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Fairy Tale Fortnight Event

I've signed up to write a guest post for the Fairy Tale Fortnight that will take place from mid April until the end of April. The event is being hosted by The Book Rat and Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing. As awesome as this event and my chance to do something new is, I have NO idea what my part in the event should be. I am completely stumped. More than stumped.... baffled.

I need ideas. Lots of ideas, actually. Here is what I thought of so far:
  • I could read some less known (or new) fairy tale retellings and write reviews. 
  • I could do a little research and try to find the history behind one or two of the Grimm's fairy tales. 
  • I could have a student write an original fairy tale and then post it. (I think they would get a kick out of knowing their story was on the web.) 
  • I could host a giveaway or two. Maybe some fairy tale-ish books, movies, etc. 
Other ideas are welcome. I feel very limited. What do guest posters typically write about? I have no idea. Please feel free to give me ideas. I desperately need them.       


I figured a giveaway was a good excuse to go shopping, so off I went. BTW, Borders Books is going out of business. Good deals to be found if there is a Borders near you. Here is what I've gathered thus far for giveaway #1:

I love all things Disney!
This is a "Princess Minnie" collectible pin from Walt Disney World.
(One of the perks of having family near WDW.) 

Beautiful hardback picture book retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

Paperback of novel.

A picture book (with audio narration on c.d.) of Swan Lake.
The 3 year-old helped pick these out. Princess silly bands.


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The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

Summary from Amazon: Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.

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My Review: I love this book! It is such a fun, easy, and enjoyable r…