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16 February 2012


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As a kid I loved almost all of these. I was easily scared but I wasn't so easily scared that I couldn't hear Hansel and Gretel, or better yet, the tales of Baba Yaga....I don't understand what's with people today.


Baba Yaga! YES. Loved those stories as well.

I should see if there are any postage stamps...


I wonder, have they heard of Der Struwwelpeter? I grew up on that, and that's as scary as some fairy tales. It has lessons like: "Don't suck your thumbs, or someone will come and CUT THEM OFF."

I wonder, is it so bad for kids to find things scary or upsetting?


I'm pretty sure that Der Struwwelpeter would make these parents run away screaming.


I've never understood fairytales being "too scary" for kids. Fairytales reflect the world in which they developed, like ghost stories, so how can that be too scary? I LOVED them as a child (and still do as an adult)! Of course, I also loved the movie 'Return to Oz' where there's a witch who steals women’s' heads and switches hers out to change her appearance...
Isn't part of the joy of being scared that you have to learn to work through your fear?


It's funny, I remembered something similar earlier today -- apparently, I was terrified of Captain Hook (the Disney version) as a small child. The second my mother or father (whoever was reading with me) would turn the page, I'd slam my hand down on the picture to cover him up.

And yet, I regularly asked for the book anyway. So there you are. There must have been something enjoyable about the fear, right? (Then again, as an adult I love horror movies, so maybe I'm just predisposed to like the "safely scared" thing. I dunno.)


Does anyone else find it mildly amusing that the part parents didn't like about Cinderella was the fact that she did housework. If you were going to get all angsty about that story I would have thought there were far worse things to be concerned about.


Like the stepsisters cutting their toes off to fit into the shoe? Or the crows pecking their eyes out at the end? Those parts are SWEET!


I think that's why I loved fairy tales-they scared the pants off me! That's still why I love them. They are creepy and awesome. Which is not to say I didn't also enjoy the less scary versions that were around, but the scary ones were the coolest.

Jennifer in GA

I've been a preschool teacher for 10 years. Every year we read Miss Nelson is Missing. This year was the first year I've ever had a problem. I had THREE parents call me because their children were frightened by Viola Swamp.

I weep for humanity.


To paraphrase G.K. Chesterton, children need fairy tales not because they will learn that dragons are real, but because they will learn that dragons can be killed. Even when we're really small we *know* that the monsters are out there.

(Jennifer, I've been having a weep-for-humanity kind of week myself, but nothing to top your story. Good grief.)


*banging head against wall*


This constitutes as news?


Heh. When my kids were little I'd ask up front which version they wanted to hear at bedtime; for example, in The Three Little Pigs, do the dumb pigs run to safety or does the wolf eat them up before ending up as wolf stew for the brickbuilding pig? Sometimes they'd opt for modern sanitized version, and sometimes they wanted every detail I could remember of the traditional stories...

You know, the parents worried about the depiction of women in Cinderella could just make her a boy. Cinder Elliott


Every kid loved Miss Nelson is Missing when we were in grade school....how that could disturb kids...ugh.

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