Fairy Tales

Little Red Writing By Joan Holub

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Back of Book:
My Review: Little Red, a pencil in search of a story. Given a writing assignment by her teacher Ms. 2, Little Red travels down the story path with a basket of red nouns looking for the kind of tale that will allow her to display bravery and fight evil, “because red is the color of courage. But what would a brave pencil do?” As she journeys around the school, she encounters action words at the gym, descriptive words at the library, etc., until she comes across a long tangly tail that is up to no good. Brave Little Red follows it into Principal Granny’s office where she comes upon the Wolf
Any time I can use a picture book to teach proper handwriting skills, and structure I do. I love that the main characters are all pencils. I also liked that first page discussed, and defined a story path. As the story progresses, the text discusses action verbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech. Little Red has several trials such as, run on sentences, and using to many nouns. I love that the book is structed using word bubbles to tell the story. It creates a unique approach to reading. Although this book is based on the premise of Little Red Riding Hood, it is different enough that children will stay engaged in it. The ending is fun, while still teaching students about the importance of the writing process. I highly recommend this book to read before any writing project.
Ages 6 and up
36 Pages

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The Great Sheep Shenanigans By Peter Bently

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Back of Book: “A lamb for my supper will taste mighty fine!”
Thought a wily old wolf by the name of Lou Pine.
As he sneakily, slyly snuck up on the flock
But it wasn’t the sheep that were in for a shock.

With a stunningly cunning plan, Lou Pine, finds a disguise that is sure to deliver a lamb stew or two. But this flock of sheep aren’t quite the dumb mutton they seem.
My Review: This story follows a wolf in his attempts to catch a sheep for his dinner. However, he doesn’t plan for Rambo the Ram. The story follows his funny antics as he tries several different ways to get his dinner. Children will laugh as the wolf strikes out over and over. The fun twist in this story is the addition of the grandmother from Little Red Riding Hood. It creates a fractured fairy tale within the story line. Peter Bently is an amazing storyteller and has the ability to create fun and creative characters that children will love and remember. The illustrations are fun and match the funny storyline. This is a perfect book for circle time or a read aloud. It can be used for cause and effect or fractured fairy tale units.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Fairy Tales

Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-ups By Stephanie Clarkson

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Back of Book:
Princesses Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel swap fairy tales with one another in this hilariously clever new classic! What happens when Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel get so fed up with their fairy tales that they decide to switch places with one another? Hilarity ensues in this clever, rhyming story about whether the grass really is greener at someone else’s castle.
My Review: I love fractured fairy tales! I have learned that students enjoy reading familiar stories that are in a fun new format. The story follows Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Snow White. All the princesses are tired of their lives. So, they go off and trade lives with each other. The text is in a rhyming pattern which makes it a fun and engaging story. Each princess takes a turn in another girl’s life. This leads them all to the conclusion that they appreciate their own lives. The illustrations are fun and draw readers into the fairy tale world. I think this is an excellent addition to any fairy tale unit.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Fairy Tales

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion By Alex T. Smith

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Back of Book: Little Red is on her way to visit Auntie Rosie with a basket of goodies and some spot medicine. Along the way she meets the Very Hungry Lion. The Lion is eager to gobble up Little Red. The Lion’s plan doesn’t work out the way he wanted.

My Review:   I have been a longtime fan of fractured fairytales. I think they are a perfect and fun way to share content with children.  The story of Little Red Riding Hood is a fun tale, and can be used for so many aspects in learning. Little Red and the very Hungry Lion, is a new take on the classic tale. The story starts out as the common tale of a little girl going to help a family member in need. The change in this story, is how smart Red is. She decides to show the very naughty lion a lesson. I loved the safari twist to the story. The illustrations are fun and allow for little girls everywhere to feel fearless. I love that this story is diverse in culture, and race. I love this story and highly recommend it!

32 Pages

Ages 5 and up

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Fairy Tales

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig By Eugene Trivizas

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Back of book: The big bad pig is after the three little wolves. He blew all three of the little wolves houses down. What can the wolves do?

My Review: This is a fun twist on the well-known fairy tale of the three little pigs. The author took the basic concepts but changed the story in a way that keep children guessing. When I read fractured fairy tales I like to ask my students several questions. Things like what do you think will be different in this story? Or what will the three wolves make their houses out of? It creates a deeper level of thinking and engages the children. This particular fairy tale is one of my favorites because it ends on a happy note.

Ages 7 and up

32 pages