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U is for Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling may be the most imitated literary folktale on earth! How many children’s books tell of an ugly or clumsy outcast finding his or her reward at last, becoming loved, appreciated, even envied? 128 more words


Fairy Tales

Growing up, one of my favorite movies was Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. My grandparents had the VHS and I remember watching it many times in their small den. 318 more words

Sleepers, Awake

As a child, I never slept through a story by Hans Christian Andersen. Whether the tale was light and playful (“The Princess and the Pea”) or darker, more complex, and just a little disturbing (“The Tinderbox” or “The Child in the Grave”)  I loved them all. 985 more words


At the Crossroads of Fairy Tale and Folklore

According to my outdated (read: paper copy!) Webster’s Dictionary the definition of fairy tale is a story about fairies, magic deeds, etc., while folklore is defined as the traditional beliefs, legends, etc. 395 more words

Random Musings

And The Oscar Goes To...The Emperor's New Clothes! Oops, I Mean Frozen


If you haven’t seen Frozen, stop reading now.

Or, if it doesn’t matter, carry on.

I am an enthusiastic fan of animated movies. Granted, I live with three young children who have an impressive library of animated films, but that aside, I would watch these movies even if I were not in such good company. 982 more words

Baby Boomers

Silva Semerciyan: Playwriting, a Performance Art

Silva Sermerciyan has been adapting Hans Christian Andersen’s The Tinderbox for the Bristol Old Vic Young Company which opens next week. Her radio play, Varanasi… 704 more words

Pansy ~

Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Andersen