In the OT, there are animals (talking donkeys) and angels and forces of nature (burning bushes, seas, etc)...so I think they may be more fairy tales and fables.<quoted text>
Fairy tale is a more provocative (and admittedly less accurate) term for sure.(I admit I was playing with Huggy at the time.)
In a quick vocabulary review, it looks to me like 'parable' might be the best term to use:
A parable is  a succinct story, in prose or verse, which illustrates one or more instructive principles, or lessons, or (sometimes) a normative principle. It differs from a fable in that fables use animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as characters, while parables generally feature human characters. It is a type of analogy.
Some scholars of the Canonical gospels and the New Testament apply the term "parable" only to the parables of Jesus, though that is not a common restriction of the term. Parables such as "The Prodigal Son" are central to Jesus' teaching method in both the canonical narratives and the apocrypha.
Good Morning on Huggy's Sabbath!
I can certainly accept someone opining that some of the stories did not have any really meaning other than entertainment, but later were coopted to be moralistic once they got redacted into the primary text. I was curious if that was were you stood, or if you thought they all were created with meaning.
Cool today but will be 88 by thursday. Ran the heat this weekend and AC by next weekend. This aint normal - its weird!