Fairy Tales And Fables Reading Passages

A fairy tale is a short story primarily for children that often features magical beings and creatures. These characters may give aid to the main characters or be the primary adversaries. A fable is a very short narrative that usually includes animals with human qualities and abilities. Fables will usually teach an important truth, called a moral.

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Aesop's Fables

A fable is a story with a moral, or lesson, at the end. Aesop, a Greek author in the 6th century B.C.E., is perhaps the most famous fabulist, or fable writer. His charming stories teach children and adults important lessons about kindness, wisdom, and living with each other. This Reading Set includes some of Aesop's most beloved fables.

Reading Set: 6 Passages

Hansel and Grethel, Part 2

by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm from Grimm's Fairy Stories

Part 2 passage: This is the conclusion of the classi...

1,404 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, Summary

Hansel and Grethel, Part 1

by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm from Grimm's Fairy Stories

Part 1 passage: The Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale “Han...

1,446 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, Character Traits, Context Clues, Story Elements, and Summary

The Princess and the Pea

by Hans Christian Andersen from Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales, Second Series

Can a princess really feel a pea under a mountain of...

391 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Fact and Opinion, Figurative Language, Summary, and Theme

The Story of the Three Bears

by L. Leslie Brooke from The Golden Goose Book

“The Three Bears” is a classic fairy tale that has b...

1,190 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Context Clues, Story Elements, Summary, and Theme

The Sleeping Beauty

by Watty Piper from Children's Hour with Red Riding Hood and Other Stories

There are many versions of the classic fairy tale, “...

372 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Context Clues and Summary

Little Red Riding-hood

by Florence Holbrook from Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades

One of the most popular fairy tales of all time is “...

1,130 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Summary and Theme

The Story of the Three Little Pigs

by Joseph Jacobs from English Fairy Tales

Perhaps one of the most famous fairy tales of all ti...

974 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Character Traits, Story Elements, and Summary

Jack and the Beanstalk: Part 2

by Joseph Jacobs from English Fairy Tales

Part 2 passage: When the gold he took from the ogre...

1,248 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, Figurative Language and Story Elements

Jack and the Beanstalk: Part 1

by Joseph Jacobs from English Fairy Tales

Part 1 passage: “Jack and the Beanstalk” is a tradit...

1,356 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, Character Traits and Theme