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Folktale and Fairy Tale Resources in the CRC: Home

This guide will connect you with the folktales, fairy tales, variants, and fractured versions of traditional tales from around the world.

What is a Folktale?

A folktale is a form of traditional, fictional, prose narrative that is said to circulate orally.  In both colloquial use and within folkloristics, the term "folktale" is often used interchangeably with 'fairy tale."

Haase, D. (2007). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales: Volume 1: A-F. Westport: Greenwood

Unconventional retellings, modifications, variants, and fractured tales are all based on traditional tales but details are changed, plotlines twisted, and settings altered to make the story slightly or greatly changed from the original.   Another type are those that are familiar but come from cultures foreign to Anglo Americans.  They coincide with western story types but the stories themselves are native to other cultures. 

Bomhold, C.R., & Elder, T.E. (2008) Twice Upon a Time:  A Guide to Fractured, Altered, and Retold Folk and Fairy Tales. Englewood, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited.

Folktale Websites

Catalog Search

Items with call numbers beginning with:

  • JUV are located in the Juvenile Literature Collection or the Book Review Center (check the location to verify where the book is shelved).
  • CURR are located in the Curriculum Collection.
  • CURR REF are located in the Ready Reference Collection.
  • CURR TA are located in the Teaching Aids Collection.

Catalog Search over the materials in the CRC

Finding Traditional Tales in the CRC

For a complete list of the Folk and Fairy Tales available for checkout in the Curriculum Resource Center, use:

Subject:  folklore

Boolean Operator:  OR

Subject:  fairy tales

Limit to Location:  Curriculum Resource Center