perrault's fairy tales

  • My mom: So, why did the fairy in "Sleeping Beauty" go bad originally?
  • Me: Well, in the fairy tales, it was because she wasn't invited to the christening, which was a public event and therefore a huge snub.
  • Mom: Why wasn't she invited?
  • Me: In the German version, they didn't have enough place settings. In the French version, they hadn't seen her in a while, so they assumed she'd died.
  • You know, after summing it up in those terms, I'm really not surprised she was so pissed.

Perrault’s Fairy Tales. Charles Perrault. Charles Robinson, illustrator. London: J. M. Dent and Sons, Ltd.(New York: E. P. Dutton and Company), c.1939.

“The Wolf pull’d the peg, and the door opened, and then presently he fell upon the good woman, and ate her up in a moment; for it was above three days that he had not touched a bit. He then shut the door, and went into the grand-mother’s bed, expecting Little Red Riding-Hood, who came some time afterwards, and knock’d at the door, tap, tap.”

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FAIRY TALES I The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood by Charles Perrault

“Once upon a time there lived a king and queen who were grieved, more grieved than words can tell, because they had no children. They tried the waters of every country, made vows and pilgrimages, and did everything that could be done, but without result. At last, however, the queen found that her wishes were fulfilled, and in due course she gave birth to a daughter.

A grand christening was held, and all the fairies that could be found in the realm (they numbered seven in all) were invited to be godmothers to the little princess. This was done so that by means of the gifts which each in turn would bestow upon her (in accordance with the fairy custom of those days) the princess might be endowed with every imaginable perfection. […]”

Bon anniversaire Charles Perrault!! 

(January 12, 1628 - May 16, 1703)

M. Perrault is known for writing these beloved tales: 

Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots), La Belle au bois dormant (The Sleeping Beauty), and Barbe bleue (Bluebeard).

Pictured above is an illustration of Cinderella just past midnight at the ball, taken from the story “Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper.”

From our stacks: 

The Cinderella fairy book : containing Cinderella or the glass slipper, Puss in boots, Red Riding Hood, Drill of the A.B.C. Army.

With Twenty-eight Colored Illustrations.  Peter G. Thomson, Cincinnati, 1881.