Top Ten Fairy Tales

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about novellas and short stories that we’ve enjoyed. I decided to put my own spin on this list as I don’t read a lot of novellas or short stories. I do, however, read a Fairy Tale/Folk Tale every Friday as part of my Fairy Tale Friday feature here on my blog. I thought I’d put together my favourite ten!

  1. The Basket Of Eggs– A cute little Easter story which I believe originates in Canada.
  2. The Tinderbox- Hans Christian Andersen- I’m sure I’d read this tale before, but it’s basically a happily ever after story involving a princess and a soldier!
  3. The Snow Queen– Hans Christian Andersen- I hadn’t read the real version of this tale before and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
  4. The Princess and The Pea– Hans Christian Andersen- Another popular one! I used this one in my class recently and the children absolutely loved it.
  5. The Red Shoes– Hans Christian Andersen- A pretty grim story involving feet being chopped off, but I loved the concept!
  6. The Little Match Girl- Hans Christian Andersen- This story is so very sad but beautiful tale.
  7. The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces/Twelve Dancing Princesses– Grimm Tales-This one was familiar to me and I loved it.
  8. Rumpelstiltskin- Grimm Tales- I love the original Rumpelstiltskin. He was such a stupid character!
  9. Snow White– Grimm Tales- Loved reading the original and comparing it to the Disney tale!
  10. Rapunzel– Grimm Tales- It’s definitely not like Tangled. 

What did you do for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

57 thoughts on “Top Ten Fairy Tales

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever read a Hans Christian Anderson tale. But then given how much I adore the Disney versions of fairy-tales, perhaps this is best. 😉

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland, Chrissi – and happy Top Ten Tuesday.

  2. Oh, this is a cool take on the novella/short story theme. An adaptation of The Snow Queen was one of my favorite stories as a child, and I totally still have a soft spot for that fairy tale.

  3. I like your fairytale theme! I think I’ve read all of these except Basket Of Eggs. The Tinderbox is my favourite besides Cinderella, Aladdin, Snow White & Rose Red, Thumbelina and all the ones with swans, I’ve reread them several times and in several versions since I was little. I don’t like sad stories so I usually avoid Andersen’s versions but I still love Oscar Wilde’s “Happy Prince and Other stories.”

  4. Great post! I have only read the Grimm Tales, 8-9. I used to read fairytales quite a bit when I was younger but lost interest afterwards. Curious to check out the other titles that you have listed though. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Ooh I like ho you did this. I don’t think I’ve read a lot of fairy tales, actually, but the Snow Queen sounds awesome and it is amazing how some of the fairy tales are fairly grim!

  6. I love folk tales but I’ve not actually read a lot of the classic tales. I’ve researched them, so I know how dark and twisted they are in comparison to the disneyfied version and I’d love to read them someday.

  7. I feel like this particular topic is stretching a lot of our repertoires this week and I like the spin you’ve put on it! I haven’t read a lot of original fairy and folk tales actually… (mostly I read the versions suited to children and then a lot of retellings). That said I suppose depending on how old the stories are there might just be a bunch of different versions anyway…

  8. Great list! I love The Red Shoes — have you seen the movie? I think I saw it when I was really young and it freaked me out, but now I love it. I love the Twelve Dancing Princesses too.

  9. Love your take on the topic – these def count as short stories. I love trying to find the very earliest versions of these fairy tales, to compare how Disney has made them kid-friendly. Funny you mention Tangled, because it is mine and my daughter’s fave (after Brave), and it is just a tad different from the original, haha

  10. What a fun list! I loved the oldschool fairytales as a kid. I had a collection that had the original stories, all dark and gruesome as they were, and I adored them. It tended to ruin the Disney-like quality of the “cleaned up” versions, lol!

  11. I read a lot of Hans Christians Fairy tales when I was a kid but as I grew up I read more of Grimm and man, that stuff is so creepy good, I love it.

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