Thursday, 21 June 2012
Fairy Tales - all in one book
We are all familiar with the classic fairy stories, but there is so much more to the original versions.
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Sleeping Beauty did not just marry the handsome prince who woke her up and live happily ever after. Dear me, no.
There is a lot more to Puss in Boots than a pair of boots. What about the hungry snake or the rabbits?
Little Red Riding Hood - well what about the archery contest or the pet raven?
How do a young lady dressed in green and a shipwreck feature in Jack and his Beanstalk?
What was Goldilocks doing in the woods in the first place, and what did she do after she left the Three Bears?
What did Cinderella do with a hazel twig and what about all those peas?
The stories as we usually hear them today is a very much shortened version of the original.
Fairy Stories have been told for hundreds and hundreds of years. No one really knows when they started or who first wrote them - or told them I expect. They probably started before many people could read or write.
Anyway they have been told and retold and everyone who tells them alters them a little bit to suit themselves or to please the people listening.
So Grandma Chatterbox when she was younger (which was a long time ago) went round and about and over the hills and far away searching for the oldest versions of Fairy Tales which she could find.
So now Grandma Chatterbox is going to tell you Fairy Stories as close to the oldest versions that she can get. After all it is part of every child’s education to know all the traditional tales.
Grandma Chatterbox just loves the old stories, and simply adores telling them to young children. The vocabularly and grammar in these stories is specially adapted to be suitable to younger children. When your children get a little bit older and start to learn to read you will find that the vocabulary contains words that they will be learning. Increase the type size on your tablet or other device and you can read along with your children.
So, are you ready for a story? Good, then I will begin...
About the Author
Barbara Hayes has been a best selling author of children’s books and comics for more than 40 years. She has been published around the world and in numerous languages. And yes - she really is a Grandma!
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