Fairy Tales

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“Fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”

G.K. Chesterton

 

Illustrated Fairy Tales

The ribbon indicates my favorite illustrated version of a particular tale. I compare the renowned versions and decide based on the quality of its 1) prose, 2) pedagogical value, and 3) illustrations. I only mark those I have researched extensively; all fairy tales below I deem excellent.

Please remember some fairy tales have dark content and are better for older children.

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Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer, illustrated by Mercer Mayer

Children of the Forest by Elska Beskow

Screen Shot 2020-01-21 at 9.15.52 PMCinderella by Kinuko Y. Craft

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Boots & the Glass Mountain by Claire Martin, illustrated by Gennady Spirin

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker

Screen Shot 2020-01-21 at 9.15.52 PMThe Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone

The Girl in the Golden Bower by Jane Yolen

Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger

Jack and the Beanstalk by E. Nesbit, illustrated by Matt Tavares: Recommended for an older child as text is lengthy and illustrations are gruesome in parts.

The Kitchen Knight by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

King Midas and the Golden Touch by Charlotte Craft, illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft

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IMG_9249Screen Shot 2020-01-21 at 9.15.52 PMNibble Nibble Mousekin: A Tale of Hansel and Gretel by Joan Walsh Anglund

Screen Shot 2020-01-21 at 9.15.52 PMPuss in Boots by Paul Galdone

Rapunzel by Barbara Rogasky, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

Screen Shot 2020-01-21 at 9.15.52 PMThe Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger or The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Ritva Voutila

Sleeping Beauty by Kinuko Y. Craft

Screen Shot 2020-01-21 at 9.15.52 PMSnow White by Paul Heins, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman or Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs by Randall Jerrell, illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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Snow White and Rose Red by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

The Tasha Tudor Book of Fairy Tales by Tasha Tudor

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (original text), illustrated by William Nicholson

The White Cat by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Gennady Spirin

 

Non-Illustrated Fairy Tales

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” . . .and their happiness, as it was founded on virtue, was complete.”

Beauty and the Beast by Marie Le Prince de Beaumont

Available at Gutenberg.org

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“East of the Sun and West of the Moon” by Peter Christen Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe, found in The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

“The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar-bottle” and “Oyevind and His Goat” found in Stories for Six-Year-Olds and Other Young Readers by Sarah and Stephen Corrin

 

Chapter Book Fairy Tales

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Screen Shot 2020-01-21 at 9.15.52 PMPinocchio by Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti: Be aware, one image is not suitable for young children.

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

 

Other Beloved Fairy Tales

I am searching for an excellent picture book version of these tales which you can read with your child in the collected works of their author:

Brothers Grimm . . . The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Fisherman and His Wife, King Thrushbeard, Rumpelstiltskin, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Town Musicians of Bremen

Hans Christian Andersen . . . The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Nightingale, The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, The Wild Swans

Charles Perrault . . . Toads and Diamonds

Others . . . Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Tom Thumb