Carrie Manchester is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist with over 13 years experience. She works in an elementary school in Massachusetts and services primarily preschool-aged students. Carrie writes the blog Carrie's Speech Corner in her spare time. You can follow her blog on Facebook and view Carrie's products on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Continue reading to learn about one of Carrie's favorite books for elementary students, "Seriously, Cinderella is SO Annoying!", how she uses it with her students, and look for a freebie to use with the book in your classroom at the end! Plus, continue following Carrie on her blog for future posts and activities from books by the same author!
Hi all! I'm so excited to be writing a guest post for Consonantly Speaking! I thought I'd take this opportunity to share with you one of my favorite books for elementary students. This book is best for grades 2 and 3, but can also work for grades 1 and 4. Here it is:
Seriously, Cinderella Is SO Annoying! (The Story of Cinderella as Told by the Wicked Stepmother) by Trisha Speed Shaskan. This story is part of a series called "The Other Side of the Story." The series takes classic fairy tales and tells them from another character's point of view. The other books in the series are: Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks! (The Story of the Three Bears as Told by Baby Bear), Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! (The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf), and Trust Me, Jack's Beanstalk Stinks! (The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk as told by the Giant).
This twist on the classic tale follows a similar path as the original. However, because it is told from the point of view of the Wicked Stepmother, you can expect some differences! The story begins the day the Wicked Stepmother and her two daughters move in with Cinderella (aka Cindy) and her father. The father immediately leaves on a business trip and Cindy is left to give her new family a tour of the home. During the tour, the Stepmother notices that the house is dusty. The plan was to clean it together, but Cindy was too fast. She got it all done before the stepmother and stepsisters could even begin to help! Cindy's key character trait in this story is that she will NOT stop talking. The endless chatter drives the other three ladies crazy! Notice the various objects the other ladies put in/on their ears to block her out:
Now, unfortunately, when it's time to go to the ball, Cindy's endless talking has left her without a voice. Her stepmother, out of concern for her health, doesn't allow her to go to the ball. Cindy goes anyway, and... Well, you know the rest of the story! In this version, the stepmother and stepsisters are thrilled that Cindy got married and moved away with the prince. Now they don't have to listen to her constant talking!
The kids get a kick out of the change in point of view in this series. Additionally, the books are loaded with Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary! I made up these vocabulary and definition cards to use with my students:
|Words arranged in chart|
|Matching definitions to words|
You could use the vocabulary/definition cards as a memory-type matching game as well. I also created a basic Venn Diagram so that students could brainstorm the similarities and differences between this story and the classic tale:
You can download the vocabulary cards and definitions HERE, and the Venn Diagram HERE. Stay tuned to Carrie's Speech Corner for more information on the other books in the series!
Have you read any of the books in this series? What do you think?
Thanks again to Carrie Manchester for her great guest post! I seriously can't wait to check out some of these great books!