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I grew up loving Fairy Tales. They could be the original versions from the Brothers Grimm, or the Disney-fied versions, it didn't matter. As you know, I am a romantic at heart and Fairy Tales filled that magical need I had (have) inside myself. Not only that, but Fairy Tales can be used to teach lessons in a way children can understand. Lessons about being kind, honest, hard working, and so forth. So, as a result, my children were raised hearing Fairy Tales from me, whether I read them to them or told them from memory with my own twists. We all have our favorites, plus we all have enjoyed some of the various spoofs and modernized versions of Fairy Tales that are available. Because Monday, February 26th is Tell a Fairy Tale Day, we thought we would share some of our favorites in all of their many forms for today's Friday Faves. Be sure to let us know what your favorite Fairy Tales are.
Lindsey had a hard time choosing one Fairy Tale, so she picked Into The Woods.
This story uses many Fairy Tale characters from various stories and weaves them together into one story that deals with the consequences of the decisions made in the stories that we already know. Into the Woods is actually a musical play, but many people love the story itself the best.
The idea of intermixing all of these Fairy Tale characters reminds me of the television show, Once Upon a Time, available on Amazon.
Alicia chose Cinderella as her favorite. I must say that this is a story dear to all of our hearts. Especially the Disney version because we love the music and the mice. I also grew up watching the Roger's and Hammerstein Version with songs I always loved. It is fun to see Leslie Ann Warren on Once Upon a Time after all of these years.
But, the Cinderella story is universal and comes in many other formats. Check out these Cinderella story books (Many are available on Kindle and /or Audible):
And, don't forget the super cute movie with Hillary Duff, A Cinderella Story.
Maddy's favorite Fairy Tale is Sleeping Beauty. Even as a teenager, when we went to Disneyland, we had to stand in line for her to be able to get her picture taken with Aurora. And she does have a point that in the Disney version movie, this princess has the most well trained, beautifully lilting voice of them all. Her range is amazing. If I am reading the credits correctly, her name is Mary Costa.
But, just like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty is an old tale with many versions. Here are a couple of them.
I used to regale my children with tellings of The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and The Three Bears. Of course, I would tell these by heart, without reading a book because my parents used to tell them to me that way. My father used to tell me that the hot porridge burnt all of the hair off of the Daddy Bear's tongue. I have passed that on to my children and grandchildren. And, when the Big, Bad Wolf went down the Pig's chimney, he landed in the hot pot which caused him to shoot back up the chimney and land so far away that he never came back to bother those 3 pigs (who all survived by the skin of their teeth) again.
But, I have seen some awesome versions of these stories over the years. Here are just a few of my favorites:
What are your favorite Fairy Tales? Do you have a special way of telling them? Get yourself prepared to share one with someone on Monday and enjoy the magic!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!