by The Brothers Grimm
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
The Goose with the Golden Egg
- 620-560 BCE
Aesop was a slave and story-teller who was believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. This story, in which a man becomes greedily obsessed with a goose that lays golden eggs, is part of his collection of tales known as “Aesop’s Fables” which have influenced children’s literature and modern storytelling culture.Pair “The Goose with the Golden Egg” with “The Fisherman and His Wife” and ask students to compare the two texts. How does each story portray animals and the greed of people?
- Guy de Maupassant
In “The Necklace,” a poor woman borrows an expensive necklace for a fancy ball. When the necklace goes missing, the woman and her husband spend years living in poverty in order to pay back the debt.Pair “The Necklace” with “The Fisherman and His Wife” and ask students to discuss greed in each story. How does excess lead to the main characters’ downfalls? How are the wives and husbands portrayed in each text?
- Joaquin Miller
A rousing poem celebrating Columbus’s perseverance even when success was far from certain.Pop songs aren’t the only things that repeat a refrain. Pair “The Fisherman and His Wife” with “Columbus” and ask students to focus on repetition in both texts. Does the refrain of this poem work similarly or differently to the refrain of the fairytale?
Little Red Riding Hood
- The Brothers Grimm
In the Grimm brothers’ version of the classic folktale, “Little Red Riding Hood,” a young girl disobeys her mother and strays from the path on her way to her grandmother’s house, resulting in an unfortunate encounter with a wolf.Pair these two texts by the Brothers Grimm and have students compare the style, theme, and use of literary devices.
The Third Wish
- Joan Aiken
In “The Third Wish,” Joan Aiken tells the story of a man who asks for three wishes after rescuing the King of the Forest.Pair “The Fisherman and his Wife” with “The Third Wish” and ask students to explore the similar plots of these two texts. Wishes gone wrong is a common plot fairy tales use to communicate a moral - why do you think this is? What common morals do these two texts share?
- The Brothers Grimm
In the Brothers Grimm’s classic tale “Snow White,” a beautiful girl flees to escape a jealous queen.Pair “Snow White” with “The Fisherman and His Wife,” both written by the Brothers Grimm, and ask students to discuss the themes presented in each story. What are the morals in “Snow White” and “The Fisherman and His Wife”? How are the characters of the evil stepmother and the fisherman’s wife similar and different; in particular, what motivates them?
What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?
In Avi’s short story “What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?”, a boy hopes to learn the cure to unhappiness from a beggar he meets.Pair “The Fisherman and His Wife” with “What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?” and ask students to discuss show both texts explore what brings a person happiness. What does the wife in “The Fisherman and His Wife” believe will bring her happiness? How does this compare to what Willie’s mom believes is the cure to unhappiness?