Fractured Fairy Tales

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Fairy tales are our kindergartners’ favorite kind of stories and Kindergarten Planet and I loved sharing our favorite fairy tales with you. They provide a great way to learn more about storytelling. I especially like to read different variations of fairy tales so that students can learn comparing and contrasting. Fractured fairy tales are so fun because they take a story that you are familiar with, and twist it all up into something new! These 6 fractured fairy tales are favorites in my classroom library, and are sure to cause some giggles when comparing them to their original fairy tale inspirations!

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Fractured Fairy Tales are sure to inspire some giggles and fun when comparing them to their original fairy tale inspirations!

Fractured Fairy Tales

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs is a fun dino twist on the classic tale!

Well, as you can tell by the title… the characters have changed a little bit! Where are the bears? This story follows a similar line of events, but mainly – there are just dinosaurs instead of bears!

P.S. – many kids love hearing stories with dinosaurs!

Little Red Writing by Joan Holub

Little Red Writing is a fun read to incorporate into your writing block and works for many ages!

This isn’t your average Little Red Riding Hood. This is Little Red Writing, a little red pencil who finds her way through writing a story, even when confronted with the Wolf 3000 (a pencil sharpener!). This is a fun read to incorporate into your writing block too, and works for many ages! While the speech bubbles and pace of the story may seem like a lot for very young readers, my kids actually LOVE when I read stories with speech bubbles, and if it feels too long, we just come back to it later!

Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella by Jan Brett

Cinders revolves around a hen named Cinders and her Prince Cockerel.

We so enjoy reading Jan Brett stories in class! This story is not your average Cinderella (of course!) and actually revolves around a hen named Cinders, who is often picked on by her flock. But when Prince Cockerel sees her as the most beautiful hen at the ball, her life may just change!

The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Watch as the old man and the old woman decide to bake a girl instead of a boy in Gingerbread Girl!

I love Gingerbread stories. I seriously can’t wait until December each year when I can go gingerbread crazy! We read all the different variations of The Gingerbread Man every year. I was thrilled to find The Gingerbread Girl to add to my collection! This time the old man and the old woman (remember them?) decide to bake a girl. However, when they open the door, she runs off just like her brother did! Can you see where this is going? There is also a second story with Gingerbread Girl – The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers.

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig tells the story of little wolves building houses and trying to avoid the big bad pig.

This title alone immediately gets kids’ attention. “Wait, you said it wrong! It’s the three little PIGS!” Well, not in this story friends! This time it is three little wolves building a house, and they must be careful to avoid the Big Bad Pig.

Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians by Jackie Mims Hopkins

In Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians Goldie belongs to a family full of librarians.

This one is hilarious by the title alone. My students love when I say Goldie SOCKS. Gets them laughing every time! In this story, Goldie belongs to a family full of librarians. Well, li-BEARians to be exact. One day the family is gone, and Goldie takes time to just explore and read the many books in their house. She is so engrossed in books that she doesn’t hear them return! I love this story to share with kids the love of reading, and how even if they can’t yet read words, they are still readers and can fall in love with books!

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  1. We love fractured fairy tales! Some of our faces that were not mentioned: the gingerbread cowboy, Mary had a little lamp (they find this hilarious), three little fish and the big bad shark, Goldilocks and the three hares. So much fun!

    1. Hi Twila! I love The Gingerbread Cowboy – how could I forget that one? I am off to check out the other ones you mentioned too – I love adding more to my collection. Thanks so much for sharing your favorites!

  2. I enjoyed reading your book selections and totally forgot about The Gingerbread Girl! I also love the month of December because it is all things Gingerbread! You also shared a lot of stories that are new to me and I have to now check out. Thanks for sharing and being a great linky host!

    Kindergarten Planet

  3. I loved reading about all your books that you mentioned. I have heard of some of them, but many I haven’t heard of and I’m excited to check them out. Thanks for sharing! Kristi

  4. I LOVED reading about your favorite modern fairy tale books! You introduced me to lots of new books today, thank you so much! I really want to find ‘Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella’, that one sounds so cute!!
    I’m so glad you shared so many great selections with us, I had a wonderful time reading about them! Thank you so much for hosting this awesome linky, i’m going to be so sad when it’s over!! 🙂

    Kindergarten Dragons

    1. Thanks so much Erin! I am so glad you love the link up each week! We will miss it too – but are planning some seasonal ones in the future! Yes, definitely check out Cinders! I love fairy tales!

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