Are fairytales dangerous?

February 15, 2009 at 2:57 pm (books, thoughts) ()

I’ve often read articles or heard speakers saying things like “Too many fairy tales are bad”  and “Fairy tales lead to unrealistic exceptions”; and while I vaguely understood the points, I  didn’t  get it.  I loved fairy tales, and still do .  I gobbled them up as a kid and read all the retelling I can.  Last night , while listening to Cosy Sheridan, I was struck by a lightning bolt of realization. ( This is very fitting — there were a lot of Greek gods running around in her songs.) When I think fairy tales , I don’t stop at Cinderella. Or Sleeping Beauty. And I do not mean the clean,happily ever after Disney versions only.   My definition of fairy tale is big and broad — and really  they hit all parts of life.  The pretty  , the romantic , the ugly, the courageous and  the grim.  There are many versions of Cinderella where her stepsisters are not forgiven. I read Grimm, Anderson, native American myths, Greek myths, fairy tales from Japan, China , India and silly stories from Norway. My favorite fairy tale is The Little Mermaid. No not  the Disney version, but the version I read in our Grolier book  of  knowledge.  It  may me cry.  and I had a hard time rereading it.  I am sure that at first I wanted a different ending. Gradually, I really  wanted the Little mermaid to changer her behavior.  I wanted her to understand that giving up everything for love, and espcially for love  that wasn’t going to be returned wasn’t wise.  She never did learn,  but I  think I  did. Sacrifice  might be part of love, but giving up yourself is wrong.

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more Newbery Medal winners.

February 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm (books, cats) (, , )

So I’ve added two  Newbery  winners to my  list.

I read Hitty  Her  first 100 years by Rachel Fields.  Technically,  a  reread for  me , because I  read  it as  a child.  I remembered it as I  read  it, but not  until  I  read it. It shows  it age, but it was very readable.  Mostly  I thought it was interesting because  it was written as a historical  novel.  So we  have the history , plus the history of 1928 attitudes.  All in all I  think adults would enjoy it more than kids.

I also read The Cat who went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth. It reads like a fairytale/myth sort of book. It is the story  of an artist who is commissioned to do a  painting for a Buddisht temple  and his  cat. Compassion is big part of  the story.   If  I read it as a kid , I  would have loved it.  It was  my kind of story.  As an adult, some parts of  it were a bit repetitious.

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February 11, 2009 at 3:56 pm (domestic life, fun)

Since this post, I haven’t colored my hair. Not out of any philisophical reason, but just because I haven’t gotten around to it. First I like it. There is more gray than like, but I like that the dark hair is really, really dark. I think in general, I look at little more dramatic. Second , DH likes it. He is also happier that my hair is longer. And the third part is very interesting. I’ve had a few, very sincere compliments from men that had no need to compliment me. I really can’t remember the last time a stranger complimented me out of the blue for no reason. Maybe going gray is the way.

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Trumpeter of krakow

February 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm (book review, books, library) (, , )

As of today I am starting a course on the Newbery Medal. For some reason I can’t get into my class on-line. Frustrating . So First impressions of the first book I read for class go here: Assignment read a newbery that was awarded in the 20s. I read the Trumpeter of Krakow. It was interesting , had a number of action scenes,and although it was written as an historical novel, it has a lot of fantasy elements ( alchemy , magic , mystical jewel). The opening scene was really well written, , beautiful in the tragic sense. Actually, all the descriptions were very vivid. Much more so than a more modern book. however, I also felt like I was being lectured — this is what it was like in Krakow 1492. Not quite ‘dear reader’ , but similar. If I was going to try and recommend it to a kid — good reader, 6th grade and up, maybe some one that has an interest in music, fantasy, Poland, or History. Not sure that I would go out of my way to find readers for it. I can’t see kids really loving it. but then again — we often have to recommend books set in medieval times for kids — and unlike Cathrine called Birdy – our hero seems to have choices to make. Now I  supose  I should read  some of the articles  I need  for class….

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Reading is important

February 8, 2009 at 6:55 pm (books, cats, fun) ()

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

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art day

February 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm (fun, niles) (, , , )

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Today we have some friends that have a gallery opening at The Fremont Art Association . This is a little volunteer run Gallery on Main Street in Niles. It is a little hidden treasure, you never know what you might find in there. Over the past few years, the art association has found a lot of new members. Two of the new members, Pamela and Christine ,are the exhibitors. They both use watercolors, but they have different , yet complimentary styles. My DH is going to playing at the opening today, there will be good food, and great art. Good thing to do on a grey day in Niles. ( and yes , there will be some of Pam’s yummy soaps for sale. )

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