Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

There are lots of stories most kids can rattle off without even thinking much – 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.

Sometimes, storytellers like to just have fun with a traditional story. For example a storyteller might think, “what if Sleeping Beauty was a boy?” or “What if Cinderella wanted to play in a hockey game instead of go to a ball?” or “What if we heard the Big Bad Wolf’s side of the story?”

This page is a list of traditional stories that have a twist – the stories are either set in a different country, are told from a new point of view or have some kind of fun twist to make the story unique.



Beauty and the Beast
Beauty a Retelling
Beauty and the Beast (West Africa)
Bunny and the Beast
Dragon Prince (China)
The Lady and the Lion
No Lie, I Acted Like a Beast!: the Story of Beauty and the Beast as Told by the Beast
Snowbear Whittington (Appalachia)

Adelita (Mexico)
Along the River (China)
Anklet for a Princess (India)
Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave (Russia)
Cendrillon (Caribbean)
Cinderella Skeleton
Bubba the Cowboy Prince (American West)
Cinderella: a Fashionable Tale
Cinderella (As if you didn’t already know the story)
Cinderella Collection
Cinderella Smith (Boy)
Cinderella the Dog and her Little Glass Slipper
Cinderella’s Rat
Cinderlily a Floral Tale in Three Acts
Cinderhazel the Cinderella of Halloween
Cinders: a Chicken Cinderella
Cindy Ellen (American West)
Domitila (Mexico)
Egyptian Cinderella
Ella Enchanted
Ella’s Big Change (Jazz)
Fair, Brown & Trembling (Ireland)
Fanny’s Dream (Farm)
Gift of the Crocodile (Indonesia)
Glass Slipper Gold Sandal a Worldwide Cinderella
The Golden Sandal (Middle East)
The Gospel Cinderella (American South)
If the Shoe Fits (Boy; Running)
Jouanah: a Hmong Cinderella
Kongi and Potgi (Korea)
Korean Cinderella
Little Gold Star (Spanish American)
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Africa)
The Orphan (Greece)
The Persian Cinderella
Raisel’s Riddle (Jewish)
Rough Face Girl (Native American)
Seriously, Cinderella is so Annoying! (Stepmother)
Smoky Mountain Roseg> (Appalachia)
Splinters: This Girl Needs a Miracle (Hockey)
Turkey Girl (Native American – Zuni)
Way Meat Loves Salt (Jewish)
Wishbones (China)
Yeh Shen (China)

The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Chalk and Cheese (Dog & Cat)
Chicken and Cat
City and Country Homes
City Cats, Country Cats
City Chicken
City Dog, Country Dog
City Dog, Country Frog
City Fish, Country Fish
The City Mouse, and the Country Mouse
City Witch, Country Witch
Country Kid, City Kid
The Country Mouse and the City Mouse
Dear Prima a Letter to My Cousin (Mexico & New York City)
Everything is Different at Nonna’s House
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way
Moon Rabbit
One Moon Two Cats
Tall City, Wide Country
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
Town Mouse, Country Mouse

The Frog Prince
Frankly, I Never Wanted to Kiss Anybody!: the Story of the Frog Prince, As Told By the Frog
The Frog Prince, Continued
The Frog Prince of Pelham
The Frog Princess
Frogged (Chapter Book)
The Horned Toad Prince
Jimmy the Pickpocket of the Palace
Kiss Me! I’m a Prince
A Prince Among Frogs

Several versions of The Gingerbread Boy.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Believe me, Goldilocks rocks! (Baby Bear)
Dusty Locks and the Three Bears (American West)
Goatilocks and the Three Bears
Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears (Music)
Goldie and the Three Hares
Goldie and the Three Bears
Goldie Locks has Chicken Pox
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
Goldilocks and the Three Martians
Goldilocks Returns
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (China)
Just Right
Leola and the Honeybears (African-American)
Me and You
Mr. Wolf and the Three Bears
Rubia and the Three Osos
Santa Claus and the Three Bears
Somebody and the Three Blairs
Tackylocks and the Three Bears
The Three Bears Christmas
The Three Bears Halloween
The Three Snow Bears (Inuit)
Yours Truly, Goldilocks

Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Diesel (Trucks)
Hansel, Gretel, and the Ugly Duckling
It’s Not About the Crumbs! (Africa, Japan)
A Tale Dark and Grimm
The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children

Jack and the Beanstalk
Calamity Jack
The Giant and the Joneses
Half Upon a Time
A Home in the Sky (Modern)
Jack and the Baked Beanstalk
Jacques and the Beanstalk a Cajun Tale (Cajun)
Jack and the Beanstalk a Story Full of Beans (Southwestern)
Jack and the Jellybeanstalk
Kate and the Beanstalk
Look Out Jack! The Giant is Back!
The Magic Moustache
Paco and the Giant Chile Plant (Mexico)
Trust Me, Jack’s Beanstalk Stinks! (Giant)
Waynetta and the Cornstalk (Texas)

Several versions of The Little Red Hen.

