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1. List of most popular fables of all time
List of most popular fables of all time
Talking about famous fables, we probably already have a big list for children in mind. This page is organized as huge list of fables. We will present resources of some of the most known fables from the world. Bellow are many links to reading fables on-line and free downloads for out of copyrigh...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:26:47
2. How to write a fairy tale
How to write a fairy tale
So you want to know how to write a fairy tale? I can tell you how. I am professional writer for more than twenty years and I wrote about three hundred fairy tales and short stories for children, all published (radio shows, magazines, picture books, collections of short stories and audio books). ...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:30:39
3. The Little Red Riding Hood: with summary and symbols explained
The Little Red Riding Hood: with summary and symbols explained
The Little Red Riding Hood story is among the most popular fairy tales in the world. This is a story about never ending fight between good and evil, story about greed and hope, a story about responsibility and second chances. Red Riding Hood is an old fairy tale, known in many different variati...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:26:28
4. Sleeping Beauty: summary, symbols and more
Sleeping Beauty: summary, symbols and more
Most of us know the story of Sleeping Beauty from Disney's adaptation of Grimms' fairy tale about a girl who is cursed to sleep for a hundred years before prince charming wakes her with a kiss. But as most of other fairy tales the Sleeping Beauty (also known as Briar Rose) has very interesting b...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:13:06
5. Fairy Tales: list of free e-books and resources
Fairy Tales: list of free e-books and resources
Looking for a list of fairy tales for kids or simply for your pleasure? You are in the right place. Here is a big list of popular fairy tales of all times, together with resources of classical stories and fairy tales, including collections of brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. Most of ...
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:12:22
6. The Goldilocks and her not so secret history
The Goldilocks and her not so secret history
Goldilocks is very popular fairy tale character. Her visit to the cottage of three bears is also well known and documented to every single detail. This fairy tale inspired numerous poems, books, cartoons and movies and her golden hair became a symbol of joyful and happy childhood. For some time...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:24:12
7. The Puss in the Boots: A story with a questionable moral
The Puss in the Boots: A story with a questionable moral
Charles Perrault's: Puss in Boots or Master Cat is probably the most famous fairy tale with an animal in the title. Cat is not only in the title, it is also in the leading role. Besides Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty in the Woods it is also the most known fairy tale written by Charles Perrault. ...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:25:56
8. The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids: short summary, symbolism and more
The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids: short summary, symbolism and more
We all have heard and read fairy tales, some of them are known all over the world, there have been many studies about them and their meanings. And yet it seems the origins and history of fairy tales are still unsolved mystery in the world where we can look millions of years in the past and weigh...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:14:00
9. Brothers Grimm and their collection of Fairy Tales
Brothers Grimm and their collection of Fairy Tales
Brothers Grimm wrote not only the famous collection of fairy tales, but probably one of the most influential books in human history. Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Frog Prince, Cinderella, Town Musicians of Bremen and others are among best known stories in the world. Val...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:14:02
10. Hans Christian Andersen: biography, fairy tales and quotes
Hans Christian Andersen: biography, fairy tales and quotes
Was H. C. Andersen greatest writer of fairy tales of all times or was he simply at the right time in the right place? Why is his work so appealing even now, a century and a half after first publication? What do we really know about great master who's youth dream was to become famous, but not thr...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:13:06
11. The Frog Prince (The Frog King)
The Frog Prince (The Frog King)
The fairy tale also known as The Frog Prince and Iron Henry is a classic written by brothers Grimm. In last decades it is mostly know by the name: Princess and the Frog, but if we want to understand the meanings behind all these titles, we should probably take some time to refresh our memories w...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:05:28
12. Elenore Plaisted Abbott: biography of an artist
Elenore Plaisted Abbott: biography of an artist
Elenore Plaisted Abbott was illustrator of fairy tales books, magazines, poetry and juvenile fiction. She was also a landscape and portrait painter and designer of scenes for Hedgerow Theater. While her name is today not so famous as the names of some of her contemporaries, we can't deny her tal...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:48:00
13. Hans Christian Andersen: The Little Mermaid
Hans Christian Andersen: The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is one of the most popular fairy tales in the world, and very likely the most known story for children with unhappy ending. It actually depends which version are you familiar with. Or what do you consider as happy ending. Today majority of American know her by Ariel, the name g...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:26:30
14. Arabian Nights (1001 Nights)
Arabian Nights (1001 Nights)
Can one night or even 1001 nights change the world? Collection of tales and stories known as The Arabian Nights can! World is full of great books but only few made such an impact as Tales of Arabian Nights. This fascinating stories are probably the most influential art work of non-Western origin...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:14:03
15. Charles Perrault, the father of modern fairy tale
Charles Perrault, the father of modern fairy tale
We know him as the man who wrote some of the most popular fairy tales of all times. He actually didn't wrote them from scratch but based on the old fables and stories based on folk motifs. He gave red color to the cap of Little Red Riding Hood, he set a spindle to Sleeping Beauty and he put glas...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:44
16. Vintage German Illustrators, part 1
Vintage German Illustrators, part 1
Why a special page dedicated to German illustrators? History of children illustration is full of remarkable artists and considering Germany as the home of cultivated fairy tale we should not be surprised if we find so many great illustrators in Germany. We will concentrate on the era of second h...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:13:59
