I have always loved fairy tales, long before I ever had a child and found this Albert Einstein quote: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

In the course of doing just that with my daughter, I’ve realized what makes them so special: Although they are very dark and even terrifying at times, anything can happen, and no obstacle is insurmountable.

So of course I’m charmed by Chelleline’s 2015 calendar, featuring appearances from old favorites like Little Red Riding Hood, the Princess and the Pea and Goldilocks, as well as some lesser known fairy tale stars, such as The Magic Swan Geese from Russia and Donkeyskin from France.

The entire calendar is charmingly hand-calligraphed by the Paris-based Pauline Rousseau, giving it the feel of a fabulous old volume passed down the family. I love how the color pops against the stark whiteness and blackness.

The months feature alternating illustrations from Pauline and the Chelleline’s Michelle Lin. Pauline has concentrated on fairy tales by Charles Perrault, while Michelle has chosen a selection of tales from around the world. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be July, a charming rendering of The Road to Oz, one of my childhood favorites, though all are great for getting lost in.

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The calendar, available in English as well as French, is perfect for the Francophile or young lingual scholar in your life. It measures 5.5 ” x 8.5″ and is printed on thick cardstock. $18.

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