Hey everyone, I hope you're having a great start to your week!
A little while ago I was talking with a friend about children's books and whether we have kept any from our childhood's that we'll never want to give away, and well I found quite a lot but this Favourite Fables & Fairytales book is my ultimate favourite.
This story collection features some of our best loved stories that have been written and re-written for centuries, from author's such as Aesop, The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen (my favourite), and tales from the collection Arabian Nights. All of these stories were and still are my favourite stories, particularly those belonging to Hans Christian Andersen.
Anyway today I just wanted to show you this story collection book because it really is so beautiful, on each page there are wonderful illustrations and just ugh, this is the perfect book for any child. I have no doubt that when I have children of my own I'll be reading these stories to them over and over again, just like my parents had done for me.
Take a peep at these wonderful illustrations...
The Hare and the Tortoise from Aesop's Fables
The classic story of a boastful hare racing a persevering tortoise.
At the end of each fable there tends to be a moral of the story and this one as I'm sure you're familiar with is "slow and steady wins the race" a saying that I suppose implies you're better off taking your time on tasks to carry them out correctly, rather than rushing the task and making mistakes. Obviously, other interpretations are considered too.
The Frog Prince by The Brothers Grimm
Some of you may or may not be familiar with this story but cut along stories short, a princess kisses a frog and it turns into a prince- but seeing as it's by the Brothers Grimm it's a lot darker than that. Disney's The Princess and The Frog is loosely based on this story.
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
My favourite fairy tale ever by a tremendous children's author who I hold dear to my heart. I'm sure you're all familiar with the story but Andersen's tale is far darker than the fun Disney film version we all love. I recommend you read this for sure!
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp from Arabian Nights
There's something special about the fairy and folk tales told in this collection from Arabian Nights, and one that will always be a favourite (probably because of Disney's influence) is the story of Aladdin. As I'm sure you all know he finds a magic lamp amongst other treasures, but the best treasure is the genie inside that grants him three wishes- changing his life forever.
Do you like fairy and folk tales? What are your favourites? Do you have a collection book like this that holds them all? I'd love to know!