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Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales In The Library An... !!TOP!!


"Once upon a time" is the well-worn opening to several traditional fairy tales, but where did the phrase originate? What is a fairy tale? Scholars generally agree that a fairy tale does not need to include actual fairies, but they agree on little else. Some basic themes in fairy tales are the presence of magic, some form of transformation (of a character or an idea), and the inclusion of the extraordinary.




Once upon a Time: Fairy Tales in the Library an...



This exhibit explores classic fairy tales and traditional stories from around the world through a surprising array of books, toys, games and art held at the library's Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books.


In this collection of short stories Carter retells several familiar fairy tales in a dark and sensual style. Bringing a feminist spin to these retellings, she delves deeply into the ancient and bloody roots of the stories and creates new tales from her own perspective that lie far from their Disneyfied forms. Looking at Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, Bluebeard, Puss-in-Boots, as well as vampire and werewolf mythology, Carter has created a collection of tales at once disturbing and enthralling.


Though the items in this exhibit are presented here alphabetically, they are not intended to be perused in any particular order. All books featured in this exhibit are available for public viewing in the reading room of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. To request an item, please see the item's catalog record by clicking the annotation at the bottom of each page. For more information about visiting the library, please go to our website. Many of the books in this exhibit are available to view free of cost at HathiTrust and Project Gutenberg. We encourage you to use these resources as well as those on the Sources and Fairy Tale Resources page of this exhibit to dive deeper into the enchanting world of fairy tales.


Charles Perrault began studying folklore and writing fairy tales at the age of 67. After a career in government and the French Academy, Perrault turned to penning fairy tales as a way to impart Christian morals upon children. In 1697, he published Histoires ou contes du temps passé, often known in English as Tales of Mother Goose." The volume . . . read more.


Step into the world of fairy tales in Once Upon a Time. It's full of wicked queens, talking cauldrons, and lucky boys who happen to stumble upon magic objects. But unlike traditional fairy tales, you control the action.


"Once upon a time" is a stock phrase used to introduce a narrative of past events, typically in fairy tales and folk tales. It has been used in some form since at least 1380 (according to the Oxford English Dictionary) in storytelling in the English language and has started many narratives since 1600. These stories sometimes end with "and they all lived happily ever after", or, originally, "happily until their deaths".


The phrase is common in fairy tales for younger children. It was used in the original translations of the stories of Charles Perrault as a translation for the French "il était une fois", of Hans Christian Andersen as a translation for the Danish "der var engang", (literally "there was once"), the Brothers Grimm as a translation for the German "es war einmal" (literally "it was once") and Joseph Jacobs in English translations and fairy tales.


Once upon a time there was a book club that loved reading classic literature . . . Every Thursday night this fall Retro Readers are welcome to join Jenifer and the occasional guest for a virtual discussion of original fairy tales. We will examine stories by The Brothers' Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen and have in-depth conversations each week.


Once upon a time... four words that conjure up images of fairy tales. Princesses and castles, talking animals, love and magic, Prince Charmings and happily ever afters. But the tales written down by the Brothers Grimm were not so sweet. (I say 'written down' and not 'written' because versions of many of the stories were common in folklore long before they were recorded on paper.)


Traditional tales remain ever popular with young readers and provide a plethora of possibilities for classroom explorations from comparative literary studies to creative writing. Published within the last three years, the picture books presented here have been selected for their outstanding quality and child appeal. Included are European classics, traditional tales from across the globe, re-imaginings of familiar tales, fractured fairy tales, and original stories told with once-upon-a-time flair. Scroll down to discover some inviting options for your fairy tale fans.


Upon seeing the effects of Mr. Gold's aging spell on one of the nuns, Belle concludes her husband might use the same spell to speed up her pregnancy so he can cut away their son's fate with the shears. She unknowingly falls asleep while doing research at the library, in which she finds a book in the dream world version of the library that tells her to "follow the ribbon" if she wants to defeat the Dark One. Belle is led by the ribbon to the shears within a cave, where she realizes that she's dreaming as "Morpheus" arrives. He hints that the answer to stopping Mr. Gold is right in front of her, and begs her to stop his father from changing his fate before it's too late. After "Morpheus" then cuts the ribbon with the fake shears, Belle awakens and finds a book she was reading before she fell asleep. The book, written in squid ink, is the answer her son spoke of, but Emma and Hook fail to find the shears after paralyzing Mr. Gold. While Belle is still in the library, Mr. Gold arrives to accelerate her pregnancy, Belle reminds him that he doesn't have to be like this, and all she ever wanted was for him to try to be good. Mr. Gold, however, believes no one is capable of loving him, especially since he's already lost her, and their son is now his only chance at love. Belle brings up the consequences of his plan, in that he will lose her forever. Not wanting this to happen, Mr. Gold gives up and retreats. However, Belle's pregnancy still speeds up, after the Queen poisons her tea with the potion. During a painful labor, she passes out and meets "Morpheus" in the dream world, where he once again implies what she must do to stop Mr. Gold. Realizing she has to send her son away after his birth, she weeps and bids a heartfelt farewell to him, with "Morpheus" telling her not to forget the book. After the birth, Belle holds her son for a short time before asking Mother Superior to be his fairy godmother and to take him away so Mr. Gold can never find him. She also gives the Her Handsome Hero book to her, and asks her to read it to her son often as proof his mother is always close to him. In a final goodbye, Belle names her son Gideon, after the hero in the book. Mr. Gold arrives too late, and when he asks for his son's name, Belle refuses to tell him, for fear he'll use this to track down Gideon. ("Changelings")


Black Airt (Scotland). Links to related sites. Return to D. L. Ashliman's folktexts, alibrary of folktales, folklore, fairy tales, and mythology.The Black SchoolIcelandOnce upon a time there existed somewhere in the world, nobody knowswhere, a school which was called the Black School. There the pupilslearned witchcraft and all sorts of ancient arts. Wherever this schoolwas, it was somewhere below ground, and was held in a strong room which,as it had no window, was eternally dark and changeless. There was noteacher either, but everything was learnt from books with fiery letters,which could be read quite easily in the dark. Never were the pupilsallowed to go out into the open air or see the daylight during the wholetime they stayed there, which was from five to seven years. By then theyhad gained a thorough and perfect knowledge of the sciences to be learnt.A shaggy gray hand came through the wall every day with the pupils' meals,and when they had finished eating and drinking took back the horns andplatters. But one of the rules of the school was, that the owner shouldkeep for himself that one of the students who should leave the school thelast every year. And, considering that it was pretty well known among thepupils that the devil himself was the master, you may fancy what ascramble there was at each year's end, everybody doing his best to avoidbeing last to leave the school. 041b061a72


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