Tag: #fairytale

The Flax – Journeys Through Bookland

The Flax – Journeys Through Bookland

Today’s story is a short one from Hans Christian Andersen called “The Flax”. Runtime is just under 9 minutes.

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“The Twin Brothers” – Journeys Through Bookland

“The Twin Brothers” – Journeys Through Bookland

Whew! This is the longest narration I’ve done so far. I am definitely developing sympathy for the work that goes into making audiobooks. This is another story by the Brothers Grimm and it’s an interesting one. I know we consider these children’s stories now but I’m not sure if that was the original intended audience for this because of the violence. The runtime is about 48 minutes if you have time to listen to it all in one sitting. I hope you enjoy!

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Journeys Through Bookland – Jack the Giant Killer

In today’s episode we have another Jack but no beanstalk. You may not be familiar with this story but I hope you will enjoy it. It’s filled with giants and magical objects, and King Arthur even makes an appearance!

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“The Legend of Queen Agatha” by Sam Cunningham

“The Legend of Queen Agatha” by Sam Cunningham

This book was definitely a different kind of read. The story is stated to be based on a medieval fairy tale about a young woman who becomes queen of the country of Xana and puts into place many reforms which increase the prosperity and happiness of her people. According to the legend, Queen Agatha either went about her day completely naked or dressed in a simple way instead of regally. She begins her reign by marrying Prince Olaf and instituting educational reform. When she and the Prince spend time in his country she tries to institute reform there also, but she is thwarted by the Prince’s brother and banished from that country. In her own country she forms a parliament and accepts input from any citizen of the country, including children. She spends most of her time touring her country and meeting and working with the common people. She is adored and loved by all until her death.

I found the story to be intriguing and the political concepts to be radical at times. The author’s stated intention with this book is to open a dialogue and I think he succeeds with that idea. There is definitely a lot to talk about in the way Queen Agatha rules her country. What I didn’t like so much was the writing style. I found it to read much like a listing of facts. There’s not a lot of descriptive narrative here. Of course the book is only about 100 pages. I do think the writing style suits the author’s objective but just isn’t one that I particularly enjoy. That being said, please don’t brush the book aside just because I didn’t care for the style.

I think people who like politics, strong women and radical ideas would really find a lot to interest them in this story. The story itself is well thought out and presented and Queen Agatha is a very likable heroine. I’m going to give this book 3.5 out of 4 stars.

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