Project Description

Session Description

Fairy tales are a type of literature that usually includes some common elements:

  • An Opening “Once Upon a Time” and Ending “and they lived happily ever after.”
  • A Hero/Heroine (kind and good natured) and a Villian (sometimes a witch or monster)
  • Some Magic– Fairy tales are notorious for including a magical or supernatural element.
  • Royalty – usually feature royal settings or characters (a castle, queen or king, prince or princess)
  • Problem and Solution – The plot focuses on a problem that must be solved.
  • Universal Lesson – provide lessons on some sort of universal truth.

Key questions answered:

  • What is a fairy tale?
  • What is the universal lesson to the fairy tale of Rapunzel?

Rapunzel is a fairy tale about the love between a young prince and a girl with long, blond hair that conquered all of the Witch’s evil intentions. They were persistent in their intentions on being happy together, and the Witch was their biggest obstacle.

Years passed by, and their love grew stronger. The evil Witch tried everything to split them up, but she didn’t accomplish her goals. Even though they were separated for years, the prince managed to find his Rapunzel, and he never separated from her again. Love won again.


Fun Activity Sheets

Directions:  Every Book Talk session has “Fun Activities” that you can download, print and share.  The activity sheets include coloring, observing, building and learning.  Some of the activities are tied to the book or topic of the session, others are not.  Either way, it is my hope that you will have FUN!

Download and print one or more of these sheets.  Then using markers or crayons, decorate the sheet.  Next, create a brief story based on the picture (or pictures) you colored.  Finally, share your picture or story with Steve at:

Coloring Sheet Princess
Coloring Sheet Rapunzel 1
Coloring Sheet Rapunzel 2
Coloring Sheet Little Mermaid

Observation activities are designed to get you thinking outside the box.  It is my hope that you will see things in a new way, with a different perspective.  The skill of observing is helpful in reading as well as life.

Observation Sheet – Crazy Face

Building Sheets are designed to get you involved in making something with your hands.  In this session you will create an illusion called Thinky Dragon using cardstock, scissors and glue or tape.  Have fun!

Building Activity -Thinky Dragon

Download and print both these learning sheets.  Read the fairy tale – Princess and the Pea and then try to identify the various parts of the story on the Elements of a Fairy Tale sheet.

Elements of a Fairy Tale
Fairy Tale – Princess and the Pea

Learn a Trick – Magic Tricks You Can Do

Directions:  Watch the video tutorial for the magic trick called the Loopy Loops Magic trick.  Next, download and print the Magic Fun Sheet below.  This sheet provides written instructions for the trick in the video as well as a couple of bonus activities.  The video and the fun sheet are from my Amazing Magic Camp.  If you would like to learn more magic tricks or if you ever wanted to take magic lessons consider signing up for for this unique virtual camp.

Loopy Loop Magic Trick

Loopy Loops Solution


Mind Reading Princess Books

This is the trick Steve had you do in the book talk.  Try it on your family and friends!

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World of Tales – Online Text Collection of Fairy Tales

Other Online Resources

Popular Fairy Tales
Everyone loves fairy tales.  The word “tale” is another word for “story”.  Many fairy tales were collected a long time ago by two brothers named Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.  They are often referred to as the Brothers Grimm.

Two hundred years later, people all over the world are still reading the fairy tales that the brothers collected for their book.  Some of these fairy tales have been modified and popularized by Disney.  Many people think the Disney version is the original, but in most cases Disney modified the tale to make it more “child” friendly.

Many stories that we know as fairy tales have been shared orally for many years.  The brothers decided to write the stories down and make a book out them.  Books that contain a collection of stories are called anthologies.

Here are a couple of “princess” anthologies to consider:

This delightful compendium of princess tales contains four classic stories including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Princess and the Pea and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The large format brings this book to life with stunning full-bled artwork and charming details.

This is a beautiful collection of seven fairy tales―Sleeping Beauty,The Frog Prince, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White, The Princess and the Pea, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses―organized around the theme of the fairytale princess and retold in a fresh and lyrical voice by Wendy Jones. They are illustrated with glorious papercut sculptures specially created by Su Blackwell. The characters―and the kingdoms they inhabit―emerge from the pages through a series of exquisite paper sculptures. Each tale has a unique visual flavor: while Sleeping Beauty is blue and dreamy, The Princess and the Pea is green and summery. The magic and otherworldliness of traditional fairy tale collections meet glorious, contemporary paper constructions in The Fairytale Princess, which makes a charming addition to the shelf of bedtime stories.