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Author: Alan Ahlberg
Illustrator
: Bruce Ingman
Publisher: Candlewick, 2007
Age: 
4-8
Themes: fairy tales, characters in literature, humorous stories

Opening: Goldilocks arrived home all bothered and hot. Previously she had been running like mad in the dark woods.

Summary: (from my library catalog) The adventures of various nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters are retold in backward sequence with each tale interrelated to the other. Includes Goldilocks, Jack and the beanstalk, Jack and Jill, the frog prince, Cinderella, and the gingerbread man.

I picked this book because: What a fun idea to not only twist the direction of time using familiar fairy tales and characters in literature, but to play with a word not generally used by early elementary students! I would like to think kids would be inspired to write a tale themselves after reading. Ingman’s illustrations are deceptively simple and delightful! Enjoy!

Resources/activities: Identify then read all the fairy tales included in the book. Choose one of the tales and create an illustration of your own – maybe even include yourself as a baby!

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