June 23, 2014

Summer Unplugged: Fractured Fairy Tales

I know I said last week was my favorite list so far, but this week is DEFINITELY my favorite so far.

I can't get enough of classic fairy tales retold in funny and clever new ways. Happily, Ella is also an enormous fan too, so we've read many of them in the last couple of years. And I've been reading longer retellings of them for the last TWENTY years, so I've got quite a few favorites at this point.

Fractured fairy tales for all ages


Picture Books:
  • The Three Pigs by David Wiesner - I will never get tired of David Wiesner. In this one, the three little pigs get blown out of the story when the wolf huffs and puffs, and they find themselves popping in and out of all sorts of other fairy tales.  
  • Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson - In this reverse story, one bear goes for a walk and finds himself lost in the city. So he lets himself into an unlocked apartment for a little nap. 
  • Little Red Hot by Eric A. Kimmel and Laura Huliska Beith - I do believe I read this to Ella 1,000 times earlier this year. Little Red loves spicy food and she uses her fire-proof tastebuds to get the best of the big bad wolf. 
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith - This is the first fractured fairy tale I remember. My grandmother gave this to my dad when I was a kid and it's remained one of my favorites. In it, the Big Bad Wolf shares his side of the story (he was framed!). 
  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems - If you know Mo Willems from his Pigeon books or Knuffle Bunny, you know to expect great things. And you won't be disappointed. 
  • Lon Po Po by Ed Young - This Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood won the Caldecott medal and definitely has a bit of a scary edge to it. 
  • The Frog Prince, Continued by Jon Scieszka and Steve Johnson - What happens when you kiss a frog and he turns into a prince? And then he realizes he doesn't actually want to be a prince and preferred life as a frog? 
  • The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg - This classic has held up surprisingly well in our house, despite all the parts. And show me a child who doesn't love all the tiny letters and envelopes, and I'll show you a pretend child. 

Chapter Books:
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - I know the movie is terrible. The book is anything but. Forget Anne Hathaway and read it. 
  • Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff - Who knew there was so much backstory behind Rumpelstiltskin? 
  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale - This was one of the first books I ever wrote about here back in 2007, and it's still one of my all-time favorite books. 
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley - This was probably the first fairy tale retelling I ever read. I love this Beauty and the Beast story so so much. 
  • Rapunzel's Revenge by Dean Hale, Shannon Hale and Nathan Hale  - I'm not a mega graphic novel fan, but this one is just 100% delightful. How can you not love the idea of Rapunzel using her long hair as a lasso? 

A Few Crafts, Activities, and Recipes: 
  • Rewrite your own fairy tales
  • Make Rapunzel braids out of yarn
  • Make oatmeal cookies in honor of Goldilocks (who wants a bowl of oatmeal, anyway?)
  • Plant some magic beans (who knows what will grow?!)
  • Have a one-shoe-off Cinderella race
  • Make Caramel Apples (just make sure they aren't poisoned by a witch!)

And, yippee! Giveaway!

Are you familiar with Caravan Shoppe? They produce the most beautiful children's toys and art (and free printables!).

They're giving away four sets of their Fairy Tale Olliblocks and they are a total smash hit. Look for some of their other products on my Instagram feed later this week. Everything they make is eye-poppingly clever or gorgeous or both.

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32 comments:

  1. Great list once again. When I was little there was a cartoon version of Fractured Fairy Tales that was one of my favorites and my daughter and I loved the Faerie Tale Theatre series of videos with Shelley Duval. Here is a list of Fairy links: http://www.teachthechildrenwell.com/other.html#fair.

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  2. I love these weekly themed book posts! Beauty is in our "to read" stack; I think it will have to find it's way to the top!

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  3. I loved the Jolly Postman when I was younger and can't wait to get it for my girls when they're a bit older. We just finished reading Goldie and the Three Bears, which was a big hit, and I just ordered a couple of the BabyLit books, which are always favorites around here.

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  4. Such a fun list! I'm going to check out the chapter books for my oldest daughter!

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  5. I love the True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - so clever & funny!

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  6. Loving this series! Such a huge help when I'm tryingoto find something to do on these hot Texas days.

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  7. For classic fairy tales, we love Paul Galdone.

