|Lesser known fairy tales from The Olive Fairy Book by Kate Baylay|
1) It's a wonderful book and I highly recommend it
2) There's a writing contest in celebration of the book's release with a $200 cash prize for 1st place and four runner-up prizes of $50 each! (NO FEE TO ENTER.)
You don't need to purchase the book - just be inspired by the tales within (you can easily find the texts online). You have just over a month till the deadline (August 15, 2013 at 11:59pm EST).
I do recommend investing your $10 because this book will get the ideas bubbling very quickly and keep the creative juices flowing (not to mention keep you smiling with Kate's witty commentary and behind-the-tale insights!) and whether you win or not, you won't find this a bad purchase in any way.
To the review!
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By Gypsy Thornton "InkGypsy" (USA)
I have lost count of the books I've read presenting a collection of fairy tales but I can guarantee I've rarely enjoyed reading any collection like I did Beyond the Glass Slipper.
The tales are lesser known, somewhat off-beat and are specifically NOT the standard fairy tale formula you've read a thousand times. This is a very cool and unique thing and earns a star just for that, but it's not the main reason I enjoyed the read.
The tales are introduced like dear but kooky relatives in informal (but very informative) ways. They're also annotated (often with a nudge and a wink) so you're not just left with a wad of dry, archaic wordage that a tired brain might have trouble following. Again, though that's also worth a star - possibly two - it's not the main reason I loved the book either.
The only thing that was missing from this book was a bunch of people to read it with so you could converse in real time - because that's what this book makes you want to do - to explore the tales, to discuss them, to think of other ways the tales could go or to tell whole new ones. Luckily Kate provides a place for online interaction through Enchanted Conversation so we're not left desperately full of ideas with no one to talk to about them!
While the book is not meant to be scholarly, I can see a lot of readers being launched into further study of fairy tales, simply because this is clearly both fascinating and entertaining stuff in Kate Wolford's adept hands. Beyond theGlass Slipper is a wonderful introduction to fairy tales overall and perfect prep for deeper academic explorations too. In fact, next time I put together a packet of books for fairy tale lovers and/or students, I'll be squeezing this one in there as well.
I only have one request: more please Professor Wolford!
Here's a quick summary of the contest details:
BEYOND THE GLASS SLIPPER WRITING CONTEST (No submission fee)
Grand Prize: $200 ~ Four Honorable Mention Prizes: $50 each
Deadline: August 15, 2013, at 11:59 p.m., EST.*
The (above) NOT-YOUR-USUAL tales should serve as inspiration for stories or poems you submit. They, are, of course, in the book, and you can find them online as well. But the contest is designed to celebrate the book.
***Open to all 18+***Spread the word!*** Write & Win $!***Details at link***
Full details can be found HERE.Yes - it's open to EVERYONE! (18yrs+). Have fun and write a fairy tale! You never know - you just might win.