Book Nook: King Pom

It’s always fun to read different versions of fairy tales as conceived by different cultures. Usually the easiest to find is the “Cinderella” story, but we recently found King Pom and the Fox by Jessica Souhami, which is a “Puss in Boots” story. I honestly don’t know which came first, but it’s been fun reading them. It also makes for a good lesson plan to compare and contrast the stories. An older child could create his own version after reading the two, as well (a younger child can create one, too, but might need help writing it down).

In case you were wondering, the applicable Common Core Standards for this are:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.9 Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

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