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World of Tales
Stories for children, folktales
fairy tales and fables
from around the world
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About folktales

The folktale is a story, passed down verbally from generation to generation. Each storyteller told the stories a little differently, making them more interesting and fascinating as the ages passed. Different folktales bear the characteristics of the culture, folklore and customs of the people from which they originated.

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Top folktales as visited by users

1.The man who never lied is an African folktale.
2.The four dragons is an Asian folktale.
3.Why the sun and the moon live in the sky is an African folktale.
4.Why the Cheetah's cheeks are stained is an African folktale.
5.Clever Jackal gets away is an African folktale.
6.The grasshopper and the toad is an African folktale.
7.The origin of fire is a Native American folktale.
8.The monk and the student is an Asian folktale.
9.The Disobedient Son is a South American folktale.
10.How the Tiger Got His Stripes is a South American folktale.

About fairy tales

People have been telling each other fairy tales since ancient times. A very significant literature genre, fairy tales are present in all cultures around the world. In comparison to myths and legends, the time and place of occurrence in fairy tales are not defined. The characteristics of fairy tales include the appearance of fantastic elements in the form of talking animals, magic, witches and giants, knights and heroes. It wasn't until the 17th century that fairy tales in Europe were written down and preserved for future generations.

Other fairy tales popular with users

The red shoes by Hans Christian Andersen
The Frog-King, or Iron Henry by The Brothers Grimm
The Fairy by Charles Perrault
The naughty boy by Hans Christian Andersen
Hansel and Grethel by The Brothers Grimm
The story of the youth who went forth to learn what fear was by The Brothers Grimm
Snow-White And Rose-Red by The Brothers Grimm
Blue Beard by Charles Perrault
The Valiant Little Tailor by The Brothers Grimm
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
The Frog Prince by The Brothers Grimm
The emperor's new clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

Authors & Books

Andrew Lang (31 March 1844 - 20 July 1912) was a Scottish poet, novelist, and literary critic. Born in Selkirk, Lang was the oldest among eight siblings. After graduating, he began to publish his works, showing he was a gifted journalist, poet, and writer.

The Blue Fairy Book
The Green Fairy Book
The Red Fairy Book


The Brothers Grimm are probably the best known story tellers in the world. Many years have passed since the time Jackob and Wilhelm Grimm released their "Children's and household tales". The first edition and was very modest, both in appearance and capacity
Household tales
Grimm's fairy tales
Grimm's fairy stories
Household stories

Charles Perrault was a French writer who lived in the second half of XVII century. He was one of the first writers in European literature who turned his eyes to folklore. Born in 1628 in a clerical bourgeois family, Perrault received legal education and had high royal office. In the second half of XVII century there was...
Tales of Mother Goose

Hans Christian Andersen, born April 2, 1805 in Odense, was a Danish writer and poet. In his early days, Andersen wanted to become an opera singer. In 1819 he went to Copenhagen to pursuit that dream. His voice, however, was too weak and he was accepted as a dance student at the Royal Theater.
Andersen's fairy tales

Hans Andersen's
Fairy Tales Vol. I
Hans Andersen's
Fairy Tales Vol. II

About fables


About fables

Fables are among the oldest forms of folk literature. The word "fable" comes from the Latin "fabula" ("little story"). Typically, a fable consists of a narrative and a short moral conclusion at the end. The main characters in most fables are animals. The purpose of these stories is to ridicule negative human qualities.

Aesop fables

Little is known about the life of Aesop. According to historical facts he was a slave, who lived in the sixth century BC in ancient Greece. Some legends suggest Aesop was an ugly hunchbacked slave, although his real appearance is a mystery. One thing is known for sure - Aesop was a very smart, resourceful and inventive man.

Jean de La Fontaine fables

Jean de La Fontaine was a French poet and fabulist, who lived and worked during the XVII century. For special contributions to French literature was elected to the French Academy of Sciences in 1684. Published in 1668, the collection of fables brought La Fontaine international fame.

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