My Deal Me In deck turned up diamonds this week, which means fairy tales. I’ve fallen behind in reading my Fornightly Fairy Tales from Pook Press, so looked one up and read it.
Now, since this is a tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, you know it is.
It’s a variation on the Seven Swans story, but much shorter. A little girl’s seven elder brothers are turned into birds, and only she can free them.
I like this version because nobody tells her she can rescue them, she just takes it upon herself to do it.
No handsome princes are involved, either. The “rescue” is pretty lame, but we can fix that by making it better when we retell it, right? Because that’s how fairy tales work.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: A sibling comes to another sib’s rescue.