St Joseph’s Sleeping Beauty – Angela, Michael, Ryan

Once upon a time, a long time ago and not so terribly far away, our story begins. The year was 1919 in Brooklyn and at 245 Clinton Avenue, a small school of twelve students was in session. The Sisters of Saint Joseph had just purchased the building to provide education to the Catholic women who wouldn’t have found opportunities elsewhere. One of these students was Catherine Ann, who had been reprimanded for her forgotten homework and left to clean the small laboratory the building held. Not paying very close attention in her haste to finish, she knocked over a sealed glass bottle and as the contents of this vial spilled over her she fell into a fast and deep sleep. 

The next day when the sisters returned to the room they were startled to find Catherine. They made quick notice of what had happened and the amount of fluid that had spilled on her. After careful cleanup, they were able to conclude she would be held in her sleep for one-hundred years. Wanting to make sure that Catherine had a safe place to rest, the nuns placed her in an unused room and as time went on, it was included in the school’s charter that when she awoke she would have a guaranteed place in the schools’ classes, and later that would grow to include their dormitories. 


Catherine Ann opens her eyes and blinks, surprised to find herself in an unfamiliar room. She recalls cleaning the laboratory but she is no longer in the classroom. She wonders if perhaps she was moved and is a little concerned to find how much trouble she will be in for sleeping during her chores. She moves to find a door and upon doing so finds herself in the hallway of a somehow familiar building, though it is not as it appeared in her memory. She is startled when she realizes the narrow hall is lit but there are no windows nor any candles; perhaps the fixtures in the ceiling contained candles? She has never seen anything like this. As she moves through the building a kind older woman approaches her; she introduces herself as Sister Irene Johnson and asks if she can help her find something. Catherine explains what had happened to her while questioning Sister Irene about her outfit. Who had ever seen a woman in pants, and if she was a nun where was her habit?! Sister Irene Johnson was the great-niece of the sister who found Catherine upon the start of her sleep and explains to the young lady that it was no longer 1919 but rather 2019. 

Catherine was in shock, to put it mildly, she had long been without her natural family but was heartbroken to learn that the women with which she had grown so close had long been deceased. She prayed that this was some awful trick and that her world would return to normal, but no such thing would come true. Sister Johnson assured her that they would work to help her adjust to this time and that she could continue to stay at the college with classes, room, and board paid for her. In addition to herself, Sister Johnson assigned Catherine’s peer, James Thomas, to help her adjust to the extraordinary changes. 

To say Catherine was confused by the clothing, the now coed and interracial campus, or the lightbulbs was an understatement of grand proportions, but James took care to explain to her even those things which most of us find self-explanatory. He spent hours with her and the two quickly became close friends. 

Now several months since waking, Catherine wanted to experience the modern world more. With the money the school provided her, she picked up a couple of outfits one would find to be much more suitable to the century. James was so excited for her and decided that with that step she was ready to learn some of the newest technologies of the century. He introduced her to a laptop and the internet it could access.  She was fascinated by the machine though still much more inclined to believe it was magic than anything else. James supported her in this search and in her every adventure in the new world. The love between them soon became clear and they kissed in the quiet of the library at night. It was with that kiss she realized she belonged in this futuristic world and perhaps that is when her spell truly broke. 

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Fairytale based on Rumpelstiltskin – Julia, Antonia, & Jeana

Once upon a time there lived a young college girl named Emily. She was the most beautiful girl in all of St. Joseph’s College. For all of her life, Emily had a dream to be the first member of her family to graduate college, as she wanted to become a doctor someday. However, the young girl’s family was very poor, and her father had just lost his job. To make matters worse, Emily had just discovered that she was pregnant with her boyfriend Jack’s child. 

While studying in the library one day, Emily was approached by a strange older man as she was studying calculus. He noticed that she was visibly upset about something, so he sat down to comfort her. After the young girl explained the difficulty of her homework among all of her other problems, the strange man offered to do her homework for her. After finding out that the man was forced to walk everywhere because he didn’t have a car, Emily was so appreciative that she offered to drive him home. 

Three days later, Emily sat in the library and was struggling to complete her chemistry homework. Again, she was approached by the same man from the other day. He promised that he was excellent at chemistry and completed all of her work for her just like the last time. To show her appreciation, Emily dug through her backpack to find the cash she had earned at her job the previous day. She used the money to buy the man some food from the cafeteria, as he was very poor as well and could not afford meals. 

A few weeks later, Emily sat in the library crying again. However, this time, it was not about her schoolwork, but about her rapidly approaching due date. The man again tried to comfort her, but failed. Emily knew that she could never raise a baby, as she was so poor and trying to complete college in order to become a doctor. The man then offered to take her baby from her once it was born. Emily knowing she couldn’t take care of the baby and continue her studies agreed. The man was overjoyed as was Emily who knew her baby would be raised far away from all her struggles. 

