03 Dec It’s Monday! Check Out These Traditional Tales Published in 2018 #IMWAYR #BuildYourStack
When we looked over the stacks of books (#Buildyourstack) we read over the last six months, we noticed the amount of new traditional tales published in 2018. Some of these new picture books weave elements from the classic tales throughout the story, while other authors created a new “traditional tale” without mentioning any other fairy tale characters. Either way, we added these three picture books to our collection of Tried and True Traditional Tales:
The Very Last Castle, Travis Jonker, and Mark Pett
We knew Travis Jonker’s Scope Notes for School Library Journal and his podcast, The Yarn, but we didn’t know he was a picture book author – Congratulations, Travis! The Very Last Castle is an original fairy tale with an important message about how fear of the unknown can keep us isolated from one another.
If your first, second, or third graders are going to write traditional tales, The Very Last Castle will be an excellent mentor text to add to your collection. Students can study this text and learn how to use ellipses, thought shots, and embed sound words. They can also see how to create a story with a strong message and develop a close-in ending. This tale is engaging and easy-to-read, making it a mentor text that many students can access independently.
Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise, David Ezra Stein
If your students loved Interrupting Chicken as much as we did, you need to get a copy of Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise by David Ezra Stein. In this sequel, the Little Red Chicken confuses the term elephant with the “element of surprise.” As his papa reads aloud some traditional fairy tales, wouldn’t you know it, but an elephant shows up in every story. In the end, the Little Red Chicken’s father writes a story that includes an “elephant” and an “element of surprise.”
This is one of those books that readers from kindergarten through sixth grade will love. In upper elementary classrooms, this book will be interesting for readers to study as a mentor text. The way the story unfolds and how David Ezra Stein uses a play on words to teach and engage readers will be fun craft moves for students to try out in their own fiction stories.
The Princess and the Pitstop, Tom Angleberger and Dan Santat
The Princess and the Pitstop is a book you will want to save and read aloud to culminate a unit of study on traditional tales. The author’s play on words throughout the book are absolutely hysterical for readers who know the classic traditional tales. They will be predicting as the Princess makes her way around the racetrack.
This book is also going in our books to read with a partner or book club basket. We want readers to have the opportunity to reread this book multiple times to see the layers of meaning hiding in the words and illustrations. It is a book with important messages about perseverance and “girl power.”
P.S. Don’t forget to tell students to look closely at the illustrations and quotes underneath the book jacket. Readers are in for a surprise.