Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fairy Tale Gifts 2012 and a Giveaway

I have a copy of The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre by Jack Zipes to give away. And it's December. So what better way to solicit giveaway entries than to ask you what fairy tale related gift you want this year for whatever December holiday(s) you celebrate?

Share your fairy tale related wish list for this year either through a comment to this blog post or through an email to me. Each wish list item, up to five items, will count as a giveaway entry. I'll make posts of your wishlists to share with other readers here since at least I am always curious. Entries will be accepted through this Sunday, December 9th.

If I get enough entries, I may throw in some extra prizes, such as some SurLaLune titles. Stay tuned. And share your lists!


  1. It's funny that you should ask, since so many of my deeply desired fairy tale items were first spotted here!

    Here's my top five:

    Fairy Tales by Brother Grimm 2013 Wall Calendar

    Magic and Fairy Tale Dice
    I have to see how these work. I mean I just have to. And even if it's kind of gimmicky and silly, what a cool treasure for my fairy tale collection.

    From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and their Tellers

    Flame of Sevenwaters
    Not strictly fairy tale, but certainly related given the first book in the series!

    Bluebeard Tales from Around the World
    Oh, Bluebeard....

  2. I have a lot of fairy tale items on my list this year!

    1) "Cinderella Tales from Around the World" by Heidi Anne Heiner

    2) "From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers" by Marina Warner

    3) "The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm (Norton Critical Editions)" by Jack Zipes

    4) "From the Forest: A Search for the Hidden Roots of our Fairytales" by Sara Maitland

    So excited! I asked for the Warner book last year and didn't get it, but my parents did get me "The Uses of Enchantment" by Bruno Bettelheim. So great!

  3. 1. The Snow Child

    2. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm Phillip Pullman

    3. The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

    4. The Sisters Grimm: A Very Grimm Guide

    5. Storybound

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway :)

  4. Gosh, it's hard to choose which five!

    Cinderella: A Casebook - Edited by Alan Dundes

    King Arthur's Enchantresses: Morgan and her Sisters in Arthurian Tradition - Carolyne Larrington

    Myths and Legends of Japan - F. Hadland Davis

    Beautiful Angiola: The Lost Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales of Laura Gonzenbach - Jack Zipes

    The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm All-New Third Edition - Jack Zipes

    Good luck to everyone! ( I really mean it!)

  5. My list in order of want. :)

    Princess and the Pea Bedding from Land of Nod


    Little Gnomes Embroidery Pattern


    Tales from the Brothers Grimm book


    Red Riding Hood inspired coat


    The Twelve Dancing Princesses book


  6. 1. Cinderella Tales from Around the World - Heiner
    2. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm - Pullman
    3. A cloak - maybe something like this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/113062765/on-sale-fairytale-reversible-red-velvet?utm_source=googleproduct&utm_medium=syndication&utm_campaign=GPS&gclid=CK6-8MPjgrQCFWrZQgodWW4A3w
    or this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/115537826/red-riding-hood-cape-sz-small?ref=similar_items_sash
    4. a peau du bete necklace like yours
    5. Ivan Bilibin nesting dolls http://www.ecrater.com/p/6052653/bilibin-fairy-tale-nesting-doll?gps=1

    Dreams? Why not?

  7. Here are mine—I hope some good fairies take notice! ;)

    1) Marvelous Transformations: An Anthology of Fairy Tales and Contemporary Critical Perspectives (edited by Christine A. Jones and Jennifer Schacker)

    2) A Companion to the Fairy Tale (edited by Hilda Ellis Davidson and Anna Chaudhri)

    3) My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me (edited by Kate Bernheimer)

    4) Fearless Girls, Wise Women and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World (by Kathleen Ragan and Jane Yolen)

    5) The Snow Princess (illustrated by Ruth Sanderson)

  8. I love fairy tale products myself, but I also have a little niece who loves them so a lot of the fairy tale stuff I look for is suitable for children...so this is mostly a fairy tale I-want-to-give list rather than a wish list!

    1) 'Gossip from the Forest: The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales' by Sara Maitland (I don't know if you've come across this book before, but it looks at the relationship we have with our forests and the connections to fairy tales)

    2) Finger Fairytales (http://www.johnlewis.com/231518050/Product.aspx)

    3) I think bottled fairy dust is an enchanting gift! (eg: http://www.etsy.com/listing/112717204/silver-fairy-dust-necklace?ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_search_query=fairy+dust&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_page=3&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=fairy+dust)

    4) What better way to link Christmas to fairy tales than with a gingerbread house? Much more fun if you do it yourself rather than just buy one! (http://groceries.asda.com/asda-estore/catalog/sectionpagecontainer.jsp?skuId=910000462290&departmentid=1214921923813&aisleid=1214921925099&startValue=)

    5) Mix and match fairy tales! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mixed-Fairy-Tales-Hilary-Robinson/dp/0340875585/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1354705613&sr=8-4

  9. My top five:

    1)Nutcracker by Roberto Innocenti

    2)Babayaga by Rebecca Dautremer

    3)Rebecca' small theater by Rebecca Dautremer


    4) Ondine by Benjamin Lacombe


    5) Snow White by Benjamin Lacombe


    Thank you for the lovely giveaway! :D

  10. I have so many fairy tale items on my wishlist!

    1.) http://www.123stitch.com/cgi-perl/itemdetail.pl?item=7493
    First of all, there's Once Upon a Time, a cross-stitch pattern by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum under the name Butternut Road. It's not about one tale specifically, but between the name and the actual design, it always makes me think of fairy tales!

    2. http://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Beast-Pop-up-Classic-Fairy/dp/1416960791/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=DAOZLFWESEST&coliid=I3PUMOO9NDIQDP
    Then there's this stunning Beauty and the Beast pop-up book. B&TB is one of my favorite tales, and this has some of the most gorgeous illustrations I've seen in a picture book.

