Many folk and fairy tales start with the phrase "Over seven hills...." When I was a kid, my dad liked to read bedtime stories to me. He would tell stories from the Greek, Mayan, Aztec, Slavic, Nordic and other mythologies, and many folk tales. Some stories he would even make up. He was a great storyteller. He often sang me to bed as well. I continued this tradition with all my kids. Many times I would put on an entire show to just read one of their Olivia books, or any other book they liked. At some point kids were not interested in bedtime stories, but I believe that time spent reading with them planted a life long love for storytelling and reading.
Fairy tales of the people of the former Yugoslavia are many. Usually, there are talking animals in them. The kid in me still imagines them talking to me, with their magical powers and shape shifting ways.