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The Princess and the Pea - Read aloud picture book

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A fairy tale is a story that is often about a magical, faraway land. Fairy tales are a special kind of fiction story. Every time you read a fiction story you should keep the following thinking jobs in mind: Who are the characters? What is the problem? What is the solution? What lesson can I learn? As you read, "The Princess and the Pea," try to remember these fiction thinking jobs!

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Curious about what actually makes a fiction story a fairy tale? Check out this video to learn about the history of fairy tales and what story elements are typically included in a fairy tale!Fairy tales are often told over and over again in communities. As these stories travel, they can take on new shapes and sometimes have different small details dependent upon the community that is telling the story. "The Princess and the Pea" is a classic fairy tale for this reason. Check out this link to see other versions of "The Princess and the Pea" from around the world and throughout time.Over time some people have thought that fairy tales are good stories and some people have thought story tales are not so great because of the way that they set roles for men and women. What is your opinion? Take a peek at this TEDEd Student Talk by Ayana Khairulla and see what she thinks about fairy tales and why they are important.

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