Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Start to the Fairy Tale-A-Day Quest!

This fall, as you probably know, I'm taking a course on the Brothers Grimm in honor of the 200th Anniversary this year; which I feel like I was the only one who didn't know about this until well the first day of classes... I wonder if Hollywood knew this or if this fairy tale trend just happened to nicely coincide with the Anniversary... does anyone know? 

Anyways, my professor has asked that we try and read one fairy tale a day, as I explained in this post here.  So I'm hoping to post almost every day what fairy tale I read with pictures and a link to a Pinterest board devoted to that fairy tale and sometimes some thoughts (but now always!).  For this first post I'm going to list the fairy tales I've read thus far and not all of them have Pinterest boards yet, but they will, and I will continually update this page (which will be found at the top of the blog) with new links to the boards (if you're specifically looking for Pinterest boards you can go ahead and scroll all the way to the bottom, there's also a link to my Pinterest page in the left hand side of the blog page).

Here we go, fairy tales by day:

9/4/2012: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (my little brother picked the first one ha!)

9/5/2012: Beauty and the Beast along with the Cupid and Psyche myth

9/6/2012: Thumbeline by Hans Christian Andersen, illus. Lisbeth Zwerger 

9/7/2012-still reading: The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, illus. Vladyslav Yerko

9/9/2012: The Elves and the Shoemaker by the Brothers Grimm (read this online on SurLaLune, but my favorite picture book of it is illustrated by Jim LaMarche)

9/10/2012: Snow White by the Brothers Grimm, illus. Trina Schart Hyman (love her illustrations! will be reading as many of her fairy tale versions as possible!) There's two version of the cover for this one

I've been pretty good so far keeping up with one a night and those are the one's I've done, so let's hope I can keep it up!  Not sure which one I'll read tonight, but I'll let you know what I decided tomorrow :)

Here are links I've made so far to Pinterest boards and I'll keep updating the list as I go, hopefully I'll get caught up quick and then it will be about one a day:


  1. Love fairy tale illos. Keep us posted.

    1. I definitely will! Do you have a favorite illustrator of fairy tales?

  2. I love old fairy tales. See if you can find any of the fairy tale books Mercer Mayer did in the late '70s/early '80s. They're gorgeous.

    1. Awesome! Thanks for the suggestion, I'll look for Mayer, the name sounds familiar :)

    2. He's most famous for the Little Critter series, as well as picture books like There's A Nightmare in My Closet and What Do You Do With A Kangaroo?

    3. Oh ok I definitely remember Little Critter books I liked them when I was little. I'll have to look up his fairy tale books I've never seen them!