Today is 'National Tell A Fairy Tale Day'.
I'm not sure who made this day up but if it gets children reading and adults enjoying and sharing fairy tales of their own childhood with their offspring then it cant be bad. It was also nice to hear fairy tales being discussed on the radio (which is how I found out about this little day).
When I was little I was given a copy of 'Dean's Gift Book of Fairy Tales'
Published in 1967 it was full of crazy, colourful and slightly sinister illustrations of all the best loved fairy tales. I remember being quite scared by a particular illustration of the genie in Aladdin
No fluffy bunny images for 1960s children.
How about Hansel and Gretel
Oh yes those poor sad eyed children who starting tucking into the ginger bread house of an old witch. Hansel of course gets put in a cage and his sister is forced to cook food for her brother to fatten him up so the witch can have a hearty meal of young boy. All wholesome fun.
And we all love a witch in a fairy tale, how about this horned, bat winged minx from Sleeping Beauty:
There is also the two dandy robbers from Babes in the Wood who were paid to take the children away and kill them (not a very PC start to a children's story):
But don't despair, "Jane and Thomas thought the robbers looked very gay, with their colourful clothes and feathered hats" and rightly so, the kindest of the robbers decided not to kill them but to leave them in the woods instead. Just don't read this one to children with separation anxiety.
My original copy of this book was given away many moons ago so I was chuffed to bits to find a copy of it in a charity shop. I will be sharing a fairy tale with my son this evening at bed time, although I might not scare the bejesus out of him with Aladdin's genie though *wink*
What is your favourite childhood fairy tale?
Before I go, I would like to say a massive thank you for your comments on my last post. I was welcomed back into blogland a treat. To be honest i was touched that you still had my blog on your read lists. I'm so happy to be back in touch with all my bloggy friends so big love to you all.