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10 Fairy Tales to Read

    My Very First Mother Goose

    My Very First Mother Goose - Iona Opie

    With more than sixty treasured rhymes, from "Hey Diddle, Diddle" and "Pat-a-Cake" to "Little Jack Horner" and "Pussycat, Pussycat," these familiar verses have been passed from parent to child for generations.
    The Ugly Duckling

    The Ugly Duckling - Jerry Pinkney

    In Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, an odd-looking duckling spends an unhappy year ostracized by the other animals before he grows into a beautiful swan.
    The Little Red Hen

    The Little Red Hen - Paul Galdone

    The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the cake she makes from it.
    Hansel and Gretel

    Hansel and Gretel - Rachel Isadora

    When they are left in the wild African jungle by their parents, two children find their way home despite an encounter with a wicked witch.
    Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella

    Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella - Paul Fleischman

    Whether she is Sootface, Ashpet, Cendrillon, or Cinderella, her story exists in many different cultures and languages, all beautifully blended together in this one multicultural tale.
    Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin - Paul O. Zelinsky

    The funny little man who spun straw into gold and helped the miller's daughter marry the king gives her three days to guess his name or he will take away her child.
    Little Red Riding Hood

    Little Red Riding Hood - Trina Schart Hyman

    On her way to deliver a basket of food to her sick grandmother, Elisabeth encounters a sly wolf in this classically illustrated tale.
    Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China

    Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China - Ed Young

    In the Chinese version of the classic Little Red Riding Hood story, three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.
    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka

    The wolf presents his own version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
    The Three Pigs

    The Three Pigs - David Wiesner

    In this fractured fable, the wolf's huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story . . . and into the realm of pure imagination.