by L. Tamura




Fairy tales are full of magic, wonder and enchantment.  Princes and princesses encounter witches and goblins, mythical creatures grant wishes and cast magic spells.  There is always a problem that must be solved, usually involving good versus evil in some way.  In the end, everyone lives happily ever after.  Fairy tales have been written this way for hundreds of years- but what if some brave author dared to change this?  What if this author changed the characters, the setting, and the point of view?  What if the prince and princess did not get married and live happily ever after?


Today, you are the brave author that will dare to change these much-loved classic fairy tales!  You will become the author of a fractured fairy tale!


A fractured fairy tale is a story that uses fairy tales you are familiar with and changes the characters, setting, point of view or plot.  Usually these changes add humor to the story.


For example, what if Cinderella did not live in a village of cottages, horse-drawn carriages and the royal palace but instead was a cowgirl living on her family's horse ranch out west?  How would that change the story and the characters?


One example of a fractured fairy tale is The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka.  In this fractured fairy tale, the classic story of the three little pigs and the big, bad wolf is told not from the pigs' point of view, but instead from the wolf's point of view.  According to the wolf, he was not trying to "huff and puff" and blow down their houses made of sticks, straw and brick to eat the pigs.  Instead, he was suffering from an awful cold and accidentally sneezed while visiting the pigs to borrow a cup of sugar- you see, he wanted to bake a cake for his granny!  Is it his fault that the pigs would build such flimsy homes that cannot even stand up to a strong sneeze?!


In this WebQuest, you will be reading some examples of fractured fairy tales and then writing your own.  This is your opportunity to change a classic story, putting your own spin on it.  Let's get started- are you ready to put a new twist on an old tale?