Folk and Fairy Tales – Concise Edition
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2011
  • ISBN: 9781554810185 / 1554810183
  • 168 pages; 6" x 9"

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Folk and Fairy Tales – Concise Edition

  • Publication Date: March 18, 2011
  • ISBN: 9781554810185 / 1554810183
  • 168 pages; 6" x 9"

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




  • 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
    Wolf, Francesca Lia Block


  • 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


  • Cinderella: Or the Little Glass Slipper, Charles Perrault
    Vasilisa the Beautiful, Aleksandr Afanas’ev
    Cap o’ Rushes, Joseph Jacobs
    Little Gold Star, Joe Hayes
    The Little Red Fish and the Clog of Gold, Inea Bushnaq
    The Indian Cinderella, Cyrus Macmillan


  • Hop o’ my Thumb, Charles Perrault
    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


  • Little Red Riding Hood
    Hansel and Gretel


  • 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 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.

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.

— Focuses on four key variations of tales and one thematic grouping (“Growing Up”)
— Includes four colour illustrations and two critical articles
— Each section is annotated and includes a short introduction
— More concise and inexpensive collection of important fairy tales that offers more flexibility for a compressed syllabus