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Folk and Fairy Tales - Concise Edition 

Folk and Fairy Tales - Concise Edition

Edited by: Martin Hallett and Barbara Karasek

Publication Date: March 18, 2011
168pp • Paperback
ISBN: 9781554810185 / 1554810183

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This concise version of Folk and Fairy Tales is designed to provide a more compact and versatile collection for teaching children's literature. Like the complete edition, it includes comparative versions of classic tales (Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and a selection of coming-of-age tales) from different cultures and time periods, substantial introductory material, color illustrations, and a selection of critical articles.

Praise for the fourth edition:

"This collection simultaneously gives readers a thorough introduction to the folk and fairy tale canon and challenges us to re-think that canon by including non-Western variants and postmodern retellings of classic tales, illustrations, and critical essays that enrich and diversify our sense of the field." - Dara Regaignon, Pomona College

"An engaging, accessible anthology of well-loved as well as overlooked tales, the latest edition of Folk and Fairy Tales would be my first choice among the many fairy-tale anthologies available for students." - Kristiana Willsey, Marvels & Tales

"Folk and Fairy Tales is now in its fourth edition, and it remains one of the best introductory anthologies on the market. Though it is obviously designed as an introductory reader, the book manages to incorporate a solid amount of material for scholars." - Daniel Compora, Journal of Folklore Research

Martin Hallett has retired from teaching and lives in Grand Pré, Nova Scotia. Barbara Karasek teaches at Vanier College in Montreal. Together they have published articles and presented seminars on fairy tales and have been co-organizers of the Montreal Children's Literature Conference.

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Little Red Riding Hood

  1. Paul Delarue, "The Story of Grandmother"
  2. Charles Perrault, "Little Red Riding Hood"
  3. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Little Red Cap"
  4. Isabelle C. Chang, "The Chinese Red Riding Hoods"
  5. Patricia McKissack, "Flossie and the Fox"
  6. David McPhail, "Little Red Riding Hood"
  7. Francesca Lia Block, "Wolf"

Sleeping Beauty

  1. Giambattista Basile, "Sun, Moon and Talia"
  2. Charles Perrault, "Sleeping Beauty in the Wood"
  3. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Brier Rose"
  4. Italo Calvino, "The Neapolitan Soldier"
  5. Arabian Nights, "The Ninth Captain’s Tale"


  1. Charles Perrault, "Cinderella: Or the Little Glass Slipper"
  2. Aleksandr Afanas'ev, "Vasilisa the Beautiful"
  3. Joseph Jacobs, "Cap o' Rushes"
  4. Robert Sans Souci, "Little Gold Star"
  5. Inea Bushnaq, "The Little Red Fish and the Clog of Gold"
  6. Cyrus Macmillan, "The Indian Cinderella"

Growing Up

  1. Charles Perrault, "Hop o' my Thumb"
  2. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Hansel and Gretel"
  3. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Snow White"
  4. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Rapunzel"
  5. Joseph Jacobs, "Jack and the Beanstalk"
  6. Hans Christian Andersen, "The Ugly Duckling"


  1. Little Red Riding Hood
  2. Hansel and Gretel


  1. Betsy Hearne, "Disney Revisited, Or, Jiminy Cricket, It's Musty Down Here!" 
  2. James Poniewozik, "The End of Fairy Tales? How Shrek and Friends Have Changed Children's Stories"

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Folk and Fairy Tales - Concise Edition

2011 • 168pp • Paperback • 9781554810185 / 1554810183

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