Happy “Fractured*” Valentine’s Day!

*From “The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales:”

Fractured fairy tales are traditional fairy tales, rearranged to create new plots with fundamentally different meanings or messages. Fractured fairy tales are closely related to fairy-tale parodies, but the two serve different purposes: parodies mock individual tales and the genre as a whole; fractured fairy tales, with a reforming intent, seek to impart updated social and moral messages.”

I couldn’t let this holiday go by without a nod, although I usually would. What can I say, I don’t think pink and red are a good color combination. We know how full of romance all tales are, but the army of Disney princesses has managed to take over that romance and turn it into something sweeter than a cup of hot chocolate with three spoons of honey, two lumps of sugar and a swirl of caramel.

So as much as I love the original stories, it’s refreshing to read from time to time something like “Falling for Rapunzel” by Leah Wilcox, illustrated by Lydia Monks, a picture book for children with a silly sense of humor (they need to be able to understand the word-play, so recommended ages are 5-8).  For those of you familiar with Rapunzel’s story, it’s not exactly that…


Once upon a bad hair day,

a prince rode up Rapunzel’s way.

From up above he heard her whine,

Upset her hair had lost it’s shine.


And so starts a funny story full of misunderstandings, with a surprising ending.

Have a great day, whether you celebrate Valentine’s or not!

Talk soon,


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