The Real True Stories of the Fairy Tales

As Told to Regan by the Old Steam Engine

by Alex Jacobson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/12/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 54
ISBN : 9781490711836
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 54
ISBN : 9781490711829

About the Book

In this book, The Old Steam Engine, who knows the real stories of what really happened in those fairy tales we all hear, tries to set the record straight. He is, in fact, the real “Little Engine that Couldn’t.” When a little girl named Regan happens upon the old steam engine, he is an abandoned and broken down steam engine. But he begins to speak to her. He tells her that she has heard the wrong stories about what happened to people like “Little Green Riding Hood” and “Snow Purple.” He tells the little girl that Little Green Riding Hood was not helpless and did not need a woodsman to save her. So, too, Snow Purple did not need to marry a prince. The real stories of the fairy tales tell children that real people are the heroes of the stories. The uniqueness of the stories appeals to adults as well as children so that the adults reading the stories will find them fun to read and to discuss with the children.

About the Author

Alex Jacobson usually goes by Al. While a teenager he had an older cousin with two young children. While visiting them, he would be asked to tell the children bedtime stories. Rather than tell the usual stories, he would embellish them, and try to bring them up to date. Though Alex aspired to become a novelist, and wrote several adult novels, he found that children loved those bedtime stories. It was his mother who always pressured him to write them down. Alex is known to his young fans as “Papa Al.” While a toddler one of his young fans could not say the name right, and it came out “Papa Al.” That name stuck. Al says, “What the heck. Being called ‘Papa Hemmingway’ never hurt his career.” Alex was born in San Francisco, California in 1942. He attended George Washington High School, there, and even wrote a autobiographical book about the experience. A third generation San Franciscan, Alex was somewhat frightened of earthquakes as a child. But, today says, “I’ve lived through a lot more earthquake predictions than earthquakes.” Alex enlisted during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962. He spent three uneventful years in the army, but often says he is grateful to the army for an all-expense paid trip to Europe. After the army, he returned to college and received a Bachelor of Science degree. At present, he lives in Commerce City, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. He says he is “Semi-Retired,” because he spends much time at the word processor coming up with new stories. He is always open to story requests from any youngsters. Lots of the stories he has written have been to fill the request of some young boy or girl who wanted something special just for themselves.