Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A closer look at "Flip up Fairy Tales" from Child's Play
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:23 AM Labels: Alison Edgson, Child's Play, Cristiana Cerretti, Estelle Corke, Flip Up Fairy Tales, Jess Stockham, Story CDs
So many publishers, authors and illustrators often delve into the rich tapestry woven by classic fairy tales from the likes of The Brothers Grimm and others, for inspiration and perhaps a new spin on children's stories.
Child's Play's range of "Flip Up Fairy Tales" are a great example of how stories can be retold in innovative ways, and can also remove some of the more unsavoury elements without detriment to the original tale.
We took a look at four of the Flip Up Fairy Tales - with storytelling CDs included, to see how Child's Play's collection of fantastic authors and illustrators have built on the strengths of stories children probably already know and love.
First up, a fantastic version of "Three Billy Goats Gruff" by Alison Edgson (who must be one of the busiest illustrators in the business at the moment, I think I've lost count of the number of books that have passed through our hands with her name on them!)
Three goats start to run out of lush green grass to eat in their home field, so they look for pastures new. Unfortunately, between them and the sweetest grass on the hillside lies a bridge - and under that bridge lives a rather cruel, nasty and bullying troll...
You'll know the rest of the story like the back of your hand - at least you think you will, but Alison Edgson has rather neatly reworked the way the original story ends to provide a positive message, and a fantastic way to deal with bullies that (hopefully) children will understand and identify.
(Having seen the way she deals with Pret's rather delicious gingerbread men, I can understand why).
Last but by no means least we took a look at another of Charlotte's all time favourite fairy stories, The Enormous Turnip, retold by Cristiana Cerretti. An old man and his wife are master gardeners, their flowers, fruit and vegetables are the envy of their friends and neighbours. One year they grow a turnip that becomes so large that they can barely dig it out of the ground - so they round up their family and pets to help.
Child's Play's range also includes tales that your children may not be familiar with. We've previously reviewed their brilliant version of one of my favourite stories, "Stone Soup" and there are other world stories and folk tales like "Donkey Skin" and "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" to enjoy too.
The range is available in different formats (soft cover, hard back, or you can even just buy the story CDs to enjoy in the car or while out and about, collecting a few of the tales together on each). Check out the full range on the Child's Play website below
Child's Play Flip-up Fairy Tales
Charlotte's best bit: The cheeky Gingerbread Man getting his comeuppance.
Daddy's favourite bit: Great quality collection with superb storytelling on the CDs and the flip-up panels make them interesting even for younger children. Sensitive reworkings of some tales are also very nice to see too.
(Kindly sent to us for review by Child's Play International Ltd)