Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Fairy Tale Project || Cinderella

I had no idea when I started this little project how many versions of Cinderella I would find.  This beloved story has been told time and time again.  Different versions from all around the world.  We started with the Grimm's Fairy Tale version of this story and we also read the Anderson Fairy Tale version of the story.  Then we continued on, working our way through a variety of picture books.  Some were fun and witty, others were dark.  Many versions of this beloved classic can be found from all around the world.  I'm also sharing a couple chapter books and movies.

Cinderella Picture Books 

Cinderella by Barbara Karlin
James Marshall's Cinderella is funny and delightful.  Cinderella is seen in a new way, hearty and robust.  This version shares the story of Cinderella in a refreshing new way.

Cinderlily by David Ellwand
A floral fairy tale in three acts.

The Golden Sandal by Rebecca Hickox
A Middle Eastern Cinderella.

Cinderella by Charles Perrault & Roberto Innocenti
A glamorous 1920 version of Cinderella.

Fair, Brown, and Trembling by Jude Daly
An Irish Cinderella Story.

Cinderella by Nadia Higgins
A lovely telling of the classic tale with fun illustrations.

Yeh-Shen by Ai-Ling Louie
A Cinderella story from China.

Cinderella by Beth Bracken
A graphic novel retelling of Cinderella.  This dark version of Cinderella follows the Grimm Fairy Tale version of the story.

The Orphan by Anthony Manna
A Cinderella story from Greece.

Cinderella by Max Eilenberg
A fun version of Cinderella with quirky illustrations.

Kongi and Potgi by Oki Han
A Cinderella story form Korea.

Cinderella by Sarah Thomson
An elegant retelling of this classic tale.

Little Gold Star by Robert San Souci
A Spanish-American Cinderella tale.

Cinderella's Dress by Laura Whipple 
This version of Cinderella focuses on her dress, with a witty story and fun illustrations.

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal by Paul Fleischman
A worldwide collection of the Cinderella story.

Cinderella by Barbara McClintock
This is a faithful adaptation of the classic tale, filled with watercolored illustrations that reflect the architecture and fashion of the time.

The Rough Face Girl by Rafe Martin
From the Algonquin Indian folklore.  One of the most haunting, powerful versions of the Cinderella tale.

Cinderella by Amy Ehrlich
Susan Jeffers illustrates this wonderful version of Cinderella with pen and ink dye illustrations.

Cinderella by Francesc Boada
This version includes a dual language text.  The illustrations give this version a fresh look.

The Tale of Cinderella by Brittany Candau
Have courage and be kind is the theme of this version of Cinderella.  Ella is kind, generous, unique, and absolutely lovely in this retelling of the classic tale.

Ella's Big Chance by Shirley Hughes
A Jazz-Age Cinderella.

Cinderella by Kinuko Craft
The illustrations in this version of Cinderella were inspired by the lavish artwork of the late seventeenth century in France.

Cinders by Jan Brett
A chicken Cinderella.

Cinderella by Ruth Sanderson
This is a lovely version of Cinderella with beautiful illustrations.  Sanderson has also written and illustrated a variety of other fairy tales.

The Way Meat Loves Salt by Nina Jaffe
A Cinderella tale from the Jewish tradition.

Cinderella by Steven Guarnaccia
A fashionable tale of Cinderella.

Angkat by Jewell Coburn
A Cambodian Cinderella.

Walt Disney's Cinderella by Cynthia Rylant
This version is from one of my favorite authors.

Cendrillon by Sheil Hebert-Collins
A Cajun Cinderella

Cinderella by Cari Meister
This is the story of Cinderella from around the world.  Visit Canada, China, Egypt, and France for different versions of the classic tale.

Smoky Mountain Rose by Alan Shroeder
An Appalachian Cinderella.

Cinderella by Hillary Knight
We own this version of Cinderella.  A pair of pet cats, a blue fairy godmother, and an endearing, fi somewhat overweight , Prince Charming are just a few of details from this wonderful version of the beloved story.

Cinderelephant by Emma Dodd
An elephant Cinderella.

Cinderella Chapter Books
A few chapter book versions of Cinderella I would love to read...

If the Shoe Fits by Laura Whipple
This story of Cinderella is shared through 33 poems.  Each poem is shared through the voices of different characters in the story.

