Friday, May 7, 2010

Fairy Tales

What are some of your favorite fairy tales? I loved reading fairy tales as a kid. I grew up in the 1970s and remember watching a lot of them either in animated films or incorporated into cartoons. Loony Tunes has so many fairy tale themes in their cartoons. As a kid, I had a lot of them in book form though -- I still do, for that matter. Some of my favorites are ...
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Cinderella
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Tom Thumb
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • Rapunzel
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • The Gingerbread Man

Click here for a list of fairy tales. Fairy tales tend to be on the dark side, so I'm not sure why I've always been attracted to them. My next book, The Marshmallow Man, is actually a retelling of The Gingerbread Man, but with all new characters and a new ending. There's just something about these old stories I love. I've always made an effort to read these stories to my kids. Do you think most kids today are familiar with these stories much?

How about you -- what are some of your favorite fairy tales?


  1. LIttle Mermaid.
    I read the original Grimm versions in college and was shocked at how dark they were. Disney really polishes them up!

  2. Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favorite!
    I have “The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales” that I love to read, have you read anything from Andrew Lang? I have his “41 Stories from Around the World” great stuff

  3. I always liked the one about the dancing princess sisters.

  4. Rumpeltilskin, Beauty and the Beast are 2 of my favourites. I think kids are not familiar with fairy tales like we used to do in my days. The culture and stuff of reading has changed.

  5. Like Lydia, I read the original darker versions later and really liked some of them.

    That being said...Rumpelstiltskin freaked me out when I was a kid. I didn't even like to hear the name!

    Hmmm... I think I liked Goldilocks and the three bears because I loved baby bear, but was so sad that his cries were virtually ignored!

  6. I love fairytales!! They are so much fun!

  7. I had the Disney versions of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White on records. I used to sit and read the book along with the narrator, and I'd turn the page when the bell sounded. I have Grimm's and Anderson's tales in my current collection. I love them.

  8. I always loved East of the Sun and West of the Moon. And the real Little Mermaid, not the "happily ever after" version that Disney likes to promote!

  9. I've always loved how Cinderella just waltzes out of that crumbling castle and leaves the stepmom and -sisters to fend for themselves. And how it all happens for her in 24 hours.

  10. I am a 'princess' kind of girl - shh, don't tell anyone! I love Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and those were the fairy tales I grew up with when I was young. I do find it interesting when I tell the stories to my kids though, they often have changed from the old versions I enjoyed. (Well, sure I may add a dinosaur or a trip to the Death Star for Ryan) But I also like to make my female characters a bit stronger and not so dependant on their 'princes.' I would not have said that I was a fierce women's libber or anything but some 'heroines' of old need more of a backbone in my opinion. Even my 3 year old said to me, after watching Disney's Cinderella "She needs to wear shoes like mine so she doesn't lose them all the time!" lol