Which are the children’s favourite fairytales from the books?

Three bears

One fairytale continues to enchant me is none other than the fascinating "Goldilocks - and the Three Bears. This tale is about a little girl named Goldilocks, who once capers into a dense forest. There she slips into a tiny house and finds three different sized bowls kept on the table. She gulps in a spoonful of porridge from the big bowl, only to get her tongue scalded. She then tries the medium-sized one and finds it too hot. Finally, she tastes the porridge from the small-sized bowl and wipes it clean. Next, she enters the sitting room. sits comfily on the tiny chair, which gives away under her weight and she falls down with a thud. She finally enters the bedroom and decides to take a short nap. She jumps on the itsy-bitsy bed and snuggles into the sheets. Meanwhile, the bears who live in the house return and they are shocked to see that they are home's a mess. The baby bear weeps on seeing her chair splintered. The mama bear groans on seeing the bed sheets strewn across the room. The baby bear is surprised when she finds a girl fast asleep in her bed. As Goldilocks wakes up, she gasps on seeing the family and runs away. The tale itself is very comical and that's how it made a lasting impression on me.


"The Adventures of Pinocchio" is a fairytale that created a lasting impression on me because of two reasons. Firstly, it teaches us that if you strive for something and work as hard as possible to get it, it will be yours. Secondly, what goes around comes around. If you do good, good will happen to you, and if you do bad, bad will happen to you. Pinnochio, a wooden boy, got into so much trouble to be a real boy. He tried to take shortcuts: telling lies (every time he told a lie, his nose grew longer), hanging out with a bad crowd for fun, and not listening to his kind father. But what he actually needed to become a real boy was bravery, honesty, and selflessness. When Pinocchio saved his father's life, it fulfilled all these conditions. He became a real boy. This magical story by Carlo Collidi has important life lessons, which will stay with me forever.

A rags-to-riches story

Beside studying, I love reading books. I have read many fairy tales but the book "Cinderella: An Illustrated Classic Fairytale for Kids" by Charles Perrault has created a lasting impression on me. The protagonist is a young woman living in forsaken circumstances that are suddenly changed when she marries a prince. This is the only book that I love to read anytime, anywhere. The story shows us the meaning of a noble character, true love, forgiveness and judgment. The moral of the story is that one should be kind to all: forgive others for doing wrong and never let bad things ruin your heart. The themes of the story are good versus evil and luck changing your life. I like stories that are simple, yet profound.

The 'rat' which taught me a lesson!

The fairytale which left a lasting impact on me was "The Rat's Marriage", which is a story from "Panchatantra", written by Vishnu Sharma. The story is about a sage who transforms a rat into a girl and raises her on his own. When the girl grows up, the sage starts looking for a suitable match for her. He summons the Sun God as a prospective groom, but the girl does not accept him. So, the sage calls the cloud, the wind and the mountain, but she turns them all down. At last, the girl notices a rat and chooses him as she feels that the rat is powerful than the mountain because it can dig holes through it. The sage agrees to the match.

There are two values which I learnt from this story. First, people don't forget their true selves. I also liked that the sage chose a groom for his daughter with her consent. I like this story out of all the other fairy tales because the more we understand the story, the more we gain from it.

Believe in who you are

When we think about fairytales, some of the things that comes to our minds are gleaming glass slippers, elegant flowing gowns, flying boys and pudgy dwarves. However, a fairytale that created a lasting impression on me, because of the values it imparts, is "The Ugly Duckling" written by the prolific writer, Hans Christian Andersen. The fairytale ronicles the transition of the duckling from a peculiar grey fledgling to a graceful pearl-white swan. The duckling is often excluded by his friends because of his looks. He laments about his repulsive features. It is only years later that he becomes the beautiful bird he is meant to be. As we go on a journey of self-discovery with the duckling, we understand the importance of overcoming all the challenges that shroud our path to our destiny, with aplomb. "The Ugly Duckling" conveys that we have to accept ourselves for what we truly are.

