Through the Cat’s Eye Blog

”Every man’s life is a fairy tale, written by God’s fingers.”

~Hans christian andersen
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“The Rose and the Ring”: a fairy-tale find that does not disappoint

Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash I first came across this tale referenced in the Andrew Lang collection of fairy tales “The Yellow Fairy Book”. Andrew Lang writes a charming preface to this particular collection, and in it he gives a plug for this enchanting book called “The Rose and the Ring” by William Makepeace Thackeray. Lang saysContinue reading ““The Rose and the Ring”: a fairy-tale find that does not disappoint”

“Spells of Enchantment: the wondrous fairy tales of western culture”: story collection review

I would like to share a book that I am ashamed to say has been sitting on my shelf for about a year, unopened…. I happened to pick up this book at a second hand bookshop. I was drawn to its cover and it looked like it had interesting stories in it. Plus it wasContinue reading ““Spells of Enchantment: the wondrous fairy tales of western culture”: story collection review”

“The Ice Queen”: an unexpected find book review

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash “At night I told myself a story, wordless, inside my head, one I liked far better than those in my books. The girl in my story was treated cruelly, by fate, by her family, even by the weather. Her feet bled from the stony paths; her hair was plucked from her headContinue reading ““The Ice Queen”: an unexpected find book review”

“Night in Bombay”: a book more-or-less-about-life review

Photo by Andriyko Podilnyk on Unsplash The first time I read “Night in Bombay” I was in high school. I don’t remember why exactly, but it became one of my favorite books, and because of it I have always had a wish to travel to India. I decided to read it again, about 10 years later, because I’veContinue reading ““Night in Bombay”: a book more-or-less-about-life review”

“Til We Have Faces”: just read the book! book review

Photo by Sara Darcaj on Unsplash I am astounded at how much I loved this book. It became one of my favorite books overnight basically. I have never been a huge C.S. Lewis fan. I’ve only read “The Chronicles of Narnia” when I was younger, and although I did read them twice they were theContinue reading ““Til We Have Faces”: just read the book! book review”

“Heartstone”: a book review

Here it goes… I finally read a classic literature spin-off! I’ve always intentionally avoided adaptations for the sake of “nothing’s better than the original” argument. Even with being a Jane Austen fan, I’ve never read any of the popular “Pride and Prejudice” sequels such as “Death Comes to Pemberly” or “The Clergyman’s Wife”. However, IContinue reading ““Heartstone”: a book review”

Six Fairy-Tale Collections I Wish I Had

Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash Every once in a while I will browse the internet or local bookshop for fairy-tale collections to add to my fast growing bookshelf. This weekend I found a new website called bookshop.org. It’s a pretty cool source of affordable books that are old, new, and everywhere in between. It also supports independentContinue reading “Six Fairy-Tale Collections I Wish I Had”

“Enchantment”: a book review for the fairy-tale fanatic

Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash I happened upon this gem of a novel while I was browsing the aisles in the local library. I don’t often find good books this way, to be honest, but this time I got lucky! When I was in high school I read Orson Scott Card’s books “Ender’s Game” and “Ender’s Shadow”,Continue reading ““Enchantment”: a book review for the fairy-tale fanatic”

“The Little Mermaid”: leaving the depths of the sea

Photo by Jana Sabeth on Unsplash In my opinion, why would you ever want to leave the sea?! I absolutely love water! Oceans, lakes, beaches, rivers, waterfalls…. I love them all. I love the sound of water running. I love the feel of waves lapping at my feet. I love looking out into the vast ocean and daydreaming.Continue reading ““The Little Mermaid”: leaving the depths of the sea”

Grimm Fairy-Tale Collection: illustrations are everything!

This is a beautiful version of a collection of Grimm Fairy Tales. I found this one when I was looking for illustrated fairy-tales by Arthur Rackham. I happened upon this version, which not only has Rackham illustrations but also Walter Crane. The publisher is The Planet, and here is a link to the version IContinue reading “Grimm Fairy-Tale Collection: illustrations are everything!”