17. The Pied Piper of Hamelin: legend, story or poem for kids?
The Pied Piper of Hamelin: legend, story or poem for kids?
In 13th century something terrible happened in the German town Hameln (Hamelin). Nobody knows what. We may only guess. It was probably connected with rats, plague, broken promises and great losses. How was that connected with a man in colorful clothes, the man called Pied Piper? How much truth l...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:12:03
18. Free microsites and minisites to support your landing pages
Free microsites and minisites to support your landing pages
We can use free mini sites or micro sites for many things. Some people can set them as their main pages with all important data (about, contact, references...), other use them only to support for their other web projects. Microsites are very popular because they are easy to use (they are mostly b...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:14:29
19. Storytelling: a perfect family fun
Storytelling: a perfect family fun
Every family gathering is a great occasion for some fun. Listening fairy tales, fables, spooky stories, whatever... can be nice, but here is even more original idea for all creative minds: let's write a story together with our kids. And because we will create it, we'll have complete control how s...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:43:29
20. Harry Clarke, illustrator and the master of the art of stained glass
Harry Clarke, illustrator and the master of the art of stained glass
Harry Clark was born on the Day of Saint Patrick, 17 March 1889. So it is not surprising to know his full name was Henry Patrick Clarke. He was the youngest son of Joshua and Brigid. His older siblings were Walter, Kathleen and Florence. Harry Clarke is today known as important book illustrator ...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:14:29
21. Arthur Rackham: life, work, illustrations
Arthur Rackham: life, work, illustrations
Illustrations of Arthur Rackham portray the world of dwarfs and giants, witches and ogres, griffins and mermaids, heroes and traitors, dragons and fairies, battles and feasts, lights and shadows, joy and sorrow. It is also a world of superb illustrating technique and non stop search for new, ori...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:16:12
22. How to publish a picture book
How to publish a picture book
Picture book publishing is popular business with a lot of written and unwritten rules which can be best learned through experience. I am professional writer for more than half of my life and became a publisher in 2004. I wrote more than 300 fairy tales and short stories (all published in differe...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:01:39
23. The story of Hansel and Gretel: summary, symbolism and interpretations
The story of Hansel and Gretel: summary, symbolism and interpretations
Hansel and Gretel (sometimes Hansel and Grethel) is a famous fairy tale from the collection of brothers Grimm. It has amazing history and offers many astonishing interpretations. We'll start with short summary and slowly delve into its rich symbolism. Hansel and Gretel is an old story with alway...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:22
24. Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let your hair down!
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let your hair down!
