New Fairy Tales
Review at Heartland Reviews
Review at Midwest Book Review by 'Pogo'
Review at greenmanreview.com
Review of this site from a Wesleyan University project
The sites below include links to my page and to pages similar to mine.
Tales, Resource Page Wesleyan University. Includes review
_________Fairy Tales and Fantasy
P.L. Duffy Resource Centre, Trinity College, Western Australia
|Forms of Traditional Literature with Links Internet School Library Media Center.||Stories, Folklore, and Fairy Tales Theme
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St. Mary High School
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|The Best Children's Literature
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|Rose Daughter In Search of Cupid and Psyche: Myth and Legend in Children's Literature.||Kids and Literature SilverPlatter Information Services||Folk and Fairy Tales||Beyond Yahoo: Book Links||timeless_tales Read Alongs Read the words, hear the story; Grimms; Gutenberg||Realms of Folklore|
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|Ferrum College AppLit|
The Guide to Fiction on the Web
|Beacon Hills College Library||Smoky Mountain Story Tellers|
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About Feminist Fairy Tales
My stories are both 'feminist' and 'fairy tales.' They keep all the traditional fairy tale elements, using strong, smart girls and women as the 'heros.' Often instead of the 'good king' there is a 'good queen,' and other helpers are 'good witches' and female animals. Most are re-tellings of old stories with the genders reversed; some are original with all good characters being strong females, and some feminist motifs such as maiden/mother/crone. Many feature non-traditional families. Though most villains are male, most male characters are good, and I show healthy male/female friendships and romances. Rather than a gender-switch which would have an active female rescuing a passive male, I make both characters smart and active, and show them cooperating. (In my one passive-rescuee tale, I had to shut him up in a golden keg through most of the story. But when the keg was opened, he jumped out with his sword drawn ready to fight! However "The Prince in the Ivy Tower" did prefer to stay home playing his flute, and that was okay too.)
Aside from those gender/plot changes (and some modernizing of the style and pace of storytelling, and some comic animals) I have tried to keep my tales as traditional as possible! (Well, I can't resist a few anachronisms for the fun of it.) Like Tolkien, Chesterton, Lewis, and Luthi, I love the fairytale world [ie, the world of 'Faerie'] where talking animals and magic are taken for granted. Events seem to happen almost randomly -- except that all adds up to everyone getting their just deserts, so it is really by the Law of Karma, or possibly what Myers called 'Delian Law' in his wonderful book Silverlock. Or what some call 'poetic justice.' And of course there's a sort of Law of Symbolism, that Maria von Franz and Bruno Bettelheim have described (though I do wish Bettelheim had read Alice Miller instead of Freud!).
In my tales I have tried to continue this sort of feeling, this sort of world -- what Luthi describes as a 'glass bead game.' Of course it varies; there's a lot of it in the middle of "Sir Marzipan", rather less in "The Well at the World's End," and hardly any in "The Little Brother who Cried 'Wolf!' ".
Feminist fairy tales with plots like mine can be found in collections such as Not One Damsel in Distress: World Folktales for Strong Girls by Jane Yolen, and Clever Gretchen (Amazon misspelled it :-) edited by Alison Lurie.
The following books at Amazon may also be worth
Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World
The Woman in the Moon: And Other Tales of Forgotten Heroines
The Serpent Slayer and Other Stories of Strong Women
Folktales of Strong Women (Audio Cassette)
Tatterhood and Other Tales: Stories of Magic and Adventure
Cut from the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend and Tall Tale
Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales (Coretta Scott King Author)
The first volume of Bruce Lansky's Girls to the Rescue #1 has tales which omit the magic and magical helpers, as well as the romance, but keep much of the form of the folktale/fairytale. Barbara G. Walker's book Feminist Fairy Tales has revised versions of many old tales, but much more is changed, and they seem more for adults than for children -- parental discretion advised on some.
