Spotlight On: Folk, Fairy, and Tall Tales

Folk, Fairy, and Tall Tales: These are children’s picture books that feature folk tales, fairy tales, or tall tales. Some of them are the classic stories you know and love, others are retellings of the classics in fun new ways. This collection is located in the Children’s Area on the right side wall that is close to the board books, inspiration station, and Vroom/Princess/Dinosaur collection.

Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella / Susan Lowell

Cindy Ellen loses one of her diamond spurs at the square dance in this wild western retelling of the classic Cinderella story. (E TALES CINDERELLA)


The Rainbabies / Laura Krauss Melmed

When the moon gives twelve tiny babies to a childless couple, the new parents take great care of their charges and eventually receive an unexpected reward. (E TALES FAIRY)


The Seven Chinese Brothers / Margaret Mahy

Seven Chinese brothers elude execution by virtue of their extraordinary individual qualities. (E TALES FOLK)


1001 Stories / Lila Prap

An intermingled fairy tale maze asks the reader to decide what happens next, in an unusual story where anything can happen to the well-known fairy tale characters. (E TALES FRACTURED FAIRY)


Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks / Corey Rosen Schwartz

To save their father from being stir-fried, two ninja chicken sisters take on a dark tangled forest, a tricky house made of corn bread, and an even trickier fox. (E TALES HENSEL)


Little Red / Bethan Woollvin

On her way to Grandma’s house, Little Red meets a wolf. Which might scare some little girls. But not this little girl. She knows just what the wolf is up to, and she’s not going to let him get away with it. (E TALES LITTLE RED)


Mary Had A Little Lamb / Liza Woodruff

This beloved poem tells of a sweet young girl and her pet lamb. (E TALES MOTHER GOOSE)


Once Upon a Princess and a Pea / Ann Campbell

In a modern interpretation of the classic fairy tale, the independent-minded Princess Esmerelda proves her royalty by feeling a pea through twenty mattresses. (E TALES PRINCESS AND THE PEA)


Clever Beatrice / Margaret Willey

A small, but clever young girl outwits a rich giant and wins all his gold. (E TALES TALE)



Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf / Judy Sierra

When Big Bad Wolf, who now lives at the Villain Villa Retirement Residence, is invited to tell his story at the library, he faces the truth about what he did to the three little pigs and decides to make amends. (E TALES THREE LITTLE PIGS)


“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She traveled the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.” ~Matilda, Roald Dahl

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