Hi all 👋 I’ve been meaning to do this post for a little over a week now. I don’t know if you know but last Monday was my beautiful daughter’s 3rd birthday. Oh how the time flies… I remember the day they placed her in my arms as a tiny little baby and today she’s a 35 lbs toddler who’s got enough attitude for the whole world… hahaha. Anyways, this post will be on her favorite princesses, and it obviously is for her. 💕💖😍 I am going to try to make this a top 10 sort of a list but it might have less than 10 princesses mentioned. Without further a due here is our number 1…
1- Tangled: ‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair’
This classic story is my daughters favorite. We have this book in at least 5 different styles, variations, and covers. Along with the dolls and the dresses. However, if you don’t know the story, here’s a bit of an intro:
This is the story of a girl with long hair, who’s been locked in a tower by an evil witch. One day a prince strolls by the tower and hear her and chimes the famous verse ‘Rapunzel Rapunzel, let down your hair’ and the rest history.
Rapunzel is a German fairytale in the collection assembled by the Brothers Grimm, and first published in 1812 as part of Children’s and Household Tales. The Grimm Brothers’ story is an adaptation of the fairy tale Rapunzel by Friedrich Schulz published in 1790. The Schulz version is based on Persinette by Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force originally published in 1698 which in turn was influenced by an even earlier Italian tale, Petrosinella by Giambattista Basile, published in 1634. Its plot has been used and parodied in various media and its best known line (“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair”) is an idiom of popular culture. (Info taken from Wikipedia)
2- The Little Mermaid ‘who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams?’
The Little Mermaid is such a great story. My daughters loves the story and Ariel. She has to be one of our favourite princesses. I think we’ve got about a 10 different Ariel dolls and accessories at home, along with an Ariel dress. If you don’t know the story, here’s a bit of an intro:
“The Little Mermaid” is a fairytale written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul. (Info taken from Wikipedia)
3- Peter Pan: ‘When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.’
I have just introduced Peter Pan to our bedtime routine for Alia and she loves it. She thinks she’s Peter Pan and she’s fighting Caption Hook each time we read it to her. And if by a chance I opt out to reading a different story she tells me not forget to read Peter Pan also. She doesn’t like the fact that Caption Hook doesn’t share his Hook with anyone and she thinks he’s the coolest thing ever. Hahahah. Here’s some info on this story:
Peter Pan is a fictional character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. A free spirited and mischievous young boy who can fly and never grows up, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood having adventures on the mythical island of Neverland as the leader of the Lost Boys, interacting with fairies, pirates, mermaids, Native Americans, and occasionally ordinary children from the world outside Neverland. (Info taken form Wikipedia)
4- Three Little Pigs: “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in! Not by the hair on our chinny chin chin”
Alia was introduced to this story at day care. One day she was at her Grandma’s house for dinner and started yelling “oooohhhh big bad wolf is coming, chinny chin chin” and from that day on, this classic story is one of her favorites. She’s got the book and the puzzle for it, and loves both of them. Still does imitate the big bad wolf huffing and puffing to blow the house down, but now she adds a cute little howl to the end of it. This story is a must during our bedtime routine. Here’s some more info:
The Three Little Pigs is a fable/fairy tale about three anthropomorphic pigs who build three houses of different materials. A big bad wolf blows down the first two pigs’ houses, made of straw and sticks respectively, but is unable to destroy the third pig’s house, made of bricks. Printed versions date back to the 1840s, but the story itself is thought to be much older. The phrases used in the story, and the various morals drawn from it, have become embedded in Western culture. Many versions of The Three Little Pigs have been recreated or have been modified over the years, sometimes making the wolf a kind character. It is a type 124 folktale in the Aarne–Thompson classification system. (Info taken from Wikipedia)
5- Little Red Riding Hood: “But Grandmother! What big teeth you have”
This story is a new one for Alia, and since she seems to like all stories with big bad wolves in it, she also loves this one. I actually grew up with this story and it’s definitely one of my favorites. I remember when my grandmother used to rock me to sleep while telling me this story. It’s definitely a great classic. If you don’t know the story line, here is some info:
“Little Red Riding Hood“, or “Little Red Ridinghood“, also known as “Little Red Cap” or simply “Red Riding Hood“, is a European fairy tale about a young girl and a Big Bad Wolf. Its origins can be traced back to the 10th century by several European folk tales, including one from Italy called The False Grandmother (Italian: La finta nonna), later written among others by Italo Calvino in the Italian Folktales collection; the best known versions were written by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. The story has been changed considerably in various retelling and subjected to numerous modern adaptations and readings. It is number 333 in the Aarne-Thompson classification system for folktales. Variations of the story have developed, incorporating various cultural beliefs and regional dialects into the story. An example of this is “Kawoni’s Journey Across the Mountain: A Cherokee Little Red Riding Hood“, which introduces Cherokee myths and language into the traditional story. Another such example is “Petite Rouge Riding Hood“, which approaches the story from a Cajun perspective. (Info taken from Wikipedia)
6- Beauty and the Beast: “Take it with you so you’ll always have a way to look back … and remember me.”
