For the month of March , I will be participating in the Slice of Life Challenge (#sol19) sponsored by Two Writing Teachers. I will be slicing each day for 31 days inspired by my work as a literacy specialist and coach, my life, and my fellow bloggers.
Monday Bookshelf: Fairy Tale(ish) Edition #sol19
March 11, 2019
If you are reading this, you might have the same problem I do. Bookshelves bursting at the seams and an organization system that works one day, but not the next. Welcome to my Monday bookshelf, where I will organize a stack of books within a category. Hopefully this stack will resonate.
Stack 2: Fairy Tale, Folk Tale, Fable, Traditional Tale… Any Book with Strong Archetypes and a Lesson
Being a little tired of most fairy tales where the female character is at the whim of the male power character, I branch out to other books that have a traditional tale feel without actually being one. All except The Three Little Pigs, which could be either gender and seem to work with every demonstration lesson ever. (Don’t believe me. It’s Tammy Mulligan’s theory. Give it a try) For that story, you don’t need a book. Every single person knows what happens. Here is a collection of books with a strong lesson, strong characters, and character change.
A Camel in the Sun inspired by a retelling of a traditional Muslim hadith, or account of the words or actions of the Prophet, this is the story of a camel whose owner only realizes his selfish ways when the Prophet appears and tends to the camel humanely.
The Wolf, The Duck, and the Mouse This is a crazy tale where the victims change the tables on the villain. Who is the bad guy in this story? Perfect for the student who loves a twist.
Little Tree The little tree stubbornly refuses to let go and faces the consequences. There is a strong message here about change. Very simple text and beautiful illustrations.
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles I’m not sure what kept me from this book until now. The Uncorker has the solitary job of retrieving bottles from the ocean and delivering them to the appropriate persons until one day…
Horrible Bear As in many of Ame Dyckman’s books, the obvious bad guy just isn’t. Misjudged, the bear isn’t the one with the lesson to learn See also Wolfie the Bunny and Misunderstood Shark
Chopsticks I kind of want to include an AKR book into every category I make. They can be used for so many. Chopsticks think they can only work together, until… See also Spoon and Exclamation Mark.
Bloom is a fairy tale with an anti-hero. She’s the solution that no one wants. She doesn’t have to be the one to save the day, she can give her powers away.
Also in the Stack: The Princess and the Pit Stop a delightful mashup of many tales where the heroine definitely makes things happen
After the Fall a familiar tale with a much more satisfying ending
I have never seen this problem in a classroom and yet, I think we can all relate