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Hispanic Retellings of Fairy Tale Classics

Hispanic Retellings of Fairy Tale Classics

La Princesa and the Pea

La Princesa and the Pea is a Hispanic, Peruvian retelling of a classic fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. In it, a princess’s authenticity is tested by her ability to feel the presence of a single pea under the pile of mattresses she is instructed to sleep on. There are lots of stories like The Princess and the Pea that kids can rattle off without even thinking very 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, they take on interesting differences that reflect the land and culture where the story is being told.

The illustrator of La Princesa and the Pea, Juana Martinez-Neal, won the 2018 Pura Belpre Award for doing an outstanding job of communicating cultural identity through illustration. The award is given for the best work portraying the Latino cultural experience. In Juana’s Illustrations in La Princesa and the Pea, for example, you can see authentic Peruvian weaving like the weaving you see in these Peruvian artifacts from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

As you read the story, look closely at the illustrations to see all the steps that are required to make a weaving. As the story of the princess is revealed, so is the Peruvian setting and the experiences of a young lady living there. Classic tales told like this are wonderful opportunities for children to see their own culture reflected in a universal story or see the culture of someone different than themselves.

This page is a list of more classic fairy tales and traditional stories that are told from a Hispanic perspective. The stories have their roots in a Spanish speaking country or have roots in the storytelling traditions of Spanish speaking people living in the United States. Often, these stories are set in the American Southwest, Mexico, Central or South America, or Spain.

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Chicken Little

Chachalaca CachitaLa Gallinita de la Pradera

Cinderella

AdelitaDomitilaEstrellita de OroLittle Gold Star

The Gingerbread Boy

The Runaway TortillaThe Runaway TortillaSenorita GorditaEl Cochinito Fugitivo

The House That Jack Built

The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden StirredThe Empanadas that Abuela MadeThe Pot That Juan BuiltLa Fiesta Para Para Papa Louis

Jack and the Beanstalk

Paco y la Planta de Chile Gigante

The Little Red Hen

Burro's TortillasManana Iguana

Little Red Riding Hood

Isabel and the Hungry CoyoteLittle Red HotPara Cuidarte Mejor

Sleeping Beauty

Princess Florecita and the Iron Shoes

Snow White

Blanca Nieve los Siete Gigantones

Stone Soup

Sopa de CactusSopa de Clavo

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Chivo ChivonesLas Tres CabritosThree Armadillies Tuff

The Three Little Pigs

<The Three Little JavelinasThe Three Little Tamales

The Three Bears

Rubia and the Three Osos

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Tales & Stories Around the World

Tales & Stories Around the World

Yeh Shen a Cinderella Story from China

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 classic fairy tales and traditional stories from around the world. You might also like looking at the IndyPL Kids’ Blog List: Fractured Fairy Tales, when traditional stories are told with a funny twist.

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast (West Africa)
Beauty and the Beast Stories Around the World: 3 Beloved Tales
Dragon Prince (China)
Snowbear Whittington (Appalachia)


Cinderella

IndyPL Kids’ Blog: Cinderella Around the World


The Gingerbread Boy

IndyPL Kids’ Blog: The Gingerbread Boy Around the World


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (China)
Leola and the Honeybears (African-American)
Rubia and the Three Osos (Hispanic)
The Three Snow Bears (Inuit)


Hansel and Gretel

It’s Not About the Crumbs! (Africa, Japan)


Jack and the Beanstalk

Jacques and the Beanstalk a Cajun Tale (Cajun)
Jack and the Giant a Story Full of Beans (Southwestern)
Paco and the Giant Chile Plant (Mexico)
Waynetta and the Cornstalk (Texas)


The Little Red Hen

IndyPL Kids’ Blog: The Little Red Hen Around the World


Little Red Riding Hood

Auntie Tiger (China)
Isabel and the Hungry Coyote (Desert)
Little Red Riding Boots: a Once Upon the West Fairy Tale (American West)
Lon Po Po: a Red Riding Hood Story from China (China)
Petite Rouge : a Cajun Red Riding Hood (Cajun)
Pretty Salma : a Little Red Riding Hood story from Africa (Africa)


The Princess and the Pea

The Cowboy and the Black Eyed Pea (American West)
The Princesa and the Pea (Hispanic)


Rapunzel

Petrosinella: a Neapolitan Rapunzel (Italy)
Rapunzel (Africa)
Sugar Cane : a Caribbean Rapunzel (Caribbean)