Rapunzel is a classic fairy tale with astonishing history. This generation of children will know her for sure by another name: Tangled. Tangled is another superb production of Disney Company, but unfortunately in animated version many important details with powerful messages are lost. If we want...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:16:12
25. Vintage German Illustrators, part 2
Vintage German Illustrators, part 2
We have already presented several famous German illustrators of fairy tales. Now we will continue with more masterpieces from second half of 19 th and beginning of 20 century. All presented illustrators are dead more then 70 years, what makes their illustrations public domain in most countries. ...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:43:55
26. Blog Promotion: my tips to promote a blog
Blog Promotion: my tips to promote a blog
I have already shown how to use blog to promote e-shop with books. But the reality is cruel. We have to promote a blog too. The good news is there are many ways to promote your blog for free. Fortunately blog promotion is not too difficult. I will show you how to promote a blog for free. You j...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:12:22
27. Leonard Leslie Brooke, illustrator of nursery rhymes and fairy tales
Leonard Leslie Brooke, illustrator of nursery rhymes and fairy tales
Leonard Leslie Brooke (1862-1940) was illustrator, caricaturist, painter and most of all - a man with impressive ability to present the playfulness of childhood in seemingly simple line drawings. Brooke's kind and gentle humorous style with incredible sense for details in many ways resemble anot...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:13:06
28. Anne Anderson: her personal tale, books and fairy paintings
Anne Anderson: her personal tale, books and fairy paintings
Today Anne Anderson is not among most known illustrators of children's books, but with over one hundred books she certainly had her share of success in book market. Anne Anderson's illustrations are actually very popular at collectors and I dare to predict her work will become even more in deman...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:22:17
29. Vintage French Illustrators, part 2
Vintage French Illustrators, part 2
French illustrators made great impact on the history of picture books. As in other countries most of them started their careers as painters and slowly specialized in other artistic areas as caricature and illustration. These part of visual arts was for decades less appreciated but at the turn of ...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:16:13
30. Johnny Gruelle and the story of Raggedy Ann
Johnny Gruelle and the story of Raggedy Ann
Johnny Gruelle was American illustrator, caricaturist, cartoonist, writer, songwriter (!) and creator of a popular doll Raggedy Ann which was for some time also a symbol in a movement against vaccination. He was a man of many talents but most of all he was a terrific storyteller with ability to ...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:43:31
31. The reading benefits - What is reading good for?
The reading benefits - What is reading good for?
Living in a digital world of moving pictures we too often forget about the benefits of reading. We actually still read a lot, probably more than any time in human history. Unfortunately the quality of reading material is often very questionable. But let me take a step back and ask again: Why is ...
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:26:39
32. Oscar Wilde: the artist of the scandal
Oscar Wilde: the artist of the scandal
Oscar Wilde wrote many books and plays, but his personal life is probably just as famous as his works. Well, not exactly famous, notorious is probably better word! Wilde's personal affairs finally led to his early and tragic death. Less known is fact he was married and loving father of two kids....
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:26:54
33. Henry Justice Ford
Henry Justice Ford
Henry Justice Ford was very successful illustrator at the end of 19th and at the beginning of 20th century. Today he is mostly known by collaboration with Scottish editor Andrew Lang, who created so called Colored Fairy Books, but he also contributed his talents to other works by Lang and other i...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:20:52
34. Jean de La Fontaine: Fables
Jean de La Fontaine: Fables
Jean de La Fontaine (sometimes also called Jean de Lafontaine) is today most known by his Fables. La Fontaine's Fables are short stories in verses with strong morals and animals in leading roles. If the Aesop is the first name to be associated with fables, we can probably say La Fontaine is the ...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:32:15
35. Werewolf: facts and fiction
Werewolf: facts and fiction
What is a werewolf? As the name suggests, this is a man (old English were) who can transform into a wolf like creature. were plus wolf equals werewolf Werewolves have mytological background and are deeply ingrained in human psychology. There is even a werewolf syndrome known in medicine. It is ...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:43:29
36. Randolph Caldecott, his sketches and picture books
Randolph Caldecott, his sketches and picture books
Randolph Caldecott was a Victorian illustrator who made huge impact in his relatively short career as illustrator of picture books. This is the area where the world will remember him for many centuries but he also excelled in other fields of art. Although Caldecott had weak health, he loved spor...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:20:50
37. The Cinderella Story and its background
The Cinderella Story and its background
She is kind, patient and beautiful. Cinderella's classic rags to riches story gives us consolation and inspiration. She lost mother, her father was of no help, her step mother and step sisters mocked and humiliated her but she never gave up. Although being sad and disappointed, her spirit stayed...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:15:34
