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Twelve Dancing Princesses Tales from Around the World

Twelve Dancing Princesses Tales from Around the World

  • Title: Twelve Dancing Princesses Tales from Around the World
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  • ISBN : 9781453825228
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 340 pages


The Twelve Dancing Princesses is a fairy tale known under several names such as The Dancing Shoes, The Worn out Shoes, and The Shoes that Were Danced to Pieces The best known version of the tale comes from the Brothers Grimm and yet the tale remains relatively obscure in comparison to tales such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel However, it has been a pop The Twelve Dancing Princesses is a fairy tale known under several names such as The Dancing Shoes, The Worn out Shoes, and The Shoes that Were Danced to Pieces The best known version of the tale comes from the Brothers Grimm and yet the tale remains relatively obscure in comparison to tales such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel However, it has been a popular favorite with fairy tale readers for decades, appearing in countless collections of tales, but rarely studied In recent years, many books and even a toy collection, a movie and a musical have used the story as inspiration This collection offers over twenty variants of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, some that are new English translations In addition, several Grateful Dead tales and Greek myths are presented as interesting comparisons to the tale Sometimes the princesses journey to a version of hell, at other times they visit a version of heaven Many of the stories are obviously related to each other and at times the relationship is tenuous Some additional stories with similar motifs or elements are also included, illustrating that the elements of this tale are not as obscure as they first appear In the over fifty tales collected here, strange journeys are made, secrets are revealed, and curses are broken Most but not all of the heroes and heroines live happily ever after Either way, the journeys and the mysteries they solve provide fascinating visits to other realms Whether you are a student of folklore or an armchair enthusiast, this anthology offers a diverse array of tales with a unifying theme that both entertains and educates, all gathered for the first time in one helpful collection


Author Heidi Anne Heiner

Heidi Anne Heiner is the creator and keeper of one of the world s top folklore websites, the SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages at




Twelve Dancing Princesses Tales from Around the World Reviews (6)

  • I read this volume both out of my love of this fairy tale variant, but also for a paper I was writing for my folk and fairy tales class It s interesting to see how the basic story varies in different cultures and countries I didn t make it all the way through yet, so I will save my final review for [..]

  • Not entirely accurate a title Lots of twelve dancing pricnesses, but also quite a number, in other sections, that run on some of the same motifs From many regions.First we have the dancing princess es tales, proper, where the princess or seven, or three, or twelve dance their shoes to pieces every n [..]

  • An interesting collection of fairy tales As with many collections, my ratings for the individual tales range from one to five stars, so the rating lands somewhere in the middle 3.5 maybe There are 57 tales in this collection or two of them are missing from the ebook version that are included in the [..]

  • I love the concept for this volume and the whole series As a storyteller, reading several versions of the same tale types is not only intriguing, but also helpful I get to see what elements and structures are constant, and which ones change by culture or storyteller This book also contains, next to [..]

  • Fascinating to see how many variations there are to one of my favorite fairy tales. [..]

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