Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Celebrate with Tell a Fairy Tale Day!

From The Iron Stove
by Warwick Goble
As a child I was a huge fan of the old movies, you know the type, with Fred Astaire twirling Ginger Rogers around as volumes of taffeta swirled around her, Gene Kelly's athletic dancing while singing in the rain, and Doris Day's forever sunny disposition. Yes, I have always been a sap for happy endings so I am delighted there is a special day set aside for fairy tales.

February 26 is “Tell a Fairy Tale Day" so lets celebrate and fall into a fantasy world where the wicked get their comeuppance and everyone else steps into a future filled with "happily ever after!"

The Three Gifts
Polish Fairy Tale
Found in The Goldenrod Fairy Book, by Esther Singleton

A very rich widow had three children, a step-son, a fine young fellow, a step-daughter of wonderful beauty, and a daughter who was not so bad. The three children lived under the same roof and took their meals together. At length the time came when the children were treated very differently. Although the widow’s daughter was bad-tempered, obstinate, vain, and a chatterer, her mother loved her passionately, praised her, and covered her with caresses. She was favoured in every way. The step-son, who was a good-natured lad, and who did all kinds of work, was for ever grumbled at, checked, and treated like a sluggard. As for the step-daughter, who was so wonderfully pretty, and who had the disposition of an angel, she was tormented, worried, and ill-treated in a thousand ways. Between her sister and her step-mother her life was made miserable.
To read the rest of the story click on the link: http://www.elfinspell.com/GoldenrodThreeGifts.html


Celtic Fairy Tales
Twenty-seven stories from Joseph Jacobs.

Fairytales and Stories by Hans Christian Anderson, 1872.

Japanese Fairy Tales by Teresa Peirce Williston, 1911.

Swedish Fairy Tales and Legends – Fifty six stories to enjoy.


Cinderella in Africa – Early Elementary Lesson Plan.

Fairy Tale Writing Unit – Elementary Level - From Teachers.net a two to three week unit offering suggestions for whole, small and independent work.

Fairy Tales From Life - Two fairy tales are used in this lesson plan, which also provides several resources to guide your students through the process. The lesson plan is aligned with the NCTE and IRA standards for grades 3 – 5. 

Fractured Fairy Tales – From Read, Write, Think and interactive lesson plan that helps children write their own fractured fairy tales.

What kids can learn from fairy tales 


Cardboard Box CastleAn inexpensive craft and we all know how children love to play with boxes!

Fairy-folktale DiormaA craft for older students and a great way to connect with a lesson plan. http://www.crayola.com.au/lesson-plans/fairy-folktale-diorama-lesson-plan/  

Paper CrownIt’s good to be King…and Queen!

Paper Mache Dragon ShieldWhat child doesn’t love a shield to ward off evil wizards and dragons?

Princess Paper Bag PuppetI never met a child who didn’t love puppets, even if they are made out of a paper bag.

Rapunzel Tower – Make this cute crafts using a toilet paper roll.

And if you missed the previous blog posts of public domain stories offering additional fairy tale collections go to:

Wit, Wisdom and Wonder – Fabulous Fairy Tales

Public Domain IV - Folktales, Fairytales, Myths and Legends

Tell A Fairy Tale Day - For another wonderful discussion on Fairy Tales please visit the blog of my friend and colleague Lois Sprengnether Keel at:

Karen Chace 2012 ©

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