Children should be exposed to more interesting and multi-dimensional stories than regular old fairy tales. Instead read multicultural fairy tales from other countries.
Whether it’s stories of talking animals from African folklore or tales of mythical creatures from Chinese mythology, multicultural fairy tales provide a wonderful way to explore the world and spark children’s imaginations.
With themes that range from bravery and friendship to perseverance and wisdom, these stories can teach children valuable lessons and inspire them to be curious about the world around them.
Tomie dePaola’s exquisite paintings, filled with the folk art of Mexico, make this a Cinderella story like no other.
There lived a kindhearted young woman, her jealous stepmother, two hateful stepsisters, and a young man in search of a wife.
The young man, Javier, falls madly in love with beautiful Adelita, but she disappears from his fiesta at midnight, leaving him with only one clue to her hidden identity: a beautiful rebozo—shawl. With the rebozo in place of a glass slipper, this favorite fairy tale takes a delightful twist.
This Egyptian spin on the classic Cinderella tale was initially recorded in the first century by a Roman historian.
Poor Rhodopis! She has nothing — no mother or father, and no friends. She is a slave, from the far-off country of Greece.
Only the beautiful rose-red slippers her master gives her can make Rhodopis smile. So when a falcon swoops down and snatches one of the slippers away, Rhodopis is heartbroken.
For how is she to know that the slipper will land in the lap of the great Pharaoh himself? And who would ever guess that the Pharaoh has promised to find the slipper’s owner and make her queen of all Egypt?
Determined to find the perfect princess to call his own, an African prince gives all his suitors a special test to see if they are as noble as they say, yet after so many fail the test, the prince falls into despair — until one night a knock on the palace gate introduces him to a woman that will forever change his life.
This modern, hip retelling of the classic tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses bursts with vibrant artwork and text that’s as energetic as the twelve toe-tapping Knight brothers themselves.
Reverend Knight can’t understand why his twelve sons’ sneakers are torn to threads each and every morning, and the boys aren’t talking. They know their all-night dancing wouldn’t fit with their father’s image in the community.
Maybe Sunday, a pretty new nanny with a knack for getting to the bottom of household mysteries, can crack the case.
Set in Accra, Ghana, The Ghanaian Goldilocks is a modern twist on the classic Goldilocks fairytale.
Like traditional kente cloth, West African culture and themes are woven seamlessly into the story of a boy with sun lightened hair named Kofi, better known to his friends and family as Goldilocks.
Like Goldilocks in the traditional tale, Kofi has been known to get into some trouble here and there, but it’s an unexpected visit to a neighbor’s house that teaches him a valuable lesson of a lifetime.
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a fractured fairy tale version of Little Red Riding Hood. It’s a classic fairy tale with a safari twist!
Little Red is on her way to visit Auntie Rosie with a basket of goodies and some spot medicine. Along the way she meets the Very Hungry Lion. The Lion is eager to gobble up Little Red. The Lion’s plan doesn’t work out the way he wanted.
Children will love this fanciful folk retelling of the Cinderella story, accompanied by luminous watercolor illustrations by Giselle Potter.
Once upon a time in Greece, fate left a young girl an orphan. Her stepmother was so hateful that she counted every drop of water the orphan drank!
But with the help of Nature’s blessings, the orphan was showered with gifts: brilliance from the Sun, beauty from the Moon, gracefulness from the Dawn — and even a tiny pair of blue shoes from the Sea. When the prince comes to visit their village, he only has eyes for the mysterious beauty.