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!
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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You can’t beat those original classics.
Nice reblog, Jennie.
Best wishes, Pete.
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’.
I have always had a wanderlust and as a result I have thought of reading as exploring and not as an escape.
Reading is exploring too. It might help us escape where we are for the moment, but provides much to explore as well. 🙂
Yes it does!
That is interesting, John. Escaping to the Black Forest, or Hogwarts… I could go on, but I think we’re talking the same thing, just using different adjectives.
Thank you for sharing my post, Jennie. I am chuffed at the lovely way you have introduced it. Much appreciated. Best wishes, Norah.
My pleasure, Norah. I’m glad you liked my introduction. The thanks all go to you! Best to you.
PS. I forgot to say congratulations on your purchase of Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. As John says, it has much to explore! 🙂
It definitely has much to explore. For adults and children alike. 🙂
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
I love this book, Susan, and I love/need reminders very often. The other books in Norah’s post are really good. Many thanks! 🙂
It’s great to meet another fan of Mo Willems’ book, Susan. 🙂
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!
Thanks, Marcia. It’s an excellent post.
Thanks for popping over, Marcia. I really appreciate your reading and leaving a comment. 🙂
Thanks for sharing Norah’s post, Jennie. We have recently become fans of the Gruffalo. 😀
Yes! I love The Gruffalo!! That is terrific. 😀
The Gruffalo is such fun, isn’t it? Nice to outwit the others with ingenuity.
It was the perfect amount of “scary” for my grandson when he was 3. A great story. 🙂
I agree! 🙂
The best escape is that which leads us to our immortal Soul.
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.
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I’m so glad you like these, Kathrin. After teaching for a long time, I know the good ones. Norah does, too. 🙂
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!
You are welcome, Karen. These are right up your alley. Fairytales aren’t just for children. Happy reading!