Tag Archives: Fairytale

Jack and the Beanstalk

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Title: Jack and the Beanstalk

Author: Retold by Vera Southgate

Publisher: Ladybird/Ladybird Tales

Number of pages: 10/47

Type of Book: Fiction; Fairytale

Age: 0 – 4

Available here: http://www.learnington-ng.com/literature/220-jack-and-the-beanstalk-a-touch-and-feel-book-.html; https://www.laternabooks.com/laterna_product_details.php?v=12878&c=111; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jack-Beanstalk-Ladybird-Touch-Fairy/dp/1409304515; Free Download here: https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/sites/kids/files/attachment/stories-jack-and-the-beanstalk-transcript-final-2012-09-21.pdf

Price: N1000; N650; 2.80GBP

MY SUMMARY

Jack, a poor little boy lived with his mother on a farm. One day, his mother sent him to the market to sell their most prized possession, a cow. Jack however, traded the cow for some bean seeds. His poor mother, angry at the boy, threw the beans out the widow and sent the boy to sleep. The following morning, a beanstalk that reached far into the sky had grown right outside the window. Jack climbed up the stalk into the sky to find a beautiful castle in the clouds, a golden goose that laid golden eggs and a harp that played itself. Read the story to find out what happened when the owner of the castle, a giant, caught Jack trying to run away with his prized possessions.

One of the most popular lines from the story is the giant’s, “Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum!”

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This is a great introduction to the world of fairytales. Jack’s story is a great adventure story that all kids will love. It’s a board book so it’s sturdy and will survive bites, spills and dunks in water. I recommend this book for all kids aged 0 to 4! Older kids can read this too.

DOWN: None

RATING

4.5 Stars.

TRIVIA

  1. This story was first told over 5,000 years ago.

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here: https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/sites/kids/files/attachment/stories-jack-and-the-beanstalk-transcript-final-2012-09-21.pdf
  2. Listen to the story here: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories/jack-and-the-beanstalk
  3. Read the play here: http://www.grandviewlibrary.org/ReadersTheater/JackBeanstalk/JackBeanStalk.pdf
  4. Activities here: http://www.penguinreaders.com/pdf/downloads/pyr/factsheets/9780582428591.pdf
  5. Watch a video here:

CHALLENGE: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw and colour the picture of the beanstalk on the cover of the book (4 year olds)

OR

  1. Identify and colour Jack (2-3 year olds)

https://pintsizedbookworms.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/703e4-jack-and-the-beanstalk.jpg

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 2 – 4 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, June 8th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

THE LITTLE BLUE COW by Thecla Ojeifo

 

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The Gingerbread Man

Title: The Gingerbread Man

Author: Ladybird

Publisher: Ladybird

Number of pages: 10

Type of Book: Fiction; Fairytale

Age: 0 – 4

Available here: http://www.learnington-ng.com/activity/17-touch-and-feel-book-gingerbread-man.html; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gingerbread-Man-Ladybird-Touch-Fairy/dp/1409304469

Price: N1000; 5.99GBP

MY SUMMARY

Imagine it’s your daughter’s birthday and you’ve just baked the perfect Disney princess cake for her. Then as soon as you open the oven, ZOOM!!! the Princess cake jumps off the pan and dashes out of your kitchen. Impossible right? Not in this book. In this book, an old lady baked a gingerbread cookie in the shape of a man and as soon as she opened the oven to take it out, the cookie got up and took off. The old lady gave chase, followed by her husband, then a pig, a cow, and a horse but the cookie refused to be caught and eaten. Read the book to find out what became of the gingerbread man!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This is a great book for toddlers! It introduces kids to the wonderful world of fairy tales! It has vibrant illustrations and different touch and feels on every page to introduce your toddler to textures. I recommend this book for all kids aged 0 to 4! It’s a board book so it’s sturdy and will survive bites, spills and dunks in water.

DOWN: I didn’t like the end.

