Friday, May 21, 2010

3 Billy Goats Gruff-Fairy Tale Fridays

Tif Talks Books hosts fairy tale fridays and today is discussing The Philosopher's Stone by H.C. Andersen.  I've never heard of this fairy tale but I do know the idea from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series and after reading Tif's post I have to agree-J.K. did it better.

I am finishing up our fairy tale unit with 2nd grade students this week and we've had such a blast acting out Little Red Riding Hood and talking about all the elements that make up a good fairy tale.  Acting out the tale has really  made a difference in their understanding. And they love wearing a costume-although their was some heated disputes about the lead role!  I wish I'd taken photos or flipcam video of some of the skits.  There's a Wolf at the Door with its 5 tales has them excited due to its fun content and size-they love that it is oversized!!

I did read Three Billy Goats Gruff retold and illustrated by Janet Stevens to a small group of students this week.  This is a great retelling, with funny illustrations and no real harm done to the troll.  My students love to "read" along with me (don't all kids?) and so anything with a refrain is a definite thumbs-up and this one they could keep up with the troll and the billy goats.  The picture of the biggest billy goat, in his motorcycle jacket and John Lennon shades, brought down the house with laughter! There is something special Stevens has added using a frog , which takes a moment for the kids to figure out-good thinking skills!!  Next year I'm going to extend this fairy tale unit and act this one out as well.   Right now I am so ready for summer!!

Have you read any fairy tales this week?  Fly, pop, hop or click over to Tif Talks Books and check out her discussion!


Jana said...

Search Youtube sometime for Fractured Fairy Tales. These are small 6 or 7 minutes stories that used to be on the Rocky & Bullwinkle show. When I did fairy tales I showed some of these to the older students--they loved them!

Anonymous said...

That version of the Three Billy Goats sounds really awesome. Thanks for sharing with us what you're reading with the kids.


I am a Fairytale fanatic. I can't get enough of the traditional and contemporary. My favorite genre. Is it a genre? Well, I'm a sucker for a good fairytale.

Tif Sweeney said...

I really need to check out this book! The idea of the big billy goat in a leather jacket I have got to see!!