7 Famous Classic Tales and the Lessons They Teach Us ...


I just introduced some of the famous classic tales to my twins recently, just as they turned one year old. I found a set of these famous classic tales in a bookstore in the Philippines, while on a short vacation with family, and I immediately bought them because they included coloring and activity books. Later, I realized it is a good idea to share these stories with them because as my librarian-friend-slash-bookworm would say: "Nothing beats the classics." The lessons they teach are universal and cut across different age groups. Here are seven of the famous classic tales that I reread myself:

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The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling This is one of the many famous classic tales that defines the line: "You are not what you seem to be." It's one thing to know that you're different from other creatures, but it's another thing to be surprised by your own beautiful transformation. I always say that we should learn to forgive ourselves when we commit mistakes. There is always room for growth and change.


The Ugly Duckling is a classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published in 1843. It tells the story of an ugly duckling who is rejected by his peers and family. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery, eventually transforming into a beautiful swan. The story has been adapted into many different forms, including plays, ballets, and animated films.

The Ugly Duckling is a timeless classic that teaches us to accept and embrace our differences, no matter how different we may seem to others. It also teaches us the importance of self-love and self-acceptance. We should learn to forgive ourselves for our mistakes and strive to be the best version of ourselves.

The story has been widely interpreted by many authors, philosophers, and psychologists. Some interpretations focus on the themes of alienation, self-discovery, resilience, and transformation. It has been used as a source of inspiration for many, including writers, artists, and filmmakers.


The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf The boy had all the fun in the world playing a joke on people in his village by telling them that a wolf is out to eat his flock of sheep. But as it turned out there was no wolf. He would laugh his heart out at his "success" in fooling them. By the time a real wolf came to devour his sheep, no one believed him when he cried for help. Poor little shepherd boy lost everything. Lesson learned? Never break people's trust because it's something not easily regained.


This fable serves as a timeless cautionary tale, teaching us the vital importance of honesty. The shepherd boy, swept up in his own amusement, didn't foresee the consequences of his actions. His deceit eroded his credibility to the point of irreversible damage. When truth is at stake, integrity must be upheld. Otherwise, in times of genuine peril, support may be absent. In life as in the tale, reputation is a delicate treasure, and once tarnished, the path to redemption is steep and fraught with regret. Lies, however seemingly harmless, can lead to grave isolation.



Thumbelina I was in third grade when I first heard this story. My Aunt was kind enough to read it aloud to me and my siblings one night when my Mom was sick. This is a story I love not for the ending but for the journey that the main character, Thumbelina, went through. It teaches the important life lesson that sometimes what awaits at the end of the road is not all that matters; the journey does so... enjoy it!


Thumbelina is a classic fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. It was first published in 1835 and has since been adapted into various forms of media. The story follows the adventures of a tiny girl named Thumbelina, who is no bigger than a thumb. Along her journey, she faces challenges and learns valuable lessons about perseverance, kindness, and finding happiness within oneself. The tale has been praised for its strong female protagonist and its message of appreciating the journey rather than just the end result. It continues to be a beloved story for children and adults alike, reminding us to embrace life's journey with all its ups and downs.


The Shoemaker and the Elves

The Shoemaker and the Elves Be a gracious receiver. Say "thank you" and really mean it. The elves helped the shoemaker make beautiful pairs of shoes that many wealthy people like. He grew rich and became sought after but he did not forget to express his gratitude to the tiny creatures who made all of his dreams come true. Say "thank you" and you will be rewarded with more than what you expect.


Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel I got a 3D book of this title and it's so much fun that way, especially when you see the face of the witch. I'd love to write about bravery and courage exhibited by the two children when they defeated the witch, but honestly, the lesson this story teaches is directed to father. That is: Choose your second wife well. She might be a scheming woman who just wants to get rid of your kids (from the first marriage).


Hansel and Gretel is a classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, first published in 1812. It tells the story of two siblings, Hansel and Gretel, who are abandoned in the woods by their father and stepmother. While in the woods, they come across a gingerbread house inhabited by a wicked witch. The two children are able to outwit the witch and escape with their lives.

The story of Hansel and Gretel has been adapted into various forms of media, from film to theater and even video games. It is a tale that has captivated generations of children and adults alike.

The story of Hansel and Gretel is often interpreted as a cautionary tale about the dangers of straying from the path. It warns us to be wary of strangers, as well as the consequences of foolish decisions. It also serves as a reminder to be prepared for the unexpected.

The story also contains a subtle lesson for parents, particularly step-parents. It is a reminder to choose wisely when selecting a partner, as they may not be as loving and caring as they appear. The wicked stepmother in the story serves as a warning to fathers to be careful when selecting their second wife.


Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots Everything is possible with wit and charm. This is a story of a cat owned by a poor lad. Using his intellect and creative ways, he was able to lead his master to a good life. He impressed the king with offerings, gave his master new clothes, and killed an ogre by flattering him and convincing him to morph into a mouse.


The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes When you need an opinion for something, ask a child. They usually give straightforward, direct, honest-to-goodness answers. The emperor didn't have any new clothes at all but the townspeople just pretended to admire the "new clothes" for fear of being called stupid. It took a child to spill the entire truth.

What do you think about these stories? Any personal favorites?

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Nice compilation.. 2,4,6 r my personal fav.

Read all as a child!!!

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