Growing up, we were surrounded by stories both verbal and written. Disney had its vast array of movies and television programs based on fairytales and history.
When children came along, I decided to tell and read stories to them at bedtime. I created a world of characters out of my imagination and the adventures these children had.
In addition I decided that I would read the classic tales to them:
The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales, Tales From The Arabian Nights, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, etc. These tales of imagination and somewhat based on a lost reality present this planet traversing the cosmos in a different light than the sterile reality of today.
Imagination is a valuable tool to aid a child’s quest for knowledge and their destiny. Reading is as essential as oxygen. A child who can read and imagine has entered a different sphere of existence because not only the world but the cosmos is open to them. There are no finite limits to imagination or flights of fancy.
ABC on Sunday, October 23 will premiere Once Upon A Time, an ambitious television program which takes fairytales from the ancient stories and recasts them in a hamlet called Storybrooke located in New England of today. New England has had its share of mystical stories and history.
Storybrooke is frozen time in its Maine setting, even though they filmed this in Canada. Regardless, the characters do not know who they actually are because of the curse.
The daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming is the only hope for Storybrooke to be restored to its pristine origins. Of course, the evil queen who imprisoned them all on our world does not want a happy ending since Storybrooke is her happy ending.
Jennifer Morrison of House plays Emma Swan, the lost daughter and heroine who returns to Storybrooke looking for her son. Lana Parrilla of 24 plays the evil queen.
Will this show catch on with the viewers? It has an unusual premise, and it is not a carbon copy of recycled shows.
We will see if ABC has a hit on its hands. The first episode will have to get a buzz for this series to take off. It is so difficult with so many choices for viewers to catch a star vehicle before the powers that be send it to the graveyard of cancelled reality.
However, this is an adult show with mature themes. Be cautious in allowing young children to watch this drama without your inspection of it first.
As always, the best gift that you give your children beside your love and care is to read to them each day. Help them to gain a deep appreciation for books. Words are more than symbols on a page. They are the tools to open new worlds.
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers”. Charles W. Eliot, Harvard University President 1869-1909
G. D. Williams © 2011
ABC Once Upon A Time
National Geographic: Grimm Fairytales
Andersen Fairy Tales