Thursday, February 4, 2021

Celebrating the Country of Germany

Aschenbroedel (Cinderella)
Hermann Vogel, 1900
"We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color."  Maya Angelou

This is the fourth in my series, highlighting the rich diversity of folktales, fairy tales, legends, and myths from around the world. I hope it will make it easier for you to find new and unique tales to add to your repertoire, and in the process, learn more about our global neighbors.

There are 16 Federal States that make up the Republic of Germany. I encourage you to conduct further research on the specific region and/or culture behind the stories.
I also offer some curriculum and crafts resources, with articles for additional reading on the beautiful country of Germany.

At the end of this blog, you will find links to my previous journeys to the continent of Africa, and the countries of India and Turkey. While we may not be able to travel safely just yet we can still explore the world with our imaginations! I hope you find something useful and fun to add to your storytelling work or classroom.


Cat and Mouse in Partnership

Gaffer Death

The Golden Goose

The Kind Stepdaughter and the Frog

The Little Farmer

Mother Holle

The Old Grandfather and His Grandson

The Pied Piper of Hamelin 

Poverty and Humility Lead to Heaven

The Three Dogs

The Winter Ross 


Bechstein Fairy Tales You may download this public domain book in several formats, you may also read it online. When you open your selected format, it will appear in German. If you do not read German select ‘translate to English’ in the upper right-hand corner, select ‘translate to English.’

Fairy Tales from the German Forests by Frau Arndt Meet the Witch’s Granddaughter, visit Nixey Lake, but beware of the Dragon’s Tail in this public domain book filled with ten delightful tales.

Folk-Lore and Legends by Charles Tibbets, 1892

Folk-lore and Legends of Germany by Anonymous, 1892. Water-sprites, dancers, elves, and more are found between the virtual covers of this book.

German Folktales and Legends Thirty-three stories await.

The Grimm Brothers’ Children’s and Household Tales compiled and translated by D. L. Ashliman. The collection offers 210 stories, most with direct links to the stories themselves, along with the Aarne-Thompson-Uther Type, which can be helpful to storytellers. This is another site that offers links to all the stories from the book.

CRAFTS – Crafts connected to the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales, coloring pages, jig saw puzzles, origami, and lots more fun to delight the children at home or in the classroom.


Home School Den – German curriculum for kids. Lots to unpack her with useful additions for the classroom.

Teacher Planet: Germany – This site offers worksheets, activities, lesson plans and more.


Seven Myths and Legends You’ll Only Hear in Germany – While the full stories are not in the article there is background information to help with further research.

13 Twisted Tales By the Brothers Grimm

JSTOR: The Fairytale Language of the Brothers Grimm - How the Brothers Grimm went hunting for fairytales, accidentally changed the course of historical linguistics, and kickstarted a new field of scholarship in folklore.

National Endowment of the Humanities: How the Brothers Grimm Saved the Fairy-Tale


Celebrating the Continent of Africa

Celebrating the Country of India

Celebrating the Country of Turkey

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