I'm on day 12 of the worst sinus infection turned into bronchitis ever. It's worse because I've got kids running through the house and can't sleep through it the way I would prefer! It's not the kids' fault. It's just life.
So, knowing that, you can probably imagine why I skipped Week 5 of the challenge entirely and, unfortunately, I've read exactly ONE of the Week 6 tales. Oh, illness, you have completely wrecked my routine!
But that ONE story is...
Point #3 -- there is no fairy godmother. Is it odd that I'm the most disappointed about that fact? Instead of a fairy godmother we see a magical tree that grants Cinderella's wishes and, when the mean step-sisters try to take her spot as bride, sing out the truth.
Point #4 -- there is a SINGING TREE!!!!!! Okay, technically the birds that live in the tree do the singing, but still.... I'm in love with this idea for a retelling.
Point #5 -- what happens to the step-sisters, both what they do to themselves to fit into the shoe and what occurs at the wedding, are gruesome. Grimm's version of Cinderella is more about righting injustice than anything else. Cinderella may get a happily ever after with the prince, but that's not what the step-sisters get.
Despite all of these differences, I love BOTH versions of Cinderella. My favorite is the live-action Disney Cinderella because it's so funny and opulent (and because I got to sit in a replica of the carriage at Disney World), but, truthfully, I thoroughly enjoy the story and its many versions.
If you are a Cinderella fan and want to read/watch some great versions of it, I've put some options below for you to enjoy. The button below is a link to where you can read Grimm's Cinderella for FREE on the University of Pittsburg's site. Below the black button are a series of links to various movies and books available at Amazon (or your local library) -- these links are affiliate links. I have read or watched all of these and definitely recommend them wholeheartedly!
I hope you get hours of enjoyment out of those books and movies. All are kid appropriate. I've watched or read them with my kids -- well, except The Real Cinderella which was simply too long of a read.
Links to previous posts about the #GRIMMread2019 Challenge here:
#GRIMMread2019 Week 1
#GRIMMread2019 Week 2
#GRIMMread2019 Week 3
#GRIMMread2019 Week 4
#GRIMMread2019 Week 5 -- Does not exist
Please consider checking out the details at these other blogs participating in the #GRIMMread2019 Challenge.
January has been the month of "recovering from Christmas!" What a month. I'd love to say that we're back in our normal routine BUT between illnesses and snow days that cancel school, it hasn't happened yet. Thank goodness we're a flexible group!
This month, instead of listing every book we read, I'm going to highlight several and leave it at that.
I wasn't wrong.
I finished the entire story, minus a few chapters in the middle because I was in a hurry more than anything else. I knew way too early in the story what was going to happen. Maybe not all of the exact details of how it would happen, but the what was not a mystery to me.
That part bummed me out.
I love it when a story holds me in its thrall all the way through -- thrall meaning that it keeps me curious to the very end. I finished more because the story was well done than that I was in thrall over it.
I haven't picked up the next books in the series. I do plan to read them, I'm simply not in a hurry.
My seven year old brings home a new Mo Willems book every week as her AR book. We read the book -- typically she reads it to me or her father, sometimes if the book is harder or longer, we will read it to her again. The next day she takes an AR test on it.
Mo Willems books can be long -- like up to 60 pages. But there isn't a lot of text to read on any one page. This makes the books fairly ideal for a beginning reader, like my first grader. Still, I was getting sick of them. I mentioned my growing distaste to the teacher. That kind, loving woman took my hand and said, "But she loves them."
I got it. Better for my child to love the books she is reading than for me to enjoy them (especially on the second or third time through). Most Mo Willems books are great to read. My aversion is typically because I'm also making dinner and dealing with a hunger induced meltdown by the 3-year old. I've found reading the book after we eat dinner makes it vastly more enjoyable.
Above are the 3 Mo Willems that we read this month, including the one sitting on my dining room table as I type. That's I Love My New Toy!, if you're interested.
Below is a link to Mo Willems' Amazon Author page. If you click that link, or any other link in this post, I earn a small amount from Amazon for recommending it to you.
That's the short list for January. I hope your January was amazing. Let me know what your favorite book to read in January was in the comments section. Thanks.
This week has been crazy. Monday was a school holiday. Tuesday and Thursday turned out to be regular days, abet cold ones. Wednesday and Friday were weather induced non-school days. In case you don’t feel like counting, that’s 3 days without school during a typical school week.
To keep with the 3 of things theme, most of this weeks Grimm tales involved the number 3.
The Three Snake-Leaves
Not that wife.
She up and decides to kill her loving husband while cheating on him with a morally questionable ship’s captain.
The good news, her husband’s servant witnesses the murder and goes to rescue him — taking with him the snake leaves. Our poor hero has new life but now has to deal with the treachery of his wife.
The bad news, well it’s only bad for her. She gets what her actions earned her.
In a way, this was a stark difference from plenty of Grimm tales. I was kind of viciously pleased to see an ending where the bad guy got caught and dealt with.
The Three Spinners
From her palace window she sees three ugly sisters walking. She asks them if they will spin the yarn for her. The women agree so long as the girl invites them to the wedding.
A few days later, the girl presents her spun yarn to the queen and is told that the wedding will happen.
Now, in a lot of Grimm tales, you expect a twist here. A tale of sudden greed. A tale of going back on her word. And, radically, that doesn’t happen.
The girl invites the three spinning sisters to her wedding, claiming them each as cousins. The prince is rather appalled at their appearance and, once he learns it is a result of spinning, forbids his wife from ever touching a spinning wheel again.
Are you laughing?
That girl got her dream come true happy ending and she did it without backstabbing anyone. Awesome!
#GRIMMread2019 Week 5 Tales
Well...I still have to finish Week 4's tales. I'll circle back to this in my next post... The other 2 reads of the week are The 3 Little Men in the Woods and Hansel and Gretel. Guess I’ll deviate and post mid-week to catch up. With 3 days and no school, I’m behind on more than writing and reading.
If you’d like to read previous posts, the direct links are below:
#GRIMMread2019 Week 1
#GRIMMread2019 Week 2
#GRIMMread2019 Week 3
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