Little Catskin

Little Catskin is an American fairy tale from Kentucky, collected by Marie Campbell in Tales from the Cloud Walking Country, listing her informant as Big Nelt.[1]

It is Aarne-Thompson type 510B, unnatural love.[2] Others of this type include Catskin, Cap O' Rushes, Donkeyskin, Allerleirauh, The King Who Wished to Marry His Daughter, The She-Bear, Mossycoat, Tattercoats, The Princess That Wore A Rabbit-Skin Dress, and The Bear.[3]


A man put away his dead wife's wedding gown, saying he would not remarry to a less pretty woman. His two older daughters mistreated the youngest daughter until she had to patch her gowns with catskin. One day, she put on her mother's gown. Her father begged her to tell him who she was. She demanded and got a dress the color of all the clouds that go by, and another of all the flowers that bloom; then she told him that she was his daughter Little Cat Skin. He drove her away, and she took the dresses and went to work in a queen's kitchen. The queen had a party, and told Little Cat Skin she could come, and even gave her an old dress, but Little Cat Skin wore the dress of clouds. The queen's son fell in love with her. She went to another party in that dress, and then a third in the dress of flowers. The son gave her a ring and fell sick with love. Little Cat Skin offered to cook something for him, and she put the ring in the dish. He saw her and thought she looked like the girl, and when he found the ring, he knew she was. They married.


  1. Campbell 1958, p. 82.
  2. Campbell 1958, p. 256.
  3. Heiner, Heidi Anne. "Tales Similar to Donkeyskin". SurLaLune Fairy Tales. Retrieved June 7, 2011.


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