And then, I came back to reality.
I still have a lot to figure out about my life in the blogosphere. And I definitely haven’t smoothed out any sort of regular routine for posting or doing giveaways.
So, I’ll just do what I can, ok?
It makes me so happy to share our favorite books, and to get familiar with some of yours.
Currently, we are having a bit of a fairy tale situation. More of a “quest” really, if you want to use some fitting literary terminology.
I am a mom in search of the perfect fairy tale compilation.
I hope to find just the right book to satisfy both the boundless imagination of my three-year old and the protective heart of this contemporary mom.
We started with a library book or two. Some of the more traditional tellings of Perrault or Grimm were full of way too much gore and cruelty to be appropriate for my young reader. Even the illustrations in this checkout (above right) were somewhat startling.
Then, there was the Costco purchase at left. The leather-look binding complete with gold pages and satin ribbon proved to be thrilling for our budding bookworm. But the characters (particularly the princesses), were a bit flat and fragile for my taste, and the illustrations were thinly disguised Disney knock-offs.
Then there was a second Costco purchase (you would think I’d learn, right?). Actually, “Grandma’s Magical Storybook” is probably the best collection thus far. The illustrations are sweet and magical, and the stories include a mix of newer originals and some Hans Christian Anderson favorites.
But we still haven’t found “the one” to cherish, share, and recommend.
In fact, our favorite fairytale library-find to date has been the Barefoot-published The Brave Little Princess. I’m not sure if the plot is based on a traditional tale, but the heroine is a girl who goes on adventures, helps others, and learns to appreciate her home.
Now that’s a princess story this mama can read in good conscience.
What’s your favorite fairy tale? I would love to hear your thoughts, experiences, and recommendations for reading fairy tales with kids.
Leave me a comment by 6/10/11 and your name may be drawn to receive a $10.00 Amazon gift card.
* Congratulations to Zoe who gave a great recommendation and will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.