This is a hilarious collection of fairy stories with a difference. All the best-loved fairy-tale characters are here and they all have a different problem, from the pesky girl who keeps eating little bear’s porridge, to Pinocchio’s mendacious habits, to the wolf who just won’t leave Little Red Riding Hood alone. Along with their letters asking for advice comes the scene with the problem – then lift the flap and see Fairy Godmother’s ingenious solutions to their predicaments!
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Write a letter to a fairy godmother. What would you ask her to do?
- Write a letter to a fairy godmother from the point of view of a character in your favourite book.
- Use adjectives to write a paragraph that describes what a fairy godmother looks like.
- Pretend that you are the fairy godmother. Can you think of other ways that you might have helped the characters who wrote to her?
- Think of some fairy tale characters who are not mentioned in the book. Describe what their problem might be and think of a response that fairy godmother could give to help them.
- Write some instructions to teach people how to make gingerbread men.
- The giant writes his letter in upper case. Could you rewrite it using lowercase, joined-up handwriting?
- Write a diary entry from the point of view of the lonely giant.
- Write a new story about the giant and the boy after they become friends.
- Write the new version of the Hare and the Tortoise after the Fairy Godmother helps Tortoise.
- Write a letter from one of the characters to the fairy godmother to thank her for her help and explain how her advice changed things.
- Could you read some of the fairy tales mentioned in the story and perform them for an audience?
- Watch some of these trailers for animated versions of different fairytales. How do they compare to the original story?
- Look at the shapes of the picture frames. What shapes can you see? Could you draw some new picture frames with different shapes?
- Can you find any repeating patterns in the illustrations?
- Plan the party that the characters have at the end of the story. What food and drink will they need? How much might this cost?
- Little Red Riding Hood is told to wear camouflage to hide from the Big Bad Wolf. Which animals use camouflage to hide from predators?
- Plan a tasty new vegetarian meal for the troll to eat.
- Use art software to draw a scene from one of your favourite fairytales.
- Design a new stamp that is used when sending letters in the enchanted forest.
- Make an invitation to the party.
- Follow a recipe and make your own gingerbread man.
- Make a new page for a ‘lift the flap’ book.
- Design a new vehicle for the Three Little Pigs that would protect them from the Big Bad Wolf.
- Draw a new house for the fairy godmother.
- Design a dress for the fairy godmother.
- Draw a map showing the different parts of the enchanted forest mentioned in the story.
- Can you find out the history of some popular fairytales?
- Think of other ways that the lonely giant can become friends with the boy.
- Pinocchio is told to stop telling lies. Why isn’t it nice to lie to people?
- If you could be a fairy godmother to somebody, who would you choose and how would you help them?