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Fairy Tales


Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Fairy Tales? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Internet of Best Books for teaching about Fairy Tales.



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by Leah Wilcox
When the prince spies Rapunzel in her high tower, he's convinced she's the girl of his dreams. He thinks he can rescue her in the ordinary way, but this is no ordinary Rapunzel. She throws everything from her tower except what the prince keeps asking for -- including one delightful surprise to make all his dreams come true. Here is a hilarious tale of how one bad hair day turns into happily ever after. With charming art and lilting text, Leah Wilcox and illustrator Lydia Monks take fairy-tale fun to a whole new level. (School Library Journal)

by Scott Gustafson
This exquisitely illustrated book features ten of the most enduring fairy tales of all time. The stories, chosen and edited by the artist, are a balance of 'princess' classics and frolicking adventure tales. Artist Scott Gustafson spent more than four years creating the seventy-five rich oil paintings, reproduced here in full color. The rounded-face, glowing children and charming interiors contribute to Gustafson's unique and contemporary style, which will capture the hearts of even the most hard-boiled media-savvy child.

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by Robert N. Munsch
Elizabeth, a beautiful princess, lives in a castle and wears fancy clothes. Just when she is about to marry Prince Ronald, a dragon smashes her castle, burns her clothes with his fiery breath, and prince-naps her dear Ronald. Undaunted and presumably unclad, she dons a large paper bag and sets off to find the dragon and her cherished prince. Once she's tracked down the rascally reptile, she flatters him into performing all sorts of dragonly stunts that eventually exhaust him, allowing her to rescue Prince Ronald. But what does Prince Not-So-Charming say when he sees her? You smell like ashes, your hair is all tangled and you are wearing a dirty old paper bag. Come back when you are dressed like a real princess. In any case, let's just say that Princess Elizabeth and Prince Ronald do not, under any circumstances, live happily ever after. Part of the Classic Munsch series.

by Ellen Jackson
This clever, double story follows the fates of two young women. Readers know Cinderella, who works all day, sits in the cinders, and needs her fairy godmother to get the ball moving. But Cinder Edna next door has used her spare time to learn 16 different ways to make tuna casserole and to play the accordian. She earns money by cleaning out parrot cages and mowing lawns, and can she tell jokes. When the dance is announced, she dons the dress she bought on layaway, takes the bus to the ball, and wears loafers for dancing. She wins the attention of Prince Randolph's younger but dorky brother, Rupert, who loves to dance and tell jokes, and runs the palace recycling plant. Both women dash off at the stroke of midnight. The two princes' plans for finding the owners of the lost glass slipper and the beat-up loafer are a hilarious contrast. Ella ends up, of course, with the vain, boorish Randolph. Edna moves into a solar-heated cottage, caring for orphaned kittens and playing duets with her husband Rupert. (School Library Journal)

by Jon Scieszka
Most of these stories are shortened, one-joke versions that often trade their traditional morals for hilarity. "The Stinky Cheese Man'' is an odoriferous cousin to the gingerbread boy; when he runs away, nobody wants to run after him. "The Other Frog Prince'' wheedles a kiss only to reveal that he is just a tricky frog (as the princess wipes the frog slime off her lips); the Little Red Hen wanders frantically in and out of the book squawking about her wheat, her bread, her story, until she is finally (and permanently) squelched by Jack's giant. It is necessary to be familiar with the original folktales to understand the humor of these versions, and those in the know will laugh out loud. (School Library Journal)

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