Top 10 Famous Fairy Tales of All Time

In reference to the popular folklores passed on for generation, today we will be discussing about the leading fairy tales for kids that have managed to afford a spot among the top 10 famous fairy tales. The selected list mentions the names of the fables that have been most appreciated by young readers, ever since they were published. So peep deeper into the article to know the parables that have been a part of your growing years.

Top Ten Famous Fairy Tales

Read through the list of top ten famous fairy tales and find out whether your favourite fable is a a part of the record.

1. Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast - Top 10 Famous Fairy Tales

A well known traditional fairy tale from Europe, the Beauty and the Beast was first published way back in 1740 Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Later in 1757, its English version was out and soon captivated young readers from across the globe with its tale which revolves around the love story between a princess and a cursed prince.  Today, even after more than two centuries, it remains to be one of the top 10 famous fairy tales for kids.

2. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Top 10 Famous Fairy Tales

A part of Brothers Grimm’s first edition of fairy tales, the Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs is a German fable with enchanting features such as the magic mirror, glass coffin, poisoned apple, evil queen and dwarfs. After its publication in the nineteenth century, it went out to become a popular Walt Disney series in 1937. It is also commonly referred to as the “Snow white” and has been adapted as silent film, comic book series, feature film and theme for British pantomime.

3. Cinderella

Cinderella - Top 10 Famous Fairy Tales

Symbolizing a myth-element of undeserved domination and triumphant reward, the Cinderella is a European fable that became popular among youngster since 1697 and thus has been counted among the famous fairy tales of all times. Though the story has been title as Cinderella naming it after the main character, the story is also known by other names in different languages. Based on the fairy tale, notable works such as opera, ballet, theatre, songs and films have also been adapted.

4. Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood - Top 10 Famous Fairy Tales

First published by Charles Perrault, the Little Red Riding Hood is a story about a small girl and a big bad wolf that kills her grandmother in order to get hold of the delicious food her mother had packed for her granny. Though the tale originated in French, with passage of time its subject and history changed according to modern readings and adaption.

5. Rapunzel

Rapunzel - Top 10 Famous Fairy Tales

Another contribution of Brothers Grimm, the Rapunzel was published in 1812 after it was adapted from the original fairy tale – Persinette. With its growing recognition, later on its plot has been parodied and used in a variety of media. Additionally, the most well know line of the story “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair” has as well became an idiom in popular culture. The fable narrates the story of Rupunzel who was locked in a lonely tower by an enchantress and the prince who rescues her after falling in love.

6. Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel -Top 10 Famous Fairy Tales

Describing the happy ending of a young brother and a sister against a cannibalistic witch, the Hansel and Gretel was as well recorded by Brothers Grimm in 1812. The story’s originality has its roots in Germany and the famous opera- Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is an adaption of it. According to the Aarne–Thompson classification system, the fairy tale is classified under Class 327. Moreover it is also a part of the top 10 famous fairy tales of all times.

7. Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty - Top 10 Famous Fairy Tales

The sleeping Beauty weaves the tale between a handsome prince and a mesmerising princess by focussing on the enchantment of sleep. Known as a much admired classic fairy tale, it was composed by Charles Perrault in 1697. The Little Briar Rose was the version compiled by the Brothers Grimm during later years.

8. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Top 10 Famous Fairy Tales

Dating back to 1837, the Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a parable, initially recorded in descriptive form by British poet cum author – Robert Southey. As the title suggests, the story revolves around three bears and a lady who trespasses their property. The fable sends out the message about the vulnerability of wandering off and exploring unfamiliar territories. In 1922 and 1939, Walt Disney and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released animated adaptations of the fairy tale, respectively.   

9. The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling - Top 10 Famous Fairy Tales

Composed by the Danish author and poet, Hans Christian Andersen, The Ugly Duckling grabs the 9th slot among the top ten famous fairy tales. Highlighting the importance of self transformation for a better tomorrow, the literary fable was published on 11th November, 1843. The story has no connection to folklores or fairy myths and was a fresh creation of the author.

10. The Golden Goose

The Golden Goose - Top 10 Famous Fairy Tales

Renowned for captivating and fine illustration, The Golden Goose is yet another collection of fairy tale by Brothers Grimm narrating the fortune of a lad who finds a golden goose in the forest and ends up marrying a princess with the help of it. In contemporary time, the fable even became a part of the PC Game American McGee’s Grimm along with several other musical versions.

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