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    Default Do you tell your kids fairy tales/folk tales?

    Lately I've been telling DS (2.5yo) about Cinderella, Goldilocks, the Three Little Pigs and Snow White. We also sing nursery rhymes, etc.

    I wonder if these tales are now on the way out, whether parents still pass this knowledge on to their children or if they are being replaced by TV shows and more modern stories/books?

    Do you tell your children fairy tales?

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    DS loves Peter Pan and Snow White - he has the 7 true to life sized disney stuffed dwarfs on his shelves in his room !

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    Yup and I have bought lots of Enid Blyton books and I read the faraway tree series to my older step kids- they love it. I want to build a healthy imagination so fairies, witches, goblins, magic etc it's all fantasy

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    Yes we do. The big book of fairytales we have can be a bit gruesome too. In the 3 little pigs the wolf falls into the big pot on the fireplace and is eaten. In Red Riding Hood the grandmother is eaten and the wolf is cut open and she is found to be alive. I didn't realise the book was so, um, matter of fact, when I bought it.

    The only story I won't read is the little match girl - that's just way way way too sad. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Match_Girl

    ETA: I also like to make sure we have a good stock of books of stories about girls who do not 'need rescuing' etc. I bought a play school book recently purely because the story was about Jemima being an astronaut.
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    Big time old fashioned Fairy tale/fables fans here and my little ones can't get enough. They even like some Dutch ones we know.

    The 'Little Match girl' has always made me , so I definitely couldn't read it to my kiddies without a great big, lump in my throat.

    I know it's not a fairy tale as such, however I made the mistake of letting the kids watch a bit of 'Watership Down' and between the movie and theme song, I spent all night trying to pacify very upset little girls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Bec~ View Post
    Yes we do. The big book of fairytales we have can be a bit gruesome too. In the 3 little pigs the wolf falls into the big pot on the fireplace and is eaten. In Red Riding Hood the grandmother is eaten and the wolf is cut open and she is found to be alive. I didn't realise the book was so, um, matter of fact, when I bought it.
    Bec the stories I tell DS are my censored versions. The woodcutter chases the wolf away and the grandma was hiding under the bed, etc. It's amazing how violent most of those stories are!

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    No way, hate fairy tales and the messages they send.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duckduckgoose View Post
    Bec the stories I tell DS are my censored versions. The woodcutter chases the wolf away and the grandma was hiding under the bed, etc. It's amazing how violent most of those stories are!
    That sounds a bit better. I wince a bit when I read DS stories about someone axing open a wolf. Tonight we read a story about a girl with a magic quilt that goes on an adventure and saves 3 lion cubs from a nasty serpent.

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    *English teacher hat* It's actually really important for children to know these stories by the time they reach the age where they're reading references to them in other texts or they won't get them and therefore their ability to demonstrate their comprehension will suffer.

    Newspaper headlines also use references to the older, better known fairytales so it's a bit the same.

    We try to make sure our kids are exposed to as wide a range of appropriate literature as they can be as this helps their imagination and critical thinking skills.
    As for the message of fairytales, many are about patience and persistence and endurance, all really great values to foster.

    Of course, we can experiment with telling the tale about Cinderella being assertive to her female carer and choosing a fulfilling career path instead of using marriage to a rich man as an escape from the negative aspects of her background ...

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    I do. We have some of the "Grimm," (and similar) versions too... I tend to prefer those than the annoyingly sickly-sweet Disney versions.

    Some of the fairy tales in those books aren't common ones either... but she likes them.


 

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