Friday, February 21, 2014

Celebrate Tell a Fairy Tale Day II

"And then little Kristen came
smiling out of the water."
by Frank Papé
found in The Diamond Fairy Book, 1911


“ And you must tell the child the legends I told you--as my mother told them to me and her mother to her. You must tell the fairy tales of the old country. You must tell of those not of the earth who live forever in the hearts of the people...” Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

It seems as if there is a special day for everything and February 26 is no exception; it celebrates one of my favorites, Tell a Fairy Tale Day.  In 2012 I wrote a blog to celebrate this special day and you will find that link at the end of this post, but I thought it was time to share a few more resources.

I hope you find something to transport you to the fabulous and fantastic realm of fantasy, if only for a day.

Articles on Fairytales

All Things Considered by G. K. Chesterton's, 1908.  There are a variety of essays in this book, including one on fairytales.

The Endicott Studio Journal of Mythic ArtsTwenty-one articles on Animal Brides and Bridegrooms, Beauty and the Beast, Baba Yaga and many more.

Sources for the Analysis and Interpretation of Folk and Fairy Tales
- Resources on the analysis of fairy or folk tales, from literary and psychological traditions.

 "Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." - C. S. Lewis
Andrew Lang - The Literature Network
There isn’t a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, but a prism of fairytale books to add to your riches.

Canadian Fairy Tales by Cyrus Macmillan. Twenty-six folktales published in 1922.

The Cat and the Mouse, A Book of Persian Fairy Tales by Hartwell James, 1906. Four fairytales from this beautiful land.

Cossack Fairy Tales and Folktales by Robert Nisbet Bain, 1902 – Bain collected these folktales from Ruthenian, the language of the Cossacks, a language intermediate between Russian and Polish. The Iron Wolf, The Golden Slipper, The Tsar and the Angel and The Story of the Forty-First Brother are just a few of the unique stories found within these cyber pages.

Czechoslovak Fairy Tales by Parker Fillmore, 1919. “The old king reached into his pocket, drew out a golden key, and handed it to the prince.” So begins the story of Longshanks, Girth and Keen, one of the many tales that await you within.

Fairy Legends of the French Provinces by Martha Ward Carey, 1887 – Thirty-four stories filled with charm and enchantment.

Forty-Four Turkish Fairy Tales by Ignácz Kúnos, 1913 - Be whisked away to the magical land of Turkey and meet the Wizard and His Pupil, Prince Ahmed, The Silent Princess and other fascinating creatures. The text also offers the English definition of the Tu rkish words used in the text.

Indian Fairytales by Joseph Jacobs
This complete work from 1912 is now available on line. It offers twenty-nine tales from Eastern India and gorgeous illustrations to complement each story. 

The Golden Maiden and Other Folk Tales and Fairy Stories Told in Armenia by A.G. Seklemian. Twenty-nine stories including The Bride of the Fountain, The Trove of Destiny and The Maiden of the Sea, just a few enchanted tales you will find between the pages of this book from 1898. 

Old English Fairy Tales by Sabine Baring-Gould, 1906. Robert the Evil, The Badger in the Bag, The Undutiful Daughter and others are waiting to delight you!

Old Hungarian Fairy Tales – Eight tales collected by Baroness Orczy and offered by The Baldwin Project.

Serbian Fairy Tales by Elodie L. Muatovich, 1918. Seeking some longer stories to share? This book offers a number of tales in three, four and six parts.

Swedish Fairy Tales by Herman Hofbert, 1890. Stories of trolls, elves, sea maidens and giants await.

Celebrate with Tell a Fairy Tale DayThis link will lead you to a blog post I wrote on fairy tales in 2012. There are a number of stories and public domain books from around the globe, and also links to curriculum and crafts.


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