Folk and Fairy Tales – Second Concise Edition
  • Publication Date: January 27, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815074 / 155481507X
  • 208 pages; 6" x 9"

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Folk and Fairy Tales – Second Concise Edition

  • Publication Date: January 27, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815074 / 155481507X
  • 208 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. The second edition features an expanded section of color illustrations, more criticism, and a new section on “Brain over Brawn.”


“I love that this new edition now follows the full version by including contemporary tales in all of the sections, and I appreciate the addition of the trickster section. The contemporary tales chosen are by some of the most significant writers of literary tales: Gabriel García Márquez, Emma Donoghue, and Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (these join one of the fathers of the literary fairy tale, Hans Christian Andersen, whose ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ is also new to this edition). Finally, I find the three new pieces in the Criticism section, by Bruno Bettelheim, Donald Haase, and Marina Warner, to be excellent choices; in these pieces, Martin Hallett and Barbara Karasek have encompassed the trajectory along which I teach fairy tales in my courses.” — Elizabeth Robinson, Texas A&M University

“A well-organized concise edition that should be very useful in introductory classrooms where the full edition might prove overwhelming to students. The tales are grouped clearly and include a nice mixture of familiar and lesser-known versions. The preface also gives an admirably clear statement of the volume’s focus and intended audience.” — Jennifer Geer, University of Louisiana


Little Red Riding Hood

  • The Story of Grandmother, Paul Delarue
  • The False Grandmother, Italo Calvino
  • Little Red Riding Hood, Charles Perrault
  • Little Red Cap, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  • Lon Po Po, Ed Young
  • Little Red Riding Hood, David McPhail
  • Wolf, Francesca Lia Block


  • Cinderella, Charles Perrault
  • Cap o’ Rushes, Joseph Jacobs
  • Vasilisa the Beautiful, Aleksandr Afanas’ev
  • Little Gold Star, Joe Hayes
  • The Little Red Fish and the Clog of Gold, Inea Bushnaq
  • Oochigeaskw, E.N. Partridge
  • The Wicked Stepmother’s Lament, Sarah Maitland

Sleeping Beauty

  • Sun, Moon, and Talia, Giambattista Basile
  • The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, Charles Perrault
  • Brier Rose, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  • Sleeping Beauty and the Airplane, Gabriel García Márquez

Growing Up (Is Hard To Do)

  • Hansel and Gretel, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  • Jack and the Beanstalk, Joseph Jacobs
  • Snow White, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  • Rapunzel, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  • Beauty and the Beast, Madame Leprince de Beaumont
  • The Tale of the Rose, Emma Donoghue

Brain over Brawn (The Trickster)

  • Clever Gretel, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  • Flossie and the Fox, Patricia C. McKissack
  • Puss in Boots, Charles Perrault
  • The Death of Brer Wolf, Julius Lester
  • From Tiger to Anansi, Philip M. Sherlock
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes, Hans Christian Andersen

The “Cauldron of Story”

  • The Young Slave, Giambattista Basile
  • The Neapolitan Soldier, Italo Calvino
  • Giant Story, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith


  • Figure 1: Little Red Riding Hood, Gustave Doré
  • Figure 2: Little Red Riding Hood, Mireille Levert
  • Figure 3: The Girl in Red, Roberto Innocenti
  • Figure 4: Opening a Pathway to Briar Rose, Michael Foreman
  • Front Cover: The Frog King, Michael Foreman
  • Figure 5: Hansel and Gretel, Sean Dietrich
  • Figure 6: Giant Story, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
  • Figure 7: Grimm Fairy Tales: Hansel and Gretel, Joe Tyler and Ralph Tedesco


  • The Struggle for Meaning, Bruno Bettelheim
  • Feminist Fairy-Tale Scholarship, Donald Haase
  • Techno-Magic: Cinema and Fairy Tale, Marina Warner

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Permissions Acknowledgments

Martin Hallett has retired from teaching and lives in Grand Pré, Nova Scotia. Barbara Karasek has retired from teaching and lives 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.

  • • Focuses on four key variations of tales and two thematic groupings (“Growing Up” and “Brain over Brawn”)
  • • Includes eight colour illustrations and three critical articles (expanded from the first edition)
  • • Each section is annotated and includes a short introduction

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