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Google marks Charles Perrault's 388th birthday

Google marks the 388th birthday of French author Charles Perrault who penned several famous fairy tales. The three doodles features three of his best known stories - Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Puss in the Boots.

Google's artist, Sophie Diao created a series of doodles to mark the 17th-century author's birthday. Perrault was born into a wealthy family and studied law before spending most of his life in the court of Louis XIV. He only started writing his stories when he was in his late sixties.

He penned a volume of stories in Histoires ou Contes du Temps passe (Tales and Stories of the Post with Morals) in 1695 when he was 67 years old. Stories in the book included Mother Goose, Le Petit Chaperon Rouge )Little Red Riding Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella) and La Belle au bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty) and La Barbe Bleue (Blue Beard).

Google Doodle Charles Perrault
Google's Doodle on Charles Perrault's Puss in the BootsGoogle UK

The book was hugely successful in French and was translated into English in 1729 by Robert Samber. The translated version however does not contain some details like the fact that his original work was more explicit that the 'wolf' featured in Red Riding Hood was a man intent on preying on young girls who wander alone in woods.

"From this story, one learns that children, especially young lasses, pretty, courteous and well-bred, do very wrong to listen to strangers. And it is not an unheard thing if the Wolf is thereby provided with his dinner," Perrault wrote.

Google Doodle Charles Perrault
Google Doodle on Charles Perrault's CinderellaGoogle UK

"I say Wolf, for all wolves are not of the same sort, there is one with an amenable disposition - neither noisy, nor hateful, nor angry, but tame, obliging and gentle, following the young maids in the streets, even into their homes. Alas! Who does not know that these gentle wolves are of all such creatures the most dangerous," he added.

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