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October 2, 2018

13 Books That Put a Spin on Classic Fairy Tales

By The Scholastic Editors
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    Fairy tales are a great way to get students hooked on reading and language. Students fall in love with these classic stories at a young age, and then when they come to school, they’re excited to read and interpret them for themselves. As a result, the natural love students have for fairy tales keeps students engaged through reading after reading, and students ultimately learn how to identify and communicate the central themes hidden within, which only strengthens their love.

    But sometimes it’s fun — and these 13 books listed below do exactly that. After reading and rereading a few twists on classic stories, students will see them in a new light and may even be inspired to find new ways to put a spin on the fairy tales they love so much.

    1. Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries (Grades PreK–K)

    Sick of eating beans, Jack climbs his beanstalk to find something more delicious to eat.

    2. Little Tales: The Little Red Hen Bakes Some Bread (Grades PreK–K)

    The Little Red Hen bakes some bread, and her lazy friends want some, too.

    3. Abuelo and the Three Bears / Abuelo y los tres osos (Grades PreK–1)

    Presented in English and Spanish, the story of Goldilocks gets a new heroine.

    4. Maria Had A Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita (Grades PreK–1)

    A classic rhyme with a twist, this retelling features gorgeous, Peruvian-inspired illustrations.

    5. Little Red Hot (Grades K–2)

    In this reinvention of a classic, a hot pepper pie steals the show.

    6. Little Red's Riding 'Hood (Grades K–2)

    This classic tale is revved up with an exciting twist.

    7. The Three Ninja Pigs (Grades K–2)

    The martial arts come in handy for the three little pigs in this retelling.

    8. The Great Fairy Tale Disaster (Grades 1–2)

    Facing failure in his role in The Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf looks for another fairy tale to star in.

    9. Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears (Grades 1–2)

    Every family wants to start a band, but these three bears need a lead singer.

    10. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig (Grade 2)

    This classic fairy tale features a classic role reversal.

    11. What Really Happened to Humpty? (Grades 1–3)

    Will the great mystery finally be solved?

    12. The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma (Grades 1–4)

    This back-and-forth retelling is sure to become a class favorite.

    13. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! (Grades 2–4)

    Of course there’s more to this story. This is what really happened.

     

     

    Fairy tales are a great way to get students hooked on reading and language. Students fall in love with these classic stories at a young age, and then when they come to school, they’re excited to read and interpret them for themselves. As a result, the natural love students have for fairy tales keeps students engaged through reading after reading, and students ultimately learn how to identify and communicate the central themes hidden within, which only strengthens their love.

    But sometimes it’s fun — and these 13 books listed below do exactly that. After reading and rereading a few twists on classic stories, students will see them in a new light and may even be inspired to find new ways to put a spin on the fairy tales they love so much.

    1. Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries (Grades PreK–K)

    Sick of eating beans, Jack climbs his beanstalk to find something more delicious to eat.

    2. Little Tales: The Little Red Hen Bakes Some Bread (Grades PreK–K)

    The Little Red Hen bakes some bread, and her lazy friends want some, too.

    3. Abuelo and the Three Bears / Abuelo y los tres osos (Grades PreK–1)

    Presented in English and Spanish, the story of Goldilocks gets a new heroine.

    4. Maria Had A Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita (Grades PreK–1)

    A classic rhyme with a twist, this retelling features gorgeous, Peruvian-inspired illustrations.

    5. Little Red Hot (Grades K–2)

    In this reinvention of a classic, a hot pepper pie steals the show.

    6. Little Red's Riding 'Hood (Grades K–2)

    This classic tale is revved up with an exciting twist.

    7. The Three Ninja Pigs (Grades K–2)

    The martial arts come in handy for the three little pigs in this retelling.

    8. The Great Fairy Tale Disaster (Grades 1–2)

    Facing failure in his role in The Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf looks for another fairy tale to star in.

    9. Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears (Grades 1–2)

    Every family wants to start a band, but these three bears need a lead singer.

    10. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig (Grade 2)

    This classic fairy tale features a classic role reversal.

    11. What Really Happened to Humpty? (Grades 1–3)

    Will the great mystery finally be solved?

    12. The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma (Grades 1–4)

    This back-and-forth retelling is sure to become a class favorite.

    13. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! (Grades 2–4)

    Of course there’s more to this story. This is what really happened.

     

     

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