Jane Austen

Photo by Elaine Howlin on Unsplash How has Jane Austen, and her six most well-known novels, survived so well through history? There have been many other books throughout the ages that have captivated generations, and although their titles might be well-known, the details often fade with time. But I would say that Jane Austen’s modernContinue reading “Jane Austen”

“The Children’s Wonder Book”: A look into 1933

I have a weakness for vintage books. I look for them every time I’m at the thrift store. I try not to search online, but sometimes I cave. This one I found when I was on a roll researching old fairy tale versions/books. It is a beautiful diverse collection of stories originally published in 1933Continue reading ““The Children’s Wonder Book”: A look into 1933”

Tatterhood! A Beautiful Rediscovery of Fairy-Tales and Folk-Tales

I just rediscovered this book of tales that my mom used to read to me as a child. It is called “Tatterhood and other Tales”, and is edited by Ethel Johnston Phelps with illustrations by Pamela Baldwin Ford. This is a link where you can find it and check it out for yourself. The coverContinue reading “Tatterhood! A Beautiful Rediscovery of Fairy-Tales and Folk-Tales”

“The Wild Swans”: a Snow White tale

I was able to recently purchase the beautiful fairy-tale book told by Gwyn Jones called Scandinavian Legends and Folk-Tales. I would highly recommend it. I absolutely love the writing style and the collection is wonderful. Today, as I spent a much needed break from schoolwork outside in the grass, I opened the pages to theContinue reading ““The Wild Swans”: a Snow White tale”

“Prince Lindworm”: instructions not followed

Photo by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash This is my second post about this wonderful Scandinavian folk-tale, Prince Lindworm. For this post I want to focus on the concept of direction in stories and why it is so hard for fairy-tale characters to follow instructions! In this fairy-tale the Queen is the first character to be given clear instructions.Continue reading ““Prince Lindworm”: instructions not followed”

A Review of Online Sources for Books and Stories

Photo by Nick Morrison on Unsplash Scribd I just found this site recently. It basically has an ALMOST unlimited amount of novels, magazines, audiobooks, textbooks, etc…. It has exceeded my expectations! The only down-side is that you can’t download or add the books to your kindle; basically you have to read everything on the web. The first monthContinue reading “A Review of Online Sources for Books and Stories”

“Prince Lindworm”: where to find the Gwyn Jones version

I found a place to get the Gwyn Jones retold version of Prince Lindworm! The compilation of tales is called Scandinavian Legends and Folk-Tales. I was hoping to find a free version online, but this is second best. It looks like a wonderful book that has a plethora of tales told in Gwyn Jones’ humorousContinue reading ““Prince Lindworm”: where to find the Gwyn Jones version”

Poetry Corner: The Avoided Destiny

Photo by Andalucía Andaluía on Unsplash The Avoided Destiny By Katarina Spaic Feeling wild, Uncontrollable, Unable to stop and think for one second, I’m on to the next. Not even sure why, Except I didn’t belong there. Searching, Always, For something that Has not presented itself yet. I have accomplished nothing, And it makes me feel useless. SandContinue reading “Poetry Corner: The Avoided Destiny”

“Catherine and Her Destiny”: the harmful nature of avoidance and the unappreciated gift

Link to the Pink Fairy Tale Book (which has the fairy-tale Catherine and Her Destiny) on Scribd. You will need a subscription to view the chapter with Catherine and Her Destiny. I would highly recommend getting one! You can sign up for a month free during COVID time and after that it will only beContinue reading ““Catherine and Her Destiny”: the harmful nature of avoidance and the unappreciated gift”

“The Goose Girl”: a time for recuperation

Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash Today I realized that I hadn’t shampooed my hair in a week! Interestingly enough, this social distancing lockdown we’re going through might have repercussions in social areas, but for my hair it’s been great. I have naturally not been washing it as often because I’m not going anywhere physically, and inContinue reading ““The Goose Girl”: a time for recuperation”

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Poetry Corner: Memories of a Puella

** See “Peter Pan” Blog Post ** https://throughthecatseyeblog.wordpress.com/?p=184 Memories By Katarina Spaic One lone firefly, In my loosely closed fist. I uncurl my fingers slightly, And then watch it fly away, free My eyes follow it, Like only a child’s can, With absolute wonderment, And absorption in that one, tiny firefly. It is a memory,Continue reading “Poetry Corner: Memories of a Puella”

“Peter Pan”: the conflict between childhood and growing up

By Katarina Spaic I recently watched the 2003 film “Peter Pan”, and was reminded of what a great story it is. J. M. Barrie really touched many souls with his playwright and novel. It’s no surprise he did, because he wrote of something that everyone can relate to when they reach a certain age; the processContinue reading ““Peter Pan”: the conflict between childhood and growing up”

Poetry Corner: Redemption of The Evil Queen

See “Little Snow White: reflections” blog post! Redemption of the Evil Queen By Katarina Spaic My mirror is a twisted fate.A beautiful work of art,Yet uncontrollable and overflowing with grotesque potential. I reach my hand out and caress it.I think it is my friend,But I’m not sure. It’s a reflective illusion that tells the truth,OfContinue reading “Poetry Corner: Redemption of The Evil Queen”


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