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The Father of Fairy Tales

While the Brothers Grimm might be the first name that comes to mind for many of us when we think of fairy tales, Charles Perrault (1628-1703) was the one who laid the foundations for the fairy tale as a literary genre. He was a French author whose works were derived from pre-existing folk-tales. He wrote …

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The Grimmest Tales Are Best Read Aloud

As I mentioned last week, I was first introduced to Grimm Fairy Tales as a child. We would bring a library copy along on family camping trips and read them aloud while roasting marshmallows around the fire. Those tales were scarier than my typical fare at that age, and the darkness surrounding our ring of firelight …

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Fairy Tale Syndrome

I loved fairy tales as a child.  They opened up a world of possibility where there was magic around every corner. There were spells that needed breaking, magic in the unseen.  Any path could lead to a magical world, and any tree could be hiding an elf or a fairy.  Dragons were real, and you should always …

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