Seven traditional tales are re-told in this collection, each one focusing on a princess- Cinderella, The Frog Prince, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Princess and the Pea, Snow White Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty.
What makes this an extraordinary book is the paper sculptures that form the illustrations. The sculptures for each tale are made from the pages of a different book. Normally, such an idea would horrify me, but the results are amazing!
The colours of each tale reflect the story being told- The Frog Prince is backed with misty greens while bright vibrant greens are behind the sculptures for The Princess and the Pea.
This original and beautiful book could easily be used to inspire paper sculpture work in school. Children could create the sculptures and then create a film using an animation programme. Using a familiar story like one of the traditional tales in the book, they could create a script which they could add to their film as voice over or in written form.
As the focus of this collection is on the princess, children might like to see if they can make a collection of stories focusing on princes ( or men!) which would allow for exploring some possibly unfamiliar stories. Or it might encourage them to re-write some tales from the point of view of the prince! Fancy having to kiss a princess!
A joy to look at to read and to linger over, this is a lovely book for anyone of any age!
The Fairytale Princess: Seven Classic Stories from the Enchanted Forest
Su Blackwell and Wendy Jones
Thames and Hudson ISBN: 978-0500560066