|Corvus brachyrhynchos, American Crow
Notes: This story has some interesting elements, such as the girl being quite aggressive in seeking the prince. It is very violent, probably reflecting reality: princes throw things when they don't like what they see. The coat of crow's feathers shows an example of what Marie Louise von Franz,in The Interpretation of Fairy Tales describes as the phenomenon of a piece representing a whole: in this case, the feathers of the crow bring the presence of a bird into this story. Birds are one of the most common animal helpers in Cinderella stories, and represent "the mother's spirit, conveyed to her child through the good mothering she gives". (Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales , (Vintage), p. 258).
Montessori Connection 6-12: Earth Science, Rocks, Minerals and Metals/ Silver and Gold
1. Learn about the properties of silver and gold, and the role they have played in American history. Try: Silver And Gold Mining Camps of the Old West: A State by State American Encyclopedia (Indian Placenames in America). 2. Learn about famous gold treasures, such as The Complete Tutankhamun: The King, the Tomb, the Royal Treasure (King Tut). 3. Read three fairy tales that feature silver and gold! Try English Fairy Tales Illustrated By Arthur Rackham, and see how many stories feature silver and gold.