Saturday, June 20, 2009

Story Hour

Last week, the 2nd graders from our small town school took a walk down the street to visit their local public library. The teacher indicated that they had been studying fairy tales all year, and asked that we read a fairy tale to them. After I read them The Irish Cinderlad, the teacher then asked them to discuss the schema of the story and compare it to other stories they had heard during the year. I was impressed! These kids were able to pick out themes, compare significant characters, and point out similarities between such tales as Puss N Boots, Jack and the Beanstalk, and St George slaying the dragon, not to mention Cinderella among others. This is a great story-- a gender twist on the traditional Cinderella. Jack the hero, has big feet, a mean step-mother, three mean ugly step-sisters, and a friendly bull instead of a fairy godmother. He manages to disarm a giant (and get his boots), slay a dragon, rescue a princess and save the town. In the process, he loses one of his boots, causing the princess to institute a kingdom wide search for the owner of the footwear. Sound familiar? It was a great story, a fun afternoon, and a rewarding sight to see our tax dollars raising a group of kids who were capable of reading and interpreting real literature. I look forward to seeing them in the library all summer.


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