Not a Cinderella story

Fairytales are loved by all. We grow up listening to them right from our childhood. However, most of the fairytales all have a similar ending with the prince and the female protagonist getting married. But the book "Whatever After: If the Shoe Fits" written by Sarah Mlynowski, gave me a different perspective on fairy tales. The story is a twist on the popular fairy tale "Cinderella". In the original version of the story, Cinderella marries the prince and lives happily married ever after. But "Whatever After: If the Shoe Fits" offers a different take on the story. Abby and Jonah are two siblings who not-so accidentally land into Floom, the place where Cinderella lives. They advise Cinderella to start her own business selling crownies (which are like brownies) so she doesn't have to live with her step mom. In the process, Cinderella becomes financially independent and no longer wants to marry the prince. Finally, the prince ends up marrying Kayla, one of Cinderella's step sisters (who wasn't actually that stone hearted like her sister - Beatrice and her mom - Betty.) This fairytale has created a lasting impression on me, as it made me believe that fairy tales can change too!

Taking a leap of faith

A fairytale that created a lasting impact on me is "The Little Mermaid". This is such a good story. It teaches us a very good moral that we should always be brave enough to step into a life that is different from our others in order to get what our heart longs for.

When the Pootham calls

My grandmother often told me bedtime stories of the Pootham and the Unni It is a folklore of a mother who is coaxing her child. Unni to eat, She shows him the flora and fauna in their neighbourhood to get him to eat. She dotes on her child and does everything she can including calling crows and cats to entertain him and make sure he eats his meals. Thus, Unni has an enviable life. One day, a Pootham appears and possess Unni. I was terrified at the way my grandmother described the Pootham. She said that Pootham, appears before travelers as a beautiful angel and offer them betel nut. Once they accept it. the Pootham sweeps them away to the top of the palm tree where it eats the travellers. While observing the life of the mother and Unni, Pootham feels a longing for motherhood and it skillfully abducts Unni while he goes to school, When Unni doesn't return from school, his mother gets worried and begins searching for him. When the mother finds out that the Pootham has stolen her child, it tries to frighten her and even bribe her with heaps of gold, diamonds and ornaments. The mother prays to Pootham to return her child and even scorches her eyes as an offering. The Pootham tries to trick the mother by giving her a fake child. But even though the mother can no longer see, she understands that it is not her child merely by touching it. The mother gets angry and curses the Pootham. Seeing the fire in her eyes, the Pootham returns the child to her. During the summer harvesting festival, a village performing artist visits all the homes dressed as a Pootham. I feel that the Pootham is a fascinating combination of beauty and terror.

"Twelve Dancing Princesses"

The fairytale that created a lasting impression on me is "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" written by Ellen Miles. In this story, there are twelve princesses that are under a spell. The king sends a message saying that anyone - prince, peasant or king - can visit the palace and find out where the princesses dance. A boy called Julian goes on a quest to find out about the princesses' dancing time. On the way he meets an old lady who gives him two trees which grant him a wish when they grow to his height. He asks to become invisible and the trees give him a flower. He then takes the costume of a prince and visits the palace. He frees the princesses from the spell and gives the information to the king. Julian then marries Jessamine, one of the princesses and they live happily ever after. In this story, I liked Julian the most as he was very smart. This story will remain in my mind forever as I liked the suspense and imaginary factors of this story.

Perfectly imperfect

The fairy tale that inspired me the most was "Ricky of the Tuft". The story is about a boy. Ricky, who is born ugly. A fairy godmother gives him wisdom to compensate for his looks. A few years later, a princess is born in the land. She is dull minded but the same fairy godmother gives her beauty. In the story they meet each other in an enchanted forest. They are kind to each other in spite of their flaws they see and soon fall in love. From this story, I learnt that we all have something which others may not have and only with love and kindness can we can each be complete.

Off to see the Wizard.

