(Fairy) tale

A fantastical story often involving mystical characters and events that is told and changed by people. Older tales have been passed through generations, possibly changing with each iteration. Most have no known original writer, some have a central form of writing but are changed and embelished with every telling, without percieved importance of original writer. They may develop from local myths, legends and traditions and thus are unique to every culture, although some transcend cultural boundaries. The point of most is to reignite child-like excitement, dispense a moral, or illustrate the mysticism of the world.

Internationally well-known tales: Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Aladdin's Magical Lamp.

Lesser known tales: Alibaba and the 40 Thieves, Rumpelstiltskin; Long, Fat and Clear-eye; The Six Swans.

Recommended tales: Stone Soup; The Fir-Tree; The Fox and the Tiger.