Tag Archives for fairy tales

Hans Christian Andersen (& Sex)

“The Original Ugly Duckling” (from the Los Angeles Times Book Review)

02. April 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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April Fools & Children’s Stories

How kids appreciate moron jokes, stupid folks, and playing the dummy

01. April 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Remembering a Day with Bruno Bettelheim

Bettelheim took his own life on March 13, 1990. Some found that strange. I have my own ideas.

13. March 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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The Literary Moms of Children’s Books

In Storyland every day is, more or less, Mother’s Day . . . 

07. March 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Sleeping Beauty: P.L. Travers

Gifts of the Thirteenth Fairy (from The Nation)

12. January 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Making Kids’ Stories “Dark”: Disney’s “Into the Woods”

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

29. October 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Goth Movies, Teen Dreams, & Fairy Tales: “Beastly” and “Red Riding Hood”

Hollywood on Teens: Boys prefer empowering metro realism, Girls high fantasy and better costumes (from Parents’ Choice) 

28. October 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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William Steig: Shrek & Co.

He was a kid all his life. As Steig himself insisted: “For some reason, I’ve never felt grown up.” (from Parents’ Choice)

06. September 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Travel Plans Via Kids’ Books: Western Europe

 Read “Heidi” in the Alps, “Babar” in France, “Pinocchio” in an Italian gondola, and “Sleeping Beauty” in a German castle.

29. August 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Maurice Sendak’s “The Nutcracker”

(from the Los Angeles Times Book Review)

22. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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“The Flint Heart”: Robust Fantasy, Subtle Politics

Which politician is a bully & a narcissist, ignorant & narrow-minded,  ­power-hungry & hardhearted? (from the New York Times Book Review)

08. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Marcia Brown: Tokyo Interview

“We need the stranger to understand ourselves”

06. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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International Children’s Films for 2007

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.

09. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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The Pop YA Novel

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” . . . 

06. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Reading Differently After 9/11

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

15. February 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Andrew Carnegie’s Own Story for Boys & Girls

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

03. February 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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H.M. Brock’s “Beauty & the Beast”

“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

29. January 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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“Beauty & the Beast” in Our Time

(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

28. January 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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The Meanings of “Beauty & the Beast”

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

26. January 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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