PPBF: Telling Stories Wrong

Author: Gianni Rodari
 Beatrice Alemagna
Publisher: Edizone, 1980; First Engl. edition, Enchanted Lion, 2022
Themes: storytelling, grandparents, fairytale

Opening: “Once upon a time, there was a girl who was called Little Yellow riding Hood.”

Summary: (from my library’s catalog) Grandpa playfully recounts a familiar fairytale–or his version, at least–to his granddaughter, and try as she might to get him back on track, he keeps on adding things to the mix, resulting in an unpredictable tale that comes alive as it is being told.

I picked this book because: I adore the exuberance in these playful illustrations, but more so the ease in the telling of the story, how the grandfather’s slyness encourages the reader to feel the fun and frustration the granddaughter is experiencing! I read it three times in a row. Magical!

Resources/activities: read the book I posted last week and follow the same activity suggestions, but this time mix the story up, just like the grandfather in this book!

For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

13 thoughts on “PPBF: Telling Stories Wrong

  1. Hey, Julie — This is so lovely/cool.!!!!  Iin my coop community, there there is a parents group.   I could forward this to them but I am not sure  if this email simply informs   a person of a new book or if there are other activities involved.  Is h this your personal newsletter?    Help me out here !   Many warm hugs (but — thank goodness — at least mostly below  80 now).   Risa 212-740-2136 (for v oice messages_ // 917-449-7397 (for texting) because I don’t always get to it in time) 

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    • Thank you! You can forward the link, but it will open up to the blog, which is public. What you are getting in your email is a notification that I have posted something new. I don’t have a newsletter. Many warm hugs back to you too!


  2. ah, this looks SO fun. Like a game you could play around a campfire: let’s tell a story but sideways! I think it would pair well with s’mores or hot cocoa and a sky full of stars.


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