Traditional Tales

TRADITIONAL TALES retold by Alan Trussell-Cullen

Some of the best loved stories of all time, retold for children to read together or to read for themselves. They are available from Pearson Education.

Note for Teachers:

  • This collection of traditional tales has been carefully written for second and third grade readers as well as advanced first graders.
  • Aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
  • Suitable for shared reading, guided reading and independent reading.
  • The series comes with a Teachers Guide that offers valuable suggestions for instruction and a fun range of extension ideas for writing, dramatization and assessment.


Cinderella retold by Alan Trussell-CullenCinderella

Cinderella did finally make it to the ball. But what happened when the clock began to chime midnight?

ISBN: 0-7685-0417-1



Goldilocks and the Three Bears retold by Alan Trussell-CullenGoldilocks and the Three Bears

This porridge is too hot! This chair is too hard! This bed is just right!

ISBN: 0-7685-0325-6



The Frog Prince retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Frog Prince

Once upon a time there was a very spoiled princess. But what happened when her golden ball fell into the pond? Would she really grant a frog his four wishes?

ISBN: 0-7685-0413-9


The Gingerbread Man retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Gingerbread Man

“Run! Run! As fast as you can! You won’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man! So who did catch the Gingerbread Man?

ISBN: 0-7685-0412-0



King Midas and the Golden Touch retold by Alan Trussell-CullenKing Midas and the Golden Touch

King Midas loved gold so much, he wished that everything he touched would turn into gold. But the wish was to turn into a curse when his own child turned to gold!

ISBN: 0-7685-04CHECK


The Little Red Hen retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Little Red Hen

“Who will help me plant this grain of wheat?” said the Little Red Hen. “Not I!” said the cat and the dog and the duck. But who will help her eat the delicious bread she makes from the flour she made from from the wheat?

ISBN: 0-7685-0408-2


The Princess and the Pea retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Princess and the Pea

The Prince wants to marry a Princess – a REAL princess! But how will he know if she is a real princess?

ISBN: 0-7685-0411-2



Rumplestiltskin retold by Alan Trussell-CullenRumpelstiltskin

It was bad enough having to spin rooms full of straw into gold – just because her father boasted about her to the King. The funny little man helped her, but when it came to guessing his name, that was even harder… ISBN: 0-7685-04CHECK


The Three Billy Goats Gruff retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Three Billy Goats Gruff

“Clip clop! Clip clop! Who’s that walking on my bridge?” said the nasty Troll. Will the Billy Goats Gruff get to the fresh green grass on the other side of the river?

ISBN: 0-7685-0409-0


The Threee Little Pigs retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Three Little Pigs

“Little pig! Little pig! Let me come in!” said the big bad wolf. Will the three little pigs be able to protect themselves from the hungry wolf?

ISBN: 0-7685-0410-4


The Elves and the Shoemaker retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Elves and the Shoemaker

The poor shoemaker was down to his last piece of leather. But when he left it on his work bench over night, something amazing happened!

ISBN: 0-7685-0328-0


The Golden Goos retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Golden Goose

Everyone called him “Silly Billy”. But he wasn’t so silly when he made his way to the King’s castle to say hello to the Princess who could not smile. Of course, he wasn’t alone, thanks to the Golden Goose he was carrying…

ISBN: 0-7685-0334-5


Jack and the Beanstalk retold by Alan Trussell-CullenJack and the Beanstalk

In came the ogre. He stopped and sniffed. “Fee-fi-fo-fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive or be he dead, Ill grind his bones to make my bread!” Was Jack scared? No way!

ISBN: 0-7685-0326-4


The Musicians of Bremen retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Musicians of Bremen

Once upon a time there was an old donkey and an old dog and an old cat and an old rooster – and they all loved to sing. In fact, they thought they all had wonderful voices! So they all headed off to Bremen to join a band! But what happened on the way…?

ISBN: 0-7685-0332-9

 Puss in Boots retold by Alan Trussell-CullenPuss in Boots

It’s amazing what a cat can do with a pair of leather boots! Well, Jack’s cat, anyway. But what happened when Puss in Boots calls on the ogre? Is he a match for the ugly giant? More surprises?

ISBN: 0-7685-0327-2


Rapunzel retold by Alan Trussell-CullenRapunzel

A witch locks Rapunzel up in a tower. But the Prince hears the witch call out to her: “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! Let down your hair!” Then the witch climbs up to Rapunzel using her hair. “Ah!” thought the prince. “So that is the secret way to the top of the tower!”

ISBN: 0-7685-0331-0

 Sleeping Beauty retold by Alan Trussell-CullenSleeping Beauty

“I will make you all sorry for this!” said the angry fairy. And she does.  She puts a curse on the baby princess. When she pricks her finger the whole castle falls asleep for a hundred years! But what happens when a  young prince finds the sleeping princess?

ISBN: 0-7685-0329-9

 The Three Wishes retold by Alan Trussell-CullenThe Three Wishes

When a poor farmer helps a fairy princess she grants him three wishes. But it is important with magic wishes that you wish for what you really want. The farmer and his wife get into all kinds of trouble when they make foolish wishes!

ISBN: 0-7685-0333-7

 The Ugly Duckling retold by Alan Trussell-cullenThe Ugly Duckling

There was once a very unhappy duckling’ He wasn’t like his brothers and sisters. He was big and clumsy and his feathers were gray. All the other animals teased him and called him the “ugly duckling!” But one day all that changed….

ISBN: 0-7685-0330-2

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp retold by Alan Trussell-CullenAladdin and the Magic Lamp

Aladdin finds a mysterious looking lamp. When he rubs it a strange figure appears. “I am the genie of the lamp! Whatever you wish, I will make come true, oh master!” What will Aladdin wish for? Will it really come true?

ISBN: 0-7685-0415-5

Traditional Tales Teachers Guide by Alan Trussell-CullenTraditional Tales – Teachers Guide

ISBN 0-7685-0147-4






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