Sunday, January 15, 2012

Book Review: Fairly Fairy Tales

What if the three little pigs had not been limited to straw, sticks and bricks? What if the porkers had access to solar panels?
What if the story of Little Red Riding Hood hadn't been limited to a red hood, a wolf, or a grandma? What if a common household item was added to the story? What if it was... shampoo?! Just think, Grandma could be running a beauty salon instead of spending her days holed up in the belly of a wolf. Can't imagine that?

In Fairly Fairy Tales, author Esme Raji Codell dreams up new versions of fairy tales and illustrator Elisa Chavvari delights the reader with two page spreads of these imaginations! The book is actually a conversation betweeen a boy and his mother while reading bedtime stories. The text is sparse, "Kiss? Yes. Water? Yes. Bedtime? Noooo." This pattern is repeated for each fairy tale as several elements are suggested and one is ruled out with a hearty, "NOOOO!"
I think this book is a perfect pair to my fairy tale prop baskets.Begin by sharing great fairy tales with your child and having her retell them using a prop basket.
Once she is comfortable with  stretch his thinking by adding an item that doesn't belong.

A great motivator to getting your child interested in Fairy Tales is letting your child see the tale on the big screen. Beauty and the Beast 3D opened in theaters this weekend! It's one of my favorite fairy tales and I've been pumped about it's release all week. Here are a few of my other fairy tale posts:

Free Beauty and the Beast Printable Coloring Sheets
Writing Prompts for Fairy Tales
Fairy Tale Book Reviews

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  1. We read that book too and liked it a lot. Very imaginative! Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  2. That book sounds like fun! Will have to look for a copy =)

  3. That sounds like a fun book! I will add it to my wish list.

  4. Yes, this sounds perfect for your prop baskets and stretching thinking to higher levels. I want to read the book. Thank you, Carolyn

  5. Sounds like great fun! Thanks for linking up to Book Sharing Monday.I also featured this on my FB