Fairy tales are magical stories of great events, of otherworldly incidents, and of characters with supernatural abilities. They are surreal narratives. When we talk of fairy tales we talk of magic, fairies, mermaid, talking animals, walking trees and otherworldly elements. Fairy tales are more than just stories; the morals of their narrative can also be used to teach children about kindness, courage, bravery, endurance and a whole lot of other human values.
Here are some short fairy tales that should be in every child’s book shelf
Beauty And The Beast
Written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740, Beauty And The Beast is the story of a young beautiful girl, Beau, who sacrificed herself by taking the place of her father who was taking prisoner by a mean beast.
Snow White tells the story of a Princess whose skin was white as snow and her hair as black as ebony and with lips red as a rose. After the death of her mother, the queen, her father married another queen. A beautiful queen, who had a magic mirror that she often consult to tell her who is the fairest between her and the young Princess.
As the Princess began to grow, she became more and more beautiful, and the mirror began to say she was the fairest. Filled with jealousy, the queen decided to kill her. She hired a huntsman to bring her the heart of Snow White. But the huntsman took pity on the innocent Princess Snow White.
This is the story of Cinderella, a kind-hearted young maiden who was treated cruelly by her step-mother and sisters. One day the king invited all the young maidens in his kingdom to a ball. Her sisters attended the king’s ball without Cinderella. Alone at home, Cinderella was visited by her fairy Godmother and she helped Cinderella go to the ball with a magic that would only last until midnight. Cinderella caught the eye of the prince at the ball as she was the most beautiful girl there, and they danced all night.
Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Maleficent, an evil fairy, who cursed the much-awaited daughter of the king and queen to die by the prick from the spindle of a spinning wheel, because the it was not invited to her christening. But one of the good fairies who had been invited to the christening saved her.
Goldilocks And The Three Bears
This is the story of Goldilocks, a curious liitle girl and three bears. This family of three bears had gone out into the wood while their porrige cooled. While they were away, Goldilocks, who had been lost in the wood stumbled upon the cottage of the three bears. Curious, she let herself into the house, ate baby bear’s porridge, broke his chair, and slept in his bed. She started awake, frightened, when the bears returned, and she jumped out the window and ran away.
All of these world’s favorite tales are available in the Rasmed Publications Graded Readers Series. They include titles as various as:
The Wolf And The Seven Little KIds
The Three Billy Goats
The Hare and the Tortoise
The Princess and the Pea
Little Red Riding Hood
Ginger Bread Man
The Ugly Duckling
Snow White and Red Rose
Twelve Dancing Princess
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Adventures of Pinocchio
Puss in Boots
Pied Piper of Hameline
Gulliver in Lilliput
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