Fairy Tales - Children`s Literature

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Fairy Tales
Kayla Martin, Kristen
Marbury, Alexandra
McGarry, Jill Melanson
What is a Folktale?
A
tale circulated by word of mouth among the
common folk.
What is a Fable?
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fable is a brief, succinct story, in prose or verse,
that features animals, plants, inanimate objects, or
forces of nature which are given human qualities,
and that illustrates a moral lesson.
…… THEN WHAT IS A FAIRY TALE???
What is a Fairy Tale?
A
fairy tale is a kind of folktale or fable
usually intended for children, involving
fantastic forces and beings.
Examples of Popular Fairy Tales
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Cinderella
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Hansel and Gretel
Rumpelstiltskin
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Little Mermaid
Little Red Riding Hood
Sleeping Beauty
Thumbelina
Examples of Modern Fairy Tale
Books
 Ella
Enchanted
 The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales
 Beastly
 The Princess Bride
 Wicked
Elements of Fairy Tales
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Magic words or phrases (ex: “Once upon a time in
a land far far away”, “They lived happily ever
after”, etc.)
Monsters
Youngest vs. Oldest
Talking animals/objects
Sleep (death-like)
Guardians (ex. fairy godmothers)
Human strengths/powers and weaknesses
Cleverness/tricks/games
Struggle between good and evil, light versus dark
Impossible tasks
Quests and journeys
Distinguishing Features
Based on the definition, expected
elements, and your prior knowledge of
fairy tales what distinguishes it as its own
genre of children’s literature?
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What makes fairy tales different from
other genres of children’s literature?
What Makes for Excellence?
A
good, likeable character to root
for
 Exciting setting
 Good imagery
 Relatable characters
 Familiar plot
 A fresh take on the traditional tale
Old Tales Made New
Today, some authors still like to retell and invent
new fairy tales.
 The Cinderella story was recently re-imagined
by Diane Goode in her book Cinderella: The
Dog and Her Little Glass Slipper.
 Jon Scieszka's fractured fairy tales in The Stinky
Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales are
another example of a retelling but with
humor.
Different Cultures Same Tale
Japanese Cinderella
German Cinderella
In The Classroom!
A
sense of oral tradition
 Promotes creativity and imagination
 Pleasure reading
 Teach morals
Works Cited
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http://www.surfturk.com/mythology/fairytalee
lements.html
http://www.longlongtimeago.com/llta_fairyta
les.html
http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/fairytales-around-world#sect-activities
http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/fairytales
http://www.fairytales.co/popular_fairy_tales.h
tml
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