I really love reading. And revisiting stories I read years ago is always fun. As usual I probably spent far more time reading through fairytales than was necessary, trying to choose which one I wanted to retell. But it was important to make certain I’d chosen the right one. It wasn’t because I was enjoying them so much that I kept reading, honest. Oh okay, I admit it. But I do enjoy fairytales and not only for the story. Like any book I’ve read before, they bring with them memories of other times I’ve read them. Of being sprawled on my bed as a child, the rest of the world receding as I lost myself in another world. Of course there were times when the real world intruded and I had to do things like chores. Luckily I learned how to do most of them with a book in one hand.
The Golden Bird is one of those fairytales I’ve read several different versions of. It’s interesting to see the changes between each version. Amongst the different versions some sections have been altered, other parts have been removed and some scenes added. As always, I went with what I liked best in the fairytale, preferring most of what was in the oldest telling I found.
Fairytales Retold: The Golden Bird is now available on Amazon. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.