Thursday’s Tale: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

We saw Beauty and the Beast at the theater on Sunday. We all know the story. Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior …

Thursday’s Tale: Little Broomstick

With Beauty and the Beast coming out in theaters this weekend, I though I’d look at a variation of the story. “Little Broomstick” comes from Germany. The tale was told by Ludwig Bechstein in Deutsches Märchenbuch, 5th edition, 1847. I read D. L. Ashliman’s translation on his website. According to Ashliman, Bechstein …

Thursday’s Tale: The Bear Prince

Today’s story comes from Switzerland. “The Bear Prince” starts in a similar way to other Bauty and the Beast stories. A father, in this case a wealthy merchant, goes to the market and, at his daughters’ request,  buys pearls and precious stones for his oldest daughter and a dress for his middle …

Thursday’s Tale: The Small-Tooth Dog

“The Small-Tooth Dog” is an English tale, collected by Sydney Oldall Addy in Household Tales               and Other Traditional Remains, 1895. It’s similar to “Beauty and the Beast,” but in this case the father doesn’t steal anything from the beast, but does owe him for a service. “Once upon a time,” a …

Thursday’s Tale: Three Gold Nuts

Happy Valentine’s Day! We actually have plans for this evening, probably the first time we’ve gone out on Valentine’s Day for years. Dinner and then the Wheeling Symphony. I’m looking forward to it. This month, we’re looking at Beauty and the Beast variations. Today’s is an Appalachian tale called “The …