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Tiny Owl’s Fairy Tale Campaign continues

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For thousands of years, people have been telling stories. From this rich global heritage, we can find fairy tales that are strikingly similar but also different. Each culture has their own version of these tales, and, even today, fairy tales have a lasting significance. Children from all over the world still grow-up listening to them.

Our new series, One Story, Many Voices explores well-known fairy tales told from unique perspectives from all over the world. So, with this in mind, we contacted authors, and experts, asking them the same two questions:

1) What versions of well-known tales were you told as a child? Who told them to you? And where did they come from?

2) Fairy tales often come from stories told a long time ago. Do you think these stories are still relevant today? And, if so, why?

We have a wonderful response from Teresa Cremin a Professor of Education.

 

Teresa Cremin

We can learn so much from fairy tales 

Teresa Cremin

1) Sadly I don’t recall being told any though I do recall reading many- like the Snow Child for instance,( from that fab old but gold collection Myths from many lands by Roger Lancelyn Green) and Hans Christian Anderson tales.

And where did they come from? All over the world- though I recall Greek myths and legends and associate them more with a sense of place/country, but of course RLG’s collection was very world focused as it were!

2)  Yes absolutely because the drive to represent experience as narrative is enduring- it runs through the human race and after all what are fairy tales but stories of lived experience in another world /space /time/ frame? We can learn so much from them.

My first book ever was called Traditional storytelling in the primary classroom!! Scholastic decades ago (Grainger) and I believe in the power and hope of stories- fairy tales myths, legends, life stories and the rest!

Teresa Cremin is a Professor of Education at the Open University.

  • Check out the first response to our fairy tale campaign by Beverley Naidoo author of Cinderella of the Nile, the first in our new One Story, Many Voices series
  • Read this introduction by Tiny Owl publisher Delaram Ghanimifard of our One Story, Many Voices series
  • Cinderella of the Nile selected as ‘One to Watch’ by The Bookseller

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