The wind howled through the tree tops the dark morning I was born. It raged through our world and whipped fairies about pell-mell. My brother told me it was a sign. You see, I am a curse to my people. Every fairy is born with a special gift for the earth, and usually the gift is beautiful, but mine was terrible. From the very first moment that I opened my wee fairy mouth and… Read More »Snakes and Toads
Our tale begins one crisp October day when a young boy awakens early in the morning on a small farm in a small village. He dresses himself and goes out to feed the pigs squealing in their pens. This is his duty every morning: rain or shine. Then he eats his breakfast and walks down the path that leads to his school. He travels through the woods, because no one else travels to school this… Read More »The Fairies
(While this story can stand alone, it is also the third in a series. Read #1, Jack and the Princess here, and #2, Jack and Princess Rose here)Once Upon a Time, the most beautiful princess in all the world was the daughter of King Jack, Princess Rose. And she was not only beautiful but good, for she gave away food and clothing to the dirtiest and most destitute of the poor, distributing it with her… Read More »Rose and the Prince
Once upon a time, there was a little girl who refused to go into her story. It lay open beneath her with colorful illustrations of far off lands, enchanted castles, and speaking frogs, but she refused to go in.“I am a free spirit, and I will sit out here as long as I want.” Her feet stuck out in front of her, her arms folded across her chest, and her chin projected in a stubborn… Read More »A Stubborn Story
BY ELIZABETH RUSSELL Remember how Jack killed the Giant and saved the whole country from starvation? Remember how after that, he married the princess that he loved very much? Well, this is what happened after… Once upon a time, Jack’s kingdom flourished. In fact, it thrived. It was so happy that even the little junebugs sitting on the September flowers and dying from frost were happy. Life was that good. And Queen Miranda, Jack’s beloved… Read More »Jack and Princess Rose
A fictional story that typically includes one of these three elements: Talking Beasts Magical Creatures (fairies, trolls, giants, unicorns, etc.) Magical or Supernatural events On occasion, however, there is a fairy tale that contains nothing fantastic within it at all, such as many written by Hans Christian Anderson
BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM Long before you and I were born there reigned, in a country a great way off, a king who had three sons. This king once fell very ill, so ill that nobody thought he would live. His sons were very much grieved at their father’s sickness; and as they walked weeping in the garden of the palace, an old man met them and asked what they ailed. They told him their… Read More »The Water of Life
BY ELIZABETH RUSSELL It is a truth universally acknowledged that the fairy tale princesses of Perrault, Anderson, Grimm, etc., were written to be heroines, role models, perfect representations of the perfect woman; an archetype, if you will. Snow White’s habit of lying around in a coffin teaches girls passive acceptance. Sleeping Beauty reminds them that beauty triumphs over any difficulty. And they can clearly see that Prince Charming only marries Cinderella because her self-abasement after the ball is appealing… Read More »Fairy Tale Princesses – The Heroine, the Anti-hero, and the Victim
Fairy Tale: A story that pushes the boundaries of the natural world, seeking to raise the reader to a simultaneous knowledge of both the supernatural realities of life as well as an innocent, child-like perception of creation.
What is a Fairy Tale?