Classic and Derivative Fairy Tale BY: Shaun Harris and Shelby Simmons Classic fairy tales is a type of short story that features folk loric fantasy characters such as fairy, goblins, elves, dwarves and usually involves magic or enchantments. Derivative fairy tales are an original retelling of a classic fairy tale that differs from the original. Sub categories are sequels and twists.
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Classic and Derivative Fairy Tale
BY: Shaun Harris and Shelby Simmons
Classic fairy tales is a type of short story that features folk loric fantasy characters such as fairy, goblins, elves, dwarves and usually involves magic or enchantments.
Derivative fairy tales are an original retelling of a classic fairy tale that differs from the original.
Sub categories are sequels and twists.
The Sleeping Beauty Author: Trina Schart Hyman Illustrator: Trina Schart Hyman Genre: Classic Fairy tale Grade Range: Intermediate Plot Summary: A king and queen are trying to have a baby. Finally get blessed
with a baby girl, they decide to throw a grand party. The king only has 12 gold plates and has 13 fairies to invite. He decides not to invite the 13th and oldest fairy, When the ball happens all the faries are giving presents and right before the 12th fairy can give her present the 13th (uninvited) fairy pushes into the room and casts a spell on the princess that when she is 15 she will cut her finger on a sewing spinner and die. After the 13th fairy has gone away the 12th fairy steps up and lessons the cure to make it so the princess sleeps for a hundred years. On her 15th birthday she pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep along with everyone else in the castle. As the years go by the thorns and plants grow up and around the castle. After a hundred years a brave prince tries to rescue the princess. He succeeds and they kiss and live happily in the new castle. Reader Response Activity: I would give the students castle and have them decorate it with thorns and plants. This would also be a good lead in for a science lesson on plants. I would also have them brainstorm ways to wake a person up from a deep sleep and act out how they would react if someone woke up from a hundred year sleep
Sleeping Ugly Author: Jane Yolen Illustrator: Diane Stanley Genre: Derivative Fairy Tale Grade Range: Intermediate Plot Summary: This story is derivative of the well known classic fairy tale
sleeping beauty. In this tale we meet the beautiful princess, Miserella, who is never nice to anyone or anything. Miserella goes off in a huff and meets an old woman who lives in the woods. The old woman introduces her to plain Jane. Plain Jane earns wishes that she uses on Miserella because Jane is always nice to everyone and everything. Through this story you find out more and more reasons why Jane is a better person. Reader Response Activity A lesson on about characteristics (physical and personality traits) is what I would do for sleeping ugly. So I would have the students lay on butcher paper and have their whole bodies traced. When the bodies are traced I would have the students brainstorm as a whole class words that describe them (positive or negative). Then I would have the students draw a face and clothes on their butcher paper person. In the clothing space I would have them write the adjectives that describe them. I would also give the students a chance to write (only nice) adjectives on their classmates.
Rumpelstiltskin Author: Paul Galdone Illustrator: Paul Galdone Genre: Classic Fairy tale Grade Range: Primary
Plot Summary: This is the story of a millers daughter. The Miller goes on an errand for the king and boasts about his daughter who can spin straw into gold. The kind has the miller bring his daughter to the castle. The king locks the girl in a room filled with straw and a spinner. She starts to cry and a mysterious man agrees to help her in exchange for an item. As the days go on the king wants more and more gold spun. Finally she says that if the little man will help her she will give him her first born baby. The king is so happy with all the straw that he marries the girl. She has her first born baby and the only way that the little man will not take her baby is if she guesses his name in 3 days. Reader Response activity: In the story the girl sends a messenger around to collect names of people. So I might have the students make a list of unusual names and then have them take a survey home and see which names come up most often.