See also New Fairy Tale Resources and Other Links
Large Print Edition?
I wonder how many people would be interested in a Large Print edition of Once Upon A Time When The Princess Rescued The Prince? It would be another "trade paperback", slightly taller, in 18 point type, over 200 pages. Probably priced about $15-20 (like the current Large Print edition of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe). Email and let me know?
From "Fairy Tale
Resource Page" at Wesleyan University,
http://mennis.web.wesleyan.edu/fist255s.mle.ftresources.html#Best Feminist Fairy Tales site
The Best Feminist Fairy Tales site is at.....
The interesting thing about these feminist fairy tales is that the story stays essentially the same but it has a new ending with the women saving themselves along with new feminist morals. -K Pasley... This site was the best because it was the only one I could find that centered around feminist fairy tales specifically, rather than feminist authors in general. -J Ostrow... This is a sizable collection of e-texts of various feminist fairy tales, some of which are quite humourous. -C Wade... Great selection of humorous and innovative tales. -S Tassev... This site has an entire collection of fairy stories told through a more feminist perspective. They are classified by subject and there are quite a few of them. In my opinion, this is definitely one of the most interesting sites I visited. -L Grappo... This is a page of links to various stories written from a feminist perspective, like "When the Princess Rescued the Prince." -L Goldstein; also cited by L Pao... I like the fact that this site is actually geared toward children, and has many different stories for them to read. -J Kopecky ...This is the best feminist fairy tale site simply for the sheer number of fairy tales represented. None of the other feminist sites, although some offered more analysis, offered more tales. -B Kinney
Note To Children
I love to get letters! If you feel like writing me, please do.
I'd like to know which stories you like best, and why, and what you'd like in future stories.
(Hope this doesn't sound rude, but my lawyer says I should add this: All ideas sent to me become property of the management, ie Rosemary Lake. If that's ok, please go ahead and write.)
Note To Educators and Homeschoolers
Please feel free to use these stories in non-digital, casual, small-scale, non-profit ways, just so you include my copyright information and URL and don't change or cut anything. If you want to distribute a lot of copies or reach a big audience or charge money, then you need my permission by email. Do not repackage as ebooks or redistribute or post elsewhere in digital form, etc.
If you like my stories, I would appreciate some comments for my scrapbook. I'd especially like feedback from homeschoolers. What else would you like to see on this site, or in future books?
All these stories are suitable for elementary reading level, also called "middle grade" (USA grades around 4-6). The shorter ones may also work for 1-3, the longer ones for 7-9. See below for grade level for each story and help in choosing stories for special purposes.
|Once Upon a Time When the Princess Rescued the Prince|
|FKGL Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level -- FRE
Flesch Reading Ease
FRE 89.0 725
words The Vampire Grandmother
FKGL 4.1 FRE 88.6 2,100 words The Little Brother Who Cried Wolf!
