Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Fairy Tale Project || Rumpelstiltskin

Wonderful oil painting illustrations throughout.

Rumpelstiltskin by Paul Galdone
Beautiful illustrations.  The story is rewritten by Paul Galdone.

Rumpelstiltskin by Christopher Noel
This version is based on the Grimm fairy tale version and is readapted by Christopher Noel.  The illustrations are fun. Rumpelstiltskin looks a bit like a court jester.

Rumpelstiltskin pictures by Jacqueline Ayer
This one is based on the Brothers Grimm version of the tale and the illustrations are a bit medievel.

Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter by Diane Stanley
This is a fun fractured fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin where the King is anything but kind (was he ever?)  and Rumpelstiltskin becomes the hero of the story.  Loved it.

Rumpelstiltskin by John Cech
John Cech retells this lovely tale and it has beautiful illustrations throughout.

Rumpelstiltskin illustrated by Bernadette Watts
Such lovely little drawings.  Rumpelstiltskin looks like a little elf.
The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton 
A West Indies version of this classic tale with lovely words and pictures.

Rumpelstiltskin by Alison Sage
Lovely detailed pictures.

Rumpelstiltskin by Martin Powell
A graphic novel.

Rumpelstiltskin by Deanna McFaden
I enjoyed this version of the tale.  McFaden has written quite a few other fairy tales that I'm excited to check out.

Rumpelstiltskin by Xavier Carrasco
A bilingual retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.

The illustrations are full of black and white images with touches of gold.  Beautifully done.

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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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Book Report || March 2015

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This was such a fun read. A futuristic take on Cinderella.  My good friend has kept up with this series and recommends the next few books, making it very exciting to continue with these fun reads.

At Home With Madame Chic by Jennifer Scott
I read her first book last year and have kept up with her youtube videos this past year.  Lots of fun tips and tricks for having a intentional home life.  I found a lot of repeat information from her first book but enjoyed the additional focus on home and her philosophy on intentional, simple living.

Shadow of the Bear by Regina Doman
This was a modern day retelling of the the Grimm Fairy Tale Snow White and Red Rose.  Set in New York City, these two sisters meet a mysterious young man that changes their lives forever.  A fun, wholesome, young adult read.  Not a lot of meat, but a sweet story.  She has a whole series of these fairy tale retellings that I'm excited to read, especially since starting the Fairy Tale Project this year. 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
This is only my second time reading this novel and the first time reading it with my oldest. Such a treat to read it with him and such a delightful read.  This fifth book in the Harry Potter series is certainly where the story of Harry Potter moves from children's literature to literature. It had been long enough since my first reading that I didn't remember all the details, so it was almost as surprising and fun as reading it for the first time.  So fun to share this story with my kids.

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Rein
Such a heartbreaking story, but one of redemption, sacrifice, and love.  Set in World War II, Rose an 18 year old American pilot, finds herself captured by Germany and sent to Ravensport a women's concentration camp.  A compelling realistic page turner.  An amazing sequel to her first novel. 

Days of the Living Christ by Cleon Skousen
I love how Skousen can explain history in such an easy and simplistic way.  This was Volume 1 of his two volume series on Christ.  So interesting to read about the life of Christ.  Skousen presents the history of Christ in chronological order, which put the stories and teaching of Christ into context for me. 

We have been forging ahead with our Fairy Tale Project and are reading Rumpelstiltskin books this month. We will be posting about those books at the end of the month.

I'm now reading The Secret Garden and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with the kids.  On my own I'm in the middle of Outlander and Fangirl.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Comes Early



Outside my window...Spring has sprung.  Loving my pink blossomed trees and my bright green grass.  This winter and spring have been so sunny and warm.

In the kitchen...planning a new spring and summer menu.  Making up a new monthly menu and grocery list that we will repeat for the next few months.  This plan worked really well for our fall and winter menu.  

I am wearing...Still wearing jeans and sweaters mostly.  Slippers inside, boots outside.  I bought a new pair of boots, my old favorites were worn out.  I'm looking forward to skirts and summer dresses in the next couple months.

I am creating...Most of my creativity lately is going into cleaning, organizing, and decluttering my home.  I feel like the more I can let go of, the more I open my home and let it breath.  My goal is to have a home and a schedule that allows for a tidy home and room in our schedule to play, connect, and relax.

I am going...on a few errands around town.  With all this focus on home, I need to shop for a couple things.  I'm trying to keep my list of items super simple and minimal.  I don't want to fill our home with items we don't need, just replace and purchase things that make sense, opting to do without in most situations.

I am reading...The Secret Garden and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince with the kids. Outlander for myself.  

I am looking forward to...Spring Break.  I just want to relax and play with my family, take a real week off from my work (as much as you can as a mom) and enjoy my family.  

Around the house...I have been working on scrubbing walls and baseboards and touching up paint.  Not my favorite household chores by fair, but so gratifying to complete.
I am watching...I haven't watch a lot lately, but last night I just started the last season of Parenthood.  

A few plans for the rest of the week:  The kids have a day off of school this week, we have a bunch of friends coming over to play, a campout coming up, a birthday outing for a dear friend, and more cleaning and organizing to be done.

Just a peek into my days.

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Fairy Tale Project || Beauty and the Beast

This is my favorite fairy tale story.  I think I love the idea, the romance, of a girl falling in love with a beast, someone unlovable, someone that needs her.  It is the nurturer in me.  That her love changes him.
These were so fun to read with my little ones.  Here are the ones we read and really enjoyed.

Grimm Fairy Tale Beauty and the Beast

Anderson Fairy Tale Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast by Adele Geras

Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer

Beauty and the Beast by Anne Carter

Beauty and the Beast by Jan Brett

Bunny and the Beast by Molly Coxe

Beauty and the Beast by Max Eilenberg

Beauty and the Beast by Ursula Jones

Beauty and the Beast by Deborah Hautzig

Beauty and the Beast by Michael Dahl
A graphic novel.

Beauty and the Beast by Elizabeth Mills

Beauty and the Beast by Nadia Higgins
We have enjoyed her versions of the fairy tales.  Lots of fun illustrations.

Beauty and the Beast by Roser Ros
A bilingual book.

Beauty by Robin McKinley
I read this a couple years ago and really enjoyed this version of the story.

Beauty and the Beast the Disney Version
Favorite Disney movie.

Beauty and the Beast the Series
Did anyone else watch this series?  I remember really liking it.

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