All this week, we are taking a look at some of our favorite articles from the past year. This one is from our "Retold Fairy Tales" series that originally ran in March 2011. Enjoy! Why do we need fairy tales? In this day and age, what purpose do they serve? Back in ancie.... read more
With all the fairy tales out there that seem to favor the girls (Cinderella, Snow White, Goldilocks, and the like), this mom of three boys was happy to be able to write about Jack and the Beanstalk! Jack and the Beanstalk has many elements that a young boy will love: t.... read more
"I do not kiss frogs!" my daughter proclaimed with her arms crossed, looking at her younger brother. He was most relieved, and then skipped away to do "boy" things. This catch phrase became ever-so-popular in our home after watching Disney's The Princess and the Frog, adapted .... read more
Fairy tales and fables offer children a tangible understanding of basic morals and important life lessons. As feelings of empathy and kindness solidify during the preschool years, it is fun to find stories that reinforce these important values and character traits. Aesop's .... read more
Goldilocks and the Three Bears was always one of my favorite fairy tales growing up. It may have been because I was such a shy, non-confrontational little girl that I could never have fathomed having the audacity to trespass into another's home! I think that element of suspe.... read more
I have a book I treasure; it was originally published in 1927. It's a book of fairy tales, nearly four inches thick. The cover is holding on by mere threads. According to it's inscription, it was a gift to my grandmother (born in 1923) from a favorite aunt for Christmas, 1928..... read more
Did any of you take your kids to see the movie Tangled? So fun, right? Rapunzel is an excellent heroine; our group of girls (all six years and under) agreed. She's artistic and athletic, brave and kind, loyal and smart too. The animation is beautiful, the animal sidekicks are.... read more
"Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in!" This refrain from the classic version of The Three Little Pigs surely elicits memories of little pigs, a big scary wolf and lessons about the value of hard work. While most fairy tales are timeless, with messages .... read more
Disney animations are synonymous with childhood memories. Well, for most of us anyway. Many of us can remember exactly where we were when we first watched Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, and Aladdin... just to name a few. For me personally, this was when I'd take my kid si.... read more
One of the great delights of being the parent of a preschooler is getting to read aloud to your child and rediscovering all of the classic childhood stories. And one of the somewhat tiresome aspects of being the parent of a preschooler is getting badgered into reading an.... read more
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