As a ModCloth writer, my job includes coming up with fun product names and descriptions. The Writing Team draws creative inspiration from just about everywhere–nearby neighborhoods, family keepsakes, post-Impressionism art–even nostalgic childhood cartoons!
A personal source of inspiration lies in the wit and whimsy of fairy tales. As a writing major, I enrolled in a number of diverse literature classes, including one that explored the disparate themes amongst international fairy tales. It was then that I first learned about tanuki, the tenacious raccoon dogs popular in Japanese folklore, and Baba-Yaga, an ominous, pestle-riding old woman from Russian fairy tales.
Below, you’ll find my list of favorite fables. You won’t find a Sleeping Beauty or a Little Red within this roster, but you may just find a new favorite!
10. BanchÅ Sarayashiki–Japanese
9. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils–Swedish
8. The Dreaming Tree–Brazilian
7. The Scorpion and the Frog–West African
6. The Seven Foals–Norwegian
4. Chang’e and Houyi the Archer–Chinese
3. The Enchanted Doe–Italian
2. Bunbuku Chagama–Japanese
1. Vasilisa the Beautiful–Russian
Did I miss your favorite? Tell me about one of your cherished fairy tales in the comments below!