Literature 2019/20

Dolphin Swimmers Literature – Session 3

Fairy Tales and Folktales 


During Session 3, the Dolphin Swimmers will explore Fairy Tales and Folktales.  

Some weeks we will read the traditional version of a tale, and then look at funny versions of the same story.  Other weeks we will explore a tale from the perspective of different countries/cultures, and discuss how they are similar/different.  

I was able to find a song version of most of the books, so we will be able to enjoy the stories musically as well!

We may not read all the versions I have listed – it will depend on time constraints and what the library has available to us from week to week.  Titles may also be added to the list throughout the session.

We will have some sort of activity to go with each story.  


Week 1 (Jan. 31)

The Three Little Pigs  versions by James Marshall and Paul Galdone

Musical version by Susan Sandvig Walker

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf  by Mark Teague

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig  by Eugene Trivizas

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs  by Jon Scieszka


Week 2 (Feb. 7)

Hansel and Gretel  versions by James Marshall and Rachel Isadora

Musical version by Nadia Higgins

Trust Me, Hansel and Gretel are Sweet – The Story of Hansel and Gretel as told by the Witch   by Nancy Loewen


Week 3 (Feb. 14)

Jack and the Beanstalk  versions by Steven Kellogg and Ed Bryan

Musical version by Jonathan Peale

Jack and the Baked Beanstalk  by Colin Stimpson

Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries  by Mark Teague


Week 4 (Feb. 21)

The Mitten  versions by Alvin Tresselt, Jim Aylesworth and Jan Brett

The Woodcutter’s Mitten  by Loek Koopmans


Week 5 (Feb. 28)

The Elves and the Shoemaker  versions by Paul Galdone and Jim LaMarche

Musical version by Nadia Higgins


Week 6 (March 6)

The Gingerbread Man  versions by Jim Aylesworth & Beatrice Rodriguez

Musical version by Susan Sandvig Walker

The Gingerbread Boy  version by Paul Galdone

Runaway Rice Cake  by Ying Chang Compestine

Gingerbread Baby  by Jan Brett

The Gingerbread Kid Goes to School  by Joan Holub


Week 7 (March 13)

Goldilocks and the Three Bears  versions by James Marshall and Jan Brett

Musical version by Susan Sandvig Walker

Goldilocks Returns  by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Goatilocks and the Three Bears  by Erica S. Perl

Somebody and the Three Blairs  by Marilyn Tolhurst

Deep in the Forest  by Brinton Turkle (a wordless version of the story)


Week 8 (March 20)

The Emperor Penguin’s New Clothes  by Janet Perlman

The Emperor’s New Clothes  versions by Demi, Marcus Sedgwick (in rhyme), Katherine Sully


Dolphin Swimmers do not have weekly Literature homework.
Occasionally, I may ask students to bring something to class, or wear something theme-specific, but I will give adults at least one week notice if something is requested.
I will send home a note, put the information on the homework section of the ODE website, and post it on the ODE Facebook page.


Course Description

Each week, we will explore a new story.  I enjoy sharing not only classics and award winners, but books with great illustrations and engaging stories & themes.  We will explore various authors, illustrators, genres, and writing styles.  Each book will lend itself to a different lesson or activity.  We will discuss characters, setting, rhyming words, alliteration, illustration techniques, describing words, word recognition, and more.  These stories will inspire our own class books, art work, storytelling and writing.


Teacher: Mrs. Allison Andrews

Allison has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Cornell College.  She has taught First Grade in both parochial and public schools.  For the past sixteen years she has been a stay-at-home parent to her two children.  Before coming to ODE, Allison spent many hours volunteering at her children’s schools, being a Girl Scout mom, and teaching Sunday School classes.

This will be Allison’s third year at ODE, where she started as a teaching assistant, and gradually began teaching Elementary Literature classes.  She enjoys creating Literature lessons that interact with a story’s theme in many different ways, drawing from her experience as a classroom teacher and her love for good books.  Allison looks forward to  spending each Friday exploring great stories with the enthusiastic and creative kids at ODE.  She is spending the summer reading lots of books in preparation for a great year!

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