Google is celebrating fairy tale author Charles Perrault’s 388th birthday today with a series of three beautifully-illustrated Google Doodles. Perrault is the creator of some of your favorite fairy tales and was born January 12, 1628. As the author of Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots, Perrault has been considered “the father of the fairy tale.”
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A tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast has been around since the 1700’s and was authored by Gabrielle-Suzanne Bardot de Villeneuve, then expanded upon by Jeannie-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. You’ve seen this story on stage, in film, and in books, but do you know how it first started, and the real tale of the Beast?Read more
The world of fairy tales has a list of familiar items that we associate with stories such as golden geese and talking cats, however, there’s another fairy tale item that you may not notice in stories. It’s the magic bag, and it does all kinds of wondrous things.
If you read fairy tales often, or remember hearing a few as a child, you may recognize this famous literary character. A boy named Jack. He comes up in tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack and the Giant Killer and Lazy Jack. Fairy tales, folklore and even nursery rhymes are full of tales of a lad named Jack. You may have read his exploits, as his stories often appear in children’s story collections, but do you know Jack?
Christmas Day has its own special traditions around the world, and we can say the same about fairy tales that feature Christmas. You can find stories about the season from a variety of authors, and you might even find a few you’ve never read before.
The phrase “Once upon a time” is something you’ll often find in a fairy tale, however, there’s another common element that you may’ve noticed in these rich stories. The pattern of three is all over fairy tales and folklore originating from various regions, but have you ever wondered why?
When we think about fairy tales, we often think of the animal characters that are often just as important as the human characters. One particular animal that appears in stories often is the cat. The feline has won its spot in the literary field because of its clever nature, and has appeared in stories from England, Iceland, Germany and many more.