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Beauty and the Beast: Differences Between the Book and the Movie (2017)

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Movie-goers can’t seem to get enough of Disney’s most recent version of Beauty and the Beast. The entertainment company’s 2017 live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast raked in an impressive $500 million in global ticket sales. While Disney made a few changes from their 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast, the 2017 film is still extremely different from the 18th-century source material. If you’ve never read the original fairy tale, you’ll probably be surprised to learn just how much “creative license” Disney took with this heartwarming story. In this article, we’ll go through a few of the […]

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21 Peter Pan Quotes About Fairies, Flying, and Growing Up

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For the last century, children and adults alike have taken immense pleasure from Peter Pan, a tale of adventure, fantasy, and never-ending childhood. Also known as Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up and Peter and Wendy, Peter Pan was written by Scottish playwright and novelist JM Barrie. First published as a play in 1904 and then as a full-length novel in 1911, the story tells of Peter and his many adventures on the island of Neverland. Filled with fairies, villains, mermaids, and friendship, Peter Pan remains one of the most beloved stories today. Here’s a selection of […]

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Five Eternal Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

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The Danish author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) is one of the most beloved children’s writers of all time. Andersen’s tales of mermaids, ducklings, demons, and emperors have been translated into over a hundred languages and have enchanted the minds and hearts of children around the world. Although children may not read Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales in the original form anymore, they certainly know of his tales through the numerous animated and live-action cinematic spinoffs. In this article, we’ll take a look at five of Andersen’s most enduring tales, examining each story’s unique lesson and subsequent film adaptations. Five Hans Christian Andersen […]

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Hans Christian Andersen: The Great Dane

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If you’ve ever taken a trip to Copenhagen, you’ve probably strolled through Assistens Cemetery. This famous area serves as the final resting place for some of Denmark’s finest minds. Just a few luminaries buried here include philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, artist Christen Købke, and physicist Niels Bohr. But most visitors to Assistens Cemetery only want to see one site: the grave of the beloved children’s author Hans Christian Andersen. Tomb of Hans Christian Andersen by Stefano Bolignini, via Wikimedia Commons With the possible exception of Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet, Hans Christian Andersen is probably the best-known Dane of all time. Heck, Andersen even […]

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Words Wednesday: Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Anne of Green Gables Quote by Anne Maud Montgomery

Perfect for this time of year, this Anne of Green Gables quote captures our love of all things autumn. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery Published in 1908, Anne of Green Gables follows the life of young orphan girl Anne Shirley, who moves to a farm on Prince Edward Island. Although Anne was sent there mistakenly, the kind Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert take her in and agree to raise her. The title of the book comes from the name of the Cuthberts’ Avonlea farm, Green Gables. Since its publication, Anne of Green Gables has become one of the […]

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The Jungle Book Characters: Books and Movie Adaptations [Ultimate Guide]

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Thanks in large part to Disney’s many animated and live-action adaptations, few children in the entire world have grown up without some notion of the fantastical world of Mowgli, Baloo, and Shere Khan. But how much do children—and you—know about the original Jungle Book characters and stories by Rudyard Kipling? The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling Joseph Rudyard Kipling first published his collection of stories that would later come to be known collectively as The Jungle Book in magazines back in 1893 and 1894. First edition copy of The Jungle BookPhoto from Wikicommons At the time these stories were written, Kipling lived […]

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NEW! Aesop’s Fables Book Poster

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We’re excited announce the latest addition to our small book poster line: a 17″x11″ book poster featuring 212 fables from Aesop’s Fables. The poster contains a minimalist illustration of one of Aesop’s most famous tales, “The Hare and the Tortoise”: A Hare was one day making fun of a Tortoise for being so slow upon his feet. “Wait a bit,” said the Tortoise; “I’ll run a race with you, and I’ll wager that I win.” “Oh, well,” replied the Hare, who was much amused at the idea, “let’s try and see”; and it was soon agreed that the fox should set a course for them, […]

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15 Vintage Alice in Wonderland Book Covers and Illustrations

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Alice in Wonderland Book Covers blog feature image - Books on the Wall “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice. “You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”  – Lewis Carroll, The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland Original Alice in Wonderland Book Covers These illustrations from vintage editions of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland are gorgeous. Did you know that Lewis Carroll was inspired by a real-life Alice? He first told Alice Liddell and her sisters the story of Alice […] Continue Reading

Beautiful Wizard of Oz Book Covers

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There’s nothing we love more than beautiful book covers. Check out these awesome book covers we found on Pinterest of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum. If you like these pins, be sure to head over to the original pinners’ boards to see more great book-related pins. Did you know? You can also follow Books on the Wall on Pinterest for all things book-related. Continue Reading

NEW! Black Beauty Book Poster

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Full-text Black Beauty poster by Books on the Wall This 18″x24″ Black Beauty book poster features the full text of the novel. The text is 100% legible in a crisp 2.8 Helvetica font. Written by English author Anna Sewell, Black Beauty was published in 1877. The novel was an immediate success with critics and audiences and to date, it has sold over 50 million copies. Though Sewell wrote the novel for people of all ages, Black Beauty has become an especially popular children and young adult’s novel. Narrated in first person by the horse Black Beauty, the novel follows the horse through changes in owner and circumstance, both kind and cruel. […] Continue Reading