Fairy Tale Retellings for Once Upon a Week...

This week a celebration of fairy tale retellings--Once Upon a Week-- is taking place, hosted by Today's Adventures. Lots of fun reviews and interviews to read, and, for me at least, lots of new to me blogs to visit!

In the spirit of fairy tale-ness, I went through and found all the fairy tale retellings I've reviewed, and offer them again today! I am a little surprised that out of 796 posts I only have seven that are retellings of "classical European fairy tales" (but on the other hand, I've reviewed lots of fantasy books that are fairy tale-esque in their own right...see list of recent reviews at right!)

Ice, by Sarah Beth Durst

Ash, by Malinda Lo

Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand, by Louise Hawes

Princess of the Midnight Ball, by Jessica Day George

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, by Jessica Day George

My Fair Godmother, by Janette Rallison

Glass Slipper, Golden Sandal, by Julie Paschkis

And now I feel inspired to seek out more re-tellings, preferable retellings of "fairy tales of many lands" done with cultural sensitivity...so please make suggestions! (and come back tomorrow for a review I'd already planned of a cd featuring just such stories...)

And now I am also wondering what makes a Fairy Tale different Folk Tale. Are there ever girls in ball gowns on the covers of the later? Or is it something more fundamental, (like shoes)?


  1. Thanks for posting about Once Upon A Week! I'll have to go check out your reviews- you have a few of books I've been meaning to read.

    Fairy Tales vs. Folk Tales. I've been wondering about the difference myself. I tend to use the terms interchangeably, even though that's probably not right.

  2. I hadn't heard about Once Upon a Week and will have to check it out! Re: folk v. fairy tales, I think it might have something to do with whether the story (or variant) has oral or literary origins. Fairy tales also tend to have "marvelous" elements. There's more to it than that, but it's a start!

  3. This is a great idea for a post!

  4. I'm finding a lot of my reading for Cybils is falling into category/groups like this. I would love to put them all together in some coherent fashion... eventually... when the Cybs reading is done...!


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