Folktales feature common people, such as peasants, and commonplace events. Characters are usually flat, representing human frailty. Folktales have tight plot structures, filled with conflict. There is often a cycle of three in folktales. Elements of magic or magical characters may be incorporated, but logic rules so the supernatural must be plausible and within context.

The Elephant's Garden: A Traditional Indian Folktale
(Boxer Books, 2017)
Retold and illustrated by Jane Ray
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China
(Philomel 1989)
Retold and illustrated by Ed Young
Hansel and Gretel
(Dodd, Mead, 1984)
Retold by Rika Lesser and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky