Guest Author - Siobhain M Cullen
Funny fairy tales for children can spark kids' interest in learning to read, write, draw and act - and this collection from writer Hilary Robinson and esteemed illustrator Nick Sharrat has the 'thumbs up' from both teachers and parents. Kindergarten pre-reading skills and preschool writing activities can be developed faster with the right teaching resources for literacy...and any children's book that can get kids attention, make them laugh and educate them will be loved both in the classroom and at home.If my article helps you today,you might like to bear this in mind when making any choices.
Mixed Up Fairy Tales Review
The first thing children will notice is the cover of Hilary Robinson's funny fairy tales for children. Bright red,tough and stoutly bound with spiral spine, it has a myriad of cheeky colourful cartoon faces peeking out - each one representing a different fairy tale character.Then, perhaps aided and abetted by an encouraging parent, they will turn the cover to find something very, very different from other fairy tales for children they may be used to!
The idea is that the child reader splits the stories and images using a kind of lift-the-flap technology to invent all-new incongruous or gruesome endings of their own choosing in order to create a new virtual world where anything can happen - with hysterical results! For example, with a certain combination of picture flaps, Goldilocks could end up eating Red Riding Hood's wolf, or Cinderella may find herself shimmying up a towering beanstalk. Childrens creativity is sparked as they try mixing up more and more characters or matching the wrong endings to otherwise innocuous stories.
During babyhood, toddler-hood and the pre-school years children are used to being reassured by everyday familiar routines and this helps them to become balanced, centred individuals ready for the big new world of 'real school.' However, as the end of this stage draws near, many pre-schoolers have become confident and even sassy with their new social and educational skills and they begin to enjoy a challenge where things are not always done by the book! Their sense of humour begins to develop and they start to enjoy altered versions of reality such as those found in fantasy stories and fairy tales where everyday things can be turned upside down. However, they are not ready to leave Mommy's apron strings just yet, and always like a reassuring ending where 'everybody gets home in time for tea!' The novelty of these funny fairy tales for children should fit the bill, as the child always stays in control....they can make a totally traditional, comforting regular fairy tale if they want, although this probably won't result in as many random zany stories and fits of the giggles.
Funny Fairy Tales For Children - Recommendations
Read-aloud and share
- From baby-hood. it's a tough book, but don't let baby try to eat it! Mom needs to keep a hold on it, due to the spiral spine.
- From about two years old. Children are picking up text and image interpretation all the time, even when they are just enjoying leafing through a book quietly when relaxing on their own - this book is engaging enough to be ideal for this.
'Sound-along with Mommy'
- From about three to four years old (keep it short but sweet - the main idea is that 'reading' should be fun, don't overdo the 'initial sounds coaching!')
Independent 'reading by heart' or beginning readers
- From Four to eight years old - each child learns at a different pace.
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