The Wise Little Girl
Who doesn’t like fairy tales? Each and every one of us would have heard fairy tales in our childhood either from our parents or from our grand parents. Fairy tales are stories, which may not necessarily be real stories but are very imaginative and informative. Many of these stories have deep morals for the children to learn and inculcate in themselves. Some fairy tales are very famous and are well known by every child across the world. Such stories are usually fiction but make the children think a lot and inculcate reasoning and creative skills.
There are many fairy tale books available in the market with the Arabian Nights being one of the famous books. Its unique 1001 fables make for a very good reading especially during the night, before going to bed. Such has been the influence of fairy tales that some children have to hear a story read out to them before they go to sleep. It’s a kind of lullaby without which the child is unable to sleep. Fairy tales are also known as bedtime story books as they are usually read out to the children during nighttime, before going to sleep. The fairy tales are so named as most the stories have a fairy with magical powers. She is able to perform magic and makes things happen as per her wish. The fairies are depicted as angels who have extra ordinary powers and use it for the betterment of others.
There are many fairy tales that have been written over the years. New stories are being written everyday, but there are some older classics, which are very hard to forget. The famous ones are the Cinderella fairy tale, the Jack and the Bean Stalk fairy tale, Hansel and Gratel fairy tale, and so on. There are also fairy tales with themes like the Wedding fairy tale, Princess fairy tale, Grimms fairy tales, toys fairy tale, art fairy tale, dress fairy tale, etc. These fairy tales provide a thinking platform for the child’s mind so that he/she is able to relate to the world better. It helps in the child relating it to the real world to develop the reasoning, logic and imaginative skills.
There are also many regional fairy tales like the Russian fairy tales, German fairy tales, Japanese fairy tales, French fairy tales, and so on. The regional fairy tales sometimes have regional heroes or idols so that the children get required knowledge about the sacrifices done by their ancestors. It also inculcates a sense of understanding about local problems and tunes them to understand their surroundings better. Fairy tales are becoming less and less popular because of growing urbanization where the parents do not have enough time to devote to their children. As a result, children are not able to enjoy the wonderful stories during bedtime. The rise in internet penetration has also been a bane for the fairy tales are children are hooked online most of the time and devote either lesser or no time towards reading.
Fairy tales are stories that are etched forever in your heart. They have adorable main characters who have hearts of gold and villains who are very selfish. When we were young these fairy tales appealed to our childish innocence. But somewhere we lost touch with this culturally rich tales. Most fairy tales invariably had a beautiful princess, a prince charming and a witch perhaps to try to keep them away from each other. It is this factor that attracts kids to fairy tales; they are written lucidly and have a very simple-to-understand plot.
Fairy tales have always featured mythical characters which have never existed such as fairies, goblins, giants and elves etc. One of the most popular kinds of characters in fairytale are the talking animals. These animals portray human emotions. These emotions are so natural and elementary that young children are able to relate it with ease. Fairy tales are very popular among young children since it gives flight to a young minds fantasies and creativity. If a child refuses to sleep then a narration of his favorite fairy tale is sure to tuck the restless mind to sleep. Fairy tales have been used by generations much before us to get restless young kids to sleep.
The most immortal of fairy tales are perhaps the Cinderella Fairy Tale, Red Riding Hood tales and such. These stories are forever embedded in our minds and we have read them over and over again. The fairy tale character such as Cinderella is so popular among kids that they have been converted into animated characters which are shown on television. This show that even today, no matter how many generations have passed the young mind will always love the colorful, innocent lives of the fairy tale characters.
All cultures have done their own original work to create fairy tales. This is why a wide variety of folklore and cultural diversity can be found in fairy tales. Russian fairy tales, German fairy tales and Japanese fairy tales are perhaps the most read and popular fairy tales. Each of these fairy tales has a different tone in narration and totally different characters. While some fairy tales may only use animal characters another may make use of wise kings and handsome knights.
Grimm’s tales are a collection of fabled German fairy tales. These fairy tales were orally narrated as per tradition but no one really made any tangible preservation of these tales. The first to make efforts to this end were the Grimm brothers. They collected all traditional fairy tales and made a tangible record for future generations. The book having a collection of the German fairy tales collected by the Grimm brothers is called Grimm’s tales.
Today, for all our costume parties or Halloween celebrations more often than not, these lovable fairy tale characters become our inspiration. We see elves, vampires, witches and the like at most costume parties. And the fairy tale princess in her sparkling white wedding gown marrying the love of her life is still the most sought after dream for many women.