The Complete Fairy Tales — Charles Perrault

Tales in Verse

The History of Griselda
Letter to M…., on sending him The History of Griselda
Three Silly Wishes


Stories or Tales of Bygone Times, with their Morals

To Mademoiselle
The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood
Little Red Riding-Hood
Puss in Boots
The Fairies
Ricky the Tuft
Hop o’ my Thumb
Appendix A: Selected Tales related to Perrault’s Contes
Appendix B: Early Versions of the last part of Sleeping Beauty and of The Fairies
Explanatory Notes


Charles’ Page

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What the Sea Wants — P. Djèlí Clark

What the Sea Wants, written by P Djèlí Clark.Available in Daily Science Fiction – Oct 2012.

This one fits in my Mermaids, Selkies, Sirens and Other Mythical Sea Folk collection.

Although it’s a very short short-story, it’s still a good modern fairy tale about one of those “Other Mythical Sea Folk”.

Beware the sea!

Next up in my Djèlí reading list is With a Golden Risha.

P. Djèlí Clark’s Page

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Pan’s Labyrinth — Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke

This is one super good, dark fantasy/fairy-tale.

Set in 1944 at the end of the Spanish Civil War, with Franco’s troops continuing their brutal repression of anyone and anything that stood in their way.   It gets rather violent, brutal and nasty, and caught in amongst all of this is our protagonist, Ofelia, a young girl who has grown up with the horrors of war all around her.

This is not a book for children, or for the faint of heart looking for a nice fantasy/fairy-tale read, but it’s certainly worth a read if you can handle a fair bit of brutality.

Guillermo’s Page Cornelia’s Page

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The Starlit Wood — Anthology

The Starlit Wood -- Anthology


In the Desert Like a Bone (Little Red Riding Hood) — Seanan McGuire – 2016
Underground (East of the Sun, West of the Moon) — Karin Tidbeck – 2016
Even the Crumbs Were Delicious (Hansel and Gretel) — Daryl Gregory – 2016
The Super Ultra Duchess of Fedora Forest (The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage) — Charlie Jane Anders – 2016
Familiaris (The Wolves) — Genevieve Valentine – 2016
Seasons of Glass and Iron (The Glass Mountain/The Black Bull of Norroway) — Amal El-Mohtar – 2016
Badgirl, The Deadman and The Wheel of Fortune (The Girl with No Hands) — Catherynne M. Valente – 2016
Penny for a Match, Mister? (The Little Match Girl) — Garth Nix – 2016
Some Wait (The Pied Piper of Hamelin) — Stephen Graham Jones – 2016
The Thousand Eyes (The Voice of Death) — Jeffrey Ford – 2016
Giants in the Sky (Jack and the Beanstalk) — Max Gladstone – 2016
The Briar and the Rose (Sleeping Beauty) — Marjorie Liu – 2016
The Other Thea (The Shadow) — Theodora Goss – 2016
When i Lay Frozen (Thumbelina) — Margo Lanagan – 2016
Pearl (Dã Tràng and the Pearl) — Aliette de Bodard – 2016
The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle (The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle) — Sofia Samatar – 2016
Reflected (The Snow Queen) — Kat Howard – 2016
Spinning Silver (Rumpelstiltskin) — Naomi Novik – 2016


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Good Neighbours — DeAnna Knippling

Good Neighbours -- DeAnna KnipplingI really enjoyed this.   A nice captivating little short to fill an hour or so.

In East Smithville the fog is always coming and with it, the Fairies who whisk people away, not to be seen again for years.   This is the story of one such person returning — for a while at least.

I admit to being thoroughly disappointed that it ended, i really wanted it to keep going: away with the Fairies.

Well worth a read of your time and it would be really good if DeAnna came back to East Smithville some time and wrote a few more short stories about people returning.

DeAnna’s Page

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The Original Folk and Fairy Tales — Brothers Grimm

