GPPL column: Fairy Tales Unfiltered
The Grande Prairie Public Library has new podcast, "Fairy Tales Unfiltered." Every episode shares a fairy tale or two, with a little commentary on the story itself. GPPL
Once upon a time there was a beautiful young girl whose father had recently remarried. Her new stepmother and stepsisters were jealous of her beauty, so they forced her to work as their kitchen maid.
No, wait, they were so jealous they convinced the girl’s father they couldn’t afford another child and sent the poor girl to spend the night in the frozen woods.
Or was it a brother and sister, no stepfamily, but a mother who tried to get rid of her children in the woods?
Maybe it was the one about the frog who retrieved a golden ball, or better yet the one where the frog finds a golden arrow?
Would you prefer the one where the woodcutter kills the wolf or the one where the wolf eats the pigs?
Fairy Tales are everywhere, and adapted in so many different forms, and we often hear about the “real” or “true” versions being much gorier and more sinister than what is represented in media.
Enter Grande Prairie Public Library’s new podcast! “Fairy Tales Unfiltered.” Every episode shares a fairy tale or two, with a little commentary on the story itself. Different versions of the same story are sometimes examined in the same episode, and you can judge for yourself how different these versions are from the ones you may have heard.
The podcast is still new, with only a few episodes available currently as we keep fine tuning the format of the episodes.
In episode one, we look at the story of The Frog Prince, and the princess forced to keep her promise when the frog retrieves the golden ball. Then we share The Frog Princess, a Russian fairy tale where the prince shoots a golden arrow to find his bride, only to have it retrieved by a frog.
Episode 2 looks at Cinderella, specifically the versions made popular by Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, while Episode 3 examines another type of Cinderella story called Donkeyskin. The key difference between the two types of Cinderella stories? In one a father thinks he is supposed to marry his daughter.
Don’t worry, we put in content warnings at the beginning of each episode.
Due to the content of fairy tales, these episodes are mostly intended for older children, teens and adults. Some individual episodes may have higher age recommendations based on the content of the stories. Content warnings are provided at the beginning of each episode, and while the stories are told as kid friendly as possible, we didn’t censor any of the stories. If you’re not sure, we recommend listening to the stories yourself before sharing them with your kids.
We hope you enjoy hearing these fairy tales as much as we enjoy sharing them, and it provides some entertainment during the social distancing and boredom that follows.
If you are looking for other things to do, GPPL has a wide variety of programs occurring virtually, from Dungeons and Dragons and Animal Crossing hang outs to virtual book clubs and videos of paint tutorials and children’s songs. Don’t forget you can still borrow material, and we really look forward to seeing you when we reopen!
Mikyla Meyer is a children’s program co-ordinator at the Grande Prairie Public Library.