Cinderella · Fairy Tale · NovElla

Perrault vs. The Grimms

Cinderella is a fairy tale retold throughout the ages. Certain elements can be traced to different versions. Two of the most influential are Charles Perrault’s “Cendrillon, or The Little Glass Slipper” and “Aschenputtel” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Many of the traditional elements we associate with the Cinderella tale-type emerged from these two famous works.… Continue reading Perrault vs. The Grimms

Cinderella · Fairy Tale · NovElla

Ella Enchanted

“If he knew much about Bast, I was in for trouble – unless orange coaches were common there.” Tell a Fairy Tale Day is coming on February 26th! And so I bring you, Ella Enchanted! What could be better than a day for fairy tales? Although that might as well be every day for me…… Continue reading Ella Enchanted

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