Today is International Children’s Books Day and we can’t help but go gaga about it simply because stories have played a really important part in our childhood. While the children of today might prefer to play games on their tablets at night instead of listening to grandma’s beautiful stories, we remember the magic of the latter today.
If you haven’t listened to fairy tales and stories about dragons and warriors in your childhood, say hello to the child in you through these books.
Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother and the glass shoe are the stuff of legends. If you an adult whose brain is filled with logic and practicality, this tale will make you believe in magic. The magic that you have in yourself.
“She believed in dreams, all right, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn’t come along, she went over to the palace and got him.”
– Walt Disney On Cinderella
That little girl who is the size of your thumb will teach you to have courage irrespective of your size! A lot of other tales by Hans Christian Andersen are a must-read as well.
“Thumbelina would have been frozen in the cold air, but she crept under the bird’s warm feathers, keeping her little head uncovered so that she might admire the beautiful lands over which they passed…”
– Hans Christian Andersen
3. Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs:
When you are surrounded by darkness and pain – you will always find joy with friends teaches this beautiful story about Snow White and the seven dwarf men who support her through thick and thin.
“Skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony.”
– Brothers Grimm
4. The Beauty & The Beast:
The message here is simple yet forgotten. Love, should be beyond appearances. Love is not conditional. This tale was written in 1740 based on a folk tale that had been around for atleast 4,000 years.
“She bade us remember that it was cowardice to succumb to the greatest misfortunes, and that with time and courage there was no evil that could not be remedied.”
– Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
5. Little Red Riding Hood:
This story tells us to pay heed to warnings and not fall prey to temptations. This amazing story of a girl venturing into the woods to go to her grandma’s place gives you the thrills.
“From this story one learns that children, especially young lasses, pretty, courteous and well-bred, do very wrong to listen to strangers, And it is not an unheard thing if the Wolf is thereby provided with his dinner. I say Wolf, for all wolves are not of the same sort; there is one kind with an amenable disposition – neither noisy, nor hateful, nor angry, but tame, obliging and gentle, following the young maids in the streets, even into their homes. Alas! Who does not know that these gentle wolves are of all such creatures the most dangerous!”
– Charles Perrault on the moral of the story
6. Sleeping Beauty:
Patience, faith and belief – three vital things that we need to survive today. And this fairy tale, teaches it well.
“They say if you dream a thing more than once, it is sure to come true.”
– Sleeping Beauty (Disney)
7. Hansel And Gretel:
Wit in the times of crisis can save your life! This story of a brother and a sister, entrapped by a witch teaches one to stop succumbing to things that look too good but are actually damaging. Also teaches us to be there for one another. Very relatable.
“After the full moon had come up, Hansel took his little sister by the hand. They followed the pebbles that glistened there like newly minted coins, showing them the way. They walked throughout the entire night, and as the morning was breaking, they arrived at the father’s house.”
– Hansel And Gretel
Special thanks to Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm – our favourite Grimms’ Fairy Tales.