Sunday, May 30, 2010

Top 5 fairytales

List by Kalani
Compiled by Tosca

"If you can see the magic in a fairytale, you can face the future."
- Danielle Steel

My mum read fairytales to my siblings and myself as children and, as a result, I am a longtime fan of Hans Christian Andersen's stories. Even though they were desperately sad. Heck, maybe because they were so desperately sad. Kalani, however, enjoys fairytales with happier endings - even if someone has to smooch a slimy, pond dwelling creature to get there! His favourite teacher, Miss Damon, has been reading fairytales to the class over the last couple of months and these are Kalani's favourites. Complete with unedited comments. Two stories have wolves, one has a sneaky blonde, one features a giant and one sees a princess playing kissy face with a frog. All, as Kalani has pointed out, live happily ever after (unless you're a giant, or a wolf...). Feel free to leave your own Top 5 fairytales as a comment - or even your own favourite Hans Christian Andersen tales :)

The three little pigs
The three little pigs are excited. They have built a new home - one of straw, one of sticks and one of bricks. But what will happen when the big bad wolf decides to visit?

Kalani's note: I like when the wolf tries to blow the houses down. I like wolves. Even though stories make them look bad.

Goldilocks and the three bears
When the three bears go for a family stroll while their porridge cools, naughty little Goldilocks sees her chance to sneak into their house and play amongst the bears' things. But what will happen when the bears return?

Kalani's note: It's a funny story. I like the part where she goes into their house and eats their porridge. It's a good story for a book but a bad story for people because we're not allowed to just go in people's houses without asking.

Little Red Riding Hood
A sweet little girl meets a hungry wolf in the forest while on her way to visit her grandmother.

Kalani's note: It's got a wolf! The wolf eats the granny and that's funny. Then the woodsman comes along and chops the wolf open. Whack! Yeah!

Jack and the beanstalk
A boy climbs to the top of a giant beanstalk where he uses his quick wits to outsmart an ogre and make his and his mother's fortune. Includes historical notes on versions of this tale.

Kalani's note: The big giant smells Jack and chases him down the beanstalk and Jack has to use the axe. Chop!

The princess and the frog
This story is about how a princess breaks a spell and rescues a prince who had been turned into a frog by an evil witch.

Kalani's note: Funny! The frog turns into a prince and he lives happily ever after with the princess. But in a castle. Not the pond. Because that would be stink. She has to kiss him first, though. Eww! I saw the new Disney 'The princess and the frog' - the one with music. It was good!

Tosca's note: Kalani means 'The princess and the frog' animated musical set in New Orleans featuring the voices of John Goodman, Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Terrence Howard and others. Features fantastic New Orleans style jazz tracks.

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