Fairy Tales and Other Oddities

Fairy tales are at the heart of the Sisters Grimm, and they are some of the most famous, well-loved stories out there. Although the stories of the Brothers Grimm come from Europe, there are fairy tales that come from all over the world. The St. Charles Public Library has LOTS of fairy tales, and you can find them, along with tall tales, folk tales and other stories in the nonfiction area from 398 to 398.4.

Fairy Tale Games
Games.co.za is the largest website in South Africa, and it is packed with fairy tale games. In these games, you can expect magic powers, wizards, witches, dwarves, knights, elves, fairies, trolls, dragons and lots more. Have a lot of fairy tale fun with these magical games and make everything end happily ever after!

American Folklore

The website American Folklore has lots of stories and fairy tales from the United States and all over the world. Here are some Mexican fairy tales, including "The Bear Prince," "The Gypsy Queen" and "The Forbidden Chamber." These stories are bilingual, too!

National Geographic Presents Grimm's Fairy Tales
Life was hard for Europeans in the 1800s, and the stories collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm reflect that. Originally they were collected in order to preserve traditional folktales, but it was soon discovered that they were highly entertaining. After awhile, more and more people started retelling and changing the tales, making them sweeter and gentler. National Geographic has collected 12 of these tales and has presented them in their original, scarier forms.

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Here are some great stories and collections that you can find at the Library:

In the realm of the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird, every story is turned on its ear, and the results are both creepy and hysterical!
It's opposite day in the fairy tale world, and Beauty doesn't want her beast to become human. Look out! The sky really is falling!

This isn't your average Cinderella story! This retelling draws from a variety of folk traditions, including elements from Mexico, Iran, Korea, Russia, Appalachia and more. Julie Paschkis has provided illustrations that vividly capture the spirit of each culture represented.

Shahrazade stayed alive by telling the king a different tale each night. Her stories, drawn from across the Arab world and the Far East, enchanted him, and he just had to hear more. This retelling of 8 of the tales combines well-known stories like Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp with less familiar tales such as The Ebony Horse.

Who needs heroes? This volume of 18 stories features tales of heroines that are just as amazing as any man. As they show, sometimes wisdom is as effective in solving problems as physical strength, and these heroines use their wisdom to save lives and defeat their enemies. The pictures are incredibly beautiful, too!
This collection of the retellings of 12 beloved fairy tales is beautifully illustrated by Jane Ray. It includes Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp, The Firebird, Hansel and Gretel, The Wild Swans and more. Filled with magic and spellbinding stories, this collection might cast a spell on you!

These legends represent a wide range of stories from the Cherokee, Cheyenne, Hopi, Seminole, Seneca and other Native American tribes. These beautifully retold tales, all with informative introductions, range from creation myths to trickster takes to stories of heroism and adventure.

Not One Damsel in Distress by Jane Yolen
Gathered from all around the world, the stories found in this collection show just what a girl can do when she puts her mind to it. These heroines are clever, wise and brave! Each of the 13 stories found within tell of a ferocious female who breaks the mold and chooses her own destiny.

The kind and beautiful Vasilisa lives with her jealous stepmother and stepsisters on the edge of a dark forest inhabited by the evil witch Baba Yaga. One night the stepmother sends Vasilisa to visit Baba Yaga, and only her magical doll can help her escape. This Russian fairy tale adaptation has glorious illustrations by K.Y. Craft.