In lieu of Princess Week I thought I would post a book I have had lying around my desk at work for some time. Although it’s more about a certain fairy, there is a princess involved, read on….
The Naughty Fairy’s Naughty Surprise
Published : First in 2006 by Meadow side Children’s Books, then in 2010 by Little Bee
Age: 3 – 5 years
Theme: What will I be question, Consequences, Discovery
Opening Line: In a quiet corner of the palace gardens, deep in a still green pond, a little tadpole popped out of his egg… POP! “WOW!” he gasped as he saw all the wonderful creatures swimming around him. ”What will I be when I grow up?”
Synopsis: Follow this cute tongue-in-cheek fable of the transformation of a little tadpole from frog to prince and hero and the naughty fairy whose interference won’t fail to raise a smile! A perfect bedtime treat!
Why I like this: It’s cheeky, cute story will certainly entertain a young reader, will encourage questions and is perfect for that special read aloud at bed time. I liked how Nick’s text encourages the reader to turn the page each time to find out what our little hero has turned into next. It is well thought out with bright cheerful illustrations which move the story along, even introducing well known characters such as the Three Little Pigs and Red Riding Hood, not to mention the naughty fairy having put the Princess in the tower. Hence the timing of posting this particular story.
Nick Ward admits he loves classic books, such as his favourite Treasure Island, and in the many picture books he has written and illustrated often such classic characters have walk on parts. While he believes one can never really rewrite a great classic, such walk on parts can give his stories a sense of familiarity.
Resources/Findings: Again it has taken me awhile to find any links for this story. But I did find Nicks website as well as a blog community he blogs in, which writers and teachers may find interesting fodder for how the stories come about and his thoughts on the writing process.
Finding fairies…. http://www.fairychildren.com/dingle_dell/dingledell.shtml
An interesting video from the children of the St Jude Hospital for Children with cancer…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owyKGSidMSc
My own thoughts: Having children draw and write about what they want to be when they grow up. Have them write what they would most wish for.
A Cool dress up Princess Website…. http://www.dressupprincess.net/
While reading and reviewing this book and looking for resources I found myself doodling and actually tried my hand again at pencil drawing. I am no artist by any means but here are a couple of pictures I did last night inspired by the Fairy Princess books….
For more books with resources please visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.
- Fairy Coloring Pages (education.com)