Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Once Upon a Time Challenge

This new (to me) challenge makes me giddy! The Once Upon a Time challenge is
an opportunity to band together as a community to celebrate story, in this case the kind that fits roughly under one’s own personal definition of four categories: fantasy, folklore, fairy tale and mythology.
I'm ecstatic that I have stumbled upon the Once Upon a Time challenge so early in the game, as it runs from March 21 to June 20. There are various levels of participation, which are explained on the Stainless Steel Droppings blog and which I couldn't begin to describe. I haven't decided what type of "quest" I'll be having, but I am excited about Quest the Third as it involves a June reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a book that's been sitting on my to-read pile for far too long. How can I profess my love for all things faerie without having read this book? I know, I'm a fraud.

Here are some books that I may be reading. I'll update this post with my progress.

To read:
Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
The Runaway Dragon by Kate Coombs
The Runaway Princess by Kate Coombs
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Currently reading:
Grimm's Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm 


Picture Books
Princess Hyacinth by Florence Parry Heide - read 05/28/10 
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems - read 05/28/10 
Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems - read 05/28/10

The Iron King  by Julie Kagawa - read 03/28/10
Falling In by Frances O'Roark Dowell - read 04/25/10
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder - review - read 05/12/10  
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon - read 05/15/10 
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund - read 05/22/10 
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead - read 05/26/10  
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins - read 05/29/10  
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr - read 06/01/10
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder - review - read 06/05/10
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan - review - read 06/05/10

Picture books 
Hansel and Gretel retold by Rachel Isadora - review - read 04/07/10
The Squeaky Door by Margaret Read MacDonald - review - read 04/15/10  
Koi and the Kola Nuts: A Tale from Liberia by Verna Aardema - read 04/18/10 
Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile by Won-Ldy Paye - read 04/18/10 
Pretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa by Niki Daly - read 04/18/10 
Luba and the Wren by Patricia Polacco - read 04/18/10 
Jack and the Beanstalk retold by E. Nesbit - read 04/19/10 
Jack and the Beanstalk retold by Richard Walker - read 04/19/10 
Jack and the Beanstalk retold by John Cech - read 04/19/10
Waynetta and the Cornstalk: A Texas Fairy Tale by Helen Ketteman - read 04/27/10
The Princess and the Beggar: A Korean Folktale by Anne Sibley O'Brien - read 04/27/10 
Tony's Bread: An Italian Folktale by Tomie DePaola - read 04/29/10 
Little Grunt and the Big Egg: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale by Tomie DePaola - read 04/29/10 
Papa Gatto by Ruth Sanderson - read 04/29/10 
Count Silvernose: An Story from Italy by Eric A. Kimmel - read 05/02/10

Beastly by Alex Flinn - review - read 04/29/10
The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler - review - read 06/06/10

Graphic Novels
Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale, Nathan Hale - read 05/05/10 

Zeus: King of Gods by George O'Connor - read 04/20/10

*I chose not to include Fairy tale as a category because I believe it's a subcategory of Folklore.



Amy said...

Fun! That's a great list!

Jodie said...

You have lots of really interesting title on that list.

Nymeth said...

You have some excellent reading ahead of you! The P. Craig Russell version of Wilde's tales sounds SO good.

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