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fairy tale

, story
a story about fairies or other mythical or magical beings, esp one of traditional origin told to children
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Think of it as a modern fairy story, without the fairies or much of a story.
Think of it as a modern fairy story, only without the fairies or, come to think it, much of a story.
ATTAC TT K victim Alan Barnes said receiving PS330,000 from well-wishers was "like a fairy story" as he officially received the cheque from the beautician who set up the online fund.
He also attacked the "childish fairy story" espoused by "romantic nationalists" that Scotland's identity has been absorbed by its larger neighbour.
To know the outcome would spoil the delight of reading this modern fairy story. While the prose is not exceptional, the story commands attention.
Mr Hall said: "I have a saying, and that is that people who believe that they are too old to read a children's fairy story are very old indeed.
TODAY'S Little Horror has put a spooky twist on a wellloved fairy story.
It is based on a Norwegian fairy story first collected by Asbjornsen and Moe (1841-44) and later translated into English by George Dasent.
In this sense the fairy story can be seen as a meta-narrative about life in all its fears and uncertainties.
Years later, awakening from her century long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day; a world more mysterious and wonderful than any fairy story.
It's rather like a fairy story how I ended up in a foreign land where the death sentence is still enforced, if you're unlucky enough to incur the wrath of the authorities.
"Little Fairy Can't Sleep" is a lovely, dreamy, fairy story perfect for bedtime reading.