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Little Brother and Sister

This week's story was collected by the Grimm brothers. It's one of my favorites and is not as well known as other Grimm stories. It's about a brother and sister who escape their evil stepmother and run away into the forest. Immediately the sister takes on a motherly role and does her best to protect her brother [...]

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Donkeyskin

This week's fairy tale is a hard one: Donkeyskin, first published in 1695 by  Charles Perrault. Read it here.Donkeyskin is about a king whose wife dies, and soon he wishes to marry his own daughter. He pressures her into accepting his marriage proposal, and then she escapes on the day of her wedding. Disguised as a wretched [...]

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The Little Mermaid

Kay NeilsenEveryone knows the Disney version of The Little Mermaid. The images above and below by <Kay Neilsen> are actually concept art Neilsen created for Disney between 1937-1941. The movie was made many years later in 1989, but Disney sill used this same concept art. Can you see the resemblance?Kay NeilsenThe original story by Hans Christian Andersen, [...]

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East of the Sun, West of the Moon

"East of the Sun and West of the Moon" is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in the 1800s.Theodor KittelsenThis is one of my favorite fairy tales. A strong female character, true love, and a quest. The girl in this tale is no damsel in distress. Although more or [...]

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