Thursdays Tale: The Three Snake Leaves

I found a Grimm story I hadn’t read before today. A poor young man left his home with his father’s blessing, as his father could no longer support him, and went to war for a King. He was brave in battle, rallying the troops when all seemed lost, and defeating …

Thursday’s Tale: The Crow

We visited Kenyon College again yesterday. The Admissions office is in Ransom Hall, named after Kenyon poet John Crowe Ransom. Across the top of the building are a set of crows, the work of Peter Woytuk, a 1980 Kenyon graduate who is considered one the foremost sculptors of animal forms …

Thursday’s Tale: Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Lion

I don’t think I’ve ever featured a Br’er Rabbit story. Br’er Rabbit stories were told in the Southern US. I actually found this one because I was looking for hurricane tales. One day Br’er Rabbit was hopping through the woods when a great wind started to blow. Br’er Rabbit was …

Thursday’s Tale: Trolls of Reynisdrangar

Earlier this month I saw a National Geographic article on-line about the folktales behind Iceland’s natural formations, like rocks, islands, and lava formations. I’ve also enjoyed Icelandic folk tales, even before I knew that’s where they came. I might just have an affinity for trolls. I couldn’t find the full …

Thursday’s Tale: Beauty and the Goblin King

Beauty and the Goblin King is definitely a re-telling for grown-ups. Our beauty, Sabela, goes the Goblin King’s castle by choice. Her family needs the gold that the Goblin King gives to girls willing to spend the night with him. Okay, her family definitely pressures her to do it, but …

Thursday’s Tale: Brave Red, Smart Frog

I truly enjoyed these lovingly retold fairy tales. Jenkins has taken some favorite, familiar tales and while not adding anything new, has made them into charming tales. We have Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, the Frog Prince, and Diamonds and Toads among others. While she keeps …