"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein
I'm one of those people who believes that things happen for a reason. About two weeks ago, I was in Barnes and Noble, browsing the shelves, and picked up, for probably the 50th time, their Barnes and Noble Edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales. I flipped the book over and ran my hand over the back cover. And I felt absolutely compelled to buy it. I didn't necessarily have the extra $20 to spend on the book right then. But I bought it anyway.
After my purchase, I settled in Starbuck's for the fifteen or so minutes I had before class and opened the book, a beautiful edition with thin paper and Arthur Rackham illustrations, waiting for buyer's remorse to kick in (I only have about 15 editions of Grimm's; why did I necessarily need one more?). And I thought to myself, "Well, I might as well start again at the beginning." So, I read "Iron Henry." And then I thought, why I don't I really start again at the beginning, reading all of the tales straight through? Why don't I also share them with my readers at the blog somehow?
Thus was born The Grimm Project, which we'll be kicking off here at the blog next Monday. The idea is to re-read the Grimms' tales ... all of them (this may take a few years) ... and to think about the tales in relation to my life - linking up their Grimm wisdom to the everyday, filling the pages in between with recipes, fashion, books, and more related in some way to the tale at hand. We won't be giving up on our regular content, by the way - this will be in addition to the other stuff we already do.
To kickoff the Project, we're running a Grimm giveaway through next Friday. Here's the details.
If you're selected as the winner, you will get the following:
- The Barnes and Noble edition of Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales that got me started.
- A digital print of several of the Brother's Grimm's Fairy tales depicted in silhouettes including Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, The Pied Piper, Rapunzel, Little Red Ridding Hood, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, and the Frog Prince. From Anna Elisa Photo Design at Etsy.
- "Shoot for the Moon" Journal, also from Barnes and Noble.
- Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. Because I just finished reading it, and it's awesome:).
All you have to do is complete the steps below to enter. Good luck!! A/Ja Rafflecopter giveaway