Reading Notes: More English Fairy Tales, Part B

As always, I really enjoyed reading the fairy tales for this week. In The Children in the Wood, I loved the poetic feeling. The author told this story through rhymes, making it much more fun to read. The structure made it very easy to follow along with the story, and the rhyming was very much organized. I’m not a very poetic writer, or I haven’t had much practice with it, so that makes this story a really hard one to rewrite. I could tell the same story, but not focus on poetry.

In my opinion, the most unique story in this section was The King o’ the Cats. First of all, I loved the picture that was chosen, as I automatically liked it at first glance. The story got a bit confusing with the characters, Tom and Tim being so familiar. I was confused at the idea of the black cats carrying the coffins in synchronous movement, but it made more sense in the end. If I were to use this story to write with, I’d basically just keep the idea of the black cats (I absolutely love black cats). I could have a different journey as the main focus, and the nine cats could tell a story about their nine lives. Maybe one of the cats could be near the end of their ninth life, and that’s why the coffin is being carried. The youngest of all cats could then save the cat on the ninth life, and then be named the king of the cats!

The most enjoyable story to read in this section was Old Mother Wiggle-Waggle. The structure of this story was very similar to the first story I discussed. The rhyming was super amazing, so I’d love to try something like that (though I’ve never tried). I could also use the story like the first one, and tell it not in rhythmatic structure.


More English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs (1894). Illustrations by John Batten. This story can be accessed online here.

Image one: Located in More English Fairy Tales unit in the story The King o’ the Cats. The photo can be accessed here.

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