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Tell a Fairy Tale Day: February 26

Updated on October 18, 2014

Why you should tell a Fairy Tale

Once upon a time fairy tales were read to small children at bedtime but these days parents are often too busy, or too tired. What a loss for both parent and child!

Tell a Fairy Tale Day is a good start, an occasion to sit down and read the fairy folk stories which parents have read to children for a thousand generations.

Take your children into the realm of fairy-story which is, as Tolkien tells us, filled with all manner of beasts and birds, shoreless seas and stars uncounted, and beauty that is an enchantment.

Picture this Patty

Turn off the Television

Read a fairy tale instead

A fairy tale will open up the imagination of a child

Watching television is a passive experience - kids sit there and let the story come to them.

Reading a book or listening to a story is an active experience - kids will actively engage their imaginations with the story. You could say that it's exercise for the imagination.

The photo above is from an excursion with my granddaughter as we set out one Sunday afternoon looking for fairies

A First Book of Fairy Tales
A First Book of Fairy Tales

Simple, lyrical language, ideal for reading aloud

 

What do other People say?

I think it's important to pass traditional fairy tales down the generations - to tell them to our children and grandchildren.

Many are parables like the three little piggies (make sure your house is strong enough to shelter you from danger), others show that guile and courage can triumph over strength, eg the three Billy Goats Gruff.

Stazjia, author of Classic Poems for KIds

Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

G.K. Chesterton - in Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.

Albert Einstein in The World As I See It

Fairy Tales Spark the Imagination of a Child - Is this the way to Fairyland?

Bridge to Fairyland
Bridge to Fairyland

Why are Fairy Tales so important?

There are some (misguided) people who think that children are too young to hear a fairy tale

The Tolkien Reader
The Tolkien Reader

This collection contains “On Fairy-stories, Tolkien's essay on the form of the fairy story and the treatment of fantasy

 

Fairy Tales are not just for Children

The realm of fairy-story is open to all of us. It doesn't matter what age we are, the beauty of a good fairy tale grips everyone's imagination.

Read a fairy tale to yourself!

Tolkien's Tree and Leaf

Read this to the children if you wish, but first of all savour the marvels of Tolkien's imagination and splendid English for yourself.

Read Farmer Giles of Ham to a friend.

Have Fairy Tales had their day? - What's your opinion?

Should Fairy tales be shelved? Are they relevant (even wanted) in the modern world?

Do you tell fairy tales?

No, I don't mean when you last told a little white lie or a plain old-fashioned untruth.

When did you last tell a fairy tale?

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    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Just in time for the special day. I'll pin it to pinterest.

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      BenJacklin LM 

      6 years ago

      Great PDF links, my nephews will be happy.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for letting me know that today is Fairy Tale day.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I remember how much I loved the series of fairy tale books we had (Red Fairy Book, etc.). The stories really challenged my imagination and gave me an interest in folk ways, ethnic clothing, European history, and mythology.

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      Sorceress13 LM 

      6 years ago

      Love this page..

      Children these days need this so much.

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      Brandi 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      I'm already looking for fairy tales to read to my kids on February 26th! :)

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      Clairissa 

      6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Wonderful lens and great topic. I wish I had some little ones in my house. Guess I will have to try to read some Fairy Tales to my teens or Scotties. :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Fantastic topic and story line ... *blessed* ...

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Fantastic topic and story line ... *blessed* ...

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      BuddyBink 

      6 years ago

      Fairy tales build the imagination. They also provide a moral in the end. Well done.

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      BuddyBink 

      6 years ago

      Fairy tales build the imagination. They also provide a moral in the end. Well done.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      nice lens nice to see you on squidoo

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      nice lens nice to see you on squidoo

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      jimmyworldstar 

      6 years ago

      Fairy tales are just classic and sometimes have a morality tale behind them too. Besides that, it brings you back to your childhood.

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      jimmyworldstar 

      6 years ago

      Fairy tales are just classic and sometimes have a morality tale behind them too. Besides that, it brings you back to your childhood.

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      pcgamehardware 

      6 years ago

      There once was a princess on Squidoo, and when creating lenses knew just what to do,

      She built them with great care, and people liked them and shared, and her name was Susanna too. :) - Great lens Susanna Thanks for sharing and caring.

      A Like, A + and A Blessing by Big Joe... :)

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      miaponzo 

      6 years ago

      I love telling my own tales.. I think the standard fairy tales really cause societal problems .. just think about how many people are still looking for prince charming!!! Blessed!

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      SayGuddaycom 

      6 years ago

      I don't think I've ever agree with a lens more heartily!

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      lasertek lm 

      6 years ago

      Date noted! Thanks for sharing.

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      GaelicForge 

      6 years ago

      Once upon a time there was a guy who believed..... he believed with passion and vigor!

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      MBcandy 

      6 years ago

      i love fairy tales and also your lens...

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      SophiaStar LM 

      6 years ago

      I am an avid lover of fairy tales. I love reading them, telling them, performing them and have even started writing them. What a wonderful lens!

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      Cynthia Davis 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I'm so glad you brought up the subject of reading fairy tales to children. I've enjoyed them as a child and enjoyed reading them to my children. I do know, though, that some parents today, feel this is disillusioning the child. Obviously, I don't agree. Angel Blessings** Great read.

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      girlfriendfactory 

      6 years ago

      I'm in the process of creating one right now as a matter of fact...started it about 3 weeks ago (I'm a slow writer! LOL) I was thinking of doing this day myself, isn't it fabulous!? Great job and well worth a Flyby Winging and it can be found among the other blessed lenses for today at Have Wings Will Bless! They may call me an aimless wanderer, but not all who wander are aimless and I'm glad my aim was good when I wandered upon this. ~Ren

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Her stories filled them with delight and they danced.

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      victoriuh 

      6 years ago

      The squidooers would squidoodle little messages on her wall praising her and somewhere, wherever she is, she would sigh happily, because who doesn't want to be loved?

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      victoriuh 

      6 years ago

      @victoriuh: *blush*

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      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      Once upon a time there was a lensmaker named Susanna Duffy. She made great lenses in the land of Squidville and all the little squidooers would come to read her stories. Now, who's next to continue the story?

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      flicker lm 

      6 years ago

      There are some fairy tales I'd like to go back and read myself! Haven't had a chance to read one to a child in a while, but I think they do spark the imagination of both children and adults.

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      What a positively wonderful holiday! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      emmaklarkins 

      6 years ago

      I love telling fairytales! I'll have to remember this one.

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      Loganor 

      6 years ago

      Even if you don't have kids of your own you could make the time to read or tell a fairy tale to someone else's kids when the parents are busy.

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      CannyGranny 

      6 years ago

      I've just had the grandchildren over 10 days and it was a real pleasure to tell fairy tales to little ones again

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