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favourite fairy stories

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rosebunch Thu 24-Feb-05 12:12:51

What is your favourite fairy story? I'm really enjoying rediscovering the old stories with ds. It's surprising how much you forget, even of stories you think you should know as an adult, and there also seem to be some big variations on the stories eg does your version of Cinderella have the Ugly Sisters cutting their toes off to try to fit into the glass slipper?! Just seen a reference to the 12 Princesses who danced the night away and must try and find that. I can't remember the story but I can remember a good echo iyswim from hearing the title. On the other hand, I always hated the Princess and the Pea. Even as a 3 year old I knew instinctively that I would have slept happily on those mattresses and wouldn't have felt the pea and I thought the princess was really stuck up, even then!! How about you?

rosebunch Thu 24-Feb-05 14:23:50

Come on you guys, someone must read fairy stories? come out of the closet and admit it!!

alicatsg Thu 24-Feb-05 14:36:50

My fave was always the 3 pigs (build houses and get blown at by big bad wolf) and DS loves it when I tell him that too. I've been looking for a good book with others in, one thats not tooooo politically correct. I remember the princesses cutting off their toes too!

Pinotmum Thu 24-Feb-05 14:44:53

My favorite is Red Riding Hood but with the eaten up granny ending (scary).

rosebunch Thu 24-Feb-05 14:45:56

I've been buying the cheap ladybird versions (about £1.50). They aren't very well told and some of the illustrations are dire but they are a cheap way of reminding ourself of the story so that you can retell it to your child. (Obviously an even cheaper way would be the library but haven't found any good fairy stories yet. I find it quite hard to navigate the children's sections in some libraries).

rosebunch Thu 24-Feb-05 14:48:48

PS my favourite to tell ds is Rumplestiltskin (sp?). It works really well as a story with lots of suspense and the courtier telling of how when he was travelling the land and in the place where the fox and the hare bid each other goodnight he heard the strange little man singing the following song etc and then you do the 3 days of names until you suddenly say "well then, is it..........Rumplestiltskin?"!

connyflower Thu 24-Feb-05 15:16:43

magic porrage pot was my fav when i was young

ElectricBlue Thu 24-Feb-05 17:34:10

We've still have a much renewed library book out called First Fairy Tales. It's got all the famous fairy tales told very sweetly (inc P+TP!!)and the illustrations are lovely too (by Margaret Mayo & Selina Young). We like the Frog Prince!

binkie Thu 24-Feb-05 17:50:03

The Hutchinson Treasury of Fairy Tales is good if you've got a grandparent or similar who wants to give a big present - not cheap, and hefty, but has got pretty much everything in it, pretty well told, really nice illustrations.

It's laid out in age-stage development, and very interesting how it really does match what appeals when. Goldilocks was the first love; then Snow White; then Red Riding Hood; then Jack & the Beanstalk. Puss in Boots quite popular now, also Sorcerer's Apprentice and Selfish Giant. Quite like Rapunzel, and the Elves & Shoemaker too.

Since we're saying, my personal non-fave is The Emperor's New Clothes.

roisin Thu 24-Feb-05 18:28:04

I bought a 'Complete Grimm' for Christmas last year ... "Fitcher's Bird" takes some beating for a gruesome tale. Definitely not one for children.

If you fancy a change from trad fairy stories Anholt: The Emperor's new underwear and others in the same series are actually quite amusing! Ds1 loves them, and so do the 8&9 yr-olds in yr4.

JoolsToo Thu 24-Feb-05 18:31:27


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