Thursday, June 7, 2012

Top of the Heap!

What an interesting theme this week! We opened up the topic of perspective on Monday's Riddle and Lizzy told us about a great twist on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella, with her review of The Other Slipper by Kenechi Udogu. As a fun bonus, we are hosting the Debut Author Giveaway Hop from June 7th - June 13th- spotlighting middle grade authors, R.J. Palacio and Kenechi Odogu, two new voices among the many wonderful story-tellers out there. Today, we wanted to share our favorite "other" versions of stories that we know so well.

This weeks top of the heap: Best twists on stories


Fairday: We're off to see the wizard... in Wicked! My family went to see the Broadway play last summer and it was incredible! The story is told from the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba's, perspective- fascinating! It takes the Wizard of Oz into a whole new dimension. My parents really enjoyed this book by Gregory Maguire and became hooked on some of his other unique takes on fairy tales; Mirror, Mirror Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Matchless. Find out what happened in Oz before Dorothy dropped in! ~ F




Lizzy: Mixed-up fairy tales are so enchanting!  The True Story of the Three Little Pigs as told by Jon Scieszka is my favorite twist on a fairy tale. I always heard about what a terrible guy the Big Bad Wolf was and I loved finding out his side of the story. It sure is different from what the pigs have said all along! The humor and pictures make this book a treat to read. This is a great story to share with others if you're looking to gain perspective : ) ~ L 





14 comments:

  1. Thanks for the spotlight! I hope people enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it. On your list above, I saw "Wicked" in theatre a few years ago and now I can't help empathizing with the witches anytime I re-watch The Wizard of Oz. It's amazing what a slight change in POV can do to a story.

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    1. Caeblogs- You are welcome. We enjoyed The Other Slipper and were happy to spotlight it. We look forward to the interview. I agree with you about seeing The Wizard of Oz differently now. It is so cool what changing the POV can do! Thanks for stopping by! ~F

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  2. I have to read the three little pig book. It sounds great!

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    1. Trey- I think you will enjoy it! :) ~F

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  3. I saw WICKED three times when it was here in LA. It's my soundtrack of choice to sing along with on car trips. I use JS's True Story... every year in my classroom for a POV lesson. The kids LOVE it.

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    1. Leslie- 3 times! Wow! It was fabulous. How cool that you use JS's True Story in your classroom. That sounds like such fun! ~F

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  4. I've watched Wicked several times on Broadway, and I love this show! Thanks for the spotlight! I really enjoy reading through your blog.

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    1. Gina- Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I am so happy you enjoy the blog. I enjoy yours, too! :) ~Jess

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  5. You know, I've seen these books, but never wanted to read them. You've got me curious now.

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    1. Donna- I think you would enjoy these books! The different POV is so intriguing and really makes you think! ~Stephanie

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  6. I loved, loved loved Wicked. I have another Gregory Maguire book but haven't read it yet. Wish I could have seen the Broadway production. My nephew named his dog Elphaba (no disrespect to her!)

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    1. Hi Cate, I actually love that name and have a whole new respect for the wicked witch of the west. Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  7. My niece is a huge fan of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs and I loved the book WIcked. I have not yet seen the show, but it is definitely one that I want to check out. Fun post!

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    1. How fun that you and your niece both like these books, Elaine. Thanks for stopping by! ~L

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