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!


Fairy Tale Friday- Lazy Heinz

This week’s Fairy Tale was one I’d never come across before. It’s a bit of a random one, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. It centres around Heinz who is an incredibly lazy man.

Heinz was so lazy he only managed to do one task, looking after his goat and making sure it goes to pasture and back. Heinz’s lazineess couldn’t cope with this much responsibility so he married a girl called Fat Trina (!!!) to help him care for the goats. Both of them were rather lazy, so they decided to trade in their goats for a hive instead. Their reasoning was that bees could look after themselves! They do the swap and end up getting lot of honey.

Heinz, being the charmer he is, tells Fat Trina that she is eating too much honey. He says they soon won’t have any left. He says that they should get a goose and young goosling instead. Fat Trina tells Heinz that they should have a child to look after the goose. Heinz argues that children never obey, so it would be a bad idea. Trina shows Heinz how she would beat the child if they didn’t obey, but instead beats the honey pot with a stick and smashes the pot containing the honey!

I enjoyed reading this fairy tale. It is a strange one though, which I’m finding more and more with Grimm! I love it though.

Next Fairy Tale- Strong Hans

Fairy Tale Friday- The Stolen Pennies

This week’s fairy tale is another strange one. This time I read The Stolen Pennies which is an incredibly weird and short story with a similar vein to last week’s fairy tale The Little Shroud. 

It centres around a family sitting down to dinner. The family have a visitor over. Suddenly a deathly pale child dressed in snow white appears. He walks into the next room and then goes. This happens over several days. The visitor questions the family asking who the beautiful child is. The family can’t see anyone, so the visitor points out the beautiful child the next time he appears. The visitor describes the child to the mother of the family. It turns out that the beautiful child is the son of the family who died four weeks prior. The mother lifts the floorboards and finds two pennies that she had given to her son to give to a poor man. The son had hidden the pennies hoping to buy a cake for himself. This meant the son had no peace in his grave. The family gave the pennies to a poor man, and the son was never seen again!

These past two tales have been ghostly and holding a simple moral to them. Both stories encouraged grief to never become excessive as it was self-indulgent!!

Next Fairy Tale- The Donkey Cabbage (Yes really, it’s called that!)

Top Ten FREEBIE: Favourite Grimm Fairy Tales


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a freebie, which means we are free to pick our topic! I’ve decided to pick my favourite fairy tales that I’ve read so far out of this book:

Every Friday, I read and review a fairy tale. I’m loving exploring them so far! I’ve linked to my review so you can check out my thoughts if you like.

Oh and here I am as a fairy! How cute?!

Thanks to Luna, for making Fairy Chrissi (click on image to get to her blog!)

In no particular order

  1. The Singing Bone– A great but brutual fairy tale with a supernatural element. It involves siblings and murder!
  2. Little Red Riding Hood– I think most people know this story. I loved reading the Grimm version, it’s not too different to the ones I’ve read in the past!
  3. The Mouse, The Bird and The Sausage– Random title, but great story with a moral about being grateful for what you have.
  4. The Riddle– This fairy tale has a crafty Prince. You’ve got to love a crafty Prince!
  5. Hansel and Gretel- Another well known one, but I can’t help it. I adore Hansel and Gretel.
  6. The Three Little Men In The Woods– One of my favourites. It involves wicked stepfamily and a supernatural element. I loved it!
  7. Rapunzel– Another well known one, but you won’t find the Grimm version to be like Tangled. It’s much darker.
  8. The Twelve Brothers– An intriguing tale involving an awful King!
  9. The Cat and The Mouse Set Up House– I absolutely love the cat in this fairy tale. A very conniving cat…
  10. The Frog King– This tale was familiar to me, but I know I didn’t read the Grimm version. It’s much more brutal which I’ve come to expect.

I’m really enjoying exploring Grimm’s Fairy Tales!

What did you do for your freebie this week? Please feel free to leave your links and I’ll stop by. I love a freebie week!

Fairy Tale Friday: The Cat And The Mouse Set Up House

Thanks to Luna for making Fairy Chrissi!

The next fairy tale in my Philip Pullman collection of Grimm Tales was the fable-esque The Cat And The Mouse Set Up House.

The Cat And The Mouse Set Up House is simply a fable. The cat and the mouse live together, and store a jar of fat for the coming winter in a church. The sneaky cat disappears off to eat a little under the pretence that he is going to a christening at a church as he is Godfather of a new kitten. The cat disappears three times and each time he lies to the mouse about his true whereabouts!

When the mouse finally works out what has been happening, the cat decides to gobble him up too!

I thought this was a fantastic fable. I hadn’t heard of it before, but I absolutely loved how wicked the cat was!

Next fairy tale: The Boy Who Left Home To Find Out About The Shivers!