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My daughter requested “princess stories” when we went to the library this week, so we headed over to 398.2 to see what we could find.  I quickly located a book called The Fairy-Tale Princess: Seven Classic Stories from the Enchanted Forest by Su Blackwell (Thames and Hudson 2012).  The photograph on the cover of the book intrigued me.  It was a beautiful castle sitting atop an open book.  The castle, along with the princess and scenery surrounding it, were sculpted entirely from printed paper.  The castle seemed to literally have grown out of the pages of the book.  As I started flipping through the pages, I found many more of Su Blackwell’s beautiful cut-paper sculptures, one more intricate than the next.  The thought that these pages had been cut from actual books did disturb me a bit (scissors and books should never meet!!), but I got over it quickly.  My daughter was a little reluctant, but I slipped the book in our bag figuring that I would “sell her” on it later.

The stories included in this collection of fairy tales are: “Cinderella”, “The Frog Prince”, “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”, “The Princess and the Pea”, “Snow White”, “Rapunzel”, and “Sleeping Beauty”.  They are retold in concise, yet descriptive elegance by Wendy Jones.  I have brought this book to your attention, Tibrarians, because it would be an excellent one to share with your students when discussing fairy tales.  I posted some information about teaching folklore back in November.  This book would be an excellent addition to any folklore unit.  The novelty of the cut-paper sculptures will draw students in, and the tales are told in a brief manner that makes them ideal for a Tibrarian’s limited time frame.  If you have any books that are gathering dust in the back of the library and waiting to be weeded, you might even allow your students to try their hands at creating art from book pages.  You could choose another fairy tale or folktale that is not included in the book, separate students into groups, and give each group an event in the story to “illustrate” with cut-paper creations.  Take it a step further and photograph their creations to make a new book.  You still have two weeks to use your Bookemon discount…

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