If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales?
What? Doesn’t being intelligent require the acquisition and understanding of hundreds of facts, figures and all sorts of other data. How could such a smart man as Einstein see any correlation between intelligence and time spent reading fairy tales?
Actually, I can't think of a better arena in which to "learn or understand things or to deal with new or difficult situations", as defined by Merriam Webster, than by experiencing a fairy tale! Children encounter life in fits and starts and running into challenges is just part of growing up. By providing a child a safe environment to see life challenges resolved you are actually nurturing your child's growth, development and ultimately their intelligence!
Want to teach your child that being good and staying true to one's beliefs will lead to success – read them Cinderella. Even though her step mother and step sisters constantly berate her, telling her she is ugly and without worth, Cinderella stays strong and in the end finds joy in being who she is.
And what of Thumbelina, the tiny girl who grew from a flower seed? One trouble after another beset the tiny child until, at last, she finds a place where she truly belongs. For any child who feels that they are different, or just don't belong, Thumbelina shows them that it may take awhile, but ultimately there is a place of happiness for everyone.
While Little Red Riding Hood teaches children to be careful who they trust, the Three Pigs embraces the power of hard work. And the Wild Swans tells of the need for patience and love to reach your goal.
Cruelty and uncertainty are often part of the fairy tale characters' life as they pursue happiness. But children need not fear as they are given the opportunity to investigate, to question and to validate, all within a safe harbor provided by the authors of each fairy tale.
A traditional collection of fairy tales can be found in:
The Golden Book of Fairy Tales by Adrienne Segur originally published in 1958. I still have my copy. Unusual illustrations this book contains a selection of 28 traditional stories from France, Germany, Russia and Japan.
But if you are looking for a more contemporary version of these stories read:
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
Honestly Red Riding Hood Was Rotten by Trisha Speed Shaskan 7 Gerald Claude Guerlais
Seriously, Cinderella is So Annoying (The Other Side Of The Story) by Trisha Speed Shaskan 7 Gerald Claude Guerlais
Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks (The Other Side of the Story) by Nancy Loewen & Tatevik Avakyan