Cinderella by Barbara Ensor
A fun chapter book for children who have just started reading chapter books.  A fun story of Cinderella with added details.  You also finally find out what happens after Cinderella marries the prince.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A young adult novel set in a futurist world where humans and androids live.  Cinder is a gifted mechanic and cyberg.  I've heard great things about this book and am excited to read it.

Cinderella Movies
There are also quite a few movies depicting this lovely tale.  The ones below are movies that I watched and loved as a girl and I have enjoyed watching again with my little ones.


Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella


A Cinderella Story

So excited to see this new version of Cinderella.

What are your favorite versions of this tale?  Any of these that are new to you?

Find our other Fairy Tale reports below.

January ||  Cinderella
February || Beauty and the Beast
March || Rumpelstiltskin
April ||  The Frog Prince
May ||  Pinocchio
June ||  Sleeping Beauty
July ||  Hansel and Gretel
August ||  Snow White
September ||  Rapunzel
October ||  Little Red Riding Hood
November ||  Jack and the Beanstock
December ||  Godilocks and the Three Bears

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Introducing the The Fairy Tale Project

This year I thought it would be fun to use some of our read aloud time to explore fairy tales with my munchkins.  The plan is that each month we will focus on a different fairy tale, reading a variety of beautiful versions of each tale. We will read the Grimm Fairy Tale and the Anderson Fairy Tale versions of each and also an assortment of picture books and report back here each month with our favorites.  We may also review a couple version of these  fairy tale chapter books or movies.  On the last day of each month we will share our experience with this project here on the blog.

I have given each month of this year a different fairy tale.  Our plan is as follows.

January ||  Cinderella
February || Beauty and the Beast
March || Rumpelstiltskin
April ||  The Frog Prince
May ||  Pinocchio
June ||  Sleeping Beauty
July ||  Hansel and Gretel
August ||  Snow White
September ||  Rapunzel
October ||  Little Red Riding Hood
November ||  Jack and the Beanstock
December ||  Godilocks and the Three Bears

Since today is the last day of January, I will be sharing our first post on Cinderella.  Look for that later today.

We would love for you to join us!  I would love to know which fairy tales are your favorites?  Any recommendations on books or movies we should explore this year?

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Reflections on 2014 Goals

I've been hesitating to write this post, and almost skipped sharing a review of my 2014 goals, but though I didn't accomplish many of these goals, I learned a lot from working through this list.  My main take away was that I simply had set too many goals. With 4 kids and a bustling home life, I simply don't have the time I used to have to focus on tasks that are not right in front of me.  That is just the stage that I'm in right now and it was good for me to see that my main focus is and should be on my family and family life.  I have less room for goals, so I must choose those carefully and prayerfully.

 I think 36 goals would be great for a list of fun projects or outings that could be accomplished easily in an afternoon or an evening, but not for goals that take a portion of the year to complete.  I also had quite a few goals that were habit development goals.  As I was working through this list I knew I just had to let some of them go.  I also have discovered that I want the option to work on goals that inspire me in the moment.  If I fill my days with New Year's Resolutions, I won't have room for those opportunity that present themselves.  So, my take away was simple and meaningful goals with a little wiggle room for all that life may throw at us.  I'll share more on my goals for 2015 in soon to be shared post.

Below is my report on my goals.  I have crossed off the goals that I have completed or that I have semi-completed.

  • Do A Walk Relay Or Race (No, I looked this one up and almost signed up for it, but none of them fit into my schedule. I almost rearranged Thanksgiving to stay here in Oregon for one of the races, but decided against it.  Definitely something I want to do in the future.)

  • Completely Simplify & Organize Home**  (Yes, I worked a lot on this one and think I'm finally seeing some improvement.  I do have more to go and will be working on this more this year.)

  • Sleep 8 Hours a Night (Yes, I worked hard to get sleep this year, not 8 hours every night, but more then I have been getting.)
  • Get A Facial* (No)
  • Take An Online Scrapbook Class* (Yes)
  • Sit Ups & Push Ups Every Morning (No)
  • Catch Up On Scrapbooking (No, not even a little bit.)
  • Finish Decorating The Kid's Rooms (Yes, all the kids rooms are decorated.)
  • Baby's room here, girl's room here, boy's room I still need to post.

  • Document Steve's & My Story* (No)
  • Write Everyday (No, but I did make an effort to write more.)
  • Finish 35 Meals** (No)
  • Go Kayaking* (No)
  • Go On A Road Trip* (No)
  • Hike Multnomah Falls (No)
  • Finish The Bible (Yes, finished it!)

