Project: Fairy Tale

Alison from The Cheap Reader has created a fun project for fans of Fairy Tales, appropriately called Project: Fairy Tale.  Basically, a blogger can choose a fairytale (only one fairytale per blogger), and read the original story.  Then the blogger will read at least three retellings of that fairytale.  All of the posts will be up in either February or March 2013.  So much fun, right?  Click here for more details.

I love fairytales, and I especially love fairytale retellings.  Fairytales are wonderful but there is usually very little character development in fairytales.  Mostly because these folktales (fairytales are a type of folktale) were passed down orally over the years, and individual storytellers probably added details during the story telling.  But fairytale retellings let the author really develop the characters, and expand on the original story.

I chose the Norwegian folk tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon.  I was able to find three retelling of this folktale.  I have already read one, but the other two I’ve never read before.

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
I read this one about two years ago, and it is one of my favorite books.  I can’t wait to re-read this one.

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

East by Edith Pattou
I have been meaning to read this one forever, but never have.

So far my plan is to talk about the original fairy tale, and then review each of the above titles separately.  I might do an end of Project: Fairy Tale post as well.  I am also considering do a post on folktales, too, but I haven’t decided on that one yet.

If you have any other suggestions for me, leave me a comment.  Also, if you are interested in participating in this totally awesome event, I think there are still some fairytales unclaimed.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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8 Responses to Project: Fairy Tale

  1. I adore fairytales and the retellings lately are amazing. It’s great to see the popularity. I hope it stays 🙂 I’m heading over to the Project to find out more about it. It sounds like fun.

    A post on folktales sound great! You should do that 🙂

  2. This looks like so much fun; I’m going to go sign up; can’t wait to see your reviews! 🙂 I haven’t read ‘Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow’, but I’ve read some of Jessica Day George’s other books!

  3. Alison says:

    I’m glad you were able to find 3 books! I can’t wait to hear how they all compare. If you can find picture books about the fairy tale should read them too!

  4. Rhin says:

    I’m glad I joined the project. I’m not actually familiar with some of the fairy tales, so I’m sure I’ll learn a lot. Looking forward to your reviews. ^_^

  5. missj says:

    I love fairytale’s too! I haven’t heard of that folk-tale, but it sounds interesting!


  6. caitlore says:

    Looking forward to your review! This is a fairy tale I’m not that familiar with so I’m excited to hear your thoughts… and your three books look great! So far I’ve got two for mine (The Snow Queen) and a really weird, old, sci-fi third one that I’m trying to avoid! 🙂

  7. So your post totally inspired me to sign up myself! East of the Sun, West of the Moon is a great tale (and actually a variant of Beauty and the Beast), and I really enjoyed Edith Pattou’s version. This looks like so much fun!

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