    3. http://www.amazon.com/Bound-ebook/dp/B0036QVOLY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2JB8S9PZOQFPH&coliid=I11QOF05CJ4WPX
    There's also Bound by Donna Jo Napoli. I've read most of her other fairytale retellings, but this one somehow escaped my attention until recently! I love reading stories set in places that aren't Western Europe and America, or some thinly-veiled fantasy world based on those areas, so I'm excited to read it.

    4. http://www.amazon.com/White-As-Snow-Fairy-Tale/dp/0312875495/ref=wl_it_dp_o_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=DAOZLFWESEST&coliid=IU40S9PMANI9C
    White As Snow by Tanith Lee. Her fairytale collection, Red As Blood, is probably my favorite compilation of short stories (although Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue gives it a run for it's money) and I'm extremely intrigued by this book. Snow White mixed with the Demeter and Persephone myth? Sign me up!

    5. http://www.amazon.com/Shelley-Duvalls-Faerie-Tale-Theatre/dp/B001AZIRV8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354905139&sr=8-1&keywords=fairytale+theater
    Lastly, there's Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre. I remember watching - and loving! - some of these stories as a child, and I'd love to rewatch them now that I know more about fairy tales.

  11. 1. Tanith Lee: Red as Blood: or Tales from the Sisters Grimmer
    Tanith Lee became one of my favourite authors after I read her novel "White as Snow" and I am writing my MA thesis about Lee's and Angela Carter's fairy tale adaptations so this book would be very useful in writing my thesis.
    2. Heidi Anne Heiner: Sleeping Beauties: Sleeping Beauty and Snow White Tales from Around the world
    I am really interested in what kinds of different versions of fairy tales there are in the world. Sleeping Beauty and Snow White were part of my favourite fairy tales when I was a little girl.
    3. Jack Zipes: The Irresistible Fary Tale: The Cultural and Social History of the Genre
    Jack Zipes is one of the most important scholars who study fairy tales and I would like to possess as many works of his as possible so that I can use his books in my thesis.
    4.Kevin Paul Smith: The Postmodern Fairy Tale: Folkloric Intertexts in Contemporary Fiction
    This book sounds really interesting and I am obsessed with contemporary fairy tale retellings and adaptations
    5. Diane Purkiss: Troublesome Things: A History of Fairies and Fairy Stories
    Fairies are one of my other obsessions and I really like any kind of scholarly work about them.

  12. 1.) "The Annotated Brothers Grimm (Bicentennial Edition)" edited & translated by Maria Tatar. Though I have the previous edition, I can't resist also wanting this new one for the expanded content.

    2.) "The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault (Calla Editions)" illustrated by Harry Clarke. These Calla Editions look gorgeous!

    3.) "Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood" by Maria Tatar. I think I side with Tatar over Bettelheim and have been wanting to read this one for a while.

    4.) "Italian Folktales" by Italo Calvino. I am not familiar any Italian folktales and I must correct this.

    5.) "The Complete Fairy Tales (Penguin Classics)" by George MacDonald. I had never heard of him until I stumbled upon his tale "The Light Princess," and now I must read the rest of his fairy tales!

  13. Only five on a list is difficult! Some of my picks:
    1. "Mermaid" by Carolyn Turgeon. I loved her last book, "Godmother," a take on "Cinderella." I'm really looking forward to seeing how she reimagines "The Little Mermaid."

    2. "Breadcrumbs" by Anne Ursu. I read this one about a year ago and loved it. I'd love a paperback copy.

    3. "Calamity Jack" by Shannon Hale. The sequel to "Rapunzel's Revenge," this graphic novel examines the backstory of Jack, of beanstalk fame. I'm obsessed with anything Hale writes; I'm sure her grocery lists are gorgeous.

    4. "Once Upon a Time" on dvd--Does anything get better than Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin?

    5. A red riding cape from Etsy--because Little Red is a fashion icon.

  14. 1. All "Tales From Around the World" by Heidi Anne Heiner.
    2. Once upon a Time season 1 on DVD.
    3. From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers and Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights by Marina Warner
    4. The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm (Norton Critical Editions) by Jack Zipes (Actually, all Zipes' books would be awesome! I already have When Dreams came True, Myth as Fairytale, and Fairytales and the art of subversion)
    5. Maria Tatar's books. Mainly The Classic Fairy Tales (Norton Critical Editions), The Annotated Peter Pan (The Centennial Edition) (The Annotated Books), Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood and The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales
    6.The George MacDonald Treasury: Princess and the Goblin, Princess and Curdie, Light Princess, Phantastes, Giant's Heart, at the Back of the North Wind, Golden Key, and Lilith

    My list is quite long, but these are some of the things I want. I'm an English major that wants to specialize in children's literature and folklore.

  15. Great idea! I'm getting lots of ideas just from reading the posts. Here are my current top five:

    Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (not a retelling but many fairy tale elements here)

    Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

    Russian Fairy Tales by Alexander Afanasyev and illustrated by Ivan Bilibin

    This simple yet lovely "Arwen" ring

    This understated t-shirt. :)

    I could go on and on with books, and books, and more books. . . but most of them I read about here first!

  16. 1) Cinderella Tales From Around The World - Heiner
    2) Grimm's Fairy Tales - Pullman
    3) In a Glass Grimmly - Gidwitz
    4) Once Upon a Time DVD
    5) Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov - Chandler

  17. 1) Cinderella Tales from Around the World by Heidi Anne Heiner
    2) Arabian Nights bu Marina Warner (new edition 2012)
    3) Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre by Jack Zipes
    4) Grimm's Fairy Tales by F.Pullman
    5) Annotated Brothers Grimm by Maria Tatar