Fiction | 4 August 2015Classic Folktales Made New Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Folktales, passed down by oral tradition, often take many forms as they appear in different regions of the world. In the Russian version of Cinderella, the young girl receives help from a birch tree instead of a fairy godmother; in the Armenian version of Snow White, the wicked queen asks the moon, not a magic mirror, the name of the fairest maiden; and in the Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood, a tiger takes the place of the big bad wolf. We may know and love the Brothers Grimm versions of these classic folktales, but there are so many other versions to discover – each one just as wonderful as the last! Frances Lincoln’s Honk, Honk! Hold Tight! tells the story of a kind-hearted boy named Peter and a princess, Alice, who never laughs. On his way to cheer up Princess Alice, Peter meets an old woman who gives him a golden goose for his generosity. In classic fairytale style, chaos ensues when magic is thrown in the mix. Will Peter succeed in winning the smile of the princess? Or will the golden goose be more trouble than it’s worth? Like Cinderella and other classics, Honk Honk! Hold Tight! has origins that go far back in history – all the way to fourth century BC! The Brothers Grimm tale of The Golden Goose features a good-hearted boy, a golden goose, and a despondent princess, as does Basile’s Neopolitan Il Pentamerone. Magical golden birds are even featured in the Jakarta Tales of the birth stories of Buddha. Read on for a sneak peek to see for yourself why this classic folktale has endured the test of time! Excerpted from Honk, Honk! Hold Tight! There was once a princess called Alice who never laughed. She never smiled the tiniest bit. This made her father, the King, very sad. “My poor Alice,” he sighed. “How awful to live without laughter.” The King tried everything he could think of to make her laugh… But Alice remained glum. The King thought for a very long time and then he announced, “I will share my kingdom with anyone who can make Princess Alice laugh.” Many people tried — but they all failed. Princess Alice was still gloomy. Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.