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The Snow Queen

Almost everyone knows the Disney movie Frozen, but I suspect most people have not read the original story, The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Andersen. I encourage you to read the story here.It's full of Andersen's typical lush and vivid descriptions, and the story itself is quite touching. And of course, it is different from Frozen. [...]

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Snow White

I don't have much time to write today, due to family arriving in a couple hours, to stay for Christmas. But here are some beautiful illustrations of Snow White -a fairy tale collected by the Grimm Brothers. You can read it here.Trina Schart HymenNancy E. BurkettJessie Wilcox SmithDisney concept artDaniela DrescherSulamith WulfingDisney concept art by Gustav [...]

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Hansel and Gretel

Just in time for gingerbread house season! Here is a blog post about Hansel and Gretel. This story was collected by the Grimm Brothers. Read the full story here.This is a classic fairy tale about stranger danger, and keeping your wits about you when you're in trouble. I love how both siblings take turns caring for [...]

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Rapunzel

Rapunzel is one of those stories, collected by the Grimm brothers, that we tend to edit a bit. Even the Grimm brothers themselves edited this story in their later versions. Most modern versions of the story do not include one scandalous detail from the original version collected in 1812: that Rapunzel and her prince were [...]

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Cinderella

I am out of town today, and so I don't have time to write much. But I encourage you to  read the original Grimm Brothers' version of Cinderella, and if you are into it, look up some more versions. There are many different versions from around the world. Have a great weekend!Errol le CainErrol le [...]

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The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl is a fairytale collected by the Grimm Brothers. It is a typical "true bride" story where a bridegroom is deceived into marrying the wrong girl. Read the story here. Jessie Wilcox Smith I like the theme in this story of personal power or magic. The princess gets some kind of protection or power from [...]

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Molly Whuppie

If you're tired of reading about damsels in distress, Molly Whuppie is the story for you. Molly Whuppie is a Scottish fairy tale collected by Joseph Jacobs.In the story, three girls are abandoned by their parents because there are too many mouths to feed in their house. The girls walk for hours in the dark [...]

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Vasilisa the Beautiful

This weeks story is from Russia, collected in the 1800s by Russian Folklorist Alexander Afanasyev. Read the story here. This story starts out like Cinderella: a beautiful, kind girl is living with her wicked stepmother and two wicked stepsisters. Her father is away traveling. Her stepfamily abuses her and makes her do all the work. Her only [...]

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Snow White and Rose Red

I'm not going to write much this week because my family is going camping today! But here is a fun Grimm brothers fairy tale for your weekend. It's about two sisters and their magical adventures. Enjoy!Read the story here. Jessie Willcox SmithKerry DarlingtonRie CramerWarwick GobleBarbara C. FreemanThere is a fun Elizabethan-era version of this novel [...]

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Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty that most of us know (from the 1959 Disney film) is actually a combination of two very similar stories. The Sleeping Beauty collected by Charles Perrault Little Brier-Rose collected by the Grimm brothersRead them both to see what's different!And if you're really brave, read another older and scarier version: Sun, Moon, and Talia by Giambattista BasileTrina [...]

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