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  8. I love this list! I've been a fan of older-audience fairy tale rewrites for years (a la Gregory Macguire, starting with Wicked). I'm really excited to find a good list of kid-friendly ones.

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  9. I've been reading "Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site" to my son lately. He loves it!

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  10. Goldilocks and Just One Bear looks so cute! I love the illustrations. We'll have to see if our library carries it. I'm reading The Happiness Project.

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  11. I am currently reading The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin (of Bomb fame); it's pretty fascinating/horrifying. With the boy we've been reading Inside Outside Dinosaurs, which is very cool.

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  12. I just finished reading Elizabeth Bunce's A Curse Dark as Gold, which is juvenile fiction (my 15 year old loved it). It is a take off of Rumplestiltskin with even more magic thrown in. When my girls were little, they loved Rumplestiltskin's Daughter by Diane Stanley.

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  13. I just finished The Light Between Oceans. A story of miscarriages, still borns, and being separated from your baby/toddler is not the best choice when you're 37 weeks pregnant.

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  14. I'm enjoying sitting in the sun with a stack of magazines this summer. I can't seem to get myself to finish a book lately. :)

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  15. Rapunzel's Revenge is pretty swell. Shannon Hale never disappoints.

    As far as Fairy Tales retold, I'm really loving Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles. Who knew that what I was missing in my life was a cyborgian retelling of Cinderella? Also, because I know you are a big audio book fan, this series has a fabulous audio version.

    Here's my recent Fairy Tales Retold post: http://www.intellectualrecreation.com/2014/01/reading-on-theme-fairy-tales-retold_30.html

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  16. The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett is one our family's favorite fractured fairy tales. Very clever!

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  17. The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett is one our family's favorite fractured fairy tales. Very clever!

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  18. This totally takes me back! Off to the library to check out the True Story of the Three Little Pigs! LOVE this series btw!

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  19. I'll have to add some of these to our daughter's library!

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  20. Oh, I love retellings as well. Some of our favorites are: The Three Little Javelinas, Fanny's Dream, and CinderEdna. Along with the ones you mentioned, some of my favorites for adults/teens are: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Bound by Donna Jo Napoli, Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier, and Toads & Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson.

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  21. Oh, I love retellings as well. Some of our favorites are: The Three Little Javelinas, Fanny's Dream, and CinderEdna. Along with the ones you mentioned, some of my favorites for adults/teens are: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Bound by Donna Jo Napoli, Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier, and Toads & Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson.

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  22. Oh my! I am LOVING these posts with book suggestions for kiddos! I feel so deer-in-the-headlights when we hit the library and always kick myself for letting her rush out with a Diego or Dora book! And she really finds so much more joy from these kinds of books! THANK YOU is not enough! :)

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  23. My favorite fairy tale spin off is The Three Cajun Pigs. It's just as much fun for me as it is or my daughter because I make myself laugh trying to read it in a Cajun accent.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0803728158?pc_redir=1403508973&robot_redir=1

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  24. For kids I love Mind Your Manners B.B. Wolf (not exactly a fairy tale, but lots of storybook characters) and for grown-ups The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli is the BEST and a super quick read.

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  25. This is an awesome book roundup (and I totally agree with you on Ella Enchanted, one of my favorite books growing up) - thank you so much for sharing.

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  26. I finished Where'd you go, Burnadette? in less than 2 days this past weekend - great summer read!

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  27. Jon Scieszka was pretty much the staple of my childhood. I love his books! Great list, once again!

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  28. Falling for Rapunzel and Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox are both fun reads with 5 stars on Amazon. Thanks for more ideas!

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  29. I love your list. I love it when old stories get retold in a different way. The musical Wicked fits this perfectly. And I LOVE Caravan Shoppe!!

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  30. I love this list! After reading this I took my girls right to the Library. Unfortunately we only walked out with Goldielocks and Just One Bear, but my oldest and I LOVED it! Had to read it again after we finished the first time per the request of my daughter, she's never done that! It's now in my shopping cart on Amazon. :) Thank you for sharing!!!

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  31. Thanks so much for doing these round-ups! My little library only has a few of these books, but I'm excited to do some of the activities with my kids. I also LOVE caravan shoppe & would love to win!

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