RATING

4.5 Stars.

TRIVIA

  1. This story was first published in 1875![1]

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/stories/folktale/gingerbreadman/story/
  2. Create your own Gingerbread Man story book here: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/stories/folktale/gingerbreadman/story/print.shtml

CHALLENGE: The Gingerbread Man

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw and colour the gingerbread man on the cover of the book (4 year olds)

OR

  1. Identify and colour the Gingerbread Man (2-3 year olds)

http://www.supercoloring.com/sites/default/files/styles/coloring_medium/public/cif/2015/11/christmas-gingerbread-man-coloring-page.png

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 2 – 4 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, May 17th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS

 

 

 

 

 

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gingerbread_Man

 

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The Three Little Pigs

Title: The Three Little Pigs

Author: Janet Brown

Publisher: Armadillo Books

Number of pages: 24

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic; Fairytale

Age: 0 – 4

Available here: https://www.laternabooks.com/laterna_product_details.php?v=13019&c=111; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Little-Pigs-First-Reading/dp/1861473966?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Price: N700; 3.99GBP

MY SUMMARY

Enter the big bad wolf! In this retelling of the classic fairytale, three little pigs try to save themselves from the big bad wolf. The first two pigs make houses of straw and wood respectively and are eaten by the wolf who huffs and puffs and destroys their houses before eating them. The third little pig however outsmarts the wolf. Read the book to find out/remember how the third little pig escaped the big bad wolf and what became of the wolf.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This is a great book. Using lively illustrations and simple diction, it encourages children to read. The icing on the cake? It also teaches children to write and observe. It features some writing exercises and games (like spot-the-difference)! I recommend this book for all kids aged 0 to 4!

DOWN: None!!!

RATING

4 Stars.

TRIVIA

  1. The original fairytale is over a hundred years old! The first printed version was made in the 1840s![1]

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here: http://grundschule.bildung-rp.de/fileadmin/user_upload/grundschule.bildung-rp.de/Downloads/Fremdsprachen/Unterrichtsbeispiele/three_little_pigs/Material-Fairytales.pdf
  2. Watch a video here:

CHALLENGE: The Three Little Pigs

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Identify 3 plants and 3 animals in the picture (4 year olds)

http://www.hellokids.com/c_4781/coloring-pages/disney-coloring-pages/three-little-pigs-coloring-pages/fifer-fiddler-and-edmund-scare-the-wolf

OR

  1. Identify and colour the pigs (2-3 year olds)

http://www.hellokids.com/c_4781/coloring-pages/disney-coloring-pages/three-little-pigs-coloring-pages/fifer-fiddler-and-edmund-scare-the-wolf

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 2 – 4 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, May 10th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

THE GINGERBREAD MAN by Ladybird

 

 

 

 

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Little_Pigs

 

The Little Mermaid

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Title: The Little Mermaid

Author: Hans Christian Andersen

Publisher: Usborne Publishing/ Hythloday
Press

Number of pages: 48/80

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here:

http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/the-little-mermaid-young-reading-series-1/; http://www.amazon.com/Little-Mermaid-Original-Illustrations/dp/0615963943/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461935499&sr=1-4&keywords=the+little+mermaid; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Mermaid-Young-Reading-Packs/dp/0746085338/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461798575&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=the+little+mermaid+suborn+young+reading+series+one;

Free Download here: http://hca.gilead.org.il/li_merma.html

Price: N580; $4.00

MY SUMMARY

The little mermaid, the last and the prettiest of the six daughters of the Sea-King, wants more than anything to rise out of the ocean and see the earth and humans! When finally gets the chance to rise out of the ocean on her fifteenth birthday, she stumbles upon a party on a ship and falls in love with the celebrant, a prince. Suddenly she desperately wants to exchange her fish tail for a pair of legs, to be human. Unbeknownst to her family, she visits the Sea-Witch who grants her wish, on one condition. Read the book to find out how she finally meets the Prince and if they lived happily every after.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: The original version of this story is replete with vital lessons for children. Young readers learn the advantages of being content, the consequences of disobedience, the importance of love and the soul, etc.

DOWN: The Disney version though it has a happier ending is a bit shallow compared to the original version.

