Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Frog-King, or Iron Henry by The Brothers Grimm

A Fairytale Treat

From the complete illustrated fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm

I've read some of Grimm's tales before and  I've bought the book recently. Actually I didn't buy it, my little brother(  the irritating bug) and I bought it so we co-own it. I don't think reviewing the whole book would do the different tales justice so I'll do it separately. It's worth it. We all love or loved fairy tales.

The Frog-King or Iron Henry is where The Princess and The frog is derived from (I think). . I'm basing this solely on the fact that there's a princess and a frog in this story. It's the first story from the book( my edition).

"In old times when wishing still helped one,
The story is written really fairy-tale like(like fairy tales are ) and five pages long and illustrated with one picture of the princess taking the frog up the stairs.

This is the tale of a beautiful Princess, whose more radiant than the sun itself. One day she goes off to play with her golden ball. She drops the ball into a fountain. She cries and wishes she had her ball back. So then the Frog appears and promises the Princess her ball back and in return the Princess will take him, the Frog, to her castle, she will allow him to eat with her and sleep in her bed. The Princess thinking the frog couldn't possibly get her ball back agrees. The frog retrieves her ball and the Princess was so happy she then runs home forgetting the Frog. At dinner with her father, the King, they hear some one knocking at the door.

"Princess! youngest Princess!
"Open the door for me!
"Dost thou not know what thou saidst to me
'"yesterday by the cool waters of the fountain?
"Princess,youngest princess!
"Open the door for me!'

The King hears this and asks the Princess what it's all about. After she explains he tells her to keep her promise to the frog. So she reluctantly gets the frog. She had promised to let the frog eat from her plate. this She  does . she hates this. She had also promised to let the Frog sleep in her bed, so she again reluctantly takes the Frog upstairs to her room. In the Princess and the Frog we know, the Frog turns into a Prince after he's kissed by the Princess. According to Grimm the Frog turns when the Princess throws him against a wall. Preferable and much more amusing. The prince then tells he's tale and then returns to his kingdom. Happily ever after.

It's a really nice tale and different. It's called the Frog-King because well the Frog is the king. Iron Henry is and alternative title. In the story the Prince is brought back to his kingdom by his most faithful servant, Henry. When the Prince was turned into a frog Henry had three iron bars placed around his heart, which broke one by one when the prince turned back in to prince. 

There a lot of use of what I''ll call old English, a lot of doth, saidst, thou etc. I'm guessing the moral of the story is that you should keep your promises .Hope you enjoyed this tale .


Friday, June 29, 2012


H.K from A solitary passion awarded me the Liebster blog award. She's passionate about books and so  am I.  It's a nice gesture So thank you H.K from Karachi (*I like saying that "kaa-ra-chii)

The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have 200 followers or less. It helps people to get to know you as a blogger while introducing your blog to new viewers.

The Rules are as follows:
1. Each person chosen must provide 11 facts about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger who tagged you has given, then think of 11 questions for the people you tag.
3. Choose 11 people to receive the award and link them in your post
4. Be sure to tell these people that you've tagged them.
5. Remember, no tag backs (in other words: don't tag the person who tagged you.)

11  random facts         

1. I like socks. you can never have enough socks. I, on the other hand have very few.
2. I love Samsung. My first phone was a Samsung and now ever phone I buy is Samsung. Also because it's a Korean brand
3.I live in a country called Suriname. I was born here and I'll die here. like one of my favorite authors from Suriname said. "sososkin mi sie deyfasi,soso skin mo dede'- naked I came into this world ,naked I'll die
4.I'm rude sometimes or mean. but I'm not . I might say something but it's the truth. 
5. I work at a cybercafe, Although I hate it every time a customer comes in,because then I'd actually have to 'work"
6.I'm currently reading "The Pelican Brief by John Grisham. This is the first book by him ,I'm reading.
7.I love a Song of Fire saga by George R R Martin. Although I've only read the first two books because I can't get  the third book yet .
8.I'm responsible for what I say , not for what you understand.
9.My favorite number is 13
10.I love my parents, even my little brother (who's an irritating bug at times)
11. I'm always the last person to help, but I'm there.

