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short stories that teach a lesson or have a moral; often the characters are animals

fairy tales

have fanciful characters with extraordinary powers

fairy tale character


fairy tale event

the granting of three wishes

folk tales

often includes animals that make fun of humans and their weaknesses


based on real historical figures, often in fictional situations


often explains the natural world

Greek and Roman Myths

describes the actions of Gods and Goddesses

Creation Myths

explain how the Earth was formed

Tall Tales

From America's pioneering days-filled with wild exaggerations

Trickster Tales

foolish animals or humans are outsmarted by clever characters


a rule about right or wrong


stories, poems, and songs handed down

oral tradition

works passed along by word of mouth

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