Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”

“The Little Mermaid” (Den lille havfrue in Danish) is a fairy tale written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul. The tale was first published in 1837 and has been adapted to various media, including musical theatre, anime and … Continue reading Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

On August 30, 1797, English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin) was born in Somers Town, London, England. Despite all of her other writings, Mary Shelley is best known for having written the Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus which happens to be 200 years old this year, having been published on January 1, 1818. … Continue reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Marie-Louise Gay’s Stella and Sam

I started my teaching career many years ago as a reading teacher in Thailand, although that isn’t what I’d applied for. I was given an interview with a school director who asked me just two questions, one of which was based on a mention on my resume of a love of reading. It turned out the school was in desperate need of a reading teacher … Continue reading Marie-Louise Gay’s Stella and Sam