Questions from H.K:

1. Who are you?
I'm a reader

2.What's something a lot of people do that you disagree with?
Talking to me when I'm reading. 

3.What's something no one can take away from you?
This is hard. my love for my parents. 

4.What's a common misconception people have about you?
Well I've been called highmaintenance , rude, mean, lazy, incompetent. We've all been called one or the other. but we're not.

5.You're favorite qoute?
I have many , I'll name 2 of my favorites; "not all those who wander are lost" by J.R.R Tolkien and " I am  a free human being with an independent  will" by Charlotte Bronte( I try to live by this one)

6.Do you believe that honesty is the best policy?
Wholeheartedly! straightforwardness is better then any pretentious nonsense. I try to be honest but it's not that easy, neither is being good .

7. Describe yourself in three words?
Self centered, vaguely lovable , human 

8.Which dead author would you want to be haunted by?
J.R.R Tolkien maybe. 

9.What do you want to be known for?
Having the best bookstore ever that encourages reading and people and children love to come to.

10.What do you do when nothing else seems to make you happy?
Sleep, eat and just move on till it passes. 

11.Who do you think is the worst writer?
I've yet to come across a bad writer. 

I don't have 11 blogs to tagg,  but I pass this award to these four blogs because they're good ones:

My 11 questions:

1. Why is a raven like a desk?
2. If you  could change one thing, what would you change?
3. White chocolate or normal chocolate
4. Do you put pineapples on your pizza?
5. Do you think it's weird that ,I think it's weird that people put pineapples on their pizza?
6. Do you think George R R martin should be more kinder to the people of Westeros ?
7. What are your political views?
8. What are you currently reading?
9. What are your thoughts on the whole Shakespeare authorship question?
10.Have you ever liked a movie better than the book?
11. How do you decide if a book is bad?

September 21, 2012
This is my second award from a fellow blogger!
It's nice that somebody thinks my blog is lovely and it was a wonderful surprise to see my name on the list.
So thank you Thinks at Thinks Books

How this works:

  • You must include the Lovely Blog Award Logo in your post.
  • Thank the person that nominated you!
  • Select 15 blogs you think are deserving of the award and pass it along. Don't forget to comment and let them know the won.
  • You must share seven random facts about yourself.

I've already posted 11 random facts about me from the previous award so I'll just name some blogs I think are lovely too. I only frequent some blogs that I like  but it's not 15. Anyways I award the one lovely blog award to:

1. Thinks @ Thinks Books So I guess you're getting it twice! I like your blog it's out of this world and original. 
2. Kah Cherub @Not Just Nonsense

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret is a weekly meme hosted by us at Under the Covers. Every Thursday we get to know other bloggers and our readers more intimately by asking them a question hoping to reveal their dirty little secrets. We hope that you will all join us!

To participate in the meme all you need to do is:

1. Be a follower of Under the Covers.
2. Create a post in your blog taking the meme image (code above) and copy instructions. 
3. Answer the question we propose! This can be done in any way you like, post a video, write a post etc.
4. Then add your link below.

Non-bloggers: We want to hear from you as well!!! Let us know your answer in the comments! 

We hope you join us and let us know your Dirty Little Secrets!

This week's question: 
Half the year has gone by already! 

Tell us your favorite books so far!

Awesome question because it enables me to rant about a Game of Thrones. 'cuz when you play a Game of Thrones you win or you DIE!

I've read A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings and I'm lost to this new epic world. Where you can hear the wolves  howl from  the north and krakens rise from the sea. Oh yeah ,a Song of Ice and Fire bitches!
I only wish George Martin would stop killing people and and and and desperately need to get my hand on a Storm of Swords!!! 
WHY?! whole-seller guy are you out of stock!! why do you conspire against me. I pay taxes!!

*no, I don't pay taxes
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