Tag Archives for fairy tales
“The Original Ugly Duckling” (from the Los Angeles Times Book Review)
How kids appreciate moron jokes, stupid folks, and playing the dummy
Bettelheim took his own life on March 13, 1990. Some found that strange. I have my own ideas.
In Storyland every day is, more or less, Mother’s Day . . .
Gifts of the Thirteenth Fairy (from The Nation)
Making kids’ stories “dark” seems de rigeur these days. While the original fairy tales are violent and contain the supernatural, they weren’t meant to be categorized as “Gothic”; it’s only in recent years that they have been Twilight-ed and pitched … Continue reading
Hollywood on Teens: Boys prefer empowering metro realism, Girls high fantasy and better costumes (from Parents’ Choice)
He was a kid all his life. As Steig himself insisted: “For some reason, I’ve never felt grown up.” (from Parents’ Choice)
Read “Heidi” in the Alps, “Babar” in France, “Pinocchio” in an Italian gondola, and “Sleeping Beauty” in a German castle.
(from the Los Angeles Times Book Review)
Which politician is a bully & a narcissist, ignorant & narrow-minded, power-hungry & hardhearted? (from the New York Times Book Review)
“We need the stranger to understand ourselves”
For parents interested in going beyond Disney fare and sharing foreign films with their kids, the problem has always been learning about and locating these cinematic alternatives.
When teens sported spiked and colored hair, when pixie princesses dressed in 1950s prom dresses and cowboy boots, when Cyndi Lauper was singing “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” . . .
If I can speak on behalf of others, the events of September 11, 2001, have increased Americans’ sense of vulnerability. In the words of a song by Sting now associated with these events, we have come to learn “How fragile … Continue reading
Fairy tales [have] been used by psychological historians and biographers . . . to understand the “life-story” or “life-plot’ someone has chosen for himself. Perhaps no work lends itself so well to this technique as Andrew Carnegie’s “Own Story for … Continue reading
“Beauty and the Beast” is both classic and au courant because–like a melody in jazz composition–it has inspired countless variations and still does. Laughing Elephant Press has put together an edition of the story with the lavish illustrations by H.M. Brock … Continue reading
(from the Los Angeles Times Book Review) Sometimes extraordinary things happen to ordinary people, even professors. First I had a phone call from a program director at BBC4 in England. He was thinking about doing a program about fairy tales. … Continue reading
Jerry Griswold The Meanings of “Beauty and the Beast” Broadview Press (2004) Using Beaumont’s classic story as a touchstone, this work shows how “Beauty and the Beast” takes on different meanings as it is analyzed by psychologists, illustrated in picture … Continue reading