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Fractured Fairy Tales

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs [1]

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 [7]
Beauty a Retelling [8]
Beauty and the Beast [9] (West Africa)
Bunny and the Beast [10]
Dragon Prince [7] (China)
The Lady and the Lion [11]
No Lie, I Acted Like a Beast!: the Story of Beauty and the Beast as Told by the Beast [12]
Snowbear Whittington [13] (Appalachia)

Adelita [14] (Mexico)
Along the River [15] (China)
Anklet for a Princess [16] (India)
Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave [17] (Russia)
Cendrillon [18] (Caribbean)
Cinderella Skeleton [19]
Cinderelephant [20]
Cinderellaphant [21] [18]
Bubba the Cowboy Prince [22] (American West)
Chickerella [23]
Cinderella: a Fashionable Tale [24]
Cinderella (As if you didn’t already know the story) [25]
Cinderella Collection [26]
Cinderella Smith [27] (Boy)
Cinderella the Dog and her Little Glass Slipper [28]
Cinderella’s Rat [29]
Cinderlily a Floral Tale in Three Acts [30]
Cinderhazel the Cinderella of Halloween [31]
Cinders: a Chicken Cinderella [32]
Cindy Ellen [33] (American West)
Domitila [34] (Mexico) [35]
Egyptian Cinderella [36]
Ella Enchanted [37]
Ella’s Big Change [38] (Jazz)
Fair, Brown & Trembling [35] (Ireland)
Fanny’s Dream [39] (Farm)
Gift of the Crocodile [40] (Indonesia)
Glass Slipper Gold Sandal a Worldwide Cinderella [41]
The Golden Sandal [42] (Middle East) [43]
The Gospel Cinderella [44] (American South)
If the Shoe Fits [45] (Boy; Running)
Jouanah: a Hmong Cinderella [46]
Kongi and Potgi [47] (Korea)
Korean Cinderella [48]
Little Gold Star [49] (Spanish American)
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters [50] (Africa)
The Orphan [51] (Greece)
The Persian Cinderella [52] [53]
Raisel’s Riddle [53] (Jewish)
Rough Face Girl [54] (Native American)
Seriously, Cinderella is so Annoying! [55] (Stepmother)
Smoky Mountain Rose [56]g> (Appalachia)
Splinters: This Girl Needs a Miracle [43] (Hockey)
Trollerella [57]
Turkey Girl [58] (Native American – Zuni)
Way Meat Loves Salt [59] (Jewish)
Wishbones [60] (China) [38]
Yeh Shen [61] (China)

The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Chalk and Cheese [62] (Dog & Cat)
Chicken and Cat [63]
City and Country Homes [64]
City Cats, Country Cats [65]
City Chicken [66]
City Dog, Country Dog [67]
City Dog, Country Frog [68]
City Fish, Country Fish [69]
The City Mouse, and the Country Mouse [70]
City Witch, Country Witch [71]
Country Kid, City Kid [72]
The Country Mouse and the City Mouse [73]
Dear Prima a Letter to My Cousin [74] (Mexico & New York City)
Everything is Different at Nonna’s House [75]
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way [76]
Moon Rabbit [77]
One Moon Two Cats [78]
Tall City, Wide Country [79]
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse [80]
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse [81]
Town Mouse, Country Mouse [82]

The Frog Prince
Frankly, I Never Wanted to Kiss Anybody!: the Story of the Frog Prince, As Told By the Frog [83]
The Frog Prince, Continued [84]
The Frog Prince of Pelham [85]
The Frog Princess [86]
Frogged (Chapter Book) [87]
The Horned Toad Prince [88]
Jimmy the Pickpocket of the Palace [89]
Kiss Me! I’m a Prince [90]
A Prince Among Frogs [91]

[92]Several versions of The Gingerbread Boy [92].

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Believe me, Goldilocks rocks! [93] (Baby Bear)
Dusty Locks and the Three Bears [94] (American West)
Goatilocks and the Three Bears [95]
Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears [96] (Music)
Goldie and the Three Hares [97]
Goldie and the Three Bears [98]
Goldie Locks has Chicken Pox [99]
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs [100]
Goldilocks and the Three Martians [101]
Goldilocks Returns [102]
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (China) [103]
Just Right [104]
Leola and the Honeybears [105] (African-American)
Me and You [106]
Mr. Wolf and the Three Bears [107]
Rubia and the Three Osos [108] [105]
Santa Claus and the Three Bears [109]
Somebody and the Three Blairs [110]
Tackylocks and the Three Bears [111]
The Three Bears Christmas [112]
The Three Bears Halloween [113]
The Three Snow Bears [114] (Inuit)
Yours Truly, Goldilocks [115]

Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Diesel [116] (Trucks)
Hansel, Gretel, and the Ugly Duckling [117]
It’s Not About the Crumbs! (Africa, Japan) [118]
A Tale Dark and Grimm [119]
The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children [120]

Jack and the Beanstalk
Calamity Jack [121]
The Giant and the Joneses [122]
Half Upon a Time [123]
A Home in the Sky (Modern) [124]
Jack and the Baked Beanstalk [125]
Jacques and the Beanstalk a Cajun Tale [126] (Cajun)
Jack and the Beanstalk a Story Full of Beans [127] (Southwestern)
Jack and the Jellybeanstalk [128]
Kate and the Beanstalk [129]
Look Out Jack! The Giant is Back! [130]
The Magic Moustache [131]
Paco and the Giant Chile Plant [132] (Mexico)
Trust Me, Jack’s Beanstalk Stinks! [133] (Giant)
Waynetta and the Cornstalk [134] (Texas)

[135]Several versions of The Little Red Hen [135].