  • Document This List* (No)
  • Eat At A New Restaurant In Portland* (Yes, we ate at the Screen Door, so good!)
  • Plan Fun Outings With Family* (Yes)
  • Knit Something For Each Of The Kids* (I worked on these.)
  • Walk Everyday* (No)
  • Only Check Internet In The Mornings & Evenings (Yes, I worked on this, but far from perfect.)
  • Read The Book Of Mormon With Isabelle (Yes)
  • Organize DVDs** (Yes, I actually finished this in January)
  • Go Horseback Riding* (No)
  • Do Evening Chats With The Kids* (Yes, 
  • Clean Downstairs Sofa** (Yes)
  • Sign All Kids Up For Soccer (Yes)
  • Hike With Family To Pittock Mansion* (Yes, so fun!)

  • Take Kids Out To A Movie* (Yes, Into the Woods in December)
  • Swim In The Ocean* (No)
  • Start Crafting With the Kids Once a Week* (Yes, but decided to stop doing these weekly.)  Find the post here.

  • Go Out With Friends Once A Month* (Yes, but not once a month, maybe 6-7 times.)
  • Scrapbook 15 Minutes A Day* (No)
  • Start an Incentive Program With The Kids** (Yes)
  • Visit Dermatologist (No)
  • 2 Weekends Away With Steve* (Yes and no, we did one weekend away.)

  • So that was my year in goals.  I'm excited to post my new year's goals here soon!

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    Cross Stitched Letters

    I spent the fall and much of December cross stitching, which was certainly one of the main reasons I didn't finish the rest of my books on my 2014 book list, but I was able to watch quite a few Christmas movies.  This is an old favorite, something I have enjoyed doing since I was a little girl.  I remember making those mason jar cross stitch lids when I was a little girl.  Remember those?  The last few years I have been on the search for modern cross stitch projects.  I created a pinterest board you can follow here.  I worked on a few projects you can find here, here, and here.  I was happy with these projects, but I still wanted more, something new and fresh.

    This fall I was poking around the internet and I found this amazing website with all these amazing cross stitch projects.  What Delilah Did is an amazing sight.  I fell in love.  I ordered one of her projects and started on it right away.  I dd the crown on white linen with gold thread.  It is completed by is waiting cleaning and framing.  (I'm planning on framing it instead of making a pillow with it.)
    Image of The Crown Cushion PDF Pattern
    I also saw that she had written a book, Storyland Cross Stitch, and ordered that as well.  Completely inspired and impressed with this book.  

    So then I decided I wanted to do a fun little gift for family and friends of mine, something that would come together quickly, and be unique to the recipient.  I decided on following the letter patterns found in the Storyland Cross Stitch book.  The letters are small and I wanted to make them a bit bigger.  I decided to stitch them on burlap and stitch my "X" to cover 4 squares instead of 1.  It worked out beautifully.  I also followed the example in the book to back each hoop with fabric.

    They turned out lovely, were fun to do, and I they seemed to be well received by their recipients.  

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    January Book Report

    Loved this book!  A daughter shares how her father read to her every night for 9 years.  She shares stories of her life that celebrate the importance and pure joy of reading aloud.  Planning to do a full review here soon.

    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie KondoTThis was a Christmas gift from my husband, one that I was so excited for.  This was a fun read and made me want to pull out and get rid of so many items in my home.  I loved the idea of surrounding myself with items that I enjoyed.

    I very much enjoyed this tale.  Emily reminds me so much of Anne, but her character seems a bit sadder.  I have heard this story described as being compared to Anne of Green Gables but a bit darker.  I'm looking forward to reading its sequels later this year.

    This one was heartbreaking, beautiful, and inspirational.  A story of a boy named August, a regular 5th grader who was born with a facial difference that affected how others saw him.  A quick read that I read for my upcoming book group.

    An inspirational read on staying fit after babies and as a mother.  I enjoyed the story and the practical encouragement and ideas given throughout the book.

    Little tidbits of wisdom were shared throughout this fable.  A story of a man who while stranded in the Sahara Desert meet a little prince.  This was a wonderful story to read to my kids.

    Next Up…Finishing up Les Miserables, Days of the Living Christ, The Distant Hours, and Deliberate Motherhood.  Starting Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

    Starting…Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected with the kids.

    What have you been reading lately?

    Find my new 2015 Book List here.

    Find my other Book Reports here.

    Joining Modern Mrs. Darcy's Twitterature this month.