Tag Archives: Childrens literature

Beauty and the Beast

retold by Madame Leprince de Beaumont as the original version Once upon a time there was a rich merchant who had six children-three boys and three girls and his daughters were very beautiful but the youngest was admired the most. … Continue reading

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Cutting Remarks at a Tea Party?

(or, Syntax is Everything) “Your hair wants cutting,” said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech. “You should learn not to make personal remarks,” Alice said with … Continue reading

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Mr. Grinch for Christmas ?

Sing along, anyone ? – The Castle Lady http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwHqhTr2URI You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel. You’re as cuddly as a cactus, You’re as charming as an eel. Mr. Gr-inch. You’re a bad banana With a … Continue reading

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Florinda and Yoringal

A Bros. Grimm fairy tale has typical elements of castles, witches and magic spells but quite a few, in the original German, were much darker and gruesome than would have been considered appropriate for children in the past or even … Continue reading

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Eighteenth Century Poetry

To other themes my fancy now inclines, Thoughts of the by-gone years, the olden times, When the strong castle in its lofty pride Frowned o’er the sleeping woods that stretched beside; Here the fierce Conqueror from his victory came, Here … Continue reading

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The Mountain Castle

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1748-1832) THERE stands on yonder high mountain A castle built of yore, Where once lurked horse and horseman In rear of gate and of door. Now door and gate are in ashes, And all around is … Continue reading

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My Summer Reading 2014

This summer became a bit of a blur because I wasn’t as engaged with my reading as in past summers. There were too many tasks that needed to be done and everything fell to myself because it’s only me now. … Continue reading

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Mr Moon

O Moon, Mr. Moon, when you comin’ down? Down on the hilltop, down in the glen, Out in the clearin’ to play with little men? Moon, Mr. Moon, when you comin’ down? O Mr. Moon, hurry up your stumps! Don’t … Continue reading

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Casperl

This Christmas I thought I’d share a wonderful story, unedited, discovered years ago in a holiday book I received as a gift. It was written by an American author and poet of the 19th century by the name of Henry … Continue reading

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Casperl Part Two

Part Two “Your Royal Highness,” he said, “I am only a wood-chopper; but, if you please, I am a strong wood-chopper and perhaps I can be of use to you.” “But why should you take the trouble to help me?” … Continue reading

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