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Fairy Tale Tuesday No.100 - An Adoration of Dragons

Cue the curse-breaking and mass reanimations! Since starting this project two years ago I’ve spent one hundred Tuesdays reviewing fairy tales and if you aren’t equipped to get that joke by now, I do not know what to do with you people. 4,343 more words

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Fairy Tale Tuesday No.99 - The Juniper Bush

There are times when I find a fairy tale that’s too wonderfully peculiar not to review, and this Swedish story – taken from Ruth Manning-Sanders’ A Book of Cats and Creatures – is a perfect example. 1,348 more words

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Fairy Tale Tuesday No.98 - The Lass Who Went Out at the Cry of Dawn

The last two Fairy Tale Tuesdays have been somewhat grim, what with all the crushing and devouring, so this week I’m reviewing something a little brighter. 932 more words

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Fairy Tale Tuesday No.97 - Little Red Cap

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? It’s become so much of a metaphorical threat over the centuries, at least for urban dwellers, that modern retellings often recast the ‘wolf’ as an all too human threat. 850 more words

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Fairy Tale Tuesday No.96 - The Legend of Black Mountain

This Australian Aboriginal story, taken from Jean A. Ellis’ collection This is the Dreaming, is strictly speaking more legend than fairy tale (as you might be able to tell from the title) but contains all the familiar ingredients: towers, terrible ideas, and forbidding landscape features. 556 more words

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Fairy Tale Tuesday No.95 - Prunella

This Italian fairy tale is taken from Ruth Manning-Sanders’ collection A Book of Witches. It begins when a little girl reaches into the abundant branches of a wayside plum tree and is snatched up by a witch in need of free domestic service. 1,124 more words

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Fairy Tale Tuesday No.94 - Ajaz the Wise

It’s a scientific fact of fairy tales that chancellors and viziers cannot be trusted. In this story from the Hamlyn collection Legends from Eastern Lands, the khan realises he has a whole throng of professional ‘wise men’ in his employ and decides to test their worth with a fun scavenger hunt. 1,083 more words

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