However, by the time the baby was born Emily’s life had turned around. Her father had recently gotten a new, better paying job, her boyfriend who had left her had a change of heart and wanted to help raise their child. So Emily no longer had any reason for the man to take her child. He did not like this so much as Emily had agreed to give up the child. He gave her one last chance to make things right. If Emily can guess his major the child is hers; if not the baby leaves with him. 

Emily and Jack began asking people from all over campus if they knew this man. People had seen him but never in their major program. So the first night she was allowed to guess Emily asked the man if his major was calculus or chemistry as those were the subjects he helped her with. The man laughed at these responses and offered her one more day to find out his major. 

So Emily and Jack’s friends and family began to broaden their search to other campuses. On the second night Emily decided to lean toward the humanities and guess English and History. The man laughed yet again and offered her one last chance. 

The next night Emily was prepared. A cousin who had seen the man on her Stony Brook campus had been following him for the last day. It turned out he did not have a major afterall. He had graduated several years earlier and was working alongside another professor in a psychological study. When Emily told the man of her findings he smiled and explained his and his partner’s study. 

Emily and Jack went on to raise a beautiful little girl. Emily finished her schooling and became a psychologist instead of a doctor working alongside the man studying child attachment.


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College Fairytale – LRRH – Lindsey, Anthony, and Matt

There once was a girl who was a freshman in college. To get to school everyday, she would take a shuttle bus that would drop her off directly at the entrance. The shuttles ran every 15 minutes and left from a church lot down the road. Although the girl was driving a majority of the distance to get to school, as a freshman, she wasn’t permitted to park on campus. This left the church lot as her best option.

Each and every morning, the girl would receive a call from her mother on the way to school, frequently to be warned about being cautious on the roads and to be careful when interacting with any strangers at the church. The girl would always try to stop her mother from worrying due to the fact that she’s never encountered any problems before, but her mother still urged her to make safe decisions.

One day after parking in the lot, a man quite noticeably older than her approached and made a joke about the size of her backpack. He asked what she could possibly have in a bag that big and heavy, and where she was off to. It seemed like a normal conversation to her, so despite her mother’s warnings, she answered his questions. She told him about all the books she had in her bag and that she was off to class at St. Joseph’s College. He proceeded to ask how she was getting there, only to discover she was taking the shuttle that came around every 15 minutes. With that, the girl, who was now running late, said goodbye to the man and went on her way to the campus. Fifteen minutes later, the man decided to hop onto the next shuttle bus and went over to the campus.

While there, the man eventually found the girl and began following her around through the hallways. She hadn’t noticed he had been behind her, and only later found out when glancing at her reflection in a window nearby. She saw his figure and had no idea what he was doing at her school, especially when she knew he wasn’t enrolled as a student. She quickly became frightened and started yelling at the man for stalking her. Hearing such loud noises in the halls, 2 security guards ran out of their office to diffuse the situation. The girl informed them of what had happened and asked for help. The security guards called the police and had the man arrested.

From that day on, the girl refused to talk to any strangers at the church lot, and promised to take her mother’s warnings more seriously.

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Fairy tale based on Cinderella- by Ally and Madisen


There once was a young girl, who was one of the hardest workers and most dedicated students her teachers had ever met. She was a high school senior, faced with the daunting task of getting good grades, getting high scores on standardized tests and applying to college. The young girl had good grades but desired to go to one of the top schools in her country. The guidance counselor, had said that with her grades she was just bound to be an average college student, not being smart enough to go to such distinguished schools. However, her counselor, failed to realize there was already an amazing school near where she lived, called Saint Joseph’s College.

  The girl began applying to schools, not entirely giving up her goal to be accepted into some top schools, but began to realize St. Joe’s would be the best option for her. After receiving all of the results from the colleges, she now had to make the big decision. St Joe’s kept looking like the best option. It was close to home, affordable and had a friendly open feeling.

She fell in love and decided she would attend St. Joe’s. She went to open house, admitted student day and student orientation and realized that she could not have chosen a better college!

She began attending her first semester as a biology major. Although it was hard work to maintain her grades, she was pleased with the education she was receiving thus far and was excited to get to know so many people and get involved in her school.

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George Cruikshank

George Cruikshank, born September 27th, 1792, was an English artist and illustrator. He was the son of another illustrator, Isaac Cruikshank. In his teens, George Cruikshank became well-known for his political cartoons. He began illustrating his first book in 1820, and it is estimated that in his life, he illustrated over 850 books. Cruikshank’s most popular illustrations were those he drew for Oliver Twist (1838). He also published his own books, such as The Comic Almanack (1835-1853). In the late 1840s, Cruikshank became a well-known advocate for the temperance movement, for which he illustrated The Bottle (1847) and The Drunkard’s Children (1848). One of his last pieces was a large painting entitled The Worship of Bacchus, which he worked on from 1860 to 1863. He died February 1st, 1878.

