Welcome to my new feature, Fairy Tale Friday. I love fairy tales, whether we’re talking about children’s stories or much more adult tales. Tell me there’s a happily ever after and I’m there!
Today, I am featuring Snow White and Rose Red, by the Brothers Grimm. Most people think of Snow White as the Disney movie with the raven haired beauty, evil queen and seven dwarves. But actually, the original version featured two young sisters (and believe it or not, Snow White was a blonde), their kind mother, a talking bear, and one really foul-tempered dwarf.
This was my favorite book when I was a little girl, and I would stare at the pictures over and over again, always imagining that my own Prince Charming would one day come along. There are many versions of the book, but the one I have is shown below.
If you’ve never read the Grimm version, you should go to the library and check it out and read it. If you have little girls, you REALLY need to read it with them. I will share one more photo of two of the pages inside the book, so you can see how pretty the illustrations are. But no need for spoiler alerts! I’m not giving away the ending here!
With Mirror, Mirror already out, and Snow White and the Huntsman (which looks totally awesome, by the way) due this summer, you owe it to yourself to read the REAL story, before you go see the Hollywood versions.
If you have one, take your daughter with you. If you don’t, take your best friend. We’re never too old to believe in happily ever after, are we?