Tag Archives: fractured fairy tales

Princess Patty Meets Her Match by Charise Mericle Harper

Schema: Princess fairy tales

Text-to-Text Connections: Cinderella, Princess and the Pea, Snow White, Rapunzel

Princess Patty decides to be proactive in finding her prince. As she travels, she meets princes who are looking for their princess, and with each one, Princess Patty sees their flaws and knows they are not for her.

Before leaving her castle, Princess Patty selects some items to take with her. She gives these items away to the people she meets on her journey. Character traits such as thoughtfulness, generosity, compassion, and helpfulness are demonstrated as she chooses one of her items to give away. The point is not lost on the reader as we learn what traits in a prince are important to Patty.

Characterization: As Patty gives her items away, the author states that Patty is showing a character trait such as compassion.

Sequencing: List the order of the princes Patty meets

Synthesis: What traits would you look for in a prince or princess?

Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians by Jackie Mims Hopkins and Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson

Schema: original Goldilocks and the Three Bears story

Text-to-Text Connections: Both stories have a similar plot

Compare and Contrast: What are the differences about and similarities of the Goldilocks characters?
What are the differences and similarities with the houses?

Synthesis: Can you think of another place Goldilocks could visit that would teach readers about manners or books?

Goldie Socks is a great book for librarians to use with library orientation in elementary school.  I love the part where the books were returned to the shelf upside down and backwards.  If anything could help students learn to put the books back where they go, oh the joy!

 

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara & Mark Fearing

Schema: The original story of the three little pigs

Compare and Contrast: the original story with the modern one

Personification: the robot

Characterize the robot and the wolf in the original story

The story of the Three Little Pigs meets the space age in this new twist on the original story. The three aliens all find homes in space, one on a rover, one on a satellite, and the third one on Mars where he builds a sturdy house. The planets are illustrated in order from the sun so a reader could gain some reinforcement of space learning as the book is read. This would be a support for a compare and contrast unit. The illustrations are colorful and add humor to the story.