"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."
This tome gets pulled out about once a week:
|Andrew Lang's Pink Fairy Book, and yes, we do have this Folio edition, so it really is a tome.|
And this is our current audiobook listen:
|Because I love it dearly and also because it's a great example of a book |
that tackles relevant issues (bullying) without ever becoming an "issue book."
Finally, last night's trek to the library, during which I told them they could pick out "just one book each this time" ended with me demonstrating my total lack of will power where books are concerned along with my rule-bending super powers ("Okay--you each only get one, but I'm checking out these 12 to read to you.") and the borrowing of these fairy tales, along with, you know, the other dozen books:
Lastly, though it's not technically reading, I have to tell you about The. Coolest. Game. Ever. My father-in-law gave this to the girls for Christmas, and we love love love it:
As you spin, you collect fairy tale elements: a hero, a villain, a magical helper, a magical item, a treasure and a setting. Whoever collects all the elements first gets to tell their story first. We have had so much fun with this--and by "we" I mean everyone from Ginny, who is two, to Mark and myself. Through great will power, we do not get it out to play with after the girls are in bed. It's hard...but it's just more fun with them. :)
Do you have any plans to tell a fairy tale today? What are your favorite fairy tales or favorite retellings?
(To read what some other lovely folks are reading this Wednesday, you can head over to Jessica's to check out the links)