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Fairy Tales of Days Gone By

Updated on October 24, 2018

Children Love Fantasy Dreaming. Fairy Tales gives you a reason to dream.

Fairy Tales Stories.

These fairy tale stories from days gone by, are great reading if you have a young bookworm in your household. I read many books as a child, and to this day these tales still live in my memories.

Brothers Grimm tales were one of my best read stories, many or them over and over again.Not all these fairy tales are the Brothers Grimm's, but still, a nice collection for children to read.

The collection of German fairy tales was first published in 1812 by the Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm. The collection is commonly known in English as Grimm's Fairy Tales.

Snow White

Snow White" is a German fairy tale known in many countries in Europe. The best known is a German version collected by the Brothers Grimm in 1812

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Got a spare 1 hour 30 mins to spend with your grandchildren? This is a full length movie I think they will enjoy watching it with you, very pretty scenery.

The Ugly Duckling.

We who have read the fairy tale know what the ugly duckling was - this picture tells the story.

The Ugly Duckling is a literary fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen (1805 - 1875). The story tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse.

The Ugly Duckling

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Little Red Riding Hood - Full Story - Grimm's Fairy Tales

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk is an English folktale. The tale is closely associated with the tale of Jack the Giant-killer, and is known under a number of versions.

The earliest known appearance in print is Benjamin Tabart's moralised version of 1807.

Joseph Jacobs rewrote it in English Fairy Tales (1890). Jacobs' version is most commonly reprinted today and it is believed to be closer to the oral versions than Tabart's because it lacks the moralising.

Jack and the Beanstalk - Bedtime Story Animation

Do you think these books are too cruel for children to read?

While searching there is a lot of negative comments on the internet about these fairy tales, of more than a century ago, which I read, they made no difference to my outlook in life, actually I used to sit for hours staring at those beautiful picture, thinking about what was written in the stories.

What you think about the Classic Fairy Tale Stories for Children to Read These Days.

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    • Anita Hasch profile image

      Anita Hasch 

      4 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      Lovely fairy tales Elsie, when I went to school for the first time, I hated it. My parents send me to an English school, because there was no Afrikaans school in the vicinity. The problem was that I could not speak one word of English. I soon learned, and soon did better than most kids in the class. The reason was my love of reading. I will never forget when the teacher opened the bookcase on wheels and I saw all those beautiful glossy books. I read to my own children, from the time that they were toddlers. They all love reading, except the youngest.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      @asereht1970: Agree! I enjoy reading these stories to my great grandchildren, They are different to the stories that are read to them these days.

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      7 years ago from Philippines

      I just so love fairy tales. Even now that I am old, I wouldn't pass a chance to read one.

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      @darkflowers: Thanks for visiting and commenting. I agree with you that some computer games are worst than these fairy tale stories which have been around for hundreds of years.

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      Anja Toetenel 

      7 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      I was grown up with these lovely Fairy Tales and I still love them. Children love them too! I often tell them to children and they love it! It's much better than violent computer games!

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      7 years ago

      I am a huge fan of fairy tales. Although some tales may seem harsh, each tale has an important purpose.

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      8 years ago

      These fairy tales bring back many great memories. There was always a lesson to be learnt at the end. Children were taught how to be polite, follow the rules and keep a good behaviour. I also read a lot of negative comments online but the stories they were presented in these stories were adapted to teach children about real life in a fun way.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      @CoeGurl: Thanks for the visit and nice comment. You are right about reading the fairy tales instead of texting and using the computer. I wonder how it changes their minds these days?, that they never read this fairy tales, but do nothing but texting, in other words their minds never stop and relax, to think about anything else other than replying and waiting for texts, a busy mind.

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      8 years ago

      When I was little, I read all the fairy tales. I think more kids today should be reading fairy tales instead of texting and being on the computer. Their imaginations would be enriched. I agree with mypotlpeople that there are a lot worse things for kids to read and see on tv.

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      8 years ago

      Children know they are just stories and love a bit of imaginary cruelty. IT would be such a shame if parents stopped reading them to their children.

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      8 years ago

      Still wonderful stories for our kids today. People find too much to criticize. We've owned several fairy tale books for my kids over the years. They love these tales, and that's what really matters.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting and commenting. I enjoyed reading your comment, made me happy to know that these fairy tales are going to be enjoyed by the younger generation, because they all send a nice message, when you stop and think about it. Happy days.

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      8 years ago from Canada

      I think they're a lot crueler stories for kids to read. I love fairy tale stories.

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      8 years ago

      Well I think that tey are not too cruel (especially not comparing to the cartoons our children are watching on TV). I remember how my mother used to read me those stories when I was a child. I remember that I didn't like The Ugly Duckling story, cause i didn't understand it at the time. But while getting older, this story became one of my favorites cause I found out the true meaning. Now I'm glad that my mother took the time to read those stories to me and I'll definitely read them to my baby daughter as soon as she grows up a little.

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      Tony Bonura 

      8 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I still love to read these "fairy tales." They have morales that apply even our modern fast paced society. Great lens. The brothers Grimm were not intended to be just for children.


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      8 years ago

      Great list for young readers.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for this creative lens..

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      8 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I think they provide good lessons even if they are a little scary. You've got all or them from my childhood.

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      8 years ago

      You have some great ones listed here.

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      8 years ago

      I enjoyed these fairy tales when I was a child, but I don't know that my kids have read very many of them...I think I just forgot about them until now.

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      oztoo lm 

      8 years ago

      Oh I love the classic fairy tales. I don't see how they are cruel or negative in any way. I'm sure they didn't affect my outlook on life either. By comparison just look at all the violence there is in modern cartoons on television.

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      @CruiseReady: Thanks for the visit, squid like and comment. I agree with you. I don't see anything wrong with these classic fairy tales either.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      @DuaneJ: Thanks Duane for the squid like and comment. I always appreciate your input on my lens.

      Have a great day.

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      8 years ago from East Central Florida

      Why? They weren't too cruel when I was a child ... my generation is generally pretty unscathed - at least as a result of their exposure to these stories. Our parents were READING to us, and that's what mattered!

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      8 years ago

      You've listed all the great fairytales here...'The Ugly Duckling' is a special favorite of mine!

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love all these fairy tales. It fires up the imagination.


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