Hi everyone! This week’s story time blog is all about Fairy Tales.

To me, fairy tales are a really important educational tool to help children understand right from wrong. They teach children that if you do good and are kind, then good things will in happen to you in turn. Admittedly, this may not always be the case in “the real world”, but isn’t it better to believe that the bad guys will be punished and the good guys will be rewarded and ultimately strive for these ideals? I like to think so.
What else is good about fairy tales? They’re fun! Yes, I know, many people will point out that they can be violent, old fashioned and a little out of date when it comes to equality – but to me that just gives me an opportunity to point out to my children that… “Once upon a time, women didn’t have it so great – but aren’t we lucky now? You, my darling daughter, can grow up to become the hunter or the princess – it’s your choice!

The first book I am reviewing in this blog is The great fairy tale disaster by David Conway and Melanie Williamson. This was a cute story about the Big Bad Wold from the Three Little Pigs wanting a bit of a break from huffing and puffing all day long – needless to say, things don’t work out too well for him when he tries some different fairy tales.

The second review this week is for Goldilocks by Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker. This version is a Lift-the-flap book and has an accompanying CD to listen to the story. I really enjoyed this version of Goldilocks. It follows the traditional story, but with a beautiful rhyming flow to it and really bright inviting illustrations.

And last but not least is the Three Little Pigs – a noisy picture book by Kaye Umansky. This book included a CD to listen along to while reading the story. The CD had lovely sing-song parts and sound effects and was a fun addition to reading the story.

For more great Fairy Tale books – check out the library catalogue here.

Craft – Magic Wand

What do you need?

  • large pop sticks
  • glitter and stick on decorations
  • pipe cleaners
  • scissors and glue
  • paper / card

Method

Cut out and colour or decorate 2 star shapes. Glue them back-to-back on the top of your pop stick. Wrap your wand with pipe cleaners or decorate with glitter and sparkly things!

Rhymes

I have selected two rhymes this week which flow well with the fairy tale theme. I hope you and your little ones enjoy them. Thanks for reading.

Three Blind Mice

Three blind mice, three blind mice,
See how they run,
See how they run,
They all ran after the farmer’s wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
As three blind mice?

Pussycat, Pussycat Where Have You Been

Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?
I’ve been to London to visit the Queen.
Pussycat, pussycat, what did you there?
I frightened a little mouse under her chair.