Tell a Fairy Tale Day: February 26
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.
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
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.
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.
Fairy Tales Spark the Imagination of a Child - Is this the way 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
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?
© 2012 Susanna Duffy