Showing posts from March, 2016

Submission Deadline March 30 and Midnight

The submission window for the rain issue of EC closes March 30 at midnight, EST.
Image has nothing to do with rain. It's just bizarre.

Winged Messengers: Birds in Fairy Tales, by Susan Caroff

February brought us the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, in which citizen scientists and ornithologists across the world identify and classify birds in backyards and parks (St. Fleur, 2016). Results of this year’s count included sightings of common birds, such as the American blue jay, and uncommon birds, such as the Great hornbill in India.  Data on thousands of birds were uploaded to a database to add to the extensive information already known about bird species.
Birds, with their wonderful gifts of flight and song, capture the attention of many in the real world, so it’s no surprise that they often appear in fairy tales.  In “bird” tales, birds are often the agents of transformation or are themselves transformed into different creatures.  Three of the best known stories involving birds are "The Little Nightingale" and "The Ugly Duckling," by Hans Christian Andersen and "Hansel and Gretel," by the Brothers Grimm.
First, the little nightingale, though p…