What can I tell you about Beauty and the Beast that you don’t already know about. This is my absolutely favorite fairy tale. I loved it as a little girl growing up and I still do love it, I have been to Broadway musicals, read the book a million times, watched the cartoon and the million different versions of the movie including the very last one with Emma Watson. Just cannot get enough of this story. I think I first fell in love with this story during watching the cartoon and seeing the library scene, I was like I need that library in my life – still a life goal that I haven’t yet accomplished. hahaha But here is a bit of background information on this timeless classic:
Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) is a traditional fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740 in La Jeune Américaine et les contes marins (The Young American and Marine Tales). Her lengthy version was abridged, rewritten, and published first by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756 in Magasin des enfants (Children’s Collection) and by Andrew Lang in the Blue Fairy Book of his Fairy Book series in 1889, to produce the version(s) most commonly retold. It was influenced by some earlier stories, such as “Cupid and Psyche”, written by Lucius Apuleius Madaurensi in The Golden Ass in the 2nd century AD, and “The Pig King”. an Italian fairytale published by Giovanni Francesco Straparola in The Facetious Nights of Straparola.
Variants of the tale are known across Europe. In France, for example, Zémire and Azor is an operatic version of the story, written by Marmontel and composed by Grétry in 1771, which had enormous success well into the 19th century; it is based on the second version of the tale. Amour pour amour (Love for love), by Nivelle de la Chaussée, is a 1742 play based on de Villeneuve’s version. According to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon, the story originated around 4,000 years ago. (Info taken from Wikipedia)
7- Sleeping Beauty: “They say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true”
We are starting to get into my favorite bedtime stories now. This one was another favorite of mine when I was growing up. We are talking about age 4-6 🙂 I remember that I would make my dad rent this in movie form and would watch it over and over and over again. At one point everyone in the house were able to recite the entire movie from memory I think. 🙂 Now I read this story to my daughter for bedtime and she knows it’s time for sleep, if sleeping beauty is going down until true love’s first kiss. Here’s a bit of a background information on this magical story:
“Sleeping Beauty” (French: La Belle au bois dormant “The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood”) by Charles Perrault, or “Little Briar Rose” (German: Dornröschen) by the Brothers Grimm, is a classic fairy tale which involves a beautiful princess, a sleeping enchantment, and a handsome prince. The version collected by the Brothers Grimm was an orally transmitted version of the originally literary tale published by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697. This in turn was based on Sun, Moon, and Talia by Italian poet Giambattista Basile (published posthumously in 1634), which was in turn based on one or more folk tales. The earliest known version of the story is found in the narrative Perceforest, composed between 1330 and 1344 and first printed in 1528. (Info taken from Wikipedia)
8- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: “Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”
Here comes another great classic. This one is definitely another favorite of mine, I have tried to read this story to Alia but she doesn’t seem to like it as much as I had growing up. At this point, I am more than sure everyone knows the story line to this classic, but I have started with a theme so I’ll keep going with it… Here’s a bit of a background information on this story:
“Snow White” is a 19th-century German fairy tale which is today known widely across the Western world. The Brothers Grimm published it in 1812 in the first edition of their collection Grimms’ Fairy Tales. It was titled in German: Sneewittchen (in modern orthography Schneewittchen) and numbered as Tale 53. The name “Sneewittchen” was Low German and in the first version it was translated with “Schneeweißchen”. The Grimms completed their final revision of the story in 1854.
The fairy tale features such elements as the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, and the characters of the evil queen and the Seven Dwarfs. The seven dwarfs were first given individual names in the 1912 Broadway play Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and then given different names in Walt Disney’s 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The Grimm story, which is commonly referred to as “Snow White”, should not be confused with the story of “Snow White and Rose Red” (in German “Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot“), another fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm.
In the Aarne–Thompson folklore classification, tales of this kind are grouped together as type 709, Snow White. Others of this kind include “Bella Venezia”, “Myrsina”, “Nourie Hadig”, “Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree”, The Young Slave and La petite Toute-Belle. (Info taken from Wikipedia)
9- The Ugly Duckling: “It doesn’t matter if you’re born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan’s egg!”
This has got to be one the cutest stories ever, with a great moral story attached to it. Now I haven’t yet tried to read this one to Alia but I remember my mother reading it to me and it’s always been one of my favorite’s from the very first day that I’ve heard it. Here’s some information on this story:
“The Ugly Duckling” (Danish: Den grimme ælling) is a literary fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875). The story tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse from the others around him until, much to his delight (and to the surprise of others), he matures into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful bird of all. The story is beloved around the world as a tale about personal transformation for the better. “The Ugly Duckling” was first published 11 November 1843, with three other tales by Andersen in Copenhagen, Denmark to great critical acclaim. The tale has been adapted to various media including opera, musical, and animated film. The tale is completely Andersen’s invention and owes no debt to fairy tales or folklore. (Info taken from Wikipedia)
Now, I am sure I can come up with so much more favorite bedtime stories, fairy tales to talk to you about, but I want to leave some of my childhood and Alia’s babyhood a mystery. 🙂 Hope you all like this as much as I did writing it.
What was your favorite bedtime story growing up? Which stories do you read to your children for bedtime (if you have any)? Share your answers with me, lets get to know each other.