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales -- Brothers Grimm

Volume 1

The Frog King, or Iron Henry
The Companionship of the Cat and Mouse
The Virgin Mary’s Child
Good Bowling and Card Playing
The Wolf and the Seven Kids
The Nightingale and the Blindworm
The Stolen Pennies
The Hand with the Knife
The Twelve Brothers
Little Brother and Little Sister
The Three Little Men in the Forest
Nasty Flax Spinning
Hansel and Gretel
Herr Fix-It-Up
The White Snake
The Journey of the Straw, the Coal, and the Bean
The Fisherman and His Wife
A Story about a Brave Tailor
How Some Children Played at Slaughtering
The Little Mouse, the Little Bird, and the Sausage
Mother Holle
The Three Ravens
Little Red Cap
Death and the Goose Boy
The Singing Bone
The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs
Little Louse and Little Flea
Maiden without Hands
Clever Hans
Puss in Boots
Hans’s Trina
The Sparrow and His Four Children
The Little Magic Table, the Golden Donkey, and the Club in the Sack
The Tablecloth, the Knapsack, the Cannon Hat, and the Horn
Mrs. Fox
The Elves
About the Shoemaker for Whom They Did the Work
About a Servant Girl Who Acted as Godmother
About a Woman Whose Child They Had Exchanged
The Robber Bridegroom
Herr Korbes
The Godfather
The Strange Feast
Godfather Death
The Wandering of Thumbling, the Tailor’s Son
Fitcher’s Bird
The Juniper Tree
Old Sultan
The Six Swans
Briar Rose
The Foundling
King Thrushbeard
Little Snow White
Simple Hans
Sweetheart Roland
The Golden Bird
Loyal Godfather Sparrow
Prince Swan
The Golden Egg
The Tailor Who Soon Became Rich
The Golden Children
The Simpleton
The White Dove
The Queen Bee
The Three Feathers
The Golden Goose
All Fur
The King with the Lion
The Summer and the Winter Garden
Jorinda and Joringel
Princess Mouseskin
The Pear Refused to Fall
The Castle of Murder
Johannes Waterspring and Caspar Waterspring
The Bird Phoenix
The Carnation
The Carpenter and the Turner
The Old Grandfather and the Grandson
The Water Nixie
The Death of Little Hen
The Blacksmith and the Devil
The Three Sisters
The Poor Maiden
The Mother-in-Law
The Princess with the Louse
Prince Johannes
The Good Cloth
The Fox and the Geese

Volume 2

The Poor Man and the Rich Man
The Singing, Springing Lark
The Goose Girl
The Young Giant
The Gnome
The King of the Golden Mountain
The Raven
The Clever Farmer’s Daughter
The Genie in the Glass
The Three Little Birds
The Water of Life
Doctor Know-It-All
The Frog Prince
The Devil’s Sooty Brother
The Devil in the Green Coat
The Wren and the Bear
The Sweet Porridge
The Faithful Animals
Tales about Toads
The Poor Miller’s Apprentice and the Cat
The Crows
Hans My Hedgehog
The Little Shroud
The Jew in the Thornbush
The Expert Huntsman
The Fleshing Flail from Heaven
The Children of the Two Kings
The Clever Little Tailor
The Bright Sun Will Bring It to Light
The Blue Light
The Stubborn Child
The Three Army Surgeons
The Lazy One and the Industrious One
The Three Journeymen
The Heavenly Wedding
The Long Nose
The Old Woman in the Forest
The Three Brothers
The Devil and His Grandmother
Faithful Ferdinand and Unfaithful Ferdinand
The Iron Stove
The Lazy Spinner
The Lion and the Frog
The Soldier and the Carpenter
Pretty Katrinelya and Pif-Paf-Poltree
The Fox and the Horse
The Worn-out Dancing Shoes
The Six Servants
The White Bride and the Black Bride
The Wild Man
The Three Black Princesses
Knoist and His Three Sons
The Maiden from Brakel
The Domestic Servants
Little Lamb and Little Fish
Sesame Mountain
The Children of Famine
The Little Donkey
The Ungrateful Son
The Turnip
The Rejuvenated Little Old Man
The Animals of the Lord and the Devil
The Beam
The Old Beggar Woman
The Three Lazy Sons
Saint Solicitous
The Tale about the Land of Cockaigne
The Tall Tale from Ditmarsh
A Tale with a Riddle
The Golden Key

Fairy Tales and Folklore Brothers Grimm’s Page

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The Queen of Frost and Darkness — Christine Pope

The Queen of Frost and Darkness -- Christine PopeA gender role reversal of the old fairy tale standard of defenceless princess put under evil spell until perfect, heroic prince kisses her and they live happily ever after.   This time it’s the brave, adventurous girl rescuing the enspelled boy.

So yeah, it’s about time the girls get to have an adventure and do the rescuing and young readers get to realise that boys are just as fallible to the wiles of evil doers as girls have always been portrayed to be.

I think this one is good for all ages, and certainly a great way to begin further conversations with children about historical views of gender roles when this is compared to fairy tales from the patriarchy such as Sleeping Beauty etc..

Available in the anthology, Once Upon a Curse.

Christine’s page

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Fae Horse — Anthea Sharp

Fae Horse -- Anthea SharpThis one is very much on the dark side of folk-lore/fairy-tale telling, beginning in a witch hunt.   Maybe not so suitable for very young children.

That said, its very good and will certainly keep you in its grip until the end.

Available on its own (click on picture) but also included in the anthology, Once Upon a Curse, and also in the collection, Tales of Feyland and Faerie.

Anthea’s page

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