Picture Stories and Fairy Tales

A Teacher's Reflections

Picture stories are powerful.  And, they are complicated.  Children have to recall what they know, then have the words to tell a story in their own way.  Our recent picture stories added even more layers of work; deciding what characters they would be and finally illustrating the stories.

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The illustrations were surprisingly detailed.  I think I know why.  In order to fully understand how we ended up with work resembling that of first grade, not preschool, let’s start at the beginning.

Our unit of study was Fairy Tales, a topic that children love.  There was already an element of familiarity, so I started by reading different versions of the stories.  In The Three LittlePigs, some books such as James Marshall’s version were funny, and some such as Paul Galdone’s were serious.  Other versions such as Susan Lowell’s The Three Little Javelinas were quite different.  This encouraged real thinking and prompted…

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