Friday, July 13, 2018

Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays #28: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs



Hey there!  Welcome to "Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays," a new feature on my blog where I discuss about some fairy tales and folktales I have read throughout the years.  This feature was inspired by Chrissi Reads' "Fairy Tale Friday" meme and I was so inspired by those posts that I wanted to do a feature that details my love for fairy tales and folktales!



Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs




 


Type: Fairy Tale

Country of Origin: Germany

Main Character Hero or Heroine: Heroine

Recommend?: Yes! 




The story starts off with a Queen doing some embroidery by the window when suddenly, she pricked her finger and drops of blood fell into the snow.  The Queen saw the drops of blood and wanted to have a child that was as "white as snow" and have "lips as red as blood."  It was then that the Queen gave birth to a baby girl, who was as white as snow and had lips as red as blood and they called the child Snow White.  Unfortunately, the Queen ended up dying after she gave birth to Snow White and the King decided to choose a new wife for the kingdom.  The King married a very beautiful woman whose beauty was well known across the land and the new queen had a magic mirror that would tell her everyday that she is the fairest in the land.  One day however, the magic mirror told the Wicked Queen that Snow White is now the fairest in the land.  This made the Wicked Queen so angry that she ordered her huntsman to take Snow White out into the woods and kill her and then take her heart to give to the Queen.  When the Huntsman took Snow White out to the woods, he couldn't bring himself to hurt Snow White and decided to let Snow White go, while he used a hog's heart to give to the Queen instead.  Snow White then runs through the woods to escape from the Huntsman, when she suddenly stumbles upon a small cottage where seven little men lived.  Snow White decided to live with the men for awhile until things got straighten out at the castle.  Meanwhile, the Wicked Queen found out that Snow White is still alive and now she is trying to figure out ways to get rid of Snow White once and for all!
  



This has always been one of my all time favorite fairy tales!  I have always loved the mysterious and dark feel of this fairy tale as it is about a Queen who was willing to kill her own stepdaughter in order to remain the fairest in the land, which was a concept that was pretty dark.  I also loved the fact that the dwarfs were willing to take in Snow White and take care of her as it shows that they do care about Snow White, despite just knowing her for a few days.  I was also interested in seeing the different ways that the Wicked Queen tried to kill Snow White which included giving Snow White a lovely lace and then tying it so tight around her that she would choke to death to the famous scene of giving Snow White a poisoned apple!

 



1. Do you think that this story does a good job at warning kids about strangers?

Yes, I think that this story does a pretty good job at warning kids about the dangers of some strangers as it shows Snow White getting nearly killed because she keeps on disobeying the dwarfs' warnings about not letting any strangers into the house.  This would help kids to be more cautious around strangers.

2. Are you a very vain person?

Nope. I tend to let my skin go out a bit (although I do need to work on trying to keep my skin clear)!


3. What are your favorite Brothers Grimm fairy tales?

Besides "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," I also liked "Rumpelstiltskin," "How Six Made Their Way in the World," and "The Six Servants!"

4. Do you love apples?

I LOVE apples!  I especially love eating apples in pies and turnovers! 


 


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Walt Disney Company







Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Randall Jarrell; illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert






Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Wanda Gag







Snow by Tracy Lynn










The Princess and the Pea






Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

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