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BLAST Elementary Thematic Program
Fairy Tales

(January and February 2011)

 

Fairy Tales

Recommended for grades K-2

Talking animals, princes and princesses, magic and trickery...fairy tales are full of so much fun! In this program we'll share some of our favorite fairytales through felt-board storytelling, interactive read alouds, finger plays and more! We'll finish up with a hands-on activity.

Fairy Tale Books:

The Elves and the Shoemaker

LaMarche, Jim
The Elves and the Shoemaker

In midnight visits clothed in mystery, a pair of elves restore a poor shoemaker to prosperity. Here is the classic tale of elfin magic that generations of children have loved, made new by an artist of international acclaim. **Retold from the Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Jim LaMarche**

 
Red Riding Hood

Marshall, James
Red Riding Hood

Mother always told Red Riding Hood not to talk to strangers. But the wolf she met on the way to Granny's was so charming and urbane. What could be the harm of telling him that she was on her way to Granny's pretty yellow house on the other side of the woods? Who could a better escort than the big-eyed, long-armed, big-toothed wolf? **Retold and illustrated by James Marshall**

 
The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Isadora, Rachel
The Twevle Dancing Princesses

Night after night, the princesses wear out their shoes without even leaving their bedroom. How are they doing it? The baffled king promises a great reward to any man who can solve the mystery, and what follows is an enchanting story involving a secret passage, a magic cloak and a hidden underground world the king could not have imagined. **Written by the Brothers Grimm, retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora**

 
Thumbelina

Pinkney, Brian
Thumbelina

Thumbelina is content to spend her days rowing in a boat made from a tulip petal and sleeping in a cradle made from a polished walnut shell. Then one horrible night a toad kidnaps her, and she is tossed from one wretched adventure to another. Will Thumbelina be forced to marry the toad's son or spend her days deep underground with a rich mole? Only her steadfast kindness and bravery and the help of some loyal friends will lead Thumbelina to true love. **Written by Hans Christian Andersen, retold and illustrated by Brian Pinkney**

 

The Brothers Grimm Present: Snow White

Recommended for grades 3-5

"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?" The classic fairytales have recently been making guest appearances in movies like Shrek, Tangled, and The Princess and the Frog. Older versions of these stories have been told for generations. We'll take a look at the classic Brothers Grimm tale, Snow White, giving students the chance to play the part of the magic mirror. Then, students will get a chance to try out their own fairytale telling skills! 

Books:

Snow White

Greban, Quentin
Snow White

One of the world's most beloved fairy tales, the story of Snow White appears in the lore of many European countries. In some versions, the dwarfs are robbers and the magic mirror is the moon. In one telling, the poisoned apple is a ring. But the most well-known version is the German on collected by the brothers Grimm, here newly illustrated by on of Europe's most popular illustrators. **Written by The Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Quentin Greban**

 
Classic Fairy Tales

Doherty, Berlie
Classic Fairy Tales

In this magnificent volume, Berlie Doherty enchants readers with inspired retellings of twelve of the best-loved fairy tales of all time, including Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp, and many more.