Most children are taught fairy tales by their parents very early in life, and with television and the movies, there probably isn't a child who hasn't danced with Cinderella or waited with Snow White for her Prince Charming. Fairy tales are a part of our heritage, told generation after generation, and animated into films by Walt Disney into living characters.
Because they are so familiar, fairy tales, folk tales, and tall tales can be used to introduce boys and girls to the fundamentals of literature, from plot to characterization and setting. (Many books now tell the stories from the point of view of different characters. ) They provide a basis for teaching comparison and elaboration. Writing opportunities abound words, folk literature is a fun, easy way to teach all of the standards that children need to master.