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review 2018-09-08 23:03
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith

Alexander T. Wolf is in pig prison and determined to prove his innocence. He insists that he was framed in the classic fairy tale and writes his own version which is shared through his point of view in the story. This spin off is told in the most unique way, while still incorporating elements from the original The Three Little Pigs. This book would be so great when comparing and contrasting stories and when discussing point of view! I would use this in my classroom to teach both of those literary concepts. When teaching these, I would also read my students the original fairy tale so they have a story to compare it to. 

 

Lexile: 510L

Fountas and Pinnell: Q

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review 2018-09-02 18:03
How to Fracture a Fairy Tale - Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen has been a prolific writer of books and short story collections for all ages since 1969.  She has tackled both fiction and nonfiction, and is well regarded as an authority on literary traditions and archetypal themes.  Her latest collection, How to Fracture a Fairy Tale, contains twenty-eight stories that reimagine classic tales culled from fairy tales, legends, mythology, and folklore from a variety of cultures.  In her introduction, Yolen describes her method of “fracturing” as a creative experiment in reexamining the stories through a modern prism.  Some of Yolen’s reworkings contain subtle changes, while others contain major overhauls in terms of their point-of-view, setting, mood and moral underpinnings.  A couple of her versions also combine tales to create something entirely new.  Yolen includes an appendix to the book with information about the origins of the stories, descriptions of her recreation methodology, and sources of inspiration for the revisions.  These notes are as fascinating to read as the stories themselves, providing a unique view into Yolen’s process and demonstrating her extensive knowledge on the subject.  Some of the tales in the collection are easily recognizable while others are more obscure, but all are delightful and entertaining.  Typical collections of short stories with wide-ranging styles usually have some variation in terms of quality, but it would be difficult in this case to identify any weak entries.  How to Fracture a Fairy Tale honors the stories and their cultural importance while refreshing them and widening their potential audience.  Modern adult readers will enjoy seeing their childhood favorites polished and renewed by Yolen’s skillful hand.

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review 2018-09-01 06:00
Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood
Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood - Liesl Shurtliff

Audience: Upper Elementary/Middle School

 

The first time I tried my hand at magic, I grew roses out of my nose.

- First sentence

 

Red's granny is sick (maybe dying) and she is determined to find a way to save her. She sets off on an adventure that brings understanding, knowledge, fear, excitement and even unexpected friendships.

 

Other books in this series include Rump, Jack, and Grump. They all come from the same world, but see it from different perspectives.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this series so far. I haven't read Grump, but I'm sure it won't disappoint. Red is a great character though a bit naive and sheltered. She learns a great deal during her adventure and grows into a stronger person. 

 

Bottom line: A fresh take on the story of Red Riding Hood that will take you on an exciting adventure filled with danger and unexpected friendships.

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review 2018-07-27 01:05
Mini-review of "Flunked" (Fairy Tale Reform School, #1) by Jen Calonita
Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School) - Jen Calonita

This was just a fun, middle grade romp.  I really enjoyed and will be reading more in the series.

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text 2018-07-25 16:56
Reading progress update: I've read 72%.
Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School) - Jen Calonita

Never send a hero to do a villain’s job.

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