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Posted: February 21st, 2012
Fractured fairy tales — the good stuff

The popularity of “Once Upon A Time”– that ABC- TV show that illustrates fairy tales — sparked interest in the old fairy tales I read my kids, and the ones we saw on TV. Some of these tales are spookier than I expected, and they don’t all have happy endings.

I prefer happy endings, so I like revisiting “Fractured Fairy tales” — the ones that go way back to Rocky and Bullwinkle. They are hilarious takes on the original stories. Read “Hansel and Gretel” — it beats the real one. You can buy the book, filled with all 25 tales by A. J. Jacobs for about $11, right here.

I also found some funny fairy tales in the library. ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” by A. Wolf was laugh-out-loud funny. A. Wolf debunks the story that he killed the pigs. My kids and I read that repeatedly.

Another series of fractured fairy tales that we read was a series of books my sister bought to torture me. Every page of a fairy tale offered choices of what you wanted to happen next, and it could take hours to read one of those books — not funny when the bedtime story turned into an adventure.

You might wonder why I’m stuck on fairy tales. I remember watching the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and realizing it was just a little too scary when the wolf swallows Grandma. My youngest was in shock. “He eat her??!!”

He was horrified. Thankfully, the woodcutter comes along, and well you know the rest of the story. I’d stick with Fractured Fairy tales. They make you laugh and always have happy endings.

 

 

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  1. I personally love fairy tales (I’ve even written a modern one), but I have read that some of today’s parents find fairy tales too scary to read to their kids – even seemingly innocuous ones like Cinderella or Little Red Riding Hood. I can hardly believe this when I see the violence of the cartoons they are making today! I’m glad you are still reading fairy tales to your little ones! I read to mine, too, and it’s like sharing a piece of my childhood. Some of the old stories are a little dark, but there are usually lessons to learn … and a little magic to spark the imagination!

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