Tagged with fairy tales

Review: Kissing Frogs by Alisha Sevigny

Review: Kissing Frogs by Alisha Sevigny

From Fierce Ink Press: Finding Prince Charming sure is hard work Popular high school senior Jessica Stone has a secret: she used to be a nerd. But she gave herself the ultimate makeover and applied all her academic genius to study and imitate the social elite and now she rules the school. With her cool … Continue reading

Popcorn and a Book Meets A Grimm Year: Cinderella

Popcorn and a Book Meets A Grimm Year: Cinderella

The Book: 1812 (revised 1819) “Cinderella” from Children’s and Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm The Film: 1950 Cinderella directed by Clyde Geronimi and Wilfred Jackson (Disney) 1998 Ever After: A Cinderella Story directed by Andy Tennant (Twentieth Century Fox) Most people are familiar with the story of Cinderella in one form or another (according to … Continue reading

Jack the Giant Slayer, and the Evolution of Stories

Jack the Giant Slayer, and the Evolution of Stories

If you have ever read a collection of bedtime stores, chances are you have come across the story of Jack and his magic beans, whether it was entitled “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Jack the Giant Killer” or some other variation. Whatever version fell into my hands, this tale was never one of my favourites—I tended … Continue reading

A Grimm Year: The Riddle

A Grimm Year: The Riddle

The Gist: While traveling, a prince and his servant arrive at the house of a witch. With one poisoned drink, a string of events is set in motion that leads the prince to a kingdom where the princess will marry whoever can pose a riddle to her that she cannot solve. His riddle is this: … Continue reading

A Grimm Year: The White Snake

A Grimm Year: The White Snake

The Gist: A servant eats a piece of the King’s white snake and is suddenly able to understand what animals are saying. He helps out some fish, an ant colony, and three baby ravens, and in return they help him win the love of a princess. I’m going to let you read whatever sexual connotations … Continue reading

A Grimm Year: The Three Snake Leaves

A Grimm Year: The Three Snake Leaves

The Gist: A young man falls in love with the King’s daughter, but she will only marry a man who agrees, if she should die first, to be buried alive with her, and vice versa. The man agrees. When his wife dies, he upholds his bargain, but a chance encounter with some snakes leaves him with … Continue reading

A Grimm Year: Hansel and Gretel

A Grimm Year: Hansel and Gretel

The Gist: A poor woodcutter and his wife leave their two children, Hansel and Gretel, in the woods because they cannot feed them. The lost children wander until they come to a house made of bread and cake. While gorging themselves, the house’s owner, a witch, captures them and intends to cook them for her … Continue reading