Hans Christian Andersen

2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875


Here are a couple of books about him:

 The Value of Fantasy, by authors Spencer Johnson and Steve Pileggi ISBN-10: 0916392430, ISBN-13: 978-0916392437

 Hans Christian Andersen: The Dreamer of Fairy Tales by Andrew Langley and illustrated by Tony Morris ISBN-10: 0195214358, ISBN-13: 978-0195214352

Maybe you have heard of these stories?


The Little Mermaid

Ugly Duckling

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Real Princess

The Snow Queen

The Little Match Girl

The Brave Tin Soldier


Films to watch:


Hans Christian Andersen, Loose Biography (and a must watch!), live action, 1952 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044685/?ref_=nv_sr_1


The Little Mermaid, Animated, 1989, Walt Disney http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097757/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Frozen (Based on The Snow Queen), Animated, 2013, Walt Disney http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2294629/

Places to Visit:


Hans Christian Andersen Museum is located in Solvang, California http://www.bookloftsolvang.com/page05.html


Italy, Andersen Festival, http://www.andersenfestival.it/2014/en/


Charles Perrault

12 January 1628 – 16 May 1703


Maybe you have read these stories?



Sleeping Beauty

Little Red Riding Hood

Puss in Boots


Films to watch:


Cinderella, Animated, 1950, Walt Disney http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042332/?ref_=nv_sr_5

Sleeping Beauty, Animated 1959, Walt Disney http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053285/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

The Brothers Grimm,

Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859)


A book about the brothers is Who Were the Brothers Grimm? (Who Was…?) by Avery Reed, illustrated by John O’Brien ISBN-10: 0448483149, ISBN-13: 978-0448483146

The Brothers Grimm were well known linguists and storytellers who kept collected folk tales alive.


Maybe someone has read these

stories to you?


Snow White

Hansel and Gretel



A film to watch is

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Animated, 1937 , Walt Disney http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029583/?ref_=nv_sr_2

L. Frank Baum

15 May 1856 – 6 May 1919


A book about him is The Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum, by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes ISBN-10: 0375832165, ISBN-13: 978-0375832161

L. Frank Baum wrote The (Wonderful) Wizard of Oz


L. Frank Baum’s stories are considered fantasy and not fairy tale, but there are witches, talking animals, munchkins, flying monkeys… I think most faeries would nod ‘yes’ in approval.


A film to watch is The Wizard of Oz, Live action classic, 1939 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032138/?ref_=nv_sr_1

You can visit the Land of Oz in Storybook Land located in Aberdeen, South Dakota http://www.aberdeen.sd.us/index.aspx?NID=284

Everything OZ, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz website http://thewizardofoz.info/

Lewis Carroll

27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898


A book about him is Lewis Carroll: Author of Alice in Wonderland (Rookie Biographies) by Carol Green ISBN-10: 0516442279, ISBN-13: 978-0516442273

Recommended stories:


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Through the Looking Glass


Lewis Carroll’s writings are in the silly genre of literary nonsense, which makes perfect sense for a mathematician. Let’s consider a few elements in his writings: talking animals and bugs, royal characters, characters shape-shifting… Well, that sounds pretty faerie-like to me.


Films to watch for Alice in Wonderland


Animated, 1951, Walt Disney http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043274/?ref_=tt_rec_tti

TV Movie, 1999, live action http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0164993/

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote The Little Prince, which is considered a poetic tale. Again, talking animals…


A film based on The Little Prince, Live Action, 1974 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071762/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt



If you happen to be going to Japan, there is a lovely museum dedicated to Saint-Exupéry and The Little Prince





You can always find many attractions for lots of fairy tales within Disneyland and Disney World.


In Florida, https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/entertainment/magic-kingdom/

In California, https://disneyland.disney.go.com/entertainment/#/classic-characters,princesses,all-ages/