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Wonderlicious
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(7/1/07 4:13 pm)


Unsourced stories in the Well Loved Tales line from Ladybird
If there are British people on this board other than me, you will probably know what Ladybird Books is, but for those who don't, they're a British publisher of childrens' books, with various series throughout time retelling classic fairy tales, with the longest running one being the Well Loved Tales series, which ran from the mid 60s to the early 90s. Most of the available titles were the obvious ones (Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk etc) and there were some titles which don't come to mind straight away, yet with some brief research, you can find the sources of them (Dick Whittington, The Tinder Box etc). However, some of them, I have no idea of their history and/or the collections where they came from. These are (with synopsis)...

The Sly Fox & the Little Red Hen:
I can't actually recall what happens exactly, but I think it's a series of events with a fox trying to catch a hen.

The Big Pancake:
A variant on the Gingerbread Man idea, with a crepe as the runaway dessert. It gets eaten by a pig at the end of the story.

The Little Red Hen:
A hen lives with two other animals (a duck and a mouse, I think) and asks them to help them make some bread with her. They are lazy and don't help her, yet at the end are willing to eat the cooked bread. However, knowing they didn't help, the Little Red Hen refuses them a slice.

The Enormous Turnip:
A big turnip grows in a man's garden, and it takes a whole group of people to pull it out of the ground.

The Old Woman and her Pig:
A woman tries to get her pet pig to cross a stile, but it won't budge, thus making her get various things to enforce the crossing.

Also, I had a book of fairy tales published by another company, with two stories that are in similar positions since I don't know their origins...

The Cockerel, the Mouse and the Little Red Hen:
A busy red hen saves her housemates from a fox who kidnaps them to eat, and places stones in his sack whilst the fox sleeps, so when he puts what he thinks is his prey in the pot, he instead gets scolded with hot water.

Teeny Tiny:
A woman finds a bone on someone's grave in a churchyard, and is haunted by the ghost of the person who it once made up after she takes it home.

Thank you so much if you can help me here. :D

Edited by: Wonderlicious at: 7/1/07 4:16 pm
Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(7/1/07 8:49 pm)


Re: Unsourced stories in the Well Loved Tales line from Lady
The Enormous Turnip is Russian with the most familiar version by Alexei Tolstoy. The Grimms also have The Turnip.

The Pancake stars in a few Gingerbread Man variants, (predating it to the best of my knowledge) from Norway and Germany. You can read more about them on Tales Similar to Gingerbread Man.

The Little Red Hen is just that and very popular in the U.S. with numerous retellings of it, my favorite being The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza. It's origins are murkier but is thought to have come from Russia originally.

Teeny Tiny is English and can be found in Joseph Jacobs' English Fairy Tales at Teeny Tiny. Same is true for Old Woman and Her Pig coming from English Fairy Tales. Jacobs' source notes appear at the bottom of the page of each of these tales.

Not sure about the others, probably English, too. Perhaps someone else will chime in with more.

Heidi

janeyolen
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(7/3/07 1:45 am)


Heidi's correct

The Big Pancake:
Heidi's right--the Scandinavian variants pre-date the American Gingerbread Man. But it has become world wide.


The Enormous Turnip:
Russian and Baltic States originated this. German version also. Heidi notes it's in Grimms, which I hadn't remembered.

The Old Woman and her Pig:
I believe this one originated in England. Found in JJ as Heidi notes.


Teeny Tiny:
Definitely English. Joseph Jacobs collected it, as Heidi notes.

Jane

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