Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Louisa May Alcott’s Modern Cinderella

Do you like modern retellings of your favorite timeworn tales? The short story, A Modern Cinderella, Or The Little Old Shoe, was considered an “updated” version by author Louisa May Alcott — in 1860! Which means, to us, it’s now historical. That makes the story a fantastic mix between the American lifestyle in the late… Continue reading Louisa May Alcott’s Modern Cinderella

Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Charles Perrault and the Glass Slipper

Charles Perrault’s 1697 version of Cendrillon [“Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper”] is the origin of some of the most popular elements of Cinderella. Fairy godmother, pumpkin coach, glass slipper – all of these were the contribution of Perrault! You can see all my posts on Cinderella from the beginning at Introducing Cinderella. Charles Perrault… Continue reading Charles Perrault and the Glass Slipper

Education · Historical · Math · NovElla

Fibonacci Day

Happy Fibonacci Day! Leonardo Bonacci of Pisa, also known as Fibonacci, was an Italian mathematician in the early 13th century. Although he did not discover the sequence bearing his name, Fibonacci introduced it into western mathematics. The Fibonacci Sequence: Each number in the sequence is the sum of the two preceding numbers. For example: This… Continue reading Fibonacci Day

Cinderella · NovElla · Pumpkin

Introducing Cinderella

It’s that time of year again! Brightly colored leaves, crisp weather, pumpkins, Cinderella—wait, Cinderella? Yes! Cinderella’s fairy godmother turns a big orange pumpkin into a beautiful coach, so the story must occur in autumn… Or does it? And does she wear glass slippers or are they gold? It all depends on which version you’re referencing.… Continue reading Introducing Cinderella

Education · Historical · Math · NovElla

Mole Day

Happy Mole Day! Wait, not that kind of mole! I’m talking about a mole from chemistry. A mole (or mol) is a standard, scientific unit for measuring large quantities of very small entities, such as atoms. Why October 23rd? It’s from Avogadro’s number. Avogadro’s number refers to the number of units in one mole of… Continue reading Mole Day