Hi. I am interested in finding stories that have the elements of the fairy tale - adventure, medieval setting, etc. - but without the magical & spiritual elements of sorcerers, witches, spells, enchantment, etc.
This can be for any age group. I'm really interested in Once Upon A Time stories but feel free to list any you can think of. Thanks!
1. Hans Christian Andersen "Emperor's new suit"
2. Hans Christian Andersen "The Little Match Girl" (as far as I remember, the girl saw pictures of her grandmother etc only in her imagination, so no magic involved; at the end the child dies and her grandmother "carries her soul to heaven", is this magic enough? ;-) )
3. Hans Christian Andersen "The Ugly Duckling".
There are some other fairy tales based on 3 brothers, one of them "stupid", all three of them are trying to marry a princess but the princess wants to "test" the candidates by surprising them with strange questions. The "rational" brothers have no idea what to say, the "stupid" brother uses his imagination and gives really cool answers. He gets the princess. No magic involved.
Is this the kind of stories you possibly could mean? What about "Fantastic Mr Fox" by Roald Dahl?
I have now read it, it is the real version of the fairy tale I meant! You get more of Andersen's fairy tales here: http://hca.gilead.org.il/
One more story which is fantasy but no apparent magic is "Pippi Långstrump" by Astrid Lindgren (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pippi_Longstocking).
Time for me to take the kids to school (mine are 9 and 5.5; how old are yours?).
That's right! I forgot about Pippi Longstocking. She is definitely a great role model.
Aw :-) I hope you all don't mind, I'm not a parent but I'm fasinated by atheist parenting, child psychology, children's literature and the role that culture plays into it. In particular, studying these subjects from my newly found atheist perspective.
Stephen and Lucy Hawking: George's Secret Key to the Universe, George's cosmic Treasure Hunt
Gerald Durell's books
Hervé This: La casserole des enfants (1998) - (Revealing the Science of Cooking - for children) Hervé this is a physical chemist of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Paris. One of the two founders of the science called molecular gastronomy.)
Masaharu Takemura' books: The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology, etc.