Rumpelstiltskin

The Girl Who Spun Gold (Africa)


The Shoemaker and the Elves

The Bootmaker and the Elves (American West)


Snow White

Rimonah of the Flashing Sword (Egypt)
Snow White: an Islamic Tale (Islamic)


Stone Soup

IndyPL Kids’ Blog: Stone Soup Around the World


The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Chivos & Chovones (Spain)
Los Tres Cabritos (American Southwest)
Three Armadillies Tuff (American Southwest)


The Three Little Pigs

Hogg, Hogg and Hog (City)
The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday (Appalachia)
The Three Little Dassies (Africa)
The Three Little Gators (Texas)
Three Little Javelinas (Desert)
The Three Little Rabbits: a Balkan Tale (Balkans)
The Three Little Tamales (Southwest)


Twelve Dancing Princesses

Brothers of the Knight (African-American)
The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Africa)


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A World Full of Animal StoriesNot One Damsel in DistressPrincess Tales Around the WorldAround the World in 80 TalesBarefoot Book of Animal TalesBarefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts, and GoblinsAsk the Bones: Scary Stories from Around the WorldIllustrated Stories from Around the WorldNursery Tales Around the WorldAll My Shining SilverTuck Me In TalesWonder Tales from Around the World

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The Little Red Hen Around the World

The Little Red Hen Around the World

Armadilly ChiliThere are lots of stories you can probably rattle off without even thinking much – The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, Cinderella, etc. Some of these stories are so commonly told that kids 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. Armadilly Chili is a Little Red Hen story from Texas. In it, a tarantula, mockingbird, and a horned toad are too lazy to help an armadillo make chili, but of course want some when it is all done!

This page is a list of several more versions of The Little Red Hen. Like Armadilly Chili, the stories are either set in a different region or country, are told from a new point of view or have some kind of fun twist to make the story unique.


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Little Red Hen Golden BookThe Little Red HenThe Little Green WitchThe Little Red ElfMr. Wolf's PancakesBurro's TortillasGator GumboManana IguanaCock-a-Doodle-DooThe Little Red PenArmadilly ChiliEIEIO How Old MacDonald Got His FarmLittle Red HenryThe Little Gray BunnyThe Little Red Hen and the Passover MatzahThe Little Red HenThe Little Red HenThe Little Red Hen Makes a PizzaThe Little Red HenThe Little Red HenWith Love, Little Red HenBusy Busy Little ChickDigger Pig and the TurnipAunt Ant Leaves Through the LeavesThe Little Red HenThe Red Hen
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The Gingerbread Boy Around the World

The Gingerbread Boy Around the World

The Ninjabread Man There are lots of stories you can probably rattle off without even thinking much – The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, Gingerbread Man CookieCinderella, etc. Some of these stories are so commonly told that kids 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.

This page is a list of several versions of the traditional story, The Gingerbread Boy. The stories are either set in a different region or country, are told from a new point of view or have some kind of fun twist to make the story unique. You can watch a retelling of The Gingerbread Boy right now in this video from World Book Day.


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The Gingerbread Man from World Book Day on Vimeo.

 


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The Matzo Ball BoyThe Cajun Cornbread BoyThe Gingerbread BoyThe Runaway Rice CakeThe Buttermilk Biscuit BoyThe Gingerbread CowboyThe Latke Who Couldn't Stop ScreamingThe Runaway BeignetThe Runaway PiggieThe Runaway TortillaSenorita GorditaThe Runaway LatkesMarsupial Sue Presents The Runaway PancakeThe Latke Who Couldn't Stop ScreamingThe Runaway TortillaThe Matzah Man a Passover Story
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Stone Soup Around the World

Stone Soup Around the World

Stone Soup

There are lots of stories you can probably rattle off without even thinking much – The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, Cinderella, etc. Some of these stories are so commonly told that kids 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.

This page is a list of several versions of the traditional story, Stone Soup. The stories are either set in a different region or country, are told from a new point of view or have some kind of fun twist to make the story unique. The message stays the same. If you are willing to share, you can make delicious soup out of a stone…or a nail, or a cactus thorn or a even a bone!


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Stone Soup an Old TaleThe Real Story of Stone SoupCactus SoupCommunity SoupFandango StewNail SoupSome Friends to Feed The Story of Stone SoupStone SoupStone SoupStone Soup with Matzo BallsTumbleweed Stew
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