Since watching Fractured Fairy Tales on TV as a child, traditional stories with a twist have grabbed my attention and delighted my soul. Young children today, who are just learning what to expect in a story, are tickled when a story takes an unusual turn. Playing with expectations develops narrative skills — and a sense of humor!
Want a different take on monkey stories? In Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree, the mischievous monkeys survive the crocodile and live to star in other stories by Eileen Christelow. In another book by this author, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, children will be delighted by the sight of the secret bed jumper on the last page! And in Ten Naughty Little Monkeys by local author Suzanne Williams (illustrated by Suzanne Watts) the young monkeys start Continue reading “New twists on old tales”
Some stories we love hearing over and over again. Folktales told worldwide over the centuries have amazing similarities of theme, style and even in presentation. Some of the most dramatic fairy tales capture our hearts and imaginations even today. Sometimes authors re-imagine than old story from another perspective. At times authors prefer to write new stories using riffs from established tales or using an old-fashioned storyteller’s style that encourages us to settle back and enjoy the telling.
Here are four new spins on fairy tales many of us recognize from our childhood days: