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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Once upon a time...

Be still my heart....chocolate!
So besides history...and let's be honest - chocolate...fairy tales are seriously one of my favorite topics.  I could read fairy and folk tales for days and wouldn't tire.  I could talk endlessly about all of the different variations and my favorites.  The art of the picture book versions are usually magical and beautiful.  And I love how each tale, short in length, can keep you thinking and feeling the story long after it is finished.  I truly believe that many people miss out on fairy and folk tales these days.  Kids are busy reading new books, and many adults think they are just too old and past the point of finding interest in these old yarns.

Doesn't this image just make you feel magical?
Folk and fairy tales are really quite mystical if you give them a chance.  They have always captured my imagination - far off places with magical beings that could change the world with a small spell or snap of fingers or a flick of the wand.  I believe part of me enjoys the history behind the tales as well - was it a cautionary tale to stay out of the forests?  Was it a witty tale to lighten the mood at night when darkness swept in?  Or was it a tale just passed down from father to son, mother to daughter for years upon years?

Anyway, I being all of this fairy tale business up because it is Hans Christian Andersen's 210th birthday on April 2nd.  Andersen wrote some of the most famous of fairy tales including "The Little Mermaid", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Emperor's New Clothes", and "The Snow Queen."  So, if you've watched Frozen lately, you can thank Andersen for that st
Hans in bronze
ory idea.  So, if you are looking for something to do, why not stop on in at the Roselle Public Library and pick up some of Andersen's stories?  Take a movie or two while you're at it that is based on his fabulous tales.  You may just open a whole new world of imagination for yourself and your family by reading just a couple folk and fairy tales.  Oh, and before you go, I have one more suggestion.  Eat chocolate while reading fairy tales - nothing better!

Hans Christian Andersen books
Fairy Tales
Folk Tales

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