Once upon a time….

My name is Kate. Stories captured my interest at a young age and I soon realized that I wanted to create my own tales. I love to explore, both real and imaginary places. I  graduated Taylor University, with a degree in Professional Writing and currently work as an editor for a kids magazine. I enjoy stories in any form; literature, film, theater, art, etc.

Fairy tales, especially, caught my attention. I’ve done a lot of research about them and found out some really fascinating things!

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  1. Hey, Kate. I noticed you only posted men who printed fairy tales. However, the person who is credited with coining the term “fairy tale” was a woman – Madame D’Aulnoy of Paris. Her story is too long and shocking for this email. She and a group of salonniere’s along (Charles Perrault’s niece was one) helped make the genre. They adapted these tales from Basile and Calvino (Italians) and told them to adults in the salons for entertainment purposes. They were subversive tales that included commentary on problems within the kingdom and the world of these women. Men also told these tales as they caught on in the French society. The fairies (fae) were often the women (and they were good and bad ones) who had the ability to help men and women through their positions as hostesses and community members (even though women did not often have education or power) . One women was a little too blunt in her telling and the tale resembled the king’s story a little too closely. She got banned to a small town outside of Paris (where she started another salon). She came back after the King died but only lived one more year. Many of these stories were published by the women. Perrault published his Mother Goose stories (for children) secretly under the name of his son since he worked for the King in the finance department.

    I just felt that since a woman coined the term and played such an important part in their spread, and since they were initially intended for adults, that we should give at least one woman credit for the spread of these tales, especially when they were also subversive commentaries on government and society during that time.

    If you want to gain more information, Marina Warner and Jack Zipes are two very fine authors on these topics and they do a much better job of giving you academic information.


    Lisa Aldrich

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! And you’re right, in my post The Big Three, I did only talk about men. However, I did more research for another post after and found out all about Madame D’Aulnoy. I wrote about her in my post, The History of the Fairy Tale.

      I will definitely add those authors to my To-Read pile.

  2. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite fairy tales. Could you tell me who wrote this and a little about the author, thanks. I liked your post, it was interesting to know the history of some of the fairy tales

  3. You are so inspirational to me! Your blogs relax me but keep me excited. I read these to my kids every night and they love them so much. Thank you for creating this and sharing your passion with us.

    1. Hi Patricia! I can relate to you very much! I have 13 kids and my girls love a good fairy tale! I am very excited to share these wonderful and interesting facts with my girls! Thank you for sharing these facts and inspirational work Kate!

      1. Hi Deborah! Thank you so much I have 6 kids 3 girls and 3 boys and even my boys love these stories. We should talk more and I just wanna say thank you so much Kate for writing these! (fun fact I enjoy these facts myself)

    2. Hi Patrcia,

      Thanks so much for your kind words! Fairy tales are very close to my heart and I love meeting other people who feel the same way. You encourage me to keep going when it’s hard!

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