I love fairy tales and my is "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". In the story, Dorothy is transported to a new land when a storm hits Kansas. She wants to go back to her home desperately, but she helps everybody she meets on the way. She helps Tin-Man get some oil, helps the scarecrow get back on his feet. makes a lion overcome his fears and many more. It's such a pleasure to read about her travels. Some people might think fairy tales are for kids and for that reason, they don't read fairy tales. But this is not true. Anybody can relish fairy tales and this is why I like them.

A cautionary tale

A fairytale that created a lasting impression on me is the "Little Red Riding Hood". In this stor Little Red Riding Hood meets a wolf on her way to her grandma's house and tells him her address. She is not aware of the wolfs evil intentions. The wolf hurries over to grandma's house and shuts the old woman in a cupboard. Then he dresses up like her grandmother and tries to eat Little Red Riding Hood. She calls out for help and soon a woodcutter comes in and kills the wolf. The incident teaches Little Red Riding Hood an important lesson in her life. This fairytale is my favourite because I learnt about important safety measures. I learnt how to behave with strangers and the importance of keeping my personal information a secret. I will never forget the morals in this story.

A tale of bravery

The movie "Brave", which is the Pixar's first fairytale, is my favourite and it created a lasting impression on me. Princess Merida, with her orange curly hair, is the main character. She wants to enjoy her life freely. Her hobby is archery and horse riding. But Merida's mother wants her to follow all royal rules because she is in line to be the queen. Merida doesn't like these rules and wants freedom. She goes to the forest and asks a magical lady to change her mothers mind. But the lady changes her mother into a bear. Merida is heartbroken. She tries to look after the kingdom in her mother's place. Her mother feels proud. Merida learns to understand her mother better. In the end, she puts her mother's picture back in the family photo and that magically cures her mother and she changed back into a human.

The legend of Cinderella

Fairytales can include magic talking animals and a touch of realism. They often teach us about the consequences of our actions and values such as kindness and patience. "Cinderella" is a timeless fairy tale character, which has been adapted into many films and books over the years. My favourite is the animated version of this fairytale. "Cinderella" is is a magical story that inspires us to not settle for anything less than our dreams. It is the story of a kind hearted young woman who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters. Despite their cruelty, Cinderella remains kind and humble. As Cinderella puts it, "Be kind, have the courage and always believe in a little magic." Her dream is to live a long happy life. She believes that "good things happen to good people". Her quotes will make you believe in the wonders of life. Cinderella teaches us how to behave in the world, how to be a better person, also teaches us the importance of kindness and forgiveness, and never letting bad things ruin our heart. This is a wonderful story.

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What is trilogy?

Trilogy, a series of three dramas or literary or musical compositions that, although each is in one sense complete, have a close mutual relation and form one theme or develop aspects of one basic concept. The term originally referred specifically to a group of three tragedies written by one author for competition. This trilogy constituted the traditional set of plays presented in Athens by a number of competitors at the 5th-century-BC drama festivals known as the Great Dionysia. One of the first authors to present such a trilogy was Aeschylus, whose Oresteia is the only surviving example from that time. Modern examples of trilogies include Robertson Davies’s Deptford Trilogy and Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy.

The term is less often applied to music, such as the Berlin Trilogy of David Bowie which is linked together by musical sound and lyrical themes, all having been recorded at least partly in Berlin, Germany.

The term is seldom applied outside art. One example is the "Marshall Trilogy", a common term for three rulings written by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall from 1823 to 1832 concerning the legal status of Native Americans under U.S. law.

Creators of trilogies may later add more works. In such a case, the original three works may or may not keep the title "trilogy".

The first three novels in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series were dubbed a trilogy, and even after he extended the series, author Douglas Adams continued to use the term for humorous effect - for example, calling Mostly Harmless "the fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named trilogy."

Kevin Smith's films Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy were often marketed as "The New Jersey Trilogy" because they had overlapping characters, events and locations. After the release of a fourth film, Dogma, the series is referred to as "the View Askewniverse".

The Star Wars Trilogy of three films released between 1977 and 1983 has since been expanded into a trilogy of trilogies, including the original trilogy, the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy released between 1999 and 2005 and the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy released between 2015 and 2019.

