Mr. B likes to tell people he married the Queen of Whimsy. I shrug and tell him I know plenty of people who could wear the crown just as well. I mean, hi, I'm a theatre person and I blog about children's books, you know I know people, wink wink.
But it's June. Something happens in June. School is out. The grass is still green and the sweet peas are blooming over the fence.
The weather is hot, but not yet scorching. The summer blockbusters are hitting the movie theatres, and if I'm lucky, there might be one that caters to my fairytale and fantasy-loving side.
June brings Midsummer, and the Midsummer Festival in Lindsborg. Hot on its heels is International Fairy Day.
I'm still thinking about throwing another little Fairy Day party. The fairy playhouse is calling for one.
And the girls have been in a dress-up mood. They had a wonderful time playing faerie in the playhouse and all around the yard, drinking "tea" and showing me where the wild mushrooms are growing by the fence, behind the shed.
After reading The Goose Girl and seeing Maleficent last week, I've been in a fairy tale and fantasy mood. It's contagious, because the girls have been feeling it, too. Especially Big Sis, who is very much her mama's girl. Hunting on Netflix, we found...
... which I'm sure I own on DVD, but it's buried in the closet. As of June 1st, however, it's available for streaming via both Netflix and Amazon Prime! I loved this movie back in my college days. Cinderella, with Leonardo da Vinci standing in for the fairy godmother?
The whole family settled in with popcorn to watch Sunday night. Ah, Ever After. I was thinking, gee, such a girly choice, but it turns out, Mr. B likes it, too. He has favorite parts! And as Little Sis said, "Oh, it has Mrs. Addams in it!" She loves the Addams Family movies.
Speaking of The Addams Family movies, Little Sis's hero, Wednesday, is all grown up in another magical tale we watched today. Have you ever seen Penelope?
Christina Ricci plays a very rich girl born with a curse: she has the nose of a pig. The only thing that can break the curse is the love of a "blue blood." There is a surprising twist near the end, which had Big Sis and me cheering. It's a cute movie, not perfect, but a lot of fun when you're in the right mood. It's available on DVD, and via both Netflix and Amazon Prime. [And as of right now, someone has the whole thing uploaded to YouTube...]
I also have this checked out from the library, for myself. I don't know why it's taken me so long!
|Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm:|
A New English Version by Philip Pullman.
Viking Books, 2012.
I'm rushing through the book I was reading when this one came into the library, then I'm off to read more fairy tales!
After watching the beautiful fairyland scenes in Maleficent, the girls and I want to transform the rest of the backyard into a magical place to spend the summer. Mr. B is on board! I know I need more lights... Mr. B and I want to make these adorable toadstools, too. [Check out the rest of that blog. It's fairyland in blog form!]
So this is where my head is these days. Counting down until Midsummer Festival. Making plans for Fairy Day. This weekend, we'll see the Ballet in the Park production of Peter Pan. More fairies!!!