38. Walter Crane: his illustrations, biography and socialism
Walter Crane: his illustrations, biography and socialism
Walter Crane is one of best illustrators of children's books who's painting and designing skills set standards for hundreds illustrators and designers. Walter Crane wasn't only great artist, he was also political activist who sincerely believed art should be part of everybody's life and passiona...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:21
39. Fairy Tales Pictures
Fairy Tales Pictures
Nowadays it's hard to imagine a book for children without huge amount of graphic material. Well, two centuries ago, pictures were pretty rare thanks to their expense. They were done by very skillful artists and craftsmen and the procedure to print them was full of complications, so only the most ...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:22:17
40. The Beauty and the Beast
The Beauty and the Beast
The story about the Beauty and the Beast is a a classic fairy tale which is today most known to wider audience through the animated movie adaptation by Disney. While it is one of rare old tales with known authorship, we can still find it almost all over the world in hundreds of variations. Why i...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:43:56
41. Virginia Frances Sterrett: her illustrations and her personal tragedy
Virginia Frances Sterrett: her illustrations and her personal tragedy
Virginia Frances Sterrett (1900-1931) is illustrator with somewhat cult status despite she finished only three books. She was born in Chicago but due her father's early death the family (Virginia, her sister Mary and their mother) moved to relatives when she was still a little child. She spent m...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:29:20
42. Tolovaj Publishing House
Tolovaj Publishing House
Tolovaj is a small publishing house from Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is specialized in the field of picture books and books for children. Among our recurring side projects are dramatized fairy tales on audio compact discs. We are in most aspects one man band, made of a writer with colorful backgroun...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:16:55
43. Best blogs to support your websites (with examples)
Best blogs to support your websites (with examples)
When you set your first web site, you pretty quickly find out you need some kind of support to rank it in search engines. Blogs are among best tools for this. But what are the best blogs to support my mini e-shop with picture books? Setting a blog is actually very easy, but running it for severa...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:15:34
44. Vintage French Illustrators
Vintage French Illustrators
Today we can't imagine literature for children without illustrations, but everything had to start somewhere. If we can say France is a homeland of the fairy tale as literary genre, it is only fair to introduce some of the top French illustrators from the time of birth of modern picture books. Al...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:13:27
45. Ivan Bilibin, illustrator - his life and his art
Ivan Bilibin, illustrator - his life and his art
Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin was famous illustrator and painter. As one of most popular graphic artists from the beginning of 20th century he also decorated churches, designed stage costumes and delivered lectures at the Art Academy. Of all areas of his work the art history will best remember him fo...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:15:49
46. Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales: Real people and places behind the best stories for children
Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales: Real people and places behind the best stories for children
Collection of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen is not only one of favorite books for children. It is one of the most influential books in children literature of all times. It is actually so important all today's top writers for children are still inspired by Andersen's style. His most popu...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:23:56
47. Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment
Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment
This is probably the most important book about the theory of fairy tales. Not the best. It is actually full of false assumptions and far from being scientific. But first things first. Being a child is not an easy job. There are many moments when a kid is scared, helpless, abandoned, just like he...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:39
48. Disney's Sleeping Beauty on DVD
Disney's Sleeping Beauty on DVD
The Sleeping Beauty was not among my favorite fairy tales when I was a kid. It lacks of action and humor and it is just too girlish. Now, many years later, I am much more familiar with the history of Sleeping Beauty. Officially being dramatist I understand what was wrong with the story and I am g...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:41:55
49. Jessie Willcox Smith and children's illustrations
Jessie Willcox Smith and children's illustrations
The best illustrator of children's books ever? Jesse Wilcox Smith (1863-1935) is by many considered as the most important creator of illustrations for children's books. Her work on Kingsley's Water Babies is sometimes called Mona Lisa of kid's literature. Although it is impossible to imply absol...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:48:02
50. Aesop Fables
Aesop Fables
Aesop supposedly wrote the most known collection of short stories in the world. It seems every country in the world knows these simple and effective stories with emphasized educational notes. But if we try to answer some relatively easy questions, we'll quickly find ourselves in trouble. How man...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:15:49

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