Fairy Tales - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence

Cyn Balog
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Fairy Tales as Children's Literature

Fairy tales are a valuable form of children's literature for several reasons. First of all, their simplicity, drama, and pacing make them attractive to children, fostering a delight in storytelling in particular and literature in general. In addition, their fantasy elements help foster an active imagination. Fairy tales are also an important part of every child's cultural legacy—as stories alluded to in many other contexts and as examples of many basic narrative and symbolic elements that appear in other, more complex literary forms.

In addition to providing an important key to one's own culture, they are also a way of learning about and appreciating the cultures of others. Fairy tales also give children, who are relatively powerless in most areas of their lives, an opportunity to join vicariously in the triumph of the underdog in a world where the smallest animal...

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