Source and activity 7

Fairy tales: Narrative

Illustration of a woman knocking at a door
Illustration from
'Beauty and the beast', 1921.

This is an illustration from 'Beauty and the beast' by Jennie Harbour from 'My book of favourite fairy tales', 1921. Download 'Beauty and the beast' illustration (PDF: 2.1MB; 1 page).

It shows Beauty knocking at the gate of the Beast's castle. The gate leads into the garden.

Read the story of 'Beauty and the beast'.

Suggested activities

  • Use the illustration from 'Beauty and the beast' as a starting point for creative writing, storytelling, or drama. Before telling the class the story of 'Beauty and the beast', ask the pupils to imagine what happens next in the story. Does the door open? Who opens it? What's behind the door? Who is the woman who knocks on the door and what does she want or expect?

    Literacy and English
    experiences and outcomes:
    [ENG 1-31a; ENG 2-31a; EXA 1-13a; EXA 2-13a]
  • After listening or reading the pupils' story ideas, tell the story of 'Beauty and the beast'.
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Download 'What happens next' activity (PDF: 75KB; 1 page)


Themes in focus — Fairy tales


Related material at the Library

Find out more about fairy tales and the Brothers Grimm in our collections:


Search our main catalogue for books about fairy tales and the Brothers Grimm.


Discover more about the Brothers Grimm in our past treasures display.


Hansel and Gretel creative writing competition winners.


Read a news story about the Grimms' Scottish connections in a letter that Jacob Grimm wrote to Sir Walter Scott.


Elsewhere on the web

Find out more about storytelling duo Macastory.


Learn more about traditional tales and stories with the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

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