fairy tales · 28. February 2019
What are the benefits of reading, you may ask? Well, in this blog we are dealing with fairy tales, but most of the kids know fairy tales only from television or cinema, not from books. There's a chance they were introduced to some fairy tale characters for the first time in computer games! Yet we should not diminish the importance of books. They have some old fashioned feel and they are certainly not attractive as video versions with tons of special effects. But books have some great advantages...
fairy tales · 18. February 2019
The Goose Girl is a well-known fairy tale written by brothers Grimm with a lot of variations. The story starts with princes who left her home with a maiden. On the way to another kingdom, the maiden forces the princess to switch positions. Thus the real princess comes to the castle of her future husband in the role of a servant. When they reach their destination the maiden introduces herself as a princess and arranges the real princess becomes a goose girl. The prince doesn't notice anything,...
illustrators · 12. February 2019
Today I would like to present an illustrator with an astonishing talent combined with a passion which made a great impression. Her success was short-lived, though. Virginia Frances Sterrett died only 31 years old.
fairy tales · 04. February 2019
This popular fairy tale is most known from Brothers Grimm’s collection. It is about three brothers who left home to learn their professions and earn magic gifts. While the first two brothers lost their gifts the third one saved his own present and regained theirs, so happy ending is inevitable… But this on the surface simple fairy tale, like most others, actually offers much more. It's also a story about trust, forgiving, growing up and taking responsibilities
fairy tales · 18. January 2019
Yes, fairy tales can be looked like a possible transmitter of ideas, norms, values, etc., - shortly - memes. The term meme was first used in Richard Dawkins’ revolutionary and controversial book The Selfish Gene. Richard Dawkins is one of the greatest advocates of Darwin’s evolutionary theory and brilliant author who is constantly fighting with creationists. A meme is like a virus. It can be transferred from person to person, use all kinds of media (books, internet, movies, ...) as hosts...
10. December 2018
This fairy tale, written by Charles Perrault is well known among fairy tale lovers but pretty neglected in the mainstream. Donkeyskin talks about a widower, powerful king, who set so high standards for his new wife, only his own daughter could match them. Of course, she was not very excited about his idea, so she escapes. After some hiding, she finds her real (and appropriate love) and everybody lives happily ever after…
02. November 2018
It is not always easy to distinguish between a fairy tale and a fable. They both look suitable to children, they are both amusing, both have talking animals (in most cases) and an explicit moral at the end of the story. From time to time there is really difficult to tell if a certain story belongs in the one or the other group. Can we forget the similarities and focus on the distinctions for a moment? Presumably, there actually are differences?
fairy tales · 26. October 2018
Jack was not too smart but a hearty guy who traded his cow for some supposedly magical beans. Beans were indeed magical and after one-night giant stalk had sprung up to the sky where Jack found a castle with ogre… This story is believed to be about five thousand (!) years old.
fairy tales · 03. October 2018
This famous collection of fairy tales is best known by the framed format of narration where Sheherazade tells her husband a tale after a tale just to postpone her death. After 1001 nights he finally realized his love and decides to spare her life (she gave birth to three kids in the meantime). At present, The Arabian Nights are mostly famous about there exotic settings but in the original collection is oriented on trust and loyalty, common sense and responsibility as other known fairy tales...
fairy tales · 02. September 2018
This fairy tale from 18th century talks about a wealthy merchant who lost his fortune and about his daughters who were all beautiful but only the youngest named Belle had a good heart too. The merchant got in trouble and his youngest daughter saved him by marrying the monster. After a while, she noticed the monster actually has a lot of good characteristics …

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