The purpose of this study is to inquire whether the present-day children arc still fond of fairy-tales, which fairy-tales arc still cherished, and what is their influence on children’s life. One hundred and fifty four boys and girls from 6 to 9 years old were asked about their interest in tales and other kinds of stories. They were also invited to tell the story of “Little Red Riding Hood” (Le Petit Chaperon Rouge) a talc which an inquiry shows to be the most known to children. An examination of these narrations permitted to determine the quality of the reproduction and to analyse the changes. We were thus able to interpret the part played by the talcs in the imagination and psychic life of the children. It appears that children from 6 to 9 still prefer fairy-tales to other forms of stories (Graphic 1). As far as the talc of Little Red Riding Hood is concerned, an average of 11-12 sequences of the original story were reproduced (Graphic 2). Reproduction capacity with respect to this tale increases with age. reaching its optimum at eight — an age at which children relate stories in detail. The quality of the reproduction is a function of the children’s intelligence, their interest in the story, their affective attitude, and finally of the source of the story. It further appears that tales can be considered by psychologists as a means of keeping in contact with children.
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Bradfer-Blomart, J. and Hai, L., 1976. L’Enfant et Les Contes. Psychologica Belgica, 16(2), pp.153–170. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb.589