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales Author: John Scieszka Illustrator: Lane smith Genre: Derivative fairy tale Grade Range: Primary and Intermediate Plot Summary: The book starts out with an argument between jack, our
narrator, and the red hen, who is trying to find someone to help her with her story. Our narrator jack goes on in the introduction about how these are not the magical fairy tales, these are fairly stupid tales. The book has chicken licken, the princess and the bowling ball, the really ugly duckling, the other frog prince, little red running shorts, jack’s bean problem, cinderumpelstiltskin, the tortoise and the hair, the stinky cheese man and the boy who cried cow patty. Each of these stories starts out like the classic version and then has a slight twist so that it ends in a less optimistic way of the classic versions. Reader Response Activity: I would write the names of the characters (stinky cheese man, foxy Loxy, ugly stepmother, princess, rumplestitskin, ugly duckling, Cinderella, little red hen, jack and the giant) on post it notes. Then I would have the students put the post it’s on either their back or their forehead (so they cannot see it) and they would go around and ask questions* about their character to find out who it is.
*They cannot ask outright what the name of the character is
The Three Little Pigs Author: Paul Galdone Illustrator: Paul Galdone Genre: classic fairy tale Grade Range: Primary Plot summary: Three pigs are sent to leave home because mom cannot
support them. As each pig sets out on their journey they run into a different person who gives them materials to build their houses. The first pig builds out of straw, the second out of sticks, and the third out of bricks. A hungry wolf comes along and eats the first two pigs after blowing their houses down. The third pig realizes what has happens to his siblings, tricks the wolf to climbing down the chimney so that the pig can eat the wolf. Reader Response Activity: For this book the students can do a science activity. I will have the students collect different materials from outside, as well as give them some in class materials and they will build small houses. They will then see how sturdy their houses are by blowing on them and using a fan at different speeds and a blow dryer.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Author: John Scieszka Illustrator: Lane smith Genre: Derivative fairy tale Grade Range: Primary and Intermediate
Plot Summary: Jon Scieszka retells the classic fairytale of the Three Little Pigs from the wolf’s point of view. Like any story, there are always two sides. Alexander T. Wolf otherwise known as the “Big Bad Wolf” has a terrible cold but needed to make a cake for his granny’s birthday but was out of sugar. He journeys to his neighbors homes, the pigs, who are all terribly rude and the wolf accidentally knocks down their houses by sneezing. It was all an accident. When the wolf gets to the last house things get really personal between him and the pig. In the end the wolf claims he was framed! Reader Response Activity: I would have the students do a writing assignment with this book. The students would have to use their creative writing skills and write their own versions of what they think the true story is.
The Three Pigs Author: David wiesner Illustrator: David Wiesner Genre: Derivative Fairy tale Grade range: Primary and Intermediate
Plot Summary: this book starts out like the classic there little pigs, but there is a twist. When the wolf goes to blow down the first pigs house, the first pig gets blown out of the story. The first pig then goes and gets his siblings and they jump out of their story to escapee the big bad wolf. They then travel through different on their journey they meet nursery rhyme characters and save a dragon from being slayed. In continuing their journey to find a safe place to hide from the wolf they find a sturdy house where they live with their new found friends, their dragon being their protector. Reader Response Activity: For this story I will have the students take a story of their choice and pretend to be the main character and write about what other story they might jump into to and who they would meet and become friends with, and where their adventure might take them, and even how they get there.
Princess Smartypants Author: Babette Cole Illustrator: Babette Cole Genre: Derivative Fairy tale Grade range: Primary and Intermediate
Plot summary: This is a twist on every story where a prince saves a princess. Princess Smartypants is single pretty and filthy rich! She loves her pets and her independence. But her parents want her to be married. She agrees to meet the princes but they have to pass her tests in order for her to marry her. Every single prince failed until Prince Swashbuckle he passes her tests with flying colors, so she rewards him with a kiss, which turns him into a giant toad. Which leave princess smarty pants to her independence and she lives happily ever after a strong independent woman who does not need a man in her life to support her. Reader Response Activity: This would be a great story to act out. The students will act out the different scenes and try to pass the tests of the princess. As well the students will be asked to come up with alternative endings for the story and act them out as well.