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Fable, Folk and Fairy Tales in the Ivy Tech Learning Resource Center. This guide will connect you with the folktales, fairy tales, variants, and fractured versions of traditional tales from around the world.
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  • American Folklore
    Hey there folks! Welcome to American Folklore. This folklore site contains retellings of folktales, myths, legends, fairy tales, superstitions, weatherlore, and ghost stories from all over the Americas. Learn answers to those pesky folklore questions that keep you up at night, such as: "Why is a black cat unlucky?" and "Who the heck is Paul Bunyan?" So grab a cup of coffee, pull up a comfy chair, and stay awhile. -S.E. Schlosser
  • Fairy Tale Lobby ~ a dialogue for storytellers and story lovers
  • World Stories
    World Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by UK children.
  • Folklore and Mythology
    By far one of the most comprehensive sites on folklore and mythology from around the world. The tales are numerous and grouped alphabetically by genre. There is also another link to Germanic folklore
  • Karen Chace - Catch the Story Bug!
    Dedicated to Storytelling: The ancient art of Oral Tradition
  • 8 Reasons Why Fairy Tales are Essential to Childhood
    “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
    ― Albert Einstein


Definition of fable - A short allegorical narrative making a moral point, traditionally by means of animal characters who speak and act like human beings.
Examples: Aesop's Fables, which is located in the children's section of the library, PZ 8.2 A254
Definition of folktale - A traditional narrative, usually anonymous, handed down orally - e.g., fables,fairy tales, legends, etc.

tall tale is a special kind of hero story because the heroes of tall tales are 'larger than life'. An exaggerated, unreliable story: “My uncle claims that he was raised in a drainage ditch, but it's just another of his tall tales.” Examples:  Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill and many others located in the children's section of the library, PZ8.1 

Fairy tale: One definition is a children's story about magical and imaginary beings and lands.   
How are Fairy Tales different from Folk Tales? 
Fairy tales are a subgenre of folk tales and almost always involve some element of magic and good triumphing over evil.   A good rule of thumb: if there's a fairy in the story, it's a fairy tale.


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