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What is prequel?

Prequel, a literary or dramatic work whose story precedes that of an earlier-written work. For example, Lillian Hellman’s play Another Part of the Forest (1946) portrays the earlier lives of the characters she first wrote about in The Little Foxes (1939).

Like sequels, prequels may or may not concern the same plot as the work from which they are derived. More often they explain the background that led to the events in the original, but sometimes the connections are not completely explicit. Sometimes prequels play on the audience's knowledge of what will happen next, using deliberate references to create dramatic irony.

Though the word "prequel" is of recent origin, works fitting this concept existed long before. The Cypria, presupposing hearers' acquaintance with the events of the Homeric epic, confined itself to what preceded the Iliad, and thus formed a kind of introduction.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word "prequel" first appeared in print in 1958 in an article by Anthony Boucher in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, used to describe James Blish's 1956 story They Shall Have Stars, which expanded on the story introduced in his earlier 1955 work, Earthman Come Home. The term came into general usage in the 1970s and 1980s

Rather than being a concept distinct from that of a sequel, a prequel still adheres to the general principle of serialization, defined only by its internal chronology and publication order. For example, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) is a prequel to Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) but is only a predecessor of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) because of the release order. Likewise, 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a prequel to 1981's Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, in that it is set in 1935, one year before the first film.

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What are the forms of narrative verse?

A narrative may be an entire novel or a simple short story. Some narratives are divided into interrelated groups like the Canterbury Tales. Some narratives are larger and made up of both prose and poetic interludes; an example of this type of narrative is The Cremation of Sam McGee.

Many narrative poems are performance pieces. They hold oral traditions in which poetry was used as a way of memorization. The meter, alliteration, and kennings helps bards better remember the stories which were used to tell of traditions, the happiness of life, and life's deepest troubles.

There are four types of narrative verse:


A poem similar to a folk tale which uses a repeated refrain. This means that every few stanzas a portion of the poem is repeated, much like a song.


A long, serious poem which tells the story of a hero. Think of stories like Odyssey or Ben-Hur.


A poem about either an idolized country scene or about the heroes of yesteryear. This could also include the story of Odyssey, except for different reasons. An idyll speaks of someone or something in a way that it should be idolized. For example, today many stories of Ghandi or Martin Luther King, Jr. could be written about in an idyll. However, an even better example could be George Washington.


A long poem which was sung by medieval minstrels. The long poems generally were about the news of the day or historical facts they wished to be passed along throughout the countryside.

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What is manuscript?

A manuscript was, traditionally, any document written by hand – or, once practical typewriters became available, typewritten – as opposed to mechanically printed or reproduced in some indirect or automated way.

The study of the writing in surviving manuscripts, the "hand", is termed palaeography (or paleography). The traditional abbreviations are MS for manuscript and MSS for manuscripts, while the forms MS., ms or ms. for singular, and MSS., mss or mss. for plural (with or without the full stop, all uppercase or all lowercase) are also accepted. The second s is not simply the plural; by an old convention, a doubling of the last letter of the abbreviation expresses the plural, just as pp. means "pages".

A manuscript may be a codex (i.e. bound as a book) or a scroll. Illuminated manuscripts are enriched with pictures, border decorations, elaborately embossed initial letters or full-page illustrations.

Most surviving pre-modern manuscripts use the codex format (as in a modern book), which had replaced the scroll by Late Antiquity. Parchment or vellum, as the best type of parchment is known, had also replaced papyrus, which was not nearly so long lived and has survived to the present only in the extremely dry conditions of Egypt, although it was widely used across the Roman world. Parchment is made of animal skin, normally calf, sheep, or goat, but also other animals. With all skins, the quality of the finished product is based on how much preparation and skill was put into turning the skin into parchment. Parchment made from calf or sheep was the most common in Northern Europe, while civilizations in Southern Europe preferred goatskin. Often, if the parchment is white or cream in color and veins from the animal can still be seen, it is calfskin. If it is yellow, greasy or in some cases shiny, then it was made from sheepskin.

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