Fairies and Fairy Tales - Classic Fairytales and Fables from Arabian Nights, Grimms, Perrault, Anderson, Wilde, Hesse, Aesop, La Fontaine

Fairies and Fairytales - Classic Fairy Tales and Fables from Arabian Nights, Grimms, Perrault, Anderson, Wilde, Hesse, Aesop, La Fontaine

Fairy Tales are the myths we live by, evoking the imagination and teaching us the lessons of the heart. These images are from illustrations to the best loved fairy tales from Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. Fairytales and fairytale art. Briar Rose, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood.

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Looking for Fairy Art?

The art gallery has moved to Art Passions, a specifically noncommercial site. You can also find the free fairy backgrounds there, and the fairy wallpaper for windows. Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Magic Cats, and other stories. And now.... e-postcards!

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Looking for Fairytale Art Prints or Posters?

Try a general search (by artist, subject, or title). For example, enter cinderella in the box to browse Cinderella posters:

or browse the fairy poster gallery. (There are fairy tale links there, too.)

Finally, a list of resources for prints by artist and subject is available at Where to Find Posters and Art Prints.

Fairytales and Fables - Resources

Suggested Reading in Fairytale Mythology

Recommended reading list in fairytales and mythological studies. The emphasis is on mythological studies but there are several good suggestions for books on understanding dreams, myths, and fairytales.

Fairytale Education

Fairy Tales We Live By - an article on myth and fairy tales by Jonathan Young's Insights from a Cinderella Story - a film review of Ever After - A Cinderella Story by Jonathan Young .

Symbolism in Fairytales - an introductory course for graduate students but useful for artists, teachers, writers, and others with an interest in fairytales by Dr. Jonathan Young

Classic Books : Fairytales and Fables

Classic Fairy Tales

The Fairy Tale Book

I get many requests for the book that Kip the Enchanted Cat image comes from. It's been republished as The Fairy Tale Book translated by Marie Ponsot and illustrated by Adrienne Segur.
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The Snow Queen and Other Tales

Also illustrated by Adrienne Segur.
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K.Y. Craft has won more than 100 graphic awards. Easier reading than Adrienne Segur's Fairy Tale Book, this is a book you keep for a lifetime. Reading level: 4 to 8.

Not One Damsel in Distress: World Folktales for Strong Girls

by Jane Yolen. World tales with feminine heroes. Tales from Germany (Fitcher's Bird, Mr. Fox and Bluebeard) in which the young Erna saves herself and also her sisters from being the victims of an evil wizard. In a tale from Romania, Mizilca serves in the sultan's army in her sick father's place; and in a tale from Argentina, Maldonada's kindness to a puma and its cubs saves her. Good stories for reading aloud. Reading level: 9 to 12.

Victorian Fairy Tales

Victorian Fairy Tales: The Revolt of the Fairies and Elves.

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights - Beautifully illustrated by Maxfield Parrish.

The Arabian Nights' Entertainments or the Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night

An illustrated selection of the tales, nineteenth century translation.

The Arabian Nights, Or, Tales Told by Sheherezade During a Thousand Nights and One Night

Tales from Aladdin, Sinbad, and others. Easy reading. Well-illustrated.

Grimm's Fairy Tales

The Complete Fairytales of the Brothers Grimm

Fairytales are the myths we live by. Jack Zipes has written many books on fairytales as literature and mythology. The Complete Fairytales of the Brothers Grimm. This book contains the original 210 stories and 40 others that have never been translated into English before.

Grimms' Fairy Tales

Grimms' Fairy Tales for children. 35 stories including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Faithful John, the Singing Bone. Beautifully illustrated by Fritz Kredel. Reading level: 9-12.

Perrault's Fairytales

The Complete Fairytales of Charles Perrault

Fairytales without salvation. This edition includes all 11 tales attributed to Perrault. Perrault's "Little Red Riding Hood" is not rescued by the huntsman, "Sleeping Beauty" endures bitter trials before she lives happily ever after. In "The Fairies," a good girl is blessed with jewels falling from her mouth while her bad sister is cursed with toads and vipers falling to the ground with each word. Contains an excellent introduction for fairytale scholars. Reading level: 9-12.

Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Other Favorite Tales: As Told by Charles Perrault

In 1697, Charles Perrault, a Frenchman, was the first to publish these stories. Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty. Reading level: 4-8.

Hans Christian Andersen Fairytales

Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairytales

Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling, the Princess and the Pea. Beautifully illustrated throughout.

The Little Mermaid

Illustrated by Sulamith Wulfing.

The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes was first published in 1837. This version comes with an audio CD with the voices of Madonna (the Empress), Steven Spielberg (the Honest Boy), Robin Williams (the Court Jester), and others. Beautifully illustrated as well.


Oscar Wilde Fairy Tales

Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

My favorite stories are The Star and The Birthday of the Infanta.

e.e. cummings Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales by e.e. cummings

Herman Hesse Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales of Herman Hesse

Fables de la Fontaine

Marc Chagall: The Fables of La Fontaine

In 1926, Marc Chagall was commissioned to illustrate 100 legendary fables by La Fontaine (1621-1695). Many of those paintings were lost during World War II. The 44 illustrations that survive illustrate this volume.

Fifty Fables of La Fontaine

Fifty of the popular fables of La Fontaine. Beautiful illustrations by Alan James Robinson.

Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables

Many beautiful illustrations by Fritz Kredel.

Aesop's Fables

An easier-to-read selection. Also nicely illustrated.

Aesop's Fables

For youngest readers. Reading level: 4-8. Lots of pictures.

Aesop's Fables Coloring Book

Preschool level. A first introduction to classic stories.

Fairytale Scholarship

From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and their Tellers. Warner, Marina (1994) New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux

Earth Light; The Ancient Path to Transformation, Rediscovering the Wisdom of Celtic and Faery Lore
The Ancient Path to Transformation Rediscovering the Wisdom of Celtic and Faery Lore This book presents important practical methods of working within the Faery realm.

Victorian Fairy Tales : The Revolt of the Fairies and Elves
Jack Zipes(Editor)

Traditional Irish Fairy Tales
James Stephens, Arthur Rackham (Illustrator)

Fairy Tales and Fantasies in Illustration Vol 2
by Yoshihiko Funazaki, G-Sha(Editor)

Fairytale As Art Form and Portrait of Man
Max Luthi

Special and Hard-to-Find Editions

Editions illustrated by Art Passions illustrators are on their specific pages:

Edmund Dulac, Gustave Dore, Arthur Rackham, Sulamith Wulfing, Maxfield Parrish, and others.

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Classic Fairy Tales The Scriptorium offers art fonts (sometimes called dingbats) and traditional fonts based on various lettering. Some of the Celtic or script fonts work well with fairytales. s

You can download a demo version of many Scriptorium's fonts in Zip format or Stuffit for MacOS. (Pick up extraction utilities here.) Installation instructions are included. You can also download a sample version of the font of the month.

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