Friday, April 18, 2008

Poetry Friday: Vivian Vande Velde: Rated PG-13

Today I'm sharing a fairy-tale related poem from Vivian Vande Velde's Tales From the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird. (Read my review here.) It's a fun little collection, and I highly recommend it if you haven't discovered it yet. Roundup is at The Well-Read Child.

Rated PG-13
Fairy Tale Endings You're NOT Likely To See

--after growing into a beautiful swan, the Ugly Duckling pecks all his tormentors to death.
--the Emperor orders the execution of everyone who's seen him naked.
--the lazy cat, dog, and mouse suffocate the Little Red Hen with her own cake.
--the elves lock the Shoemaker and his wife in the basement, take all their money, and run off to Central America, where they operate a pirate radio station.
--the Gingerbread Man turns out to be carnivorous and eats the fox.
--Snow White and Sleeping Beauty simply refuse to get out of bed.
--when a portion of the sky really does fall, Chicken Little becomes the leader of her own religious movement; she gets her own TV show, collects millions of dollars to build a theme park, then makes off with the money, joining the elves in Central America.

It's a fun concept, and I bet if you think about it, you could come up with a few of your own to add to the list.

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