Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fairy Tale Fridays: Your Childhood Favorite

Special Thanks to my Personal Faery Friend for the Button Art: Ye Olde Faery Shoppe

I am so excited for this week's Fairy Tale Friday!!  I am excited because I am honoring Share A Story, Shape A Future (a week celebrating literacy!) AND I am excited to read which selections you choose.  Without further ado, let's get to it . . .

One of my favorite fairy tales from my childhood was Hansel & Gretel.  For some reason, I have always been drawn to this story.  I don't know if it is because I have such a sweet tooth or if it is because I can somehow relate to the characters.  Whatever the case may be, it is one that I always find myself going back to again and again.  Unfortunately, I have already featured this tale!  

Beyond this story, the next tale that stands out is Button Soup.  The version I grew up on was actually a Disney version of the more classic tale of Stone Soup.  Though the tale differs from version to version, the same basic story exists.  An individual comes to town but others are being greedy.  There are no worries though because they have a special button or magic stone that can create this most amazing soup.  A pot of water is pulled out and set upon a fire and the button/stone is dropped in.  Of course, the button soup would taste so much better with a little bit of salt in it.  Suddenly, it appears in hand!  Then again, it would taste amazing if it had a few potatoes.  Yep!  Potatoes appear.  Before you know it, the soup is done and is filled with a variety of veggies, spices, and/or meat.  The moral typically centers around cooperation, discouraging greediness.

I love the goodness that can result from this story.  I love that it opens up the greedy and they realize what good can result when they work together.  It is just a refreshing story and reminds me that even in the hard times, we have to remember to support each other because it is the betterment for the whole!

I am still looking for a really good version of this story.  I only have a copy of the Disney version that I mentioned above.  Do you have any recommendations?

What story did you read this week?  What fairy tale or fable is your childhood favorite?

Friday, March 19th:  Rapunzel by The Brothers Grimm
Friday, March 26th:  The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson
Friday, April 2nd:  The Goose with the Golden Eggs by Aesop
Friday, April 9th:  Little Red-Cap by Brothers Grimm (aka Little Red Riding Hood)


  1. I always thought it would be fun to have a Stone Soup party. I've read several versions of it, but none really stand out of the top of my head.

    My story today features a troll.

  2. I used a version of Stone Soup-it even had a lovely recipe at the end!

  3. Stone Soup sounds like fun!

    My post is here:

  4. It's hard to decide which one is my favorite. I've always liked Cinderella a lot--in fact my nickname in middle school was Cinderella. :P But I also enjoy Beauty and Beast, The Little Mermaid, and The Princess and the Pea.

  5. Everyone . . . I'm a little late in responding, but I will be stopping by your posts this week!!

    carolsnotebook . . . A stone soup party? That sounds like a great idea!!!!

    Peaceful Reader . . . I can't wait to check out your version! I may have to get my hands on that recipe for the stone soup party!!

    Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow . . . Can't wait to read your post!!

    heidenkind . . . Very interesting!! Do you have the glass slippers too? :) I love it!!

  6. I'll leave a comment here, and put one on my blog as well. The story is The Invisible One and The Rough-Faced Girl. It's a story told in an oral tradition among native american and first nation tribes.

  7. bitsy . . . Thanks!! I am very interested after reading your post!!


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