Throwback Thursday: First Book Love-Fairy Tales Storybooks

This weekly feature is hosted by Renee,(Its Book Talk). Throwback Thursday offers a way to share some of our old favorites as well  as sharing books that we are finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago.

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This week, I saw a post by Kim (By Hook or By Book)on bookish cakes. One of the cakes had a fairy tales theme. Just seeing that cake brought back so many wonderful memories of the first books that I ever read.

They were fairy tales.


Beauty and the beast cake

Fairy Tales Bookish Cake

Let me confess, I was super mean with my books. I never liked giving them out because I was afraid that other kids would ruin them or fail to return them. I read and reread them so many times. Then watched the disney movies and reread the books. Unfortunately, I don’t know what happened to my books since I no longer have any storybooks. If I ever have kids though, I will definitely get them the books.

Here are some of my favorites:


Beauty and the Beast – I just loved Bella, the books and the talking teapots

Cinderella – I think what I admired most was the gown that the fairy godmother gave Cinderella for the ball

Goldilocks and the three bears

Aladdin and his magic lamp

Alibaba and the forty thieves

Alice and Wonderland – I loved Alice’s adventures




The Little Mermaid

Little Red Riding Hood

Puss in Boots

Jack and the BeanStalk

Pinocchio- This book made me afraid of telling lies lol


Snow white and the seven dwarfs

Sleeping Beauty

The Empror’s New Clothes

The Little Mermaid



 Lion King – A fairy tale set in Africa with lots of Swahili. The book and movie were definitely childhood favorites. There was something extra special about Lion King.

I also love the fact that it taught the world a few Swahili words such as Hakuna Matata and Simba.


As an adult, I have read and heard a lot of criticism about fairy-tales, their portrayals and messages. Right now at is age,I can understand the basis for the criticism. However, that still doesn’t change the fact that I discovered the joy of reading through my childhood fairy-tales storybooks. These books opened up my mind to a new world of imagination and at that time, talking lions, flying mats and princesses all made sense to me.

Fairytales taught me lessons about good and evil; they broadened my thinking and I believe they also helped in making me more creative and hence influenced my becoming a storyteller.And for that, I choose to celebrate them.

So, what are some of your favorite fairy tales?

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7 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: First Book Love-Fairy Tales Storybooks

  1. This is a lovely post, I don’t think I’ve read too many fairytales, I was more of a “boarding school Enid Blyton” kind of girl when I was a kid haha But my favorite Disney story was always Beauty and Beast 🙂

    1. I had to google Enid Blyton. I think I only know of Famous Five from her listed books. Beauty and the beast is wonderful. I wonuldn’t mind watching the movie again even now 🙂

  2. Lovely post Diana, I’m a big fan of fairy tales even as an adult and love reading anything that has a fairy-tale edge to it – it’s actually one of my buzz words for making me pick up a book!

    1. Great to find another fan of fairy-tales. I haven’t read one in ages but been thinking of getting books or shows that have fairy-tale structures. Thank you 🙂

  3. Omg! I read the Ladybird books too. The Emperor’s new clothes were so raunchy to me at the time (although I didn’t know that word😂😂😂) I also liked the book about a pig (I can’t remember the name). Red Riding Hood was scary!! I never liked Cinderella though. Her story was just unbelievable to me even at a young age. I honestly can’t pick my best fairy tale. I like a lot of them!

    1. Yay! So nice to find someone else who liked the Ladybird Books. I am surprised that most readers don’t know about them. I thought we all read them lol. The Emperor’s new clothes was quite something. At that age, I just thought its just a funny, embarrassing story. Now, I finally make sense of it in my adulthood lol. The pig story that I recall is Three Little Pigs.

      haha I also didn’t care much about Cinderella but honestly, I really loved her gown for the ball. I couldn’t understand why my mum didn’t want to buy me a similar one for church or school 😀

      Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

      1. Yeah. I know right… It’s like a lot of people don’t even know they exist. I have A LOT of them still. Lol. I still don’t think The Emperor’s new clothes are right for children. And yes!! You got the story right. Three Little Pigs about them running away from a wolf and they had houses of straw and all that. Thanks!😊

        Lmao. I can imagine asking for that kind of gown for school😂😂😂

        You’re welcome. I enjoyed stopping by. Thank you too🤗

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