Escape to anywhere

We all want to escape to anywhere, and have adventures through reading. Children especially! Fairy Tales are the foundation for the best stories. But, there is so much more! Norah takes us from the best traditional fairy tales, to modern fairy tales, to a new favorite- Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. This is Mo Willems at his best! I bought the book. Be prepared to laugh your head off. Then, what if characters are in the wrong book and want to leave? Norah’s post tells it all. Delightful!

Norah Colvin

We sometimes think of reading as a form of escapism. But many stories, including those in picture books, feature an escape as part of the complication or resolution.

It doesn’t require much thought to create a list. Here are just a few to start:

#6 Traditional stories

By Charles Perrault, Harry Clarke (ill.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Jack and the Beanstalk– Jack escapes from the giant

Hansel and Gretel – the children escape from the witch

Snow White– escapes death ordered by the jealous queen

The Three Pigs – escape from the Big Bad Wolf

The Lion and the Mouse – the mouse helps the lion escape the hunter’s trap

The Gingerbread Man – escapes from the oven and those who pursue him

I had a little more difficulty in finding modern tales involving an escape, but here are a few:

#6 Modern tales

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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26 Responses to Escape to anywhere

  1. beetleypete says:

    You can’t beat those original classics.
    Nice reblog, Jennie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      Thanks, Pete. There are a host of winners in Norah’s post. You know I’m picky about the best books, and these are good. Fairy tales have ruled ‘forever’.

  2. John Kraft says:

    Interesting.

    I have always had a wanderlust and as a result I have thought of reading as exploring and not as an escape.

  3. Norah says:

    Thank you for sharing my post, Jennie. I am chuffed at the lovely way you have introduced it. Much appreciated. Best wishes, Norah.

  4. Thank you for the reminder about Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. I’ve had so much fun reading this to classes in the past. There are always so many giggles and they love finding all of the hidden treasures! I think I’ll write about it soon. – Susan

  5. I love fairy tales and that painting of Little Red Riding Hood is gorgeous! I’m off to check out the rest of Norah’s post now. Thanks, Jennie!

  6. Thanks for sharing Norah’s post, Jennie. We have recently become fans of the Gruffalo. 😀

  7. Philip Kamau says:

    The best escape is that which leads us to our immortal Soul.

  8. KathrinS says:

    Thank you for sharing this, love these. So many stories are based around escape – in fact, most of the ones I loved as a child are.

    Kathrin — http://mycupofenglishtea.wordpress.com

  9. The titles and covers are charming and I guess I need to read a few of these, because I love fairytales. Thanks for a great reblog post and thanks to Norah for putting it all together! Great!

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