Fairy Tale Facts: Little Red Riding Hood

I’m breaking away from the winter theme for a week (because it’s surprisingly hard to find them) to examine Little Red Riding Hood. This week the movie Into the Woods comes out (and I am beyond excited to see it!) and part of the story follows Little Red as she attempts to navigate the woods to her grandmother’sContinue reading “Fairy Tale Facts: Little Red Riding Hood”

Winter Tales: The Snow Queen

As I was choosing what tale to talk about this week, I was surprised that I hadn’t covered this one sooner. But I haven’t, so today I will! The Snow Queen was written by Han Christian Anderson, first published in 1844 (December 21, 1844, to be exact, almost 170 years ago to the day!). It providedContinue reading “Winter Tales: The Snow Queen”

Winter Tales: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

It’s getting closer and closer to Christmas, so for the next few weeks, I’m going to highlight some tales that are centered around Christmas or winter. To start us off, one of the most classic Christmas stories: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The story, first published in 1816, was turned into a balletContinue reading “Winter Tales: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”

Fairy Tale Facts: The Goose Girl

Today I’ll introduce you to yet another Grimm’s fairy tale, The Goose Girl, first published in 1815. What’s It About? A young princess is being sent to a neighboring kingdom by her widowed mother to marry the prince there. She leaves with her maid and her magical horse, Falada. Along the way, the princess loses theContinue reading “Fairy Tale Facts: The Goose Girl”

Fairy Tale Facts: The Wild Swans

The Wild Swans is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, first published in 1838.  I’ve recently discovered this story and I love it! What’s it About? The story follows a young princess with eleven older brothers. (Has anyone else noticed that in fairy tales, 12 seems to be a common number of children to have?Continue reading “Fairy Tale Facts: The Wild Swans”

Fairy Tale Facts: 12 Dancing Princesses

I’ve decided to start a new series! As I was working on my Evolution of Fairy Tales series, I realized that there are a lot of fairy tales that aren’t well known or haven’t changed too much since their appearance. So I’m going to use this new series to highlight these stories, as well asContinue reading “Fairy Tale Facts: 12 Dancing Princesses”