Fairy Tales

It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk by Josh Funk

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Back of Book:

 

Jack is not fond of the bossy narrator of his fairy tale! When Jack is told to trade his beloved cow Bessie for some magic beans, throw the beans out the window, climb the ENORMOUS beanstalk that sprouts overnight, and steal from a GIANT, he decides this fairy tale is getting out of control. In fact, he doesn’t want to follow the story line at all. Who says Jack needs to enter a life of daring, thievery, and giant trickery? He takes his story into his own hands—and you’ll never guess what happens next!

 

With laugh-out-loud dialogue and bold, playful art (including hidden fairy tale creatures for kids to find), this Jack and the Beanstalk retelling will have children rolling with laughter till Bessie the cow comes home.

 

My Review:

 

Anytime Josh Funk writes a new story I get excited! He is a true master at crafting stories. It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk is not exception.  I love the structure of this story. The text is different in that Jack and the narrator converse throughout the book. This allows readers to see the story in several different points of view. I can see using this book in my classroom as a writing prompt for the difference between narration and characters. I also loved the twist on the timeless tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. The illustrations are full of character and color. Readers will enjoy seeing other fairy tales weaved within the pages. A very funny and enjoyable story.

 

Ages 5 and up

 

40 Pages

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Fairy Tales

Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates by April Jones Prince

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Back of Book:
Once upon a seaworthy sloop lived three pirates: the big, pilfering Papa, the medium-sized, menacing Mama, and the small, bonny Baby, a pirate-in-training. They were excellent pirates, but not very good housekeepers, so their gruel wasn’t tasty, their stools weren’t sturdy, and their hammocks weren’t hung properly. Luckily for them, Goldenlocks happened along when they were out for a row in the harbor. April Jones Prince’s rollicking text and Steven Salerno’s swashbuckling paintings make Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates a first-rate adventure and a spirited take on Goldilocks.
My Review:
I love sharing different versions of classic fairy tales with my students. When I picked up Goldenlocks and the three Pirates, I completely fell in love with changes from the original. I have never read a version where Goldenlocks helps and makes things better. I think that the change is a unique twist on this fractured fairytale. The text is well written and has a rhyming pattern that is easy for readers to follow along with. I loved that Goldenlocks is shown as being an intelligent and strong young woman. The illustrations in this story are well drawn, and show readers all the parts of the ship. If you are teaching a unit about fairy tales add this to your reading list.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Fairy Tales, Uncategorized

Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar

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Back of Book:
Little Red Riding Hood straps on ice skates in this fractured fairy tale! A figure-skating enthusiast, Little Red has worn out her skates and must win a pairs competition to earn new ones. But who will be her partner? The Dish is already skating with the Spoon, and Hansel has Gretel. You won’t believe what big eyes, sharp teeth, and furry paws her partner has . . . all the better to spin her with!
My Review:
This is a great twist on the well- known classic of Little Red Riding Hood. I loved that this story had many of the fairy tale characters that children know and love like Little Miss Muffat and Humpty Dumpty. The concept of having a skating competition makes it a perfect book to read during the winter time. The illustrations are fun and bring the fairy tale characters to life. This is one of my favorite fractured fairy tale books.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Fairy Tales, Read Your World

La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya

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Back of Book:
The Princess and the Pea gets a fresh twist in this charming bilingual retelling.
El príncipe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn’t agree.
The queen has a secret test in mind to see if this girl is really a princesa.
But the prince might just have a sneaky plan, too . . .
Readers will be enchanted by this Latino twist on the classic story, and captivated by the vibrant art inspired by the culture of Peru.
My Review:
This is a fantastic twist to the well known and loved fairy tale. The Spanish words sprinkled within the text are a perfect amount to teach children select Spanish terms. The English text is in a rhyming pattern that makes the story fun and engaging. There is a note in the back of the book from the illustrator that tells readers about the beauty of the artwork. The illustrations are inspired by the villagers of Huilloc and are simply breathtaking. The twist at the end of the story is unique and makes the story different then other fairy tales.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Fairy Tales

The Mermaid By Jan Brett

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Back of Book:
When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside. She’s thrilled to find a just-right breakfast, pretty little chair, and, best of all, a comfy bed that rocks in the current.

