Thursdays Tale: The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage

Really, how odd can fairy tales be? “The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm is about just what it says, a mouse, a bird, and a sausage, all of whom talk by the way, including the sausage. The three live together happily, each doing their …

Thursdays Tale: The Little Girl Sold with the Pears

We’re still visiting Italy this week. “The Little Girl Sold with the Pears” is a fairy tale collected by Italo Calvino in Italian Folktales, published in 1954. You’ll notice some familiar themes in the story. A man had to pay the king four baskets of pears each year, but one …

Thursday’s Tale: Tamlane by Joseph Jacobs

“Tamlane” is a tale of a young man and the woman who loves him, both children of earls, told by Joseph Jacobs in More English Fairy Tales, 1894. I like this one because it’s the woman who has to come to the man’s rescue. Tamlane and Burd Janet grew up …

Thursday’s Tale: King Thrushbeard by The Brothers Grimm

The princess in “King Thrushbeard” is a bit unusual for the heroine in a Grimm tale. She’s beautiful, naturally, but not good and kind. She was proud and haughty and no matter how many suitors her father the King presented to her, she found fault with each one, ridiculing them …