Folk and Fairy Tales – Fourth Edition
  • Publication Date: October 28, 2008
  • ISBN: 9781551118987 / 155111898X
  • 416 pages; 6" x 9"
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Folk and Fairy Tales – Fourth Edition

  • Publication Date: October 28, 2008
  • ISBN: 9781551118987 / 155111898X
  • 416 pages; 6" x 9"

This anthology of folk and fairy tales brings together 52 stories from a range of historical and geographic traditions. Sections group tales together by theme or juxtapose variations of individual tales, inviting comparison and analysis across cultures and genres. An accessible section of critical selections provides a foundation for readers to analyze, debate, and interpret the tales for themselves. An expanded introduction by the editors looks at the history of folk and fairy tales and distinguishes between the genres, while revised introductions to individual sections provide more detailed history of particular tellers and tales, paying increased attention to the background and cultural origin of each tale. A selection of illustrations from editions of classic tales from the 19th to the 21st centuries is also included.

This new edition includes a larger selection of critical articles, more modern and cross-cultural variations on classic tales, and an expanded discussion of illustrations.


“...superb selections, from original texts to upbeat contemporary versions, multicultural perspectives, excellent introductions and support materials—all in all, this is a model collection. I do love this book!” — Richard Beards, Temple University

“Hallett and Karasek’s fourth edition of Folk and Fairy Tales, an anthology of traditional tales and contemporary adaptations that spans contributions from Giambattista Basile to Tanith Lee, is a well-rounded and critically framed collection that is eminently suitable for classroom use.” — Kristiana Willsey, Project MUSE

“In their new edition, Hallett and Karasek provide a solid introduction to a branch of literature we so often dismiss as ‘merely’ children’s stories, the fairy tale. They use fourfold approach: multiple versions of widely-attested tale types introduce the student to cross-cultural comparison; an examination of common themes introduces the role of tales in pedagogy and socialization; the juxtaposition of seemingly disparate tales demonstrates structural similarities (an approach new to this edition); and a survey of criticism provides other perspectives. The versions chosen underscore the pervasiveness of these masterpieces of the oral tradition in Western literature, yet also show that they are not the exclusive domain of the West but a world literature in its truest sense.” — Ian Brodie, Cape Breton University

“This collection simultaneously gives readers a thorough introduction to the folk and fairy tale canon and challenges us to rethink 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. Best of all, organizing the tales by theme and by tale type encourages students to make innovative and original connections. It is a fabulous introduction to the primary texts and to some of the central debates in the field.” — Dara Regaignon, Pomona College



  • The Story of Grandmother, Paul Delarue
    Little Red Riding Hood, Charles Perrault
    Little Red Cap, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    The Chinese Red Riding Hoods, Isabelle C. Chang
    Flossie and the Fox, Patricia C. McKissack
    Little Red Riding Hood, David McPhail
    The Company of Wolves, Angela Carter
    Wolf, Francesca Lia Block
    What Bugs Bunny Said to Red Riding Hood, Tim Seibles


  • Sun, Moon, and Talia, Giambattista Basile
    The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, Charles Perrault
    Brier Rose, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    The Neapolitan Soldier, Italo Calvino
    The Ninth Captain’s Tale, Arabian Nights
    Sleeping Beauty and the Airplane, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    The Sleeping Beauty, Wilfred Owen


  • Cinderella: Or the Glass Slipper, Charles Perrault
    Vasilisa the Beautiful, Aleksandr Afanas’ev
    Cap o’ Rushes, Joseph Jacobs
    The Indian Cinderella, Cyrus Macmillan
    Little Gold Star: A Spanish American Cinderella Tale, Robert D. San Souci
    When the Clock Strikes, Tanith Lee
    The Wicked Stepmother’s Lament, Sara Maitland
    Cinderella, Anne Sexton


  • Hansel and Gretel, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    Snow White, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    Rapunzel, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    Jack and the Beanstalk, Joseph Jacobs
    The Ugly Duckling, Hans Christian Andersen


  • Beauty and the Beast, Madame Leprince de Beaumont
    East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Asbjørnsen and Moe
    The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    The White Cat, Madame la Comtesse d’Aulnoy


  • The Brave Little Tailor, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    Molly Whuppie, Joseph Jacobs
    Puss in Boots, Charles Perrault
    The Death of Brer Wolf, Julius Lester


  • Bluebeard, Charles Perrault
    Rumpelstiltskin, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    The Fisherman and his Wife, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm


  • The Emperor’s New Clothes, Hans Christian Andersen
    A Toy Princess, Mary De Morgan
    The Happy Prince, Oscar Wilde
    The Griffin and the Minor Canon, Frank Stockton


  • “The Blue Light” (Grimm) and “The Tinderbox” (Andersen)
    “The Goose Girl” (Grimm) and “The Tale of the Handkerchief” (Donoghue)
    “The Story of the Three Little Pigs” (Jacobs) and “The Three Little Pigs” (Garner)
    “The Young Slave” (Basile) and “Giant Story” (Scieszka and Smith)


  • Little Red Riding Hood
    Hansel and Gretel
    Sleeping Beauty
    Beauty and the Beast
    Setting: Bluebeard and Rapunzel
    Puss in Boots
    Modern/Postmodern World


  • The Fairy-Tale Hero: The Image of Man in the Fairy Tale, Max Lüthi
    The Struggle for Meaning, Bruno Bettelheim
    Fairy Tales from a Folkloristic Perspective, Alan Dundes
    Feminism and Fairy Tales, Karen Rowe
    What Fairy Tales Tell Us, Alison Lurie
    Did They Live Happily Ever After? Rewriting Fairy Tales for a Contemporary Audience, Laura Tosi
    Disney Revisited, Or, Jiminy Cricket, It’s Musty Down Here!, Betsy Hearne
    The End of Fairy Tales? How Shrek and Friends Have Changed Children’s Stories, James Poniewozik


Martin Hallett and Barbara Karasek teach at Acadia University and Vanier College, respectively. They have published articles and presented seminars on folk and fairy tales, and have been co-organizers of the Montreal Children’s Literature Conference.

Folk and Fairy Tales offers comprehensive content for both instructors and students.

The instructor site has discussion questions. An access code to the website is provided in all examination copies.

The student companion site includes additional readings. An access code to the website is included with all new copies. If you purchased a used copy or are missing your passcode for this site, please click here to purchase a code online.