But when the Octopus family returns home, they are not happy to find that someone has been eating their food and breaking their things. Baby has the biggest shock when she finds the mermaid asleep in her bed! Luckily, shock turns to happiness when Kiniro gives her a thoughtful gift before escaping from the twenty-four arms coming her way.

Vibrant, intricate scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical setting inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Along with fun details that enrich the storytelling in Jan Brett’s trademark borders, this visual treat will enchant readers of all ages.

My Review:
I am such a huge fan of Jan Brett and fractured fairytales. This book is a beautiful combination of both. The story follows the filmier tale of Goldilocks and the three bears. Kiniro is a young mermaid with a curious mind. She enters the home of an octopus family and makes herself at home. She tries all the shells, chairs, and finally the beds. When the family returns they find Kiniro fast asleep in their bed. The difference in this book, is that Kiniro feels guilty that she broke the little octopus’s chair. In the end, she makes amends and brings the baby octopus a gift. As always, Jan Brett’s illustrations are beautiful and so engaging. Her detail to the underwater story is what makes it so engaging. In the back of the story, Jan shares that her inspiration for this book came from a visit to Okinawa. I love viewing each small picture within the page. Jan has done it again and created a masterpiece.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Fairy Tales, Friendship

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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Back of Book:
The Land of Unicorns is in trouble — it has been raining and raining for what seems like forever. This is a big problem because there are only three ways that unicorns can get their magic: from the golden sun, from magnificent rainbows, and from the sparkle of believing.

Luckily, Uni the Unicorn has always always always believed…that little girls are REAL. Join this very special unicorn and the little girl who believes right back as they finally meet and work together to save a magical land and all who live there!

My Review:
If you are like me, you fell in love with Uni the Unicorn. I was more excited about the return of Uni then my students were. When I finally got my hands on this book I was thrilled. This is another amazing story written by the late Amy. She was truly an inspiration to anyone who picked up her books. Readers get to see Uni and the little girl get together. This book is written for the readers who want to believe in the magic and beauty of unicorns. The illustrations jump of the page, and bring you to a world where anything can happen. The ending is joyful and filled with hope. Amy wrote from her hear until the end of her life. Her goal was to leave a lasting impression behind. I believe that she accomplished just that. Great read aloud for all.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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If you have never read the letter from Amy titled you may want to marry my husband. Click Here and read with tissues. She passed away in March of 2017.

Fairy Tales, Uncategorized

A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale By Penny Parker Klostermann

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Back of Book: In the magical land of fairy tales, William doesn’t quite fit in. He’d rather poach pears than pursue princesses, and he values gnocchi over knighthood. . . .

When he stumbles on a delivery of food destined for Fairy-Tale Headquarters (a pumpkin, apples, and a few measly beans), he decides to spice things up and whips the paltry ingredients into delectable dishes. But as you might have guessed, Snow White’s wicked stepmother doesn’t exactly want her magic apple baked and drizzled with caramel.

The team that brought you There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight delivers a hilariously fractured, whipped, and souffléed fairy tale that is chock-full of delicious details and jokes to satisfy every appetite.
My Review:
I absolutely love reading fractured fairy tales. I think that this unique take on William loving to cook is a clever, and fun interpretation. I thought that Penny did an excellent job of teaching children that cooking can be fun. I loved that William made Baked Apples, Carmel Drizzle, and Bean Soup. The story gives a nod to several of the most popular fairy tales. Ben is a talented illustrator and brought each fairytale character to life. This is a imaginative book and one that children will want to read over and over.

Ages 7 and up

40 Pages

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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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Fairy Tales, Farm

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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