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message 1: by Mary Pat (last edited Oct 03, 2017 06:31PM) (new)

Mary Pat | 2186 comments Folk & Fairy Tales from Around the World
October 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017


Folk and fairy tales represent an oral history of many cultures. We thought it would be fun to explore them through a combination of our annual theme and a marathon challenge! First, decide on the number books you want to read. Then use the list below to select your books. You can read them in any order! Just have fun!

1. Put together a list of countries – as many or as few as you want! Read a collection of fairy and/or folk tales from each country on your list! (e.g., Irish Fairy & Folk Tales by W.B. Yeats, The Drums that Would Not Stop Talking and Other African Fairy Tales, etc.)

2. Read a modern retelling of a classic fairy tale. (e.g. Mermaid, Cinder, etc.)

3. Read a mythical fiction or fantasy book written by an author from one of the countries on your list or that reflects a common folk tale theme. (e.g., Baba Yaga laid an Egg, A Wrinkle in Time, etc.)

4. Read a non-fiction book about one or more archetypes found in each of your favorite fairy tales. (e.g., Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History—without the Fairy-Tale Endings, Fairy Tales: The Origins, History, and Interpretations of the World’s Most Famous Fairy Tales, etc.)

A couple of notes. There are some strong similarities between @2 and #3 and there could be some crossover. Just remember that the list is not written in stone. As long as the books you read have fairy & folk tales at the heart, read away!

Here are a few lists to get you started!

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2...

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...

https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=hi...

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2...

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/8...

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4...


message 2: by Mary Pat (last edited Nov 05, 2017 06:55AM) (new)

Mary Pat | 2186 comments Participants:

Debra 4/12
Emma 0/4
Jennifer 0/4
Jennifer 0/1
Maris 0/2
Meghan 0/5
Nik 0/4


message 3: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Burton | 234 comments Would you consider Alice in Wonderland to be a fairytale?


message 4: by Nik (new)

Nik (bleepnik) | 852 comments In for four, please. Thank you.


message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Grønsund (gullita) | 3273 comments Jennifer wrote: "Would you consider Alice in Wonderland to be a fairytale?"

Personally, I wouldn't consider Alice in Wonderland a fairytale for the simple reason that it isn't rooted in the oral tradition of folk tales, nor does it feature any folkloric characters.
I guess it depends on how you define "fairy tale", Jennifer :)


message 6: by Jennifer (last edited Oct 04, 2017 09:43AM) (new)


message 8: by Eirelyn (new)

Eirelyn (ladyeirelyn) | 1216 comments Jennifer wrote: "Would you consider Alice in Wonderland to be a fairytale?"

Folk tale? Probably not. But fairy tale? Yes. At least, according to Merriam-Webster's definition, lol:

"Definition of fairy tale

1 a :a story (as for children) involving fantastic forces and beings (such as fairies, wizards, and goblins) enjoyed the fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" — called also fairy story

b :a story in which improbable events lead to a happy ending
those balletic fairy tales in which a new corps member steps in for an injured principal at the last minute and delivers a splendid performance —Margaret Willis

2 :a made-up story usually designed to mislead
an old-fashioned fairy tale depicting revolutionists as demigods —Jonathan Zimmerman"


It would definitely fit with that first definition. :) Hope that helps.


message 9: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Burton | 234 comments Put me down for one please. Going to try and read Cinder Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer


message 10: by Meghan L (new)

Meghan L | 314 comments I'm in for 5, with these as possibilities:

1. The Bear and the Nightingale
2. The Grimm Legacy
3. The Magician's Nephew
4. Tales of Beedle the Bard
5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


message 11: by Maris (new)

Maris (maristocratic) | 147 comments I'm down for 2 at the moment! :)


message 12: by Emma (last edited Dec 05, 2017 06:06AM) (new)


message 13: by Mary Pat (new)

Mary Pat | 2186 comments Life has gotten ahead of me folks! I came home from a trip and got hit with a big storm. Have been without power since early Monday. Will catch up on this challenge by Friday.

Thanks for being patient everyone!


message 14: by Katherine (last edited Feb 02, 2018 09:28PM) (new)

Katherine | 79 comments 4th Quarter - Folk & Fairy Tales from Around the World

1. One Bite 11/12/17
2. Alice in the Country of Hearts, Vol. 3 12/12/17
3. Pride and Prejudice 16/12/17
4. The Castle of Llyr 25/11/17
5. What Big Teeth You Have 17/12/17
6. Stardust 5/1/18

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen The Castle of Llyr (The Chronicles of Prydain #3) by Lloyd Alexander One Bite (Blood Prince, #2) by Jennifer Blackstream Alice in the Country of Hearts, Vol. 3 (Alice in the Country of Hearts, #5-6) by QuinRose What Big Teeth You Have (Blood Prince #2.5) by Jennifer Blackstream Stardust by Neil Gaiman


message 15: by Emma (new)

Emma Green | 198 comments update to msg 12 - read 2/4


message 16: by Debra (new)

Debra Barstad | 362 comments updated msg 9 completed


message 17: by Meghan L (last edited Dec 31, 2017 11:35AM) (new)

Meghan L | 314 comments FOLK & FAIRY TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
October 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017
5/5
COMPLETED 12/31/17

1. The Bear and the Nightingale
2. The Grimm Legacy
3. The Magician's Nephew
4. Tales of Beedle the Bard
5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


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