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 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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