Guest Author - Siobhain M Cullen
Fairy tales for children just have to have a princess in the opinions of some little kindergarten people!If they're into princess dress-up, then it's even more important and the more princesses in the fairytale the better! So how about a dozen? Think of all those costumes! Enough glittery, sparkly floaty fairytale costumes for a classful - nearly!And if they dance also...well...the kids are spoilt for choice in dressing up!
Vintage Collectible Hardcover Version Of The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Well this particular traditional tale has twelve - yes, it's The Twelve Dancing Princesses! Princess stories for kids are always popular and can enhance even kindergarten dramatic play and pre-reading skills as the pre-schoolers re-enact the storyline or try to predict the coming text as the teacher or parent reads. Independent readers will also enjoy the fairy tale for its narrative, creativity, imagination and beautiful artistic illustrations.
The Twelve Dancing Princesses is one of the most loved of all the old and best-known fairytales, an impressive accomplishment for the brothers Grimm who first set it down over one hundred and seventy years ago.
The story concerns a loving (but controlling?) dad,the king, who insists on locking his daughters into their bedchamber every night - for safe-keeping. Yet, the kids will be agog to hear, every morning twelve dainty pairs of satin dancing slippers (all in different shiny pastel colors probably) are all worn out! How could this happen?
Well, certain princes try to solve the mystery one by one but they all fail...until peasant boy Michael comes along. In one of the best and most beautifully illustrated versions of the story ever produced,Anne Carter and Anne Dalton unravel the story in exquisite style.
In a book with pretty silky ballet shoes and ribbons sprinkled all around the cream cover, the tale unfolds with dreamy illustrations of pink billowing ballgowns, shiny golden hair,breezy mountains and cloud-reflecting lakes. The pictures show spiral staircases, castles and cheeky pages carrying trays.
Poor Michael of course, follows the princesses as they disappear through a wall
'into a beautiful wood, where the trees were all of silver and shone like water in the cold moonlight.'
Drawn up on the other side of a glassy lake there were
'twelve little boats, each with a little lantern in the stern' and each with its own handsome prince as gondolier to navigate. Silver trays, crystal goblets and a star-lit lakeside picnic decorate an ending which presents a spell-binding trap for Michael....