Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.
This week’s list is all about novellas and short stories that we’ve enjoyed. I decided to put my own spin on this list as I don’t read a lot of novellas or short stories. I do, however, read a Fairy Tale/Folk Tale every Friday as part of my Fairy Tale Friday feature here on my blog. I thought I’d put together my favourite ten!
- The Basket Of Eggs– A cute little Easter story which I believe originates in Canada.
- The Tinderbox- Hans Christian Andersen- I’m sure I’d read this tale before, but it’s basically a happily ever after story involving a princess and a soldier!
- The Snow Queen– Hans Christian Andersen- I hadn’t read the real version of this tale before and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
- The Princess and The Pea– Hans Christian Andersen- Another popular one! I used this one in my class recently and the children absolutely loved it.
- The Red Shoes– Hans Christian Andersen- A pretty grim story involving feet being chopped off, but I loved the concept!
- The Little Match Girl- Hans Christian Andersen- This story is so very sad but beautiful tale.
- The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces/Twelve Dancing Princesses– Grimm Tales-This one was familiar to me and I loved it.
- Rumpelstiltskin- Grimm Tales- I love the original Rumpelstiltskin. He was such a stupid character!
- Snow White– Grimm Tales- Loved reading the original and comparing it to the Disney tale!
- Rapunzel– Grimm Tales- It’s definitely not like Tangled.
What did you do for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!
I’ve read 5 more books with my class and thought I’d share them with you today. At the moment I teach 6-7 year olds. We’re currently making our way through a book for pleasure (these books have had either a writing or reading purpose) but I’ll mention it when we finish! 🙂
Last Stop On Market Street- Matt De La Pena
This is such a sweet story. It’s about a young boy who doesn’t appreciate what he has until he is shown how privileged he really is. I used it to get the children to think about how lucky they were and to compare the main character’s area to their own!
The Utterly Otterleys- Mairi Hedderwick
A cute story all about otters who try to find a new home but realise there wasn’t anything wrong with theirs in the first place. It’s adorable. Again, it’s about being grateful for what you have.
The Princess and The Pea- Hans Christian Andersen
I was inspired to use this book recently when I attended a course. It’s a well known fairy tale (I love fairy tales… see Fairy Tale Friday…) and I think it’s so important that children still read or are read these classics.
The Pea And The Princess- Mini Grey
I read the children this book before they created their own story of The Pea and The Princess. You won’t believe the quality writing I got out of this task!
Tidy- Emily Gravett
This has been our latest read. It was ever so sweet. It’s about Pete the badger, who wants to keep the forest tidy. He ends up covering it in concrete but soon realises that was a very bad idea…
This is my last fairy tale in my Classic Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. I’ve enjoyed exploring his tales, some of which were completely new to me.
This week I read Grandmother. It’s all about an old lady who loves to look at a rose. She keeps it in her hymn book as it makes her relive the past. Grandmother dies and a rose tree is planted in memory of the dear lady. The preserved dust (and Grandmother!) eventually turn to dust, but everyone’s memories of the rose and Grandmother still remain.
Next Fairy Tale- A Year of Fairy Tales begins…
This is a strange little fairy tale. It actually made me a little uncomfortable! I’m not a big fan of stories that promote people knowing best. We all mistakes and no one is perfect. But chill, Chrissi, it’s only a story. It’s about a farmer who goes off to market to sell his horse. His wife gives him a kiss goodbye and tells him to do whatever he wants because he always knows best. (!?)
The farmer trades the horse for a cow, the cow for a sheep and then the sheep for a goose. The goose is then traded for a hen and the hen for some rotting apples. He takes the apples because he tells the traders that his wife will always think he’s done the right thing. The people that traded the rotten apples with him are sure that he’s going to get beaten by his wife. They place a bet with the farmer that he’ll be in trouble with his wife. They owe him gold if they are wrong. The men go home with the farmer, fully expecting him to be rollicked by his wife. However, his wife must truly love him because she’s thrilled with his trade. She tells him how she wants to give the apples to the school-mistress some apples because nothing grows in her garden. The men are blown away by the wife’s positive attitude and gladly hand over the gold!
Next Fairy Tale (My last Hans Christian Andersen!)- Grandmother
No, no. This isn’t The Philosopher’s Stone that you might think it could be. This is Hans Christian Andersen’s version. It’s all about a wise man who lives in a giant tree called the Tree of the Sun. He has five kids including four sons and a daughter. The daughter is blind. The wise man’s sons go out to look for the philosopher’s stone. Each son goes out to look for the philosopher’s stone. Each son fails. They are either tricked by the Devil or loses sight of their quest. The girl, the least expected, does a few good deeds and is able to get her brothers to return to her and her father. The story is all about having faith and belief.
Next Fairy Tale- What The Old Man Does Is Always Right
This week’s fairy tale was called The Money-Pig. It is also known as The Piggy Bank. It centres around some toys in a child’s room. They want to play at being human. I always imagined this was exactly what happened when I left my room when I was younger! 🙂 The high up piggy bank on the shelf didn’t speak to the other toys and didn’t want to join in with their games. The piggy bank has a great fall and breaks open, spilling its coins everywhere. The next day, it is replaced by a new one, but it’s completely empty! Perhaps it taught the old one a lesson not to be too above its station!
Next Fairy Tale- The Philosopher’s Stone (No, not that one…)
This week’s fairy tale is also known as A Story From The Dunes. It was a very odd tale with a lot of death in it. Cheery, hey?
It centres around a young couple living in Spain. The couple are sent to Stockholm and then St. Petersburg. The couple are very religious and dedicated to God. On their travels, the ship they are travelling on is wrecked. The wife survives and is found on the coast of Jutland. The wife gives birth to a baby boy and then dies. A fisherman and his wife take the boy in and name him Jorgen. This all happens along the sandhills.
When Jorgen grows up he begins to explore the world and goes to sea as a cabin boy. Jorgen sails to Spain and feels like he belongs there. Jorgen inherits his foster father’s house and being kind and lovely he gives it to his best friend so his best friend can marry his love. In a strange turn of events, Jorgen’s best friend is murdered. Everyone thinks that Jorgen had something to do with it because he quite fancied his best friend’s girl. Jorgen is locked up until they find the real murderer.
A merchant takes in Jorgen and looks after him. Poor Jorgen’s luck doesn’t change because he falls in love with the merchant’s daughter and then she dies in a shipwreck despite Jorgen’s best efforts to save her. Jorgen is hit in the head by some wood and is never quite Jorgen-like again. The merchant’s family continue to look after Jorgen but they die too. It seems like everyone in Jorgen’s life is dying. Jorgen has a vision in a church where he marries his intended in front of his foster family. Jorgen dies! 😦 The church is buried amongst the sandhills… so at least he has a nice place to rest?!
Next Fairy Tale- The Money-Pig