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Are you an expert in fairy tales? (Bilingual lens!)
Ali zelo dobro poznamo pravljice? (Do we know fairy tales very well?) (Bilingual lens!!!)
Names of classic classic fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast, Goldilocks, Aladdin and others always bring back nice memories of childhood, but we may be surprised when we notice not all versions of fairy tales are the same. Sometimes our friends recollect the same story with different details, maybe with different twists or even endings and messages.
Goldilocks for instance changed from the tale about the intruder to the tale about the cultivation of bears in only few decades. However, some things stay the same. The author of the Princess and the Pea will always be H. C. Andersen, for instance. This is the chance to find out if we belong to the group of experts. So let us test our knowledge in short pop quiz with seven questions!
This is the third and most difficult test in the series of three. If you aced first two, you stand a good chance, but even a total zero should not disappoint you, because questions are not easy at all.
(all used images are in public domain due their authors' died at least 70 years ago or they put it in so called CC 1.0 on their own will)
Take a break with nightingale song
A nightingale is not pretty at first look, but it posses almost a magic charm when it starts singing. Almost the same as the case with Jenny Lind.
Isn't it fascinating?
One more time, this time with explanations
1. Hans Andersen was a traveler who lived more then nine years out of his homeland, but he never visited China. He was still fascinated with the country and he wasn't alone. When Jenny Lind came to Denmark, the place of her concert was decorated under influence of Far East. Everything together led to the fairy tale titled same as Jenny's nickname.
2. Believe it or not, fairies came into Sleeping Beauty only centuries after Basile's death. In his book the story was much different, she had children, the prince was married and had a servant willing to betray him.
3. Probably easiest of all presented cases. The title has nothing to do with the number of fables included. This number varies from few dozens to several hundreds.
4. Here we are with Basile's collection again. This is the book where everything starts and Cinderella is no exception. She is not a nice person in this version, but she manages to live happily ever after anyway.
5. It's pretty interesting to notice the absence of Snow White in this collection. The reason is probably its origin from Northern parts of Europe.
6. It's a sparrow. No need for expertise on this one, just common knowledge.
7. Yes, he was graphic artist and actually illustrated some of his more famous brothers' books.
Ojej, konec ... / Ohmy, the end ... - Charles Perrault je bil le eden od mojstrov pravljic / Charles Perrault was just one of themasters of fairy tales
Need an idea?
When you visit a family with a child you can't miss if you bring a book with fairy tales. This kind of gift is fun, educative, inspiring and can last for life. Andersen's collection is very special because it is not always light and fun, it can have deeper and even bitter tones as well.
But it is sincere, it reads fluent and you really can't miss with it. It is suitable for all ages.
Why this author deserves a privileged status among many great authors? Find out for yourself!