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Top Fairy Tales

Written by: Julie Henry

October 23, 2008
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9. Hansel and Gretel

This classic fairy tale tells the story of a poor woodcutter and his two children. Under the guise of fear of starvation, the children’s evil stepmother convinces their father to take them into the woods and abandon them. Overhearing this plot, Hansel drops white pebbles as they walk and the children use them to find their way home. The angry stepmother tells the father to take them even deeper into the woods and caught unaware, the children only have breadcrumbs to drop which are eaten by birds. The children are hopelessly lost when they come across a house made of candy. Starving, the children begin to nibble on the delicious abode and the old woman who lives there invites them in where she traps Hansel in a cage and makes Gretel her servant. Her plan is to fatten Hansel up and then eat him and when the day comes, she tells Gretel to climb in the oven to see how hot it is. Tricky Gretel fools the woman into getting into the oven herself and Gretel closes the door, shutting her in. Taking jewels from the woman’s home, the children find their way back to their father to discover their evil stepmother has died and their father is sorry for sending them away and the three of them make a happy home together.

8. Cinderella

This famous fairy tale earns its spot amongst the top 10 fairy tales and tells the story of Cinderella who loses her father and becomes housemaid to her evil stepmother and sisters. One day, a messenger delivers an invitation to a ball at the castle and Cinderella and her mice friends make her a beautiful gown. Her jealous stepsisters rip her dress and her stepmother forbids her from going to the ball but a magical fairy godmother appears and gives Cinderella a gown, a horse a carriage and beautiful glass slippers. The catch is that the magic will end at midnight so Cinderella must be home before then. Just as she and the Prince are dancing, the clock begins to strike midnight and Cinderella flees the castle before the Prince can ask her name. On her way out, she drops one of her glass slippers and the Prince, determined to find the beauty he danced with, travels around the kingdom having all the women try on the shoe. The shoe only fits Cinderella and she and the Prince live happily ever after.

7. Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood tells the tale of a small girl whose mother packs her a basket of food and sends her on an errand to deliver it to her sick grandmother. On her way through the forest, the girl is approached by a hungry wolf. The naïve child tells the wolf where she is going and he hurries ahead to grandma’s house eats the grandmother whole and then jumps into bed with grandmother’s cap and glasses on to fool the child. After he eats her whole too, a woodsman comes to the rescue and cuts the wolf open where Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother escape unharmed. Some versions of the story have the grandmother locked in the closet instead of eaten and some have the woodsman come to the rescue before Little Red Riding Hood is eaten. Whichever version you prefer, Little Red Riding Hood earns its spot amongst the top 10 fairy tales.

6. The Ugly Duckling 

This story tells the tale of a homely little duck growing up amongst the beauty of his brothers, sisters and neighbors. Everyone makes fun of the little duck because he looks different from the rest of them. Tired of the harassment, he leaves and almost dies in the harsh winter. He is rescued by a human and then released into the wild again where he comes across a pond full of geese. They accept him and he discovers he is not a duck after all but instead is a goose. He lives happily ever after.

5. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

One of the most famous tales of all, and high on the list of top 10 fairy tales, Snow White tells the story of a beautiful princess whose goes to live with seven dwarfs in the woods to escape her evil stepmothers’ (the Queen) plan to kill her. When the Queen learns that Snow White has escaped she concocts an evil spell to turn herself into an ugly old woman and poison an apple, which she offers to Snow White. The poison apple makes Snow White fall asleep and the only cure is “True Love’s Kiss”.  The Queen falls off a cliff and a handsome prince kisses Snow White awaking her. They all live happily ever after.

4. Sleeping Beauty

This famous fairy tale tells the story of a princess who is cursed to prick her finger and die when she turns 16. A good fairy alters the witch’s spell so that the Princess will not die but instead will sleep for a hundred years. Although the King ordered every spindle in the kingdom to be burned, when she turns 16 the princess comes upon an old woman spinning in the castle (the witch) and asks to try. She pricks her finger and the entire kingdom falls asleep. After one hundred years, a handsome prince comes to the kingdom and kisses her, thus awakening the town and living happily ever after.

3. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

This classic fairy tale is known by children across the globe and earns its spot amongst the top 10 fairy tales. The story is about a girl named Goldilocks who comes upon a small cottage in the woods. She tastes three bowls of porridge before eating the one that’s just right and sits in three chairs breaking the one that fits her best. Tired, she tries three beds and falls asleep upon the one that is neither too soft nor too hard. The family of bears (Mama, Papa and Baby) come home and Baby Bear is distressed to see that his porridge has been eaten, his chair has been broken and someone is sleeping in his bed! Goldilocks awakens and frightened, hurries out of the house never to return.

2. Rumplestiltzkin

This famous fairy tale tells the story of a poor miller who was so desperate to please the King told him that his daughter could spin straw into gold. The King has the daughter taken to a room full of straw and tells her to spin it all into gold before morning otherwise; she and her father will be banished from the kingdom forever. A little man comes into the room and says he will spin the straw if she gives him something. The first night she gives him her necklace and the second her ring. The pleased King gave her more straw and told her if she spun it all into gold, he would marry her. The little man returns but the girl has nothing else to give him so she promises him her first-born child.  A year later, she and the King give birth to a son. The little man appears and demands the child but then, feeling pity for the mother tells her that if she could guess his name in three days she could keep her baby. Luckily, one of the Queen’s messengers spots a strange man dancing in the woods singing a song that says Rumplestiltzkin is his name. The Queen guesses correctly and the little man runs away in a fit of rage never to be seen again.

1. The Three Little Pigs

One of the most famous fairy tales, The Three Little Pigs earns its place amongst the top 10 fairy tales. It tells the story of three little pigs who decide to make themselves houses. Two are lazy and use straw and wood and the third uses brick. A hungry wolf comes along and wanting to eat the pig’s blows down the first pigs’ house of straw. The wolf says the following famous line before doing away with the pigs’ homes; I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down. The little pig runs to his brother’s house of wood where the wolf finds them and blows that house down as well. The two pigs run to the home of the third brother who took the time and effort to make his home out of sturdy bricks. The wolf tries but cannot blow the brick house down. He climbs onto the roof to try and slide down the chimney but the smart pig starts a fire in the fireplace and puts a large kettle of water on. The wolf falls into the kettle of water and the little pigs live happily ever after.



Comments

36 Responses to “Top Fairy Tales”

  1. james on May 5th, 2009 2:16 pm

    this website is very boring it needs games and more funn!!!!

  2. julia on August 19th, 2009 2:51 pm

    i luv fairytales u r nvr too old to love kids books even if u get the wierd looks

  3. Andrew Quinn on September 28th, 2009 12:08 pm

    I am doing rhyme times for journalism class. I am bored to tears!!

  4. Andrew Quinn on September 28th, 2009 4:25 pm

    I didn’t finish in class and now I have to do it for HW!! I already have plenty to do. Like James said, this site needs more games and fun things. Fairy tales are boring, Julia!! What are you, lost your mind?

  5. Alexis Wingate on October 10th, 2009 4:21 pm

    Julia, I disagree with some of the negative comments you’ve received! Don’t pay them any attention. Your website is great, and I love the part most especially on fairy tales. Keep up the good work and disregard the naysayers who only wish they could do as well!

    Blessings,

    Alexis

  6. cheese on January 4th, 2010 11:00 am

    heyyyyyyyy i am in school

  7. guy on January 4th, 2010 11:04 am

    HI KIERAN

  8. guy on January 4th, 2010 11:09 am

    i do young scholars

    we’re making a play out of a fairy tale

    aefh

  9. guy on January 4th, 2010 11:27 am

    any good ideas?????????????????

    oops nevermind

    gotta leave

  10. beaner on January 8th, 2010 12:23 pm

    hooooo boys

  11. realo on January 19th, 2010 10:17 am

    whud up im in carver stc ltc baby i dnt read book i tear them for paper haha role a sweat

  12. K.C on March 3rd, 2010 2:16 am

    Oh come on! you can’t seriously hate fairy tales or other story books. i luv them. when you read any sort of book you can forget about your surroundings for a while. i see where you guys are coming from tho. i guess you’re considered cool if you don’t read or care for that kind of thing. But seriously, don’t diss Julias sight. make one better and worry about your own comments!

