Education · Historical · Math · NovElla

Fibonacci Day 2019

Happy Fibonacci Day! Every year on November 23rd, the 11/23 date format is from the beginning of the Fibonacci sequence. Each number in the sequence is the sum of the two preceding numbers. Check out math professor Arthur Benjamin’s short but inspiring TED talk to learn more: The Fibonacci Sequence is named after Italian mathematician… Continue reading Fibonacci Day 2019

Cinderella · Fairy Tale · Historical · NovElla

Love Like Salt

An old folktale from Mexico, “Love Like Salt” begins in the style of King Lear, very much like the beginning of the English Cinderella story “Cap O’Rushes”. The King questions his three daughters and finds out the youngest princess loves him…as dearly as she loves salt! The story has a riches-to-rags-to-riches plot line. These stories,… Continue reading Love Like Salt

Cinderella · Fairy Tale · Historical · NovElla

Finette Cendron

Charles Perrault had competition! Historically, women were the tellers of traditional folktales, and the salon scene in Paris was full of aristocratic women exercising their storytelling. Madame d’Aulnoy (c.1650 – 1705) produced a number of fairy tales around the same time as Charles Perrault. We could just as easily be most familiar with her version of… Continue reading Finette Cendron

Historical · Math · NovElla

Fibonacci Day 2018

Happy Fibonacci Day! “If, by chance, something less or more proper or necessary I omitted, your indulgence for me is entreated, as there is no one who is without fault, and in all things is altogether circumspect.” ― Leonardo Fibonacci, from Fibonacci’s Liber Abaci   The Fibonacci Sequence You can find more information about the… Continue reading Fibonacci Day 2018

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