Characteristics of Mysteries• Usually, something strange happens . . . like something is stolen or disappears, or worse yet someone is killed.• A detective tries to solve the mystery to find out who did it.• Clues lead the detective to solve the mystery.
Characteristics of Fairy Tales or Folklore• Often begin with “Once upon a time” or end with “Happily ever after.”• Include magical characters.• Characters are “good” or “bad.”• Are available in many different versions because of their spoken storytelling tradition.
Characteristics of Tall Tales• Trickery or cleverness• Adventure (often from our country’s westward expansion)• Larger than life qualities often based on a real person• Exaggeration used to make it entertaining