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Dawn
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

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fortunetelling and foreshadowing

A Birthday
Ah, the temptation to have a character foretell the heroine's fortune.

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The Blue Fairy Book

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The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

This is the one I personally owned as a child.  As the very first, it is chock-full of the standard issue, top-20 pop charts tales -- among others.  Heavily from Norwegian, French, and German sources.
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when did she know it?

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Philosophically pondering recasting a heroine's story with her remembering things . . .

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Discworld books

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Two by Terry Pratchett. Spoilers for the first three Rincewind and the first Death books ahead.

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flowers and princesses

God Speed
Princesses do not learn to arrange their own hair, or someone else's, with flowers in it.

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Monster Hunter International

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Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia

The first in a comtemporary fantasy series -- not enough time in the city to qualify as urban.  Owen, our narrator, is working his tail off as an accountant beneath a horrible boss, when one day he works late.  The boss turns into a wolf and tries to eat him.

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how to devise a magic object

Rapunzel
Philosophically pondering this for a while. . .

Yeah, sometimes you get a notion for a nifty magic object and then build up the story about it, but sometimes you go the other way 'round, and need a magic object for the characters to overcome some obstacle.

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The Red Fairy Book

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The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

How I read these books when I was a child. . . .
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The Raven Ring

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The Raven Ring by Patricia C. Wrede

A tale of a fantasy land.  When a family of the hill folk Cihlar get word of the death of the mother of the family, the daughter Eleret sets out to retrieve her belongings.  Wouldn't be right, otherwise.

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