30 January 2014

Book Talk Thursday - Folktales

Happy Thursday Friends!

Have you seen the Atlanta area on the news lately? Gosh, what a mess! A 17 mile drive, and normal 45-60 minute commute took me 9 hours yesterday! Insane! Even crazier? I was one of the lucky ones! So many people ended up stranded, stuck, out of gas, no food, and so on. I must say, I think I drove the roads like a champ considering my area of expertise is hurricanes and tornados. On a bright note, we had no school yesterday and no school today. Still waiting on the ruling for tomorrow. I'm so glad my sweet teammate and friend Chandra (who is quite pregnant) and I were able to stick together on the roads since we live pretty close to each other.

So, since I missed the last book talk I have quite a few recommendations for you guys! Are ELA unit this 9 weeks focuses on Folktales, fairy tales, and fables, so I thought I'd share some of my absolute faves! We work on comparing and contrasting different versions of various stories which I just love!

The Princess and the Pea - A tale of a prince looking for his princess. How can be so sure the princess that shows up at his door one night is the real deal? Well, have her sleep on a heap of mattresses with a single pea placed underneath!

The Three Little Pigs - Three pigs, each building a house from different materials, but can they withstand the huffing and puffing of the wolf to blow them away?

Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Wandering through the woods, Goldilocks gets hungry and tired. She decides to stop at the Bears' house, where she eats their porridge, sits in their chairs, and sleeps in their beds.


Gerald McDermott, an author has a lot of tales from various lands/cultures. All are absolutely wonderful, and his books are favorites of my students. Below are some of my favorites.

In addition, I very much enjoy these books to help teach about the "folktale world" (fairy tales, fables, tall tales, myths, legends, etc...)


There are so many others that are just beautifully written, and that I love to read with my students. Do you use any of these books? I'd love to know what some of your favorite folktales are that you share with your class!


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