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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Mother Goose

Many children are already familiar with the Mother Goose nursery rhymes, which makes them easier to read for beginning readers. While the origins of Mother Goose may be shrouded in history, the poems attributed to her still delight children centuries later. This reading set includes some of the most famous of these beloved rhymes from a 1916 compilation.

Reading Set: 6 Passages

Classic Fairy Tales

Is there any more magical phrase than “Once upon a time”? This beginning of so many classic fairy tales sends the reader into a world full of unlimited possibilities and imagination. This collection of passages includes some of the most beloved fairy tales of all time from such authors as Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm. Some are the complete original story; others are selected passages from the tale. 

Reading Set: 10 Passages

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

Three Little Birds

Three talkative birds learn that not everyone likes the same things and that trying something new can be rewarding. Students wi...

379 Words, K-1st Grades, Story Elements and Theme

Goldi’s Locks

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

After Goldilocks leaves the three bears, she reconsi...

637 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Figurative Language and Summary

The Magic Barrel

Steven found a magic barrel. Whatever was put in it, the barrel would produce more of it. However, Steven’s grandfather knew th...

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

Tammy and the Fairy

Tammy finds a dollar under a rock each morning on her way to school. When she buys candy and toys, her mother becomes suspiciou...

619 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Story Elements, Summary, and Theme

Farmer Hicks and His Two Horses

Farmer Hicks had two horses. Softly was sweet, and Surly was ornery. One day a stranger came to the farm, and the horses overhe...

504 Words, 1st-2nd Grades, Character Traits, Compare and Contrast, Summary, and Theme

The Sly Fox and the Hot Bear

The fox got himself in a quandary. He raced right into quicksand. When an overheated bear happened along, the fox quickly saw h...

352 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Story Elements, Summary, and Theme

A Week of Birthdays

by Mother Goose from The Real Mother Goose

English-speaking children have grown up with Mother ...

56 Words, K-2nd Grades, Context Clues and Summary