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Reading Notes: English Fairy Tales, Part B

I love fairy tales so much! So many of these tales are so cute, it’s hard to decide which ones I would want to tie my story too!
For this reading, I decided that Henny-Penny would be a good tale to base a story off of. It’s just the cutest story ever, though the ending is somewhat sad! It reminds me of the Wizard of Oz by the groups they form along the way! Not to mention, all of the new characters names rhyme. That makes it so much more fun to read. I could re-create this story to where when Foxy-woxy takes the whole crowd to kill them basically, that another new character is there! I don’t want all of those characters to just have their necks snapped and die. The bad character needs some sort of backlash, and I think it’d be fitting for a new character to save the day. When Foxy-woxy takes them to HIS kingdom instead of to the king, Slimy-wimy the snake could be there (completely made up). Slimy-wimy could slither in right when Foxy-woxy snaps the first neck of the first character. He could then curl around the snapped neck and save the character, as well as the rest of the characters! [[This will probably be what I write my story over]]

Another really good fairy tale was Johnny-Cake. Oh so creative! What an interesting character Johnny-Cake is.  Another thought is instead of Slimy-wimy, I could use Johnny-Cake to join the two fairy tales together. He can jump out of a cake to save the day!

I think it’s interesting all of the rhymes that they came up with in all of the different fairy tales. I really enjoy fairy tales, and I just love the amount of characters and creativity that they come up with! The style is also so interesting. Definitely one of my favorite units!


English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. The story can be accessed here.

Image One: This picture was found from the Henny-Penny story and can be accessed here.

Reading Notes: English Fairy Tales, Part A

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The first thing I noticed after reading the English Tales was the language used. The language was odd, including words like “darter, ’em, etc.” Though some of the wording was strange, the reading was not at all hard to understand. In fact, it was easily understood. Of course my favorite tale was The Three Little Pigs. I loved the opening little rhyme used. I’d love to create something similar, though I’m not much of a poet. The story was the same as the one I heard. The first little pig begged a man for straw to build a house. The wolf came along begging to get in. The little pig said no. The wolf then blew the house down and ate the pig. The second pig built his house with furze. The wolf ended up blowing this house down as well. The third pig was smart, and built his house of bricks. When the wolf huffed and puffed to blow this house down, he failed. The wolf then tried to trick the pig out of the house. The pig ended up tricking the wolf with each new task. The pig won when the wolf went down the chimney into a pot of boiling water. I could change this story in so many ways! It’s such a classic, so it’d be hard to change, but very possible. I could make the three pigs different animals, and make the wolf a different animal. Or, I could have the wolf on a different mission that to kill the little pigs. Another part that I could change is the ending. Instead of the other 2 pigs being eaten by the wolf, they could be saved by the pig in the brick house! That way it’s a happy ending!

Another option: Maybe the story could have a twist to where the wolf was actually trying to help the ones living in dangerous houses.

I also enjoyed the story of The Old Woman and Her Pig.

It was really cool the continuance of the story. However, this one would be really tough to rewrite. I would use the same characters and ideas, but I wouldn’t make the play on words as they did in the text here. I absolutely love the last paragraph where everything just falls together. Each animal and object used in the story was able to be utilized in the continual degradation from one to the next. It would be so cool to do something like this!


English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. The story can be accessed here.

Image one: The Three Little Pigs by Wikimedia Commons.