Stretched out on the colorful Dresden plate quilt on the sturdy iron bed at my grandparents’ house, I spent hours, as a kid, immersed in a red leather bound collection of fairy tales. From The Robber Bridegroom (the Brothers Grimm) to The Snow Queen (Hans Christian Andersen), the tales transported me over the river and into the woods of imaginary lands across the world.
However, my gram’s love for fairy tales didn’t only benefit my brain. A children’s librarian for decades, my gram, in her retirement, visited hundreds of Homewood District 153 classrooms, telling fairy tales with her famous crocheted finger puppet sets. Over the years, Mrs. VanDyke became a household name, retiring from her retirement only when macular degeneration claimed her sight (what an unbelievably cruel irony that the lifelong book lover could no longer read).
Friday, February 26, is Tell a Fairy Tale Day. So with a nod to magical worlds and cautionary tales, I encourage you to celebrate by wandering over the river and into the fairy tale woods.
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Here’s to getting lost…in a good book!
By Rachel Gilmore, STPL Marketing Specialist