Tag Archives: fairy tales

Beauty and the Beast and the Books


Beauty and the Beast was a special Disney movie for me.  How could a future librarian not enjoy a story about a book collection bringing two unlikely characters together?

I’ve talked to a number of patrons in the past few days who are very excited about the new live action version of the movie starring Emma Watson.  Hermione is definitely a factor.  For those fans, I would like to bring a little-known DVD to your attention:

b shoes
Ballet Shoes was a BBC TV movie based on a book by the same name by Noel Streatfeild.  Three adopted sisters pursue careers in ballet, acting, and aviation.  The book was originally published in the 1930s, but remains a favorite and is still in print today.


Beauty and the Beast also came out about the time that I discovered Robin McKinley, who writes wonderful fantasy novels with strong female characters.  Her book Beauty is an older title but still a great choice for an older kid or young teen.






















It’s October, so we’re showing a movie with a pumpkin

Monday, October 12
Movie starts at  2:00 p.m. and lasts 112 minutes
Drop in and enjoy a feature movie with the family!
Meeting Room A
All ages, preschooler with adult. Seating until room
capacity of 90 is reached in Meeting Room A. Drop in.

(Oops, the first picture I used didn’t work.  Here’s something else.)

(Don’t worry, we’re not showing Sam and Dean.)

Plum Crazy Puppets Presents: Faraway Fairytales

Come see a “super” puppet show featuring hero Medio Pollito, the half-chick of Spanish lore. With only one leg, he doesn’t give up and he finds his destiny! Enjoy live music, colorful puppets, stories, songs, movement & more at the Fountaindale Public Library in Meeting Room A.
plum puppets in a car
The show will be Tuesday, June 16, from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.
plum puppets by stage
Seating will be first come, first served for a maximum of 90 audience members. Open to all ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.
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Cinderella Stories

We’ve enjoyed displaying a wide range of Cinderella Stories this month, ranging from variations from all parts of the world to parodies to chapter books for older readers.

I just found out that Robert D. San Souci died this past December.  He was a prolific author– I found fifty titles when I checked our library catalog.  He is best known for adapting folktales into picture books.  Taking a look at just his Cinderella books shows you some of the author’s range:

Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Cinderella Skeleton
Cinderella Skeleton, illustrated by David Catrow

Little Gold Star
Little G0ld Star: A Spanish American Cinderella Tale, illustrated by Sergio Martinez

Sootface: An Ojibwa Indian Tale, illustrated by Daniel San Souci (Robert San Souci’s brother)

Quick Pick: Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts

Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple

Beloved author Jane Yolen and her daughter have teamed up to make a book that pairs traditional Jewish stories and traditional Jewish foods.  You can read a review from the Chicago Tribune at:

A storytelling feast.

Quick Pick: Fairy Tales

Folk Tales and Fables of Europe
Folk Tales & Fables of Europe by Barbara Hayes, with illustrations by Robert Ingpen

In this beautifully illustrated book is a collection of old stories from all over Europe.  A map at the beginning provides a key to the regions of origin.  Nations represented are England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, and Greece.  Several tales are familiar, such as The Sword in the Stone, Beowulf, Perseus, and The Legend of the Lorelei.  But the lesser-known ones are the most fascinating, including “The Grey Palfrey” (France), “The Pedlar of Swaffham” and “The Lambton Worm” (both from England) and a couple of not-so-famous Aesop fables.  I recommend this book for its lovely graphics and the overview of European folklore.

-Miss Nancy

Cowboy Fairy Tales

It’s just a few more days until Cowgirl Peg comes to visit!  Come to the library this Friday, October 1, from 2:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon.  You don’t need to sign up or get tickets ahead of time.  Just come to the large meeting room on the lower level.  The program is free and children of all ages are welcome.  You can even buy one of Cowgirl Peg’s children’s books after the program and ask her to sign it for you.

If you’re looking for some western or southwestern stories, try this list of fairy tales.  Some of them are cowboy twists on familiar fairy tales, and some are tall tales from the world of cowboys and cowgirls.

Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story
by Tomie dePaola

Alice Nizzy Nazzy, the Witch of Santa Fe
by Tony Johnston
(This story is a twist on the character Baba Yaga from Russian folklore.)

Bubba the Cowboy Prince
by Helen Ketteman
(This one is very loosely based on Cinderella.)

Cactus Soup
by Eric A. Kimmel

Dusty Locks and the Three Bears
by Susan Lowell

The Gingerbread Cowboy
by Janet Squires

by Eric A. Kimmel
(This story has roots in one from the Brothers Grimm.)

Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale
retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Rapunzel’s Revenge
by Shannon and Dean Hale

Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett
by Steven Kellogg

Swamp Angel
by Ann Isaacs

The Three Little Javelinas
by Susan Lowell

‘Til the Cows Come Home
by Jodi Icenoggle
(This book might remind you of the story Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.)

Waynetta and the Cornstalk
by Helen Ketteman

Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?
by Bonnie Lass

-Miss Sarah