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Lesson Plans

re:Fairy Tales

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Kerin Allen (
Mon, 28 Sep 1998 09:43:25 -0700

Good Morning, All:
I found sources for ideas relating to fairy tales in contemporary
children's books. One especially hilarious one is "Piggie Pie" by
Margie Palatini, illus. by Howard Fine (1995). Beside being a wonderful
story, the illustrations have many clever references to other fairy
tales, subtly noting similarities in those stories and this. The story
is about a witch searching for piggies to make her delicious dinner
pie. The pigs, however, won't give up one hair from their chinny chin
chins but are VERY creative in their efforts! It was at our local
library but I HAD to purchase my own copy.
I personally used it as a 'visual aid' in my watercolor class
(elementary grades) but it could easily lend itself to the 3-D area,
perhaps puppetry, mask-making, costuming and even role-playing or drama!

I personally have strong leanings toward humor. (hence my
recommendation of "Piggie Pie") As a result, I try to incorporate
humor as a teaching and learning tool. (Maybe too much so.) Just
before an Alaskan mask workshop that I did for my daughter's 6th grade
class, she took me aside and solemnly advised me, "Try not to be too
funny, Mom. They kids won't get it!" But I did not heed her advise,
the kids did get it and it was a fabulously successful workshop! Humor
works for me. Laughter IS the best...

Kerin Allen