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Walter Crane

CHT163210 Neptune’s Horses, illustration for ‘The Greek Mythological Legend’, published in London, 1910 (colour litho) (see also 169595) by Crane, Walter (1845-1915); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; ( Les Chevaux de Neptune, illustration pour ‘La Legende mythologique grecque’;); Archives Charmet; English, out of copyright

Born on August 15th, 1845, Walter Crane is known as one of the most influential and popular children’s book creators during his generation.  His works helped develop the ‘child-in-the-garden’ motifs present in many nursery rhymes and stories, and he also produced an extraordinary amount of books, illustrations, paintings, and works of art.  Crane was also well-known for many of his images associated with the worldwide Socialist movement. One of these works is titled Cartoons for a Cause (1886).  Two of his other works include An Artist’s Reminiscences (1907) and William Morris to Whistler (1911).  Some of his famous illustrations and paintings include “Baby’s Own Aesop” (1887), “Neptune’s Horses” (1892), and lunettes at the Royal West of England Academy (1913).  I think it is interesting how Crane exhibits three different techniques in each illustration. The cover of “Baby’s Own Aesop” is the simplest of the three. “Neptune’s Horses” has a rougher, more dangerous tone, while the lunettes have a polished, sophisticated and medieval air to them. 

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Vilhelm Pedersen

Thomas Vilhelm Pedersen was a famous Danish painter and illustrator who is widely known for his drawings of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale scenes and characters. Originally he was an officer in the Royal Danish Navy, but he took four years off to explore the art world and make a career out of it. In 1847 he released 125 drawings within Andersen’s five volume collection and quickly increased in popularity. Although he returned to combat right after publishing his works and died in 1859, the influence he left was extraordinary. Aside from being the first illustrator of Andersen’s works, his illustrations are considered to be “inseparable from the tales” in Denmark today and were later made into woodcuts in Germany.

The two illustrations I chose were Pedersen’s “The Little Mermaid” and “The Ugly Duckling”. One thing I found fascinating about his illustrations was that they were often done in black and white (almost like sketch-work) and lacked vivid imagery often associated with fairytales. When thinking of tales like The Little Mermaid or The Ugly Duckling, bright images pop into my head so I don’t necessarily like the lack of it in his work. While his illustrations are beautiful, I feel like they don’t capture the magic found in the stories. Out of the two, I think his second reflects more of the picture people create in their mind when thinking about the Ugly Duckling. It’s interesting to relate Disney to this too because they’ve never made a version of it, so there’s no illustrations that dominate like Ariel would when talking about The Little Mermaid.

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Illustrators: A Quick Look At Virginia Frances Sterrett

Virginia Frances Sterrett was a famous American illustrator born in 1900 who grew up with a passion for drawing. She lived in Chicago, Illinois and at the age of 15 enrolled in high school while also earning membership in the Art Institute of Chicago. Unfortunately, she was forced to put her dreams on hold when her mother became ill. Sterrett later became diagnosed with tuberculosis as well. Although she was sick, Sterrett was able to make a name for herself in the world of children’s literature. Some of her first works were published in a collection of stories called “Old French Fairy Tales and was later hired by Penn Publishing Company to create illustrations for “Tanglewood Tales”, another collection of fairytales she helped bring to life.

Although she lived a short thirty years, Sterrett made a great impact on the world of fairytales. Sterrett illustration of “One Thousand And One Nights” is very vibrant and colorful and just shows how much time and detail was put into each of Sterrett’s drawings. Another image drawn for The Old French Fairytales depicts a big, beautifully patterned tortes carrying an equally beautiful woman through a forest. This image highlights the importance the animal-human interactions were in many fairytales; her images really help to capture the scene and represent Sterrett’s vivid imagination.



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Ivan Bilibin

Ivan Bilibin was a Russain illustrator and stage designer born in 1876. He was involved in various groups that made contributions to the Russian art world, such as the Artists’ Union of the USSR. His most popular illustrations were of Russian and Slavic folklore.

These 2 pieces of art are both of the Russian fairy tale Visilisa the Beautiful. The first image shows Visilisa finding Baba Yaga’s hut in the forest on her search to find fire for her cruel stepmother. The second image shows the evil witch Baba Yaga herself. Bilibin’s art style is really cool, especially the image of Baba Yaga. The vibrant colors and attention to detail give it a cartoon like appearance and really make the art stand out.

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Maxfield Parrish

Maxfield Parrish was an American painter and illustrator born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1870. After studying art at both Haverford College and the Drexel Institute of Art, he eventually became the highest-paid commercial artist in the United States by the 1920s. He is best known for his intricately detailed, natural backgrounds and unusual colors.

The images below are some of Parrish’s famous fairytale pieces. The first is of Sleeping Beauty, who seems to be laying on the stairs while trapped under her sleeping spell. I like how the girls in front of her are depicted to be in distress because it represents how the people of the kingdom feel in the story when they lose their beloved princess. It is a very realistic painting and I love the contrast of the dark background with the lightness of the characters. The second image is of Cinderella, and it is again extremely realistic. I wouldn’t have pictured Cinderella to look exactly like this, as I imagine what I saw in the Disney movie when she is in her blue dress. However, the painting does bring her to life and gives her very human-like features, as many of Parrish’s paintings do. 

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