Culture The Best Mother Goose Stories  

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A list of the best Mother Goose fairy tales, as ranked by readers who've known them their whole lives. From Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty to Little Red Riding Hood and even Puss in Boots, these characters and their stories are so ingrained in childhood and the popular culture that they're easy to take for granted; it's like they've always been there.

In fact, Mother Goose and her moral tales became popular in America during the 18th century thanks to the translation of a French story collection by Charles Perrault. Originally published in 1697, his Stories or Tales or Tales from Times Past, with Morals (More popularly known by its subtitle, Tales of My Mother Goose) created the fairy tale genre with eight literary retellings and three nursery rhymes.

Over the centuries, the bedtime stories have been retold again and again, changing their shapes as they're introduced to new generations, but the fundamentals have remained the same. So everybody is an expert. Lend your expertise by voting up the best Mother Goose fairy tales below!

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Little Red Riding Hood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mother Goose Stories
Little Red Riding Hood Charles Perrault

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The Master Cat, or Puss in Boo... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mother Goose Stories

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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mother Goose Stories

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mother Goose Stories

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Riquet with the Tuft is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mother Goose Stories
Riquet with the Tuft Charles Perrault

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Blue Beard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mother Goose Stories
Blue Beard Charles Perrault

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The Ridiculous Wishes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mother Goose Stories
The Ridiculous Wishes Charles Perrault

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Hop-o'-My-Thumb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mother Goose Stories
Hop-o'-My-Thumb Charles Perrault

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Peau d'âne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mother Goose Stories
Donkeyskin Charles Perrault, Anne Jonas

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The Fairy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mother Goose Stories
The Fairy Charles Perrault

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6 4
Griselda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mother Goose Stories
Griselda Charles Perrault