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The tale of Snow White is thought to have originated during the Middle Ages. It was first collected and written by the Brothers Grimm in Germany. The German version of the tale includes seven dwarfs and a mirror. Similar tales from other parts of the world maintain differences like robbers instead of dwarfs, the sun or moon instead of a mirror, and a mother instead of a stepmother. Today children adore the tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
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The story of Jack and the Beanstalk began like so many other fairytales as a story told and retold. The exact origins are unknown though most people agree that it was written by someone from Britain. The version we are familiar with today was first published by Joseph Jacobs in 1890. This version is said to most closely resemble the original oral story.
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The story of Pinocchio was not originally intended to be a story or fairytale for children. The original author Carlo Collodi wrote the story as a series intended for adults. However, his editor requested that he change the ending to make it more suitable for children. Pinocchio is now considered a children's classic that teaches children about the consequences of lying.
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Robin Hood is an English folk hero. He is a good and pious outlaw fighting injustice in his land of Nottinghamshire. His story has changed almost every time it has been told. It seems that Robin Hood takes on different values and characteristics with each year of his story being retold. The contemporary version told to children today emphasizes the caring and fairness of Robin Hood's character as he steals from the rich and unjust to take care of the poor and needy.
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Peter Pan was written by the Scottish novelist J.M. Barrie. Barrie created the character Peter Pan in his telling of stories to the sons of his friend. The story was originally a stage play, but later adapted to a book. Peter Pan has become a favorite children's story for adults and children alike.