(2/8/02 3:10:36 pm)
| does anyone know the title of this fairy tale?|
i think it's about 2 sisters...when the good one speaks, gold coins come out her mouth...when the evil one speaks, toads and snakes come out her mouth...it maybe just one girl in a good mode or bad mode.
(2/8/02 3:44:39 pm)
| Diamonds and Toads ...|
... is the most commonly used title, but one of the best known versions, by Perrualt, is alternately known as "The Fairies." You can find that version in Jack Zipes' _Beauty and the Beast and Other Classic French Fairy Tales_. Good luck!
(2/8/02 4:33:38 pm)
| The story is also sometimes known as...|
Toads and Diamonds or Diamonds and Toads.
A great story and one I will eventually add to SurLaLune.
Andrew Lang's version is currently available on Philip Brown's website at:
(2/9/02 4:20:34 am)
| Diamonds and Toads|
You can find Diamonds and Toads and several other good girl/bad girl stories from around the world--plus commentaries--in my book MIRROR, MIRROR: 40 Folktales for Mothers and Daughters to Share. (Viking/Penguin.)
The moral of several of the stories--plus the reasons given for distinguishing good and bad girls, and what they win or suffer for their goodness/badness is discussed.
(2/24/02 12:00:38 pm)
| Toads and Diamonds|
I have the Robert Bender version, which I picked up because of the art technique he employs, though I'm not sure if I like his re-telling of the story.
(3/30/02 1:13:15 pm)
Thanks so much! I've been searching for the name of this fairy tale
for quite some time now. It has always been one of my favorites,
but all that I remembered was that the "good" sister spoke
and pearls, diamonds, and roses fell from her lips whereas her sisters
were given the joy of 'speaking' serpents and toads. Everyone always
looked at me like I was crazy, until I found your site. Thanks again!
(even though it was unknowingly)
(3/31/02 10:57:40 am)
| Diamonds and Toads ... by Grimms|
I love to read your discussions, because I am not so familiar with american/english fairy tale tradition and as I see I have to read Perrault more closely.
Maybe you want to have a look on a german version of the tale (Grimm). It is quite similar, but instead of a fairy there are "Three little men in the wood" who help the girl to find strawberries in winter,
see also www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~spok/grimmtmp/010.txt
(3/31/02 4:15:23 pm)
In Katharine Briggs' _A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales_ (part A), there are several stories with this theme: "The Glass Ball," "The Glass House," "The Three Golden Heads," "The Wal at World's End," and "The Old Witch" are a few. There's also Calvino's "The Story of the Cats," for a different twist.
That reminds me: I was reading Ellen Steiber's wonderful "The Cats of San Martino" in _Black Heart, Ivory Bones_, and sources in Calvino, Lang, and Briggs are mentioned. I tracked down the Calvino and Lang, but the Briggs is eluding me -- the closest I can find in the _DBF_ are the abovementioned Kind/Unkind tales and several "King o' the Cats" variants. Does anyone know the specific tale in Briggs? Or is it in her _Folklore of Cats_?