Friday, January 06, 2006

I Know a Story

DQ is taking a trip this weekend. The first book she packed away into her bag was I Know a Story written by Miriam Blanton Huber the author of the Jerry and Alice books.

We obtained this book years ago, possibly as far back as when my 18 yr old was in kindergarten. My aunt was a first grade teacher and often sent discarded school/library books our way. For some reason, this book stayed in the house all those years, lasted through a major move, and has now fallen into the saving hands of Drama Queen. And she's in love with the book.

It's well below her reading level (it's a basal beginning reader) but, perhaps, that part of its appeal. She was almost finished reading it so I offered her Howard Pyle's book The Wonder Clock to take on her trip.

No, thanks, she said. "I'm going to reread this one when I finish it."

She crawled in bed with me this morning and read some stories aloud. So here was my 8 yr old reading simple fairy tales aloud to me. Then I saw her reading the tales aloud to her younger sister. These are all tales she's heard from infancy but she's enjoying them anew. Possibly because there are some different ones inside the otherwise-easy annex of this book.

In adjacent to the old familiar "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Gingerbread Man" and "Three Little Bears", she read a couple this morning that I had never heard:

"Mr. Vinegar"
"The Straw Ox"
"The Boy Who Went to the West Wind"

At any rate, this book has captured her attention. This book motivates her to declare I Know a Story and share it with you. Perhaps she's a future storyteller in training.

Monday, January 02, 2006

SurLaLune Fairy Tales

This is an excellent site (SurLaLune Fairy Tales) for those interested in fairy tales.

Let me know if you've familiar with any other sites I'm unfamiliar with.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Purpose of Fairy Tale Filigree Blog

The name Fairy Tale Filigree was choosen because the definition of filigree is "delicate, intricate ornamentation; usually in gold or silver, fine, twisted wire"

The purpose of this blog is to twist the delicate, intricate ornamentation of fairy tales and to read, study, explore, and understand them, their meanings, their purpose, their morals, and their roots.