Academic Nook Fractured Fairytales Reading Themes

Academic Nook: Done Kissing Frogs by Tuting Hernandez PhD Cand.

It is our privilege to share with you our Academic Nook special entitled “Done Kissing Frogs” by Tuting Hernandez, Ph.D. Cand.  

Taken in Berlin as we toured (parts of) Europe together last May

I personally feel that this is a timely piece that speaks about each one’s birthright to fairy tales, enchantment, and beauty. Tuting’s essay also highlights how fairy stories can go beyond being mere cautionary tales for young children as he shares with us the things that he has learned and unlearned from the fairy tales he has read as a child and his own ‘aphorisms’ that border on the sage-like in all its old-world wisdom. Head on over to BehindtheBooks – and click here to read his piece – perfect for our Bimontly theme of Fractured Fairy Tales this July and August.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

4 comments on “Academic Nook: Done Kissing Frogs by Tuting Hernandez PhD Cand.

  1. Is there a “love” button around here that I could click? =)


  2. My favorite film version of a fairy/folk tale is Beauty and the Beast, not the Disney cartoon but the version for adults by Jean Cocteau. It’s a film made by a poet. You forget that it was filmed entirely in black and white because everything glitters so, the pearls, the diamonds, the silver, the tears. The special effects are magical, creating a different world entirely, but one that seems so convincing. And its message still applies, even though the film is more than sixty years old and was based on a story told more than two and a half centuries ago . But then, there is always something worth learning from folk wisdom, isn’t there?


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