I am always looking for new novels to share with my students. After many years of teaching, I have several favorites. One genre that I truly love are altered fairy tales. I recently discovered “Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin” by Liesl Shurtliff. I have to let you know that I was introduced to this fabulous novel, by Liesl Shurtliff’s son – who is one of my former students. I enjoyed the book so much, that I decided to study the novel with my class and created this fun Rump novel study unit to go along with it. Many of the links in this post are affiliate, so if you make a purchase from one of the links I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Magical Novels by Liesl Shurtliff
I love altered fairy tales, and “Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin” is just that. From the beginning of the novel we get to know Rump in a way that we never did in the original story. In fact, the story puts a different spin on most of the characters from the original story. The theme of destiny, and finding your own way is prominent throughout the story. I highly recommend that you check it out!
Another Altered Fairy Tale Treat
Her second novel is “Jack: The “fairly” true tale of Jack and the Beansalk”. This novel follows Jack as he learns more about himself and explores a magical land. Both novels have some of the same characters, and delve deeper into the characters we know from the fairy tales. I also created a novel study for Jack, which will help your students dig into the text. Both novel studies will help you assess your students’ understanding of the stories.
If you enjoy altered fairy tales these novels are a must. I always find that it’s easy for my students to become engaged with books when I truly love them myself. We can’t help but share our enthusiasm as we read and discuss literature with our class. For more book recommendations view my post on Heckedy Peg. Enjoy!