Cinderella · Fairy Tale · Music · NovElla

Cinderella Musicals

We’ve already seen one musical version of Cinderella, as part of Into the Woods. I’m sure many of you are also familiar with the Disney animation; but don’t stop there. Richard Rodgers (1902–1979), composer, and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960), lyricist, collaborated on many great musicals – including Cinderella! This musical rendition was largely based on… Continue reading Cinderella Musicals

Candy · Cookies · Fairy Tale · Gingerbread · Historical · NovElla

Hansel, Gretel, and the Rise of Gingerbread

“Hansel and Gretel” is a fairy tale about a brother and sister lost in the woods. They come across a witch’s cottage made entirely of sweets. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm included it in their Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children’s and Household Tales) book. Gingerbread has a spicy history, and it was formed into the shape of… Continue reading Hansel, Gretel, and the Rise of Gingerbread

Austen · Historical · NovElla

A Fine Brush on Ivory

Watercolor of Jane Austen by her sister, Cassandra, 1804   A Fine Brush on Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen is a light academic analysis of Jane Austen’s writings by Richard Jenkyns, a professor and researcher of classical literature. If you like reading Jane Austen, and exploring the ideas within her works, this is the… Continue reading A Fine Brush on Ivory

Cinderella · NovElla

The Ordinary Princess

What if a princess is given the gift of ordinariness by a fairy? The Ordinary Princess is a clever and entertaining children’s novel, written and illustrated by M.M. Kaye. I enjoyed reading The Far Pavilions, by the same author, years ago and ever since I’ve had The Ordinary Princess on my list. I no longer… Continue reading The Ordinary Princess

Historical · Math · NovElla

Fibonacci Day 2017

Today’s the day to celebrate the Fibonacci sequence! Each number in the sequence is the sum of the two preceding numbers. Every year on November 23rd, the 11/23 date format starts the Fibonacci sequence. I explained more about the history and life of Fibonacci in my post last year. This year, Fibonacci Day lands on… Continue reading Fibonacci Day 2017