(Source of picture: CG Society)
A fairy tale is a kind of folktale or fable which, although the name would suggest otherwise, does not have to include fairies!
You will sometimes find fairies but you may also meet witches, queens, goblins, elves, dwarves, giants, princes, dragons, talking animals, ogres, princesses.
The fairy tale characters will encounter marvellous and magical objects and events - a talking mirror, a frog that turns into a prince, a pumpkin that turns into a carriage, a lamp that is home to a genie or a giant that lives up a beanstalk.
Fairy tales can be found in almost any culture around the world. Amazingly, for example, Cinderella stories can be found in countries as distant as Egypt and Iceland as well as in China, England, Korea, Siberia, France and Vietnam to name but a few.
(Slide from: Burton, A., 2011. What is a fairy tale?, Fairy tales. Tanglin Trust School, unpublished.)
Find more information about what a fairy tale is by clicking on the link below.
Find out about some recent fairy tale movie successes:
A new fairy tale movie for 2015 - Disney's Cinderella
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