The Snake Prince
This Indian fairy tale is about a poor woman, with nothing to eat, who went to bathe. When she came out of the river, she found a poisonous snake in her pot. She took it home, but when she opened the pot, she found a rich necklace. She sold it to the king. The king put it in a chest, but when he opened it to show the queen, he found a baby boy. He and the queen raised it as their son, and the old woman just so happened to get hired as their nurse.
Disney may be the single most prolific purveyor of fairy tales to modern audiences, at least since the 1950s and probably all the way back to their release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. Thanks to Disney, the magic of fairy tales continues to live through generation after generation of young people and families into a new millennium. Credit where credit is due for keeping the love and art of fairy tales alive, but Disney's come under fire -- and probably rightful
One of my favorite parts about writing Lotus Petals was researching kimono. These cultural costumes, so famous for elaborate design and artistic style, are so much more than simple clothing. In Lotus Petals, three styles of woman's kimono are featured prominently, chosen for their contextual relevance. The first is the furisode kimono, which in my opinion may be the most recognizable style of the Japanese garment: the furisode features long-flowing, swinging sleeves, falling