Thursday, February 25, 2010

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Cinderella4 The only Disney movie that Anna watched so far is Cinderella. Interestingly, this story is amazingly international and repeats in the folklore of different places around the globe. Both Charles Perrault (French) and Brothers Grimm (German) recorded it in their collections. Since we are “visiting” Germany this week in our geography track, I decided to get a non-Disney version of the book in the library. I found three different ones and decided to let Anna choose which one she wanted to read. To my surprise we ended up reading all of Feb24_Princess_SM them, and Anna also read Cinderella at the Ball by herself. It would be a good activity for an older child to compare and contrast those stories, but Anna is still a bit young for this. I tried to draw several princesses for her, but she was very uninterested in decorating or coloring them in any way. However, Anna was pleased to see a wooden cutout complete with markers. I continue to be amazed what can be found at Michael’s for $1. She also stayed with the task relatively long – usually she stops coloring in about 2 minutes, and she really doesn’t care much for it. When she was done, she commented how it would be nice for this princess to have a button on the back, so she could walk, talk and do things. What it is about toys with buttons and batteries that attracts children so much???

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13 comments:

Annette W. said...

Your comment today was a bit much! I am certainly not amazing, but I really, really appreciate you thinking so. Please keep in mind when it comes to blogging, you only see what I want you to see! But I love to share things that work for us in the kitchen and around the house.

Anyway, we need to explore some new versions of Cinderella, too. Fairy tales are great to compare and contrast the different versions like you said. Anna did a great job coloring the hair!

Debbie said...

Anna did a great job on her Cinderella. Funny how she wanted it to have a button so it would talk and walk. Selena could care less about dolls that talk and make noices, though she has a couple she still just makes the noices herself.

MaryAnne said...

Did you particularly like any of the versions of Cinderella you checked out of the library? When Anna gets older, she might enjoy the chapter book "Ella Enchanted" - it's a story I enjoy, apart from the unfeeling father... Also the movie "Ever After" with Drew Barrymore.

Anna's wood cutout looks great! Emma is also obsessed with toys with buttons and batteries.

Ticia said...

I've often dreamed about doing country studies using just Cinderella. There's a Native American version called "Rough-Faced Girl," and I saw one at the library yesterday called "Egyptian Cinderella."
And yes there's something intriguing about things that make noise my kids are always drawn too.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Fun! I love comparison studies :)

min said...

There Cinderella stories around the world...even a Korean Cinderella.

Funny how kids are so different. We have a doll that talks (Korean and English) and she doesn't care for it. She prefers animals and making up voices for them herself! It's funny the things they say to one another!

Comparing and contrasting is JC's favorite thing. She does it with just about everything.

Christy said...

When we were learning about Texas, we read Bubba the Cowboy Prince - this book is a parody of Cinderella and it was really funny! I would love to read more Cinderella stories! I'll have to make a point to do that. We have read quite a few versions of The Three Little Pigs too! Fun.

Playing by the book said...

A lovely cinderella! You might find this article about various cinderella stories around the world really interesting:
http://teachwithpicturebooks.blogspot.com/2010/02/cinderella-tale-mirror-of-culture.html

Brimful Curiosities said...

Cinderella continues to be my daughter's favorite Princess. She loves to pretend...we bought a Barbie style Cinderella doll and the Prince doll so she can play away and create scenarios. That Cinderella doesn't have a button, either. :)

Julie said...

What a great idea to look at all the different versions of the same story. And I like the wooden Cinderella. I'll have to look for those at Michaels.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

How lovely! What a great idea and what little girl doesn't enjoy the story of Cinderella? Very cute!

Wonder Mom said...

Cinderella-rific!

Adriana said...

Diego is pretty anti-princesses or pink or anything that he deems is for "niƱas."