The Princess and the Pea
The Cowboy and the Black Eyed Pea
(American West)
The Princess and the Pea (1940s)
The Princess and the Peas (picky eater)
The Princess and the Peas & Carrots (picky eater)
There Was an Old Princess Who Swallowed a Pea

Puss ‘n Boots
Dog in Boots
Puss in Cowboy Boots (American West)

Falling for Rapunzel
Petrosinella: a Neapolitan Rapunzel (Italy)
Rapunzel (Africa)
Rapunzel a Groovy Fairy Tale
RAPunzel a Happenin Rap
Rapunzel and the Billy Goats
Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarves
Rapunzel the One With All the Hair
Rapunzel’s Revenge
Really, Rapunzel Needed a Haircut!: the Story of Rapunzel, as Told by Dame Gothel
Sugar Cane : a Caribbean Rapunzel

Little Red Riding Hood
Auntie Tiger (China)
Betsy Red Hoodie
Cassie and the Woolf
Honestly, Red Riding Hood was Rotten! (Wolf)
I Am Not Little Red Riding Hood
Into the Forest (Boy)
Isabel and the Hungry Coyote (Desert)
Little Red a Fizzingly Good Yarn
Little Red Hood
Little Red Hot
Little Red Riding Boots: a Once Upon the West Fairy Tale (West)
Little Red Writing
Lon Po Po: a Red Riding Hood Story from China
Petite Rouge : a Cajun Red Riding Hood
Pretty Salma : a Little Red Riding Hood story from Africa
Red Ridin in the Hood and other Cuentos
Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf
The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood: Two Tales and Their Histories
The Wolf’s Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood

The Girl Who Spun Gold (Africa)
Multiplying Menace: the Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin a Math Adventure
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem
Straw into Gold
Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter

The Shoemaker and the Elves
The Bootmaker and the Elves (American West)

Sleeping Beauty
The Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: the True Tale of Sleeping Beauty (Chapter Book)
Humphrey, Albert and the Flying Machine (Boys)
Maleficent (Chapter Book)
Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep
Sleeping Bobby
Sleeping Bunny
Sleeping Ugly
Snoring Beauty
Truly, We Both Loved Beauty Dearly!: the Story of Sleeping Beauty, as Told By the Good and Bad Fairies
Waking Beauty
The Wide-Awake Princess

Snow White
Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarves
Rimonah of the Flashing Sword (Egypt)
Seriously, Snow White Was So Forgetful: the Story of Snow White as Told By the Dwarves
The Seven Dwarfs
Snow in Summer, Fairest of Them All (West Virginia)
Snow White (Rabbit)
Snow White: an Islamic Tale
Snow White and the Enormous Turnip
Snow White and the Magic Mirror After Happily Ever After (Chapter Book)

Cactus SoupSeveral versions of Stone Soup.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Three Armadillies Tuff
The Three Billygoats Gruff and Mean Calypso Joe
Three Cool Kids
The Three Silly Girls Grubb

The Three Little Pigs
Big and Bad (Cats)
Give, Save, Spend with the Three Little Pigs
Hogg, Hogg and Hog (City)
The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday (Appalachia)
Tell the Truth B.B. Wolf (Wolf)
The Three Horrid Little Pigs
Three Hungry Pigs and the Wolf Who Came to Dinner
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot
Three Little Cajun Pigs
The Three Little Dassies (Africa)
The Three Little Dinosaurs
The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark
The Three Little Gators
The Three Little Pigs Go Camping
Three Little Javelinas (Desert)
The Three Little Rabbits: a Balkan Tale
The Three Little Tamales (Southwest)
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
The Three Ninja Pigs
The Three Pigs
The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood: Two Tales and Their Histories
The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf 
The Three Pigs: Nacho, Tito, and Miguel (Southwest)
The Three Swingin’ Pigs
Watch Out for Wolfgang
Where’s the Big Bad Wolf?
Wolf Won’t Bite!

Twelve Dancing Princesses
Brothers of the Knight (African-American)
The Princesses Have a Ball
Princess of Glass
Princess of the Midnight Ball
Princess of the Silver Woods (Chapter Book)
The Thirteenth Princess
The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Africa)

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