite the efforts of her wicked stepmother. The main characters are skeletons.

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Reading Level: 5.2

Point Value: 0.5


Cindy Ellen loses one of her diamond spurs at the square dance in this wild western retelling of the classic Cinderella story.

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Reading Level: 5.0

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A Spanish American retelling of the familiar story of a kind girl who is mistreated by her jealous stepmother and stepsisters. In this version, the Virgin Mary replaces the traditional fairy godmother.

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Reading Level: 4.6

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Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 4.3

Point Value: 0.5


A Creole variant of the familiar Cinderella tale set in the Caribbean and narrated by the godmother who helps Cendrillon find true love.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 3.7

Point Value: 0.5


A young Chinese girl overcomes the wickedness of her stepsister and stepmother to become the bride of a prince.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 5.0

Point Value: 0.5


After the death of her mother and father, Adelita is badly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters until she finds her own true love at a grand fiesta.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 3.3

Point Value: 0.5


Cinderella and Cinder Edna, who live next door to each other, each with a cruel stepmother and stepsisters, have different approaches to life. Although both end up with the princes of their dreams, one is a great deal happier than the other.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 4.5

Point Value: 0.5


A girl climbs to the top of a giant beanstalk, where she uses her quick wits to outsmart a giant and make her and her mother's fortune.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 3.6

Point Value: 0.5


After the frog turns into a prince, he and the Princess do not live happily ever after and the Prince decides to look for a witch to help him remedy the situation.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 3.2

Point Value: 0.5


A collection of nine familiar fractured tales including Little Red Riding Hood, Princess and the Pea, Jack and the Beanstalk, and the Ugly Duckling.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 3.4

Point Value: 0.5


In this African American retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin," Lit'mahn spins thread into gold cloth for the king's new bride.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 3.3

Point Value: 0.5


In this Cajun version of "Little Red Riding Hood," the big bad gator is no match for a sharp young girl and her quick-thinking cat.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 3.9

Point Value: 0.5


In this Indonesian version of the Cinderella story, a girl named Damura escapes her cruel stepmother and stepsister and marries a handsome prince with the help of Grandmother Crocodile.

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Reading Level: 4.4

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The adventures of Little Pierre are based on the stories of Little Tom Thumb. A very tiny but clever boy outwits his older brothers, an ogre, an alligator, and a giant catfish to rescue a rich man's daughter in this Cajun version of a French fairy tale.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 4.0

Point Value: 0.5


This version of the familiar story in which a mistreated step-child finds happiness with the "man" of her dreams is set in the old-growth forest and features Bigfoot characters.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 3.3

Point Value: 0.5


With a "Hot diggety-dog!" and a wave of his white sombrero, cowboy Joe Cinders gets the girl in this Southwestern retelling of the Cinderella story.

Accelerated Reader

Reading Level: 3.4

Point Value: 0.5


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