by Jon Scieszka
illustrated by Lane Smith
A couple of months ago during library storytime, the librarian chose a book that varied from the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood. When the story began to depart from the traditional telling, I heard a 'pop' and looked over just in time to see a little 3 year old's boots follow his head to smack down hard onto the carpet. He couldn't go on. The story was not right and he could not continue to remain in the room with that book.
Although this case is the most extreme example I've seen in a child trying to deal with changes to a familiar story, it definitely isn't the first. Changing a tale and encouraging your child to alter a story will foster creativity and freedom in writing...and maybe a little tolerance?
This book is a great way to teach about different points of view. Apply the same idea to another classic fairy tale. What if Cinderella's stepsisters were the nice ones? Kids love role play--especially if you're involved. Act it out and see what happens!
I'd be surprised if most or all of you haven't already read or heard of this book, but thought I'd post it as a reminder to read it and love it all over again.
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