As a child fairy tales, especially the kind that involved a princess and a prince, were my favorites. I could listen all day to stories as long as someone was there to read them. In second grade my favorite teacher, Mrs. Wortley, asked the class if we had ever heard the story of the Three Pigs. We all laughed. Of course by 2nd grade we knew the story — the pigs outsmart that nasty wolf and live happily in their brick house. Mrs. Wortley then asked us if we knew the real story of the 3 pigs? The real story? What was that? She pulled out The True Story of the Three Little Pigs told from the point of view of the wolf, who was simply caught at the wrong place and time when he was sick.
After hearing that delightful tale I was hooked. What other fairy tales had this kind of twist to them? As I grew older I learned the term for changing fairy tale stories was actually called Fractured Fairy Tales. Since then I have been in love with stories, movies, and anything of this nature. The Angelina Jolie movie Maleficent is an example of a fractured fairy tale, and I recently read a young adult version of the Twelve Dancing Princesses one as well. I am always on the lookout for more stories like this to share with my kids. Here are some I have found, most I haven’t had experience reading yet as they are a little older reading for Drake right now (plus he needs to know the original stories first before we fracture them right?) but I cant wait to share them with him when he gets old enough.
EIEIO – How Old MacDonald Got His Farm With a Little Help From a Hen | Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse | The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig | Honestly Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! | Newfangled Fairy Tales | Prince Cinders | Little Red: A Fizzingly Good Yarn
Are you a fan of fractured fairy-tales? Which are your favorites?