When we talk about fairy tales, the first thing that comes into my mind is Disney Princesses and such. So I have here a photo trying to wear my grade school princess costume. And yay! It somehow fits. But hey, fairy tales are not just about princesses having their respecting princes charming by their side. Fairy tale is any children’s story about magical and imaginary beings and lands. My first plan in this article is to share top ten favorite fairy tale stories, but I think, if that is my plan, this article will end up with plots about Cinderella, Frozen, Mulan, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and more, which you already know. So, since today is tell a fairy tale day, my plan B is to share plots about the not-so-popular fairy tales out there that I discovered when I was younger.
Shame on me because I only knew chicken little recently when my batchmates call my teacher chicken little because they said he looks like chicken little. By the way, the story started when an acorn, falling from a tree, hit chicken little’s head. She assumed that the sky was falling so she ran to tell the lion about it. While running, she met Henny Penny and went with her to report about the falling of the sky. They, then, met Ducky Lucky who also came with them. All three of them ran and met Foxey Loxey. Chicken Little, Henny Penny and Ducky Lucky didn’t know where the lion lives so Foxey Loxey showed them the way. He led the three of them to his den. They all went in, but they never, never come out again.
Diamonds and Toads
I first read about Diamonds and Toads when I was in grade school. Let me remember what had happened in the story. A snarly widow had two daughters – one who was as bad as her mother and one who was pretty and amiable. But the mother didn’t love this kind-hearted daughter and instead, she was obliged to carry water every day from a great distance. One day, while she was doing her job, an old woman asked for a water. Because of the pretty girl’s polite response, the old peasant turned into a fairy and blessed the girl with diamonds that would fall from her mouth whenever she spoke. When the widow and her sister knew about this, the bad daughter looked for the old woman. The fairy appeared as a fine princess and asked for water. The girl spoke rudely to the fairy that’s why she granted her a punishment that every time the girl opened her mouth, toads will come out from it.
The Tiger, the Brahman and the Jackal
So yes, this is my favorite non-princess fairy tale of all. I can remember when we role played this one when I was a child. Let’s see if I can remember the scenes. A brahman passed by a trapped tiger. The tiger pleaded him to set him free, promising not to eat the brahman. So the brahman granted his wish. But when the tiger finally came out, he planned to eat brahman. Horrified, the brahman begged the tiger to ask three things first before the tiger continue his plan. They asked the tree and the buffalo who both said that the tiger should eat the brahman. The last hope came – the wise jackal. The jackal let the two explain what happened. When the two described the events, the jackal pretended that he didn’t understand the story, so the two did a demo. As the tiger went back in his trap, the jackal quickly locked the trap and left the tiger inside it.
The Selfish Giant
What I remember here is that I translated this book in Tagalog. Sorry, I’m so random when I was young. Anyways, as the title says, the story is about a giant who lived in a house with a wonderful garden. He was the only one there but he never let the children in. One day, the giant went away for seven years and when he came back, he got angry because he saw the children playing in his garden. He built a high wall around his garden so the children won’t be able to enter his garden, again. From that day on, spring is everywhere except for his garden. The trees and flowers were unhealthy and the birds weren’t coming anymore. One morning, the giant saw children playing in his garden who entered through a small hole in the wall. He realized that the children brought his garden back to life. He also realized that he had been selfish and was very sorry for what he had done. He let the children play in the garden every day.
The Princess and the Pea
During my preschool days, I have a set of fairy tale books and The Princess and the Pea is the first story I remembered among them. The story goes like this. A prince was looking for a princess to marry. But because he was so choosy that he wanted his girl similar to his likes, he found no one even though he searched all over the world. One stormy night, the prince met a not-a-princess-type girl outside his mansion and claims that she is a real princess. So the prince asked many things about her and found out that they are similar. Still not sure, the prince and his mother tested the princess if she was real by putting a pea under her mattress. The queen said that a real princess should feel the pea despite of an incredible amount of bedding they put. The day after, the girl told the prince and the queen that she spent a fitful night because of the pea she found beneath her bed. Guess what happened next. The prince married her!