The Princess and the Pea
The Cowboy and the Black Eyed Pea [136]
(American West)
The Princess and the Pea [137] (1940s)
The Princess and the Peas [138] (picky eater)
The Princess and the Peas & Carrots [139] (picky eater)
There Was an Old Princess Who Swallowed a Pea [140]

Puss ‘n Boots
Dog in Boots [141]
Puss in Cowboy Boots [142] (American West)

Falling for Rapunzel [143]
Petrosinella: a Neapolitan Rapunzel [144] (Italy)
Rapunzel [145] (Africa)
Rapunzel a Groovy Fairy Tale [146]
RAPunzel a Happenin Rap [147]
Rapunzel and the Billy Goats [148]
Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarves [149]
Rapunzel the One With All the Hair [150]
Rapunzel’s Revenge [151]
Really, Rapunzel Needed a Haircut!: the Story of Rapunzel, as Told by Dame Gothel [152]
Sugar Cane : a Caribbean Rapunzel [153]

Little Red Riding Hood
Auntie Tiger [154] (China)
Betsy Red Hoodie [155]
Cassie and the Woolf [156]
Honestly, Red Riding Hood was Rotten! [157] (Wolf)
I Am Not Little Red Riding Hood [158]
Into the Forest [159] (Boy)
Isabel and the Hungry Coyote [160] (Desert)
Little Red a Fizzingly Good Yarn [161]
Little Red Hood [162]
Little Red Hot [163]
Little Red Riding Boots: a Once Upon the West Fairy Tale (West) [164]
Little Red Writing [165]
Lon Po Po: a Red Riding Hood Story from China [166]
Petite Rouge : a Cajun Red Riding Hood [167]
Pretty Salma : a Little Red Riding Hood story from Africa [168]
Red Ridin in the Hood and other Cuentos [169]
Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf [170]
The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood: Two Tales and Their Histories [171]
The Wolf’s Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood [172]

The Girl Who Spun Gold [173] (Africa)
Multiplying Menace: the Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin a Math Adventure [174]
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem [175]
Straw into Gold [176]
Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin [177]
Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter [178]

The Shoemaker and the Elves
The Bootmaker and the Elves [179] (American West)

Sleeping Beauty
The Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: the True Tale of Sleeping Beauty (Chapter Book) [180]
Humphrey, Albert and the Flyin [181]g Machine [181] (Boys)
Maleficent (Chapter Book) [182]
Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep [183]
Sleeping Bobby [184]
Sleeping Bunny [185]
Sleeping Ugly [186]
Snoring Beauty [187]
Thornspell [188]
Truly, We Both Loved Beauty Dearly!: the Story of Sleeping Beauty, as Told By the Good and Bad Fairies [189]
Waking Beauty [190]
The Wide-Awake Princess [191]

Snow White
Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarves [149]
Rimonah of the Flashing Sword [192] (Egypt)
Seriously, Snow White Was So Forgetful: the Story of Snow White as Told By the Dwarves [193]
The Seven Dwarfs [194]
Snow in Summer, Fairest of Them All [195] (West Virginia)
Snow White [196] (Rabbit)
Snow White: an Islamic Tale [197]
Snow White and the Enormous Turnip [198]
Snow White and the Magic Mirror After Happily Ever After (Chapter Book) [199]

Cactus Soup [200]Several versions of Stone Soup [200].

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Three Armadillies Tuff [201]
The Three Billygoats Gruff and Mean Calypso Joe [202]
Three Cool Kids [203]
The Three Silly Girls Grubb [204]

The Three Little Pigs
Big and Bad [205] (Cats)
Give, Save, Spend with the Three Little Pigs [206]
Hogg, Hogg and Hog [207] (City)
The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday [208] (Appalachia)
Tell the Truth B.B. Wolf [209] (Wolf)
The Three Horrid Little Pigs [210]
Three Hungry Pigs and the Wolf Who Came to Dinner [211]
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot [212]
Three Little Cajun Pigs [213]
The Three Little Dassies [214] (Africa)
The Three Little Dinosaurs [215]
The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark [216]
The Three Little Gators [217]
The Three Little Pigs Go Camping [218]
Three Little Javelinas [219] (Desert)
The Three Little Rabbits: a Balkan Tale [220]
The Three Little Tamales [221] (Southwest)
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig [222]
The Three Ninja Pigs [223]
The Three Pigs [224]
The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood: Two Tales and Their Histories [171]
The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf  [225]
The Three Pigs: Nacho, Tito, and Miguel [226] (Southwest)
The Three Swingin’ Pigs [227]
Watch Out for Wolfgang [228]
Where’s the Big Bad Wolf? [229]
Wolf Won’t Bite! [230]

Twelve Dancing Princesses
Brothers of the Knight [231] (African-American)
The Princesses Have a Ball [232]
Princess of Glass [233]
Princess of the Midnight Ball [234]
Princess of the Silver Woods (Chapter Book) [235]
The Thirteenth Princess [236]
The Twelve Dancing Princesses [237] (Africa)

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