Wednesday, July 1, 2020


Years ago I snapped this photo of my little girl feeding geese in our neighborhood park in the north of France. She was raised reading famous French fairy tales, like La Belle au Bois Dormant, Cendrillon, Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, Le Chat Botté, all written by the 17th-century man of letters, Charles Perrault. Inspired by traditional folk tales, Perrault first established the fairy tale as a literary genre at the ripe age of 67 when he published Histoires ou contes du temps passés, subtitled, Les Contes de ma Mère l'Oye, or Tales of My Mother Goose. 

No one knows if there had ever been an actual person known as Mére Oye. Legend has it that she delighted children telling them tantalizing tales all ending with character-building moral lessons. Why a name like Mother Goose? Probably because for centuries the goose has been a symbol of fidelity, protection, and communication in popular culture.

Little did I know that one day my daughter would be writing her own French fairy tales perpetuating the tradition! She is gradually building a library of tales which include Le Lapin et la Lune, Le Lapin et le Roi Grenouille, and Le Lapin et l'Ornithorynque. All are available on worldwide Amazon sites, and all are available in English. Click on the titles to take a peek!

What's that title?
La Belle au Bois Dormant:  Sleeping Beauty
Cendrillon:  Cinderella
Le Petit Chaperon Rouge:  Little Red Riding Hood
Le Chat Botté:  Puss in Boots

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