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Thanks to Google, I now know who the father of fairytales was, ’twas Charles Perrault, whose 388th birthday it is today. Perrault lived from January 12, 1628 – May 16 , 1703 and was the pioneer of a new genre of story telling – the fairy tale, a twist on folk tales of the day. Some of his most famous works are Little Riding Hood, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. So the Brothers Grimm of Germany only came 200 years later!

Perrault

 

Perrault was born wealthy and went on to study law and got a good job with the government where he wielded considerable influence. But then he lost his job at the age of 67 after which he decided to pursue writing. He wrote his first book Histoires ou Contes du Temps passé (Tales and Stories of the Past With Morals). Perrault’s stories including Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood) and La Belle au bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty) as we all know have been retold by everyone from Walt Disney to the Brothers Grimm and continue to mesmerize children generation after generation.

Little Red Riding Hood

What can we learn from Perrault’s story? That the greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall (Vince Lombardi) no matter what your age or how great the rise and fall. Don’t look back, look forward and move towards your goals, your best is yet to come!

Cinderella

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