It is World Folk Tales and Fables Week and we can celebrate those stories that have been told and retold thousands of times in every country in the world.
The classifications for a folk tale or fable are:
- Animal Tales.
- Tales of Magic/ Wonder Tales.
- Religious Tales.
- Realistic/ Romantic Tales.
- Tales of the Stupid Ogre.
We are all familiar with the ‘main’ stories, they are part of our childhoods. Obviously, there are cultural differences but the basis plots are similar.
- Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
- Little Red Riding Hood.
- The Sisters Grimm
- Anansi and the Magic Stick
- The Ugly Duckling
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Which are your favorite?
I think mine is The Ugly Ducking because of the transformation aspect. We can all become something we want, and are always better being our true selves.
I managed to find a superb link that lists world folk and fable stories, so enjoy.https://www.worldoftales.com/browse_all_folktales.html#gsc.tab=0
I have magical sprites in my children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue, which is an homage to my English heritage and the magical folk.