FKGL 4.3 FRE 86.2 1,900 words The Crystal Sphere
FKGL 4.4 FRE 84.9 2,000 words The Enchanted Crab
FKGL 4.4 FRE 84.9 2,500 words The Flying Turnips
FKGL 4.7 FRE 85.6 3,300 words The Enchanted Tree
FKGL 4.8 FRE 83.3 2,400 words The Bear Princess
FKGL 4.9 FRE 83.0 1,200 words Panalou's Little Red Riding Hood
FKGL 4.9 FRE 82.4 2,200 words Sir Marzipan
FKGL 4.9 FRE 81.0 3,500 words The Girl Who Could Not Shudder
FKGL 5.1 FRE 83.7 2,800 words Queen of the May & the Vampires
FKGL 5.8 FRE 77.6 2,200 words The False Dragonfly Queen
FKGL 6.7 FRE 76.7 3,200 words Under the Glass Mountain
|Once Upon a Time When the Princess Beat the Dragon|
|FKGL 2.8 FRE 88 24K The Fisher-Girl and the Magic Flounder (trusting outsiders, telling truth)|
|FKGL 4.1 FRE 86 37K The White Bear's Neckband (trust, persistence, studies)|
|FKGL 4.3 FRE 84 18K The Well at the World's End (or Well On the Way to It) (comedy, speaking out)|
|FKGL 4.5 FRE 85 12K The Game-Keeper's Husband (assertiveness; contrast offensive tales fm Grimm etc)|
|FKGL 4.7 FRE 85 13K The Baby from the Eagle's Nest (loyalty, learning)|
|FKGL 5.7 FRE 81 11K The Silent Castle (kindness to animals)|
|FKGL 5.5 FRE 81 16K The Statue Queen's Cave (foresight)|
|Once Upon a Time When the Princess Cast the Spell|
|27K And I Thank You, Too (female mentor, win-win solutions, amiable disagreement)|
|23K The Black Toad's Mansion (responsibility, following instructions, escaping exploition)|
|24K The Prince in the Ivy Tower (romance, independence)|
|15K The Bear and the Blindfold (ingenuity, self-reliance, generosity) - down for revision|
|19K The Wicker House (female friends, loving foster family, peace and healing, wisdom of age, comedy)|
|23K Delian Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (meets and helps prince before she eats the apple)|
|19K The Witch Princess (romantic, co-operation)|
|35K The Princess in Mouse-Wool (male and female friends, ingenuity, comedy)|
|34K The Pirates' Prisoner (female friends, problem solving, kindness)|
|Once Upon a Time When the Princess Got the Treasure|
|30K, FRE 80, FKGL 5.8 "The Never-Summer Mountain" (initiative, perseverence, following notes)|
|FRE: Flesch Reading Ease -- FKGL: Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level|
|(These numbers are approximations, as some checks were run on earlier drafts.)|
|New classic stories
online (new to many of us, anyway)
Door" by Ruth Plumly Thompson -- It's like my modern feminist stories, but was
published in 1919.
Very complete listing of Baum's works (Oz and other), Plumly's Oz books, etc. Long page, scroll down.
to lots of Oz books online
Lyman Frank Baum at
the Mad Cybrarian's Library
Resource Page on Baum
More E. Nesbit works:
The Charmed Life, or the Princess and the Lift Man
Melisande or Long and Short Division
The Railway Children
The Magic World -- stories, one of which has someone getting into a magic world through an old wardrobe
Some Cabinet des Fees stories
With sad endings
|Misc reading links
The Internet Public Library, online texts of over 13,000 books
Blackmask Online: Home: for girls and boys A wonderful site! Scroll down past the list of authors, and there is a list of links to old old books with a sample paragraph from each.
Bevis by Richard Jeffries
The Cuckoo Clock -- nice old book, kind of like L.M. Montgomery's
Ruth Plumley Thompson's The Trojan War (ok for homework but dull to read)
Ebook central service: www.knowbetter.com
|Fairy Tale and
Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts
D. L. Ashliman / University of Pittsburgh.`Many old stories in
by-subject text files: by tale type, etc.
Andrew Lang's Fairy Books
"Ongoing Tales" -- a collection of old-time fairy tales from various out of copyright books http://www.ongoing-tales.com/SERIALS/oldtime/FAIRYTALES/
distinguishes Russian folk 'fairy tale' from legends etc, gives good sources
new links at Similar Pages
Fairy Tales and Fantasy -- some interesting links on analyzing fairy tales
The Feminist Press -- children's books with strong female characters
Many stories with strong girls -- Lilypad Books
Story-lovers.com -- list of "Strong Women Stories"
Books on analyzing fairy tales
Introduction to Twice upon a Time: Women Writers and the History of the Fairy Tale by Elizabeth Wanning Harries
George MacDonald's essay about fairy tales, "The Fantastic Imagination"
Good review of Nesbit at Guardian UK
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