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This story has had at least three different versions with three different endings. In some versions, the prince marries someone else and the little mermaid dies of a broken heart, in the original version, the prince marries someone else and the little mermaid joins the ‘Daughters of the Air’, a group of ethereal spirits and in Disney’s version, she marries the prince and they live happily ever after!
  2. The little mermaid is called ‘the little mermaid in some versions, Melody in others and Ariel by Disney.
  3. In the story, the little mermaid had the finest voice in the world!

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  • Watch a video here (Disney’s version):

CHALLENGE: The Little Mermaid

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Read the story here: http://hca.gilead.org.il/li_merma.html (version 1)

Answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  • How many sisters does the little mermaid have?
  • What did the little mermaid give to the Sea-Witch in exchange for a pair of legs?
  • Who are the Daughters of the Air?

OR

  1. Draw and colour the little mermaid (4-5 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, May 3rd 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare

 

 

 

Afro: The Girl with the Magical Hair

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Title: Afro: The Girl with the Magical Hair

Author: Okechukwu Ofili

Publisher: Farafina Tuuti

Number of pages: 60

Type of Book: Fiction; African

Age: 5 – 8

Available here: https://www.konga.com/afro-the-girl-with-the-magical-hair-2087783

Price: N1000

MY SUMMARY

Imagine a kingdom filled with girls and women with pin-straight weaves: Yackiland. Imagine a girl in this kingdom with the biggest, fullest, curliest, afro; so huge that it could cause a hairclipse (yep! It could block out sunlight): Afro. Afro was bullied and or ignored by the female folk in Yackiland because she was different. Her hair wasn’t pin-straight like the Kanek weave, it grew upwards instead of downward and it was too thick! So she kept to herself, playing with her hair and reading books. Then one day, everything changed. The people of Kanek ran out of hair to sell to the Yackilanders. All of a sudden, people liked Afro and her hair, especially when they discovered that her hair was magical: it had healing powers.

But the evil queen wasn’t happy with the turn of events. She kidnapped Afro and hid her in a hole in the ground, determined to keep Afro’s magical hair and its healing powers to herself.

Then Prince came along …

Read this book to find out how Afro, Prince and all the Yackilanders escaped the clutches of the evil queen … if they did *smiles

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This is definitely the best AND the quirkiest adaptation of the fairytale ‘Rapunzel’ that I have ever read. It satisfies all the basic requirements for a classic fairytale: good guys, bad guys, magic, bad guys are justly rewarded and the good guys live happily ever after (except when Prince snored and Afro “accidentally” shocked him awake!)

I loved the illustrations too! Especially the one on page 51! (Now you have to buy the book to find out!)

Other highlights were Afro’s full name: OhMyGoodnessDidYouSeeThatGirlsAfro, then the hurray for Afro hair and the display of Ankara.

I recommend this book for kids who have read the fairytale ‘Rapunzel’, (they would appreciate the twists) and those who haven’t because it’s a great story nonetheless.

DOWN: None

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. How long was the evil queen’s hair? It was so long that it took a full minute for the hair to trail into a room behind her.    
  2. Afro’s full name?
  3. Why did people travel from all over Yackiland to see Afro? To see her magical hair and experience its healing power.
  4. What was the secret to Afro’s hair? A mixture of natural oils and raw eggs.
  5. What weird ingredients went into the evil queen’s relaxer? Acid, baby tears, bleach, lizard tails, rotten eggs and snake eyes.
  6. How did Prince find Afro? He heard singing then rapping coming from the ground in the forest!

Bonus: One more thing about Afro’s hair: It had static electricity, it could shock people!

Read an excerpt here: http://ofilispeaks.com/afrobook/

CHALLENGE: Afro: The Girl with the Magical Hair

CREATE (WRITE OR DRAW)

  1. Write a 500-word adaptation of a well-known fairy tale.

OR

  1. Draw (and name) 2 similarities and 2 differences between Afro’s story and Rapunzel’s story.

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 5 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Wednesday, December 9th 2015

Next Book of the Week:

MAYOWA AND THE MASQUERADES by Lola Shoneyin

NB (just for the mummies): Did you notice the ‘Kili Kili Star’ dress on the cover?

 

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