There are lots of stories most kids can rattle off without even thinking much – Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, Cinderella, etc. Some of these stories are so commonly told that children all over the world know them. When the stories are told in different places though, they take on interesting differences that reflect the land and culture where the story is being told. To celebrate Chinese New Year, which starts today, take a look at these Chinese versions of some of the world’s most favorite stories:
The Dragon Prince: a Beauty and the Beast Tale from China – A poor farmer’s youngest daughter agrees to marry a fierce dragon in order to save her father’s life.
The Real Story of Stone Soup – When a crew of Chinese fishermen forget to bring cooking utensils with them, they find creative ways to make do with what they have and what they can find.
Yeh Shen: a Cinderella Story from China – This version of the Cinderella story, in which a young girl overcomes the wickedness of her stepsister and stepmother to become the bride of a prince, is based on ancient Chinese manuscripts written 1000 years before the earliest European version. More Cinderella Stories from Around the World
Auntie Tiger – In this version of Red Riding Hood set in China, Big Sister sets aside her differences with Little Sister to rescue her from a tiger in disguise.
More Chinese Folk Tales:
- The Chinese Calendar
- A China Family Adventure: Chinese New Year for Kids
- Printable: Chinese New Year
- Printable: Chinese New Year Dragon
- Printable: Chinese Zodiac Mini-Book
- Printable: Gong Hey Fat Choy Letter Tracer
- Craft: ZOOM Chinese Red Envelopes
- Craft: Paper Lanterns for the Chinese New Year
- Website: PBS Kids Buster’s Lucky Year