    Good work Julia, don’t let em’ drag you down.

  13. kamaria west on April 8th, 2010 5:41 pm

    what the hell were u guys thinkin

    no body likes to read

    fairy tells

  14. duaa. on June 22nd, 2010 3:14 am

    i like this website bcoz i luv fairy tales and i like sleeping beauty most thanks:-]

  15. kimberly cabrera on July 26th, 2010 3:19 am

    cinderella is my favorite story

  16. Ran on September 16th, 2010 10:20 am

    man three little pigs is is shit

  17. Ran on September 16th, 2010 10:21 am

    fake

  18. tapati on September 27th, 2010 6:16 am

    Actually I like these story. But need more enjoyable.

  19. blah on September 29th, 2010 5:54 pm

    hahaha these r like totally good ones

  20. FAIry Tal3 on October 1st, 2010 12:09 am

    hey this website is amazing!!! all u guys who dont read these are so stupid. if u dont like keep to urself atleast dont try to change our minds about these books . L O L

  21. Bailey on November 12th, 2010 12:56 pm

    this website is so cool it reminds me of my childhood memories. How there rated is awesome but they need to put in Ariel thats my favorite character

  22. clarissa on November 12th, 2010 2:20 pm

    i love fairytales but i also hate them not everyone lives happly ever after storys r just there to make kids think a whole bunch of ramdom crap

  23. clarissa on November 12th, 2010 2:22 pm

    who agress with me?

  24. bailey on November 12th, 2010 5:54 pm

    me true that i wish my life would end like that lol

  25. Tarumbwa on November 30th, 2010 11:39 am

    I went over the above comments and want you to know this is a great fairytale lovers’ site! I’m animator researching on the best fairytales i can adopt and twist. Love your site.

  26. Amanda on December 31st, 2010 1:31 am

    We’ll honestly these are okay stories some of them have very good . But I myself realized when I was looking for a good story for my speech compositions at school that there hardly any good children’s book’s besides these that. Parents often tend to tell some of the other fairy tales because the are less heard of around the globe.

  27. Leighla Moor on January 12th, 2011 8:36 pm

    this is bull it’s the top 9!

  28. courteney on February 12th, 2011 4:57 am

    can anyone find me topten fairytales

    PLEAS

  29. courteney on February 12th, 2011 5:01 am

    COME ON HELPME PLEASE

    I DONT NOW WHAT I WILL DO WITH OUT YOU

    SO COME ON HELP FYI TOMORRO IT IS MY BROS AND SIS BIRTHDAY PARTY CHAT SOON AND HURRY UP WITH THE UPDATEING

    OHOOO BYE GOTTA GO

  30. courteney on February 12th, 2011 5:03 am

    ARNT PRINSESS ES LAME BORING LIKE RAPUZEL YAWN

  31. Simone on March 18th, 2011 1:44 pm

    Fairy tales are super interesting – and Clarissa, I don’t really agree. I see your point and I partly agree. But most fairy tales are originally really dark, and that’s because they’re supposed to TEACH kids. To simplyfy almost every morale in fairytales: “Do things correctly and good and you will be rewarded” :3

  32. Hana on March 22nd, 2011 3:10 pm

    coool i used it for my hw

    to cheat lol ;-)

    i love hensel &gretel cuz’ at out play i was gretel and courteney i agree PRINCESS R BEAR BORING

  33. eman on May 11th, 2011 8:23 am

    i guess this is truly boring

    its all for kids

    i kinda like fairy tales

    but not like these at all

  34. mia on July 5th, 2011 1:47 pm

    number 10? where is itttt…… i cant see it on the page morons

  35. Jjhurgh5uej on January 8th, 2012 11:12 pm

    I hate it.! Its so ulgy.! Very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very UGLY.!

  36. seyi on January 16th, 2012 10:44 am

    I love this

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