Books for Preschool - 2nd Grade
Fractured Fairy Tales*
*Stories that sound familiar, but aren't quite the way
you remember them.
Author Jon Scieszka and illustrator Lane Smith reawakened
an interest in fractured fairy tales with their 1989 picture
book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, in which Mr.
Wolf finally gets to tell his side of the story. (He was framed!)
Since then, characters like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and
Prince Charming have been leading much more exciting lives!
Hold onto your glass slippers, because these aren't your
grandmother's fairy tales...
Buehner, Caralyn - Fanny's
Fanny dreams of marrying a prince, but while she waits for
her fairy godmother to show up, she meets a friendly farmer
and lives happily ever after.
Calmenson, Stephanie - The
Principal's New Clothes
Bundy, a very snappy dresser, orders a new suit from a pair
of tricky tailors who promise that it will have "special
Child, Lydia Maria - Over the River and Through the
(Illustrated by David Catrow) The traditional
Thanksgiving poem becomes a breath-taking adventure when
trip to grandfather's house is interrupted by run-ins
with a traffic jam, a gorilla, a jet and an alligator float
from the Thanksgiving Day parade.
Cole, Babette - Prince Cinders
Prince Cinders is small and skinny, but when his fairy godmother
casts a spell to make him as big and hairy as his older brothers,
the spell goes terribly wrong!
Egielski, Richard - The Gingerbread Boy
A freshly-baked gingerbread boy escapes from an apartment
and runs through the city streets, chased by an odd assortment
of hungry people and animals.
Ernst, Lisa Campbell - Little Red Riding Hood
a hungry wolf stops to chat with a red-hooded, bike-riding
girl, he high-tails it over to her Grandmother's house
for a snack, but finds that Granny is more than he can handle.
Harris, Jim - Jack and the Giant: A Story Full of Beans
A cowpoke named Jack grows a magical beanstalk and follows
it up through the clouds to the castle of the ornery, cattle-rustling
giant, Wild Bill Hiccup.
Jackson, Ellen - Cinder Edna
her next door neighbor, Cinder Edna, both work hard and live
with cruel stepmothers and wicked stepsisters.
However, when they get a chance to go to the King's ball,
they each make very different choices.
Kellogg, Steven - The Three Little Pigs
starting a successful waffle business, Percy, Pete and Prudence
Sow build lovely new homes for themselves. When a
wily wolf comes calling, they use their waffle iron to turn
him into a "woffle."
Ketteman, Helen - Bubba the Cowboy Prince
lives on a ranch with his wicked stepdaddy and his nasty stepbrothers.
His fairy godcow drops in to help him prepare
for the big ball thrown by Miz Lurleen, the "purtiest" rancher
Lattimore, Deborah Nourse - Cinderhazel
Cinderhazel, the messiest witch around, attends the Halloween
Ball where she discovers that Prince Alarming likes dirt as
much as she does.
Lowell, Susan - The Bootmaker and the Elves
When a poor bootmaker is down to his last piece of leather,
he gets some help from a pair of bootmaking elves.
Lowell, Susan - Little Red Cowboy Hat
Red saddles up her pony to take a jar of cactus jelly to her
Grandma, but finds someone else in Grandma's bed
when she gets there. Luckily, Grandma can handle any crisis.
Meddaugh, Susan - Cinderella's
An innocent rat relates the story of how he was trapped by
a fairy godmother, turned into a coachboy, and sent to a ball
at the castle with a strange girl named Cinderella.
Minters, Frances - Cinder-Elly
godmother sends her off to the big basketball game in a miniskirt
and glass sneakers, where she meets the
star player, Prince Charming.
Petach, Heidi - Goldilocks and the Three Hares
The Hare Family steps out for a McCarrot breakfast, and then
returns home to find a blonde stranger sleeping in their bed,
in a story that abounds with puns and clever asides to the
Rosenthal, Paul - Yo, Aesop! Get a Load of These Fables
works are dusted off and brought up-to-date in this wacky revision
of some of his classic fables.
Scieszka, Jon - The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly
Scieszka and Lane, masters of the fractured fairy tale genre,
turn several familiar stories into madcap adventures.
Scieszka, Jon - The True Story of the Three Little
Mr. Alexander T. Wolf finally gets a chance to tell his side,
explaining what really happened when he met up with those nasty
Stanley, Diane - Rumpelstiltskin's
Rumpelstiltskin's daughter can't spin
straw into gold like her famous father, she does have a plan
to teach the greedy king how to save his kingdom.
Trivizas, Eugene - The Three Little Wolves and the
Big Bad Pig
Three little wolves build stronger and stronger houses to
protect themselves from the Big Bad Pig.
Vozar, David - RAPunzel:
A Happenin' Rap
A whiny girl, an evil witch and our hero, Fine Prince, rap
their way through a thoroughly modern version of Rapunzel.
Vozar, David - Yo, Hungry Wolf!
Follow a hapless wolf who raps and rhymes his way through
three favorite fairy tales, searching for a decent meal.
Prepared by SRP, May 1998