Fairy Tale Friday- The Frog Prince

This story is such a well known classic, but it’s been a while since I read it. I was super happy to read it for this week’s fairy tale feature.

It centres around a lonely princess who was playing with her golden ball in the palace garden. A stag got in her way, causing her to miss the catch and lose her ball into a pond. The princess couldn’t even see a glimpse of it and started to cry. A frog jumped out of the water. She was repulsed as she didn’t like slimy creatures. Surprisingly, the frog opened its mouth to speak to her. It asked her why she was sad. The princess told her about the ball. The frog told her that if she promised to love him and let him sit at her table, eat from her plate, sip from her cup and sleep on her pillow then he’d get the all for her. The princess promised as the golden ball was such a special present from her father. Before long, the frog had retrieved the ball for her.

At supper the next day, the princess heard a croak at her feet. She was reminded of the promise she had made to the frog. Her father was puzzled and the princess had to tell her about her promise. He insisted that she had to keep the promise that she had made. The princess told her father that she couldn’t bear to pick the frog up. Her father was disappointed with her, so she did as she was asked. Each thing that she had promised, the princess had to do, even if it repulsed her.

The frog was sad the next morning and the princess couldn’t understand why. She had done everything that he had asked. She asked him why he was so sad and he questioned if she loved him. The princess realised much the frog had done for her, how he’d dived into the pond, how he’d searched for her and she’d treated him nastily. She scooped him up and saw his gentle eyes and kind heart. As she kissed his tiny green head, he transformed into a prince. The prince told her how he’d been under a spell and her love had set him free. The princess was so astonished. The prince thanked her for keeping her promise to him! (Even if it took her a while to see past his appearance!) ❤

An extract from A Year Full of Stories, by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Christopher Corr (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2016)   

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Fairy Tale/Folk Tale Friday- The Magic Porridge Pot

I adore this sweet little story which always makes me feel warm inside! 🙂 I’ve shared it with my class before and they adore it too. I’m pretty sure you’ll have heard of this story before. It’s mega popular.

It centres around Hans who comes from a poor family. He is walking to school one day when he meets an old woman. She asks for some food and he shares his only crust of bread with her. On the way home, he meets her again. She hands him a cooking pot and tells him that it’s a thank you for his kindness. She tells him to tap it and say ‘Cook, little pot, cook.’ She said it will give them as much porridge as they wish. If they want it to stop they have to say ‘Stop, little pot, stop!’ Hans thanked her and took the pot home.

Hans showed his mother and his brother Fritz. From that day on, they never had to go hungry again. Sometimes they stirred in jam or berries. Sometimes they invited their neighbours in.

One morning when Hans was at school, Fritz decided he wanted more porridge. His mother was outside so he took advantage of that. The porridge kept on cooking. He didn’t notice until he had licked his bowl clean. ‘Stop cooking pot!’ he said, but the pot didn’t stop. It spilled onto the stove and onto the kitchen floor. Fritz started to cry and his mother came in to see what had happened. She said ‘Stop, porridge pot, stop!’ The pot kept cooking. It flooded the kitchen and flowed out through the back door. It kept on spreading. The villagers were alarmed as the porridge oozed into their homes. The children could make porridge snowmen but soon the porridge was too thick to play in. It flowed all the way to the school.

Hans could smell the porridge. He ran out of school and realised what had hapened. He couldn’t get home to set things right. However, a gust of wind gave him an idea. He got a kite that they’d been making at school. He threw it into the village which the wind then took into the sky. He grabbed its tail and held on until he was at his own porridge garden. He tapped the porridge pot and said ‘Stop, little pot, stop!’ It stopped cooking at one.

It took many days to eat their way through the porridge and nobody in that village, except Hans and his family, ever ate porridge again!

An extract from A Year Full of Stories, by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Christopher Corr (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2016)   

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