Tell Me a Fairy Tale: A Parent's Guide to Telling Mythical and Magical Stories
Tell Me a Fairy Tale will turn you into someone with real storytelling skills and teach you how to bring smiles and giggles to your child's face.

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Is your three-year-old getting tired of hearing you read Goldilocks every bedtime? Are your kids getting tired of telling it? Do you wish you knew another fairy tale to help them sleep? And do you wish you had a quick and easy way to learn to tell stories to your toddler?

Tell Me a Fairy Tale is a book for parents who enjoy telling stories to their children. From the classics of the Grimm Brothers and Mother Goose to Native American and Japanese favorites, each chapter includes a short description of the characters, a plot summary, and a section on how best to tell the story. Suggestions include ways to leave out the scary parts, eliminate sexism, or update them—without changing the story's meaning.

Tell Me a Fairy Tale will turn you into someone with real storytelling skills and teach you how to bring smiles and giggles to your child's face.

Your son, daughter, or grandchild will delight in your telling—instead of just reading—them stories.

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Bill Adler Jr. is a writer. His books include Outwitting Squirrels (The Wall Street Journal: "A masterpiece"; Boing Boing: "One of the funniest books I've ever read"); No Time to Say Goodbye, a time travel novella; Boys and Their Toys: Understanding Men by Understanding Their Relations With Gadgets; Tell Me a Fairy Tale: A Parent's Guide to Telling Mythical and Magical Stories; and How to Negotiate Like a Child.

He makes his home in Tokyo. Adler tweets at @billadler. You can find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/billadlerjr.

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1 Introduction
7 Aladdin
14 Androcles and the Lion
17 The Ant and the Cat
19 Ashputtel
25 Bastianelo
28 Beauty and the Beast
32 Blue Beard
36 The Boy Who Cried Wolf
38 The Bremen Town Musicians
41 Br’er Rabbit and the Tar Baby
43 Chicken Licken
45 The Elves and the Shoemaker
48 The Emperor’s New Clothes
52 The Fairy Wife
56 The Fir Tree
59 The Fisherman and His Wife
62 The Fox and the Grapes
64 The Frog Prince
66 The Giant with the Three Golden Hairs
70 The Gift of the Magi
72 The Gingerbread Man
74 The Golden Goose
77 Goldilocks and the Three Bears
80 Hansel and Gretel
84 Jack and the Beanstalk
88 John Henry
91 Johnny and the Three Goats
93 Johnny Appleseed
96 The Lion and the Mouse
98 The Little Match Girl
101 Little Red Riding Hood
105 The Magic Pot
108 The Mouse’s Wedding
110 The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
113 The Owl and the Pussycat
115 Paul Bunyan
118 The Princess and the Pea
120 Puss in Boots
124 Rapunzel
128 The Red Shoes
131 Rip Van Winkle
135 The Robber Bridegroom
137 Robin Hood and the Merry Woman
140 Sirens
142 Sleeping Beauty
146 Small Star and the Mud Pony
152 The Snow Queen
157 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
162 The Straw Ox
165 The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean
167 Sweetheart Roland
170 The Tempest
174 The Three Billy Goats Gruff
176 The Three Little Pigs
178 The Three Spinners
181 Thumbelina
185 Tom Thumb
188 The Twelve Brothers
192 The Twelve Dancing Princesses
197 The Ugly Duckling
200 The Valiant Little Tailor
204 The White Hare and the Crocodiles
207 The Wind and the Sun
209 A Wolf and Little Daughter

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Tell Me a Fairy Tale will turn you into someone with real storytelling skills and teach you how to bring smiles and giggles to your child's face.

Your son, daughter, or grandchild will delight in your telling—instead of just reading—them stories.

Bill Adler has condensed dozens of plots and listed their characters—and shows you how to become a mesmerizing storyteller. You can make a tale as long or as short as your sleepy child needs, personalize it with your child's name, and convey through the spoken voice the true magic and wonder of the originals.

This collection includes, along with all the old favorites, A Wolf and Little Daughter from Africa, Br'er Rabbit and Tar-Baby from the American South, The Fox and the Grapes from Aesop, The White Hare and the Crocodiles from Japan, American Folktales, European classics, and even some Shakespeare for tots. Each selection comes complete with specific suggestions for telling the story, updating it, and adapting it to make it relevant to your child's life.

Tell Me a Fairy Tale is a wondrous book, a must for every parent who wants to spend quiet, comfortable time with his or her child. It will make the bedtime ritual a time of love, laughter, and adventure for everyone.
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