Our Fairy Tale

Once Upon a time in the majestic fairy forest there lived a fox and a deer who were madly in love. They went by the names Mr Fox and Mrs Deer. Every day they would explore the majestic fairy forest hoping to find and learn new things. One day while exploring the forest they came across a very very very very very very very old squirrel who was guarding a path that they had never seen before. The fox and deer asked the squirrel if they could enter the path guarded by him. The squirrel replied,Yes young ones you may enter this path that I guard, however you must not touch anything found at the side of the path or else bad things will happen. Mr Fox and Mrs Deer nodded their heads yes and ran into the path eager to explore. They were having so much fun exploring the new path until they came across the shiny stone. “Look at that beautiful stone honey, I am going to take it with me” said the deer. “The old squirrel back there told us not to touch anything along the side of the path,” said the fox. “Well screw him, he’s just a stupid old squirrel, what does he know? ”. The deer takes the stone and just then a giant stone falls out the sky landing on Mr Fox’s leg instantly breaking it. The two get very spooked by this and turn around to head out of the path. Walking back Mrs Deer spots a golden spoon and says to the fox “what a wonderful spoon that is, I must have it”. The fox replies “but honey look what happened when you touched the stone my poor leg is broken”. “Who cares” said the deer “that was just bad luck”. The deer then picks up the spoon and then a fork comes flying out of the sky and stabs Mr fox in the eye blinding it. The couple is now very spooked and they start to hurry out of the woods. As they are almost out of the woods the deer sees a beautiful bird. “Mr Fox looks at that beautiful bird. I must have it as a pet” says the deer. “But honey look what happened to me when you touched the other forbidden objects in the woods” replied the fox. “Shut up” screams the deer, “I am taking this bird for myself”. The deer goes up to grab the bird and as the deer touches the bird it turns into a giant dragon. The dragon swoops down on the fox eating it and the deer is left alone. The deer goes home very upset now learning to listen to others wiser than her.

By Ryan, Nolan and Declan

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Personal Fairy Tales

Tomas, Natalie, Annastasia, Brisa

There was a daughter who was left orphaned as a very young child. Her father left first and after some years her mother passed away drowning. The young girl was left no other option but to move in with her grandmother who had many secrets. 

One day the girl was visited by a deer and a raccoon and she surprisingly understood what they were saying even though they weren’t speaking English. They were telling her that her father needed help but the girl was left shocked and confused by this statement as she never even knew of her father’s existence. The animals explained to her that she was the key that her father needed to save her mother, but this left her even more confused as she knew her mother drowned and died, as that’s what she had been told. She asked why the animals came to tell her this instead of her father but they stayed silent. 

The only issue was, how was the girl going to be able to visit her father? She didn’t have shapeshifting oceanic powers like her dad did. 

The animals told her that her mother was reincarnated and stuck in a magical egg and only her daughter could help him get her out.

She found out the reason why her father didn’t personally visit her to ask for help and she learned that once her mother died, her father lost his ability to become his human version and travel to land. Her mother was the only human connection that her father needed to be able to travel to land.  

The reason the father left at such a young age was because he was tricked by someone that he would be able to gain powers to visit places no human could visit, he would be able to travel to the bottom of the ocean. He fell for this person’s trick and that is why the daughter never heard of him again. The girl learned that the person who tricked him was a person with many secrets. Her grandma. The grandma trapped him in his mystical form but told him that he had a power that he had to find inside himself to be able to go back to earth but once he found this power he would only be able to use it once. Once he learned his wife drowned he felt something inside him that was leading him to the top of the ocean, something he’s never been able to do before. He soared to the top on a magical shell and took his wife’s floating body from the top and dragged her back down with him. He could not bring her back to life in her human form but, he was able to use his little bit of power left to bring her mystical form out of her. He took his chance as anything was better than her being dead. 

Once the father learned his wife died he sacrificed his chance to go back to his human form by using the rest of his strength to reincarnate her. Now it was up to the daughter to save her mother. She left home one day to go on this journey the animals told her she was destined to go on. She traveled far and wide until she reached the ocean where the magical egg was kept hidden. She had no idea what to do but she remembered what the animals told her; follow your heart. That’s just what she did. 

Something inside her started glowing, she started changing and shapeshifting into a magical being just like her father once used to be able to do. She jumped into the water and swam using the magic to push her through the water and guide her down. She saw something glowing in the depths of this ocean. It was an egg shaped thing and that is when she knew what she had to do.

She somehow felt she did not have a lot of time left and she raced against all the odds. Not knowing what to do she leaned against the egg and started crying. The magic she had in her the whole entire time started shooting out all around and surrounded the egg and then propelled them both up out of the ocean. They soared through the sky in a ball of light until the egg reached the ground and cracked open. Her mom was alive! The same was she was when she left, and now the two could live a happier life. Now the daughter knows that all she has to do is follow her heart and the power to do anything is inside her.

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Our Own Fairytale (In Class 11/9)

Another Rudolph Story…

Once upon a time there was a lonely deer grazing on a stranger’s delicious and luscious grass when all of a sudden a bear came out of the woods ready for his next meal. The bear wasted no time chasing the deer off of the property, galloping as fast as he could until he reached the end of the road – a dock over a menacing body of water. As the deer peered into the water, he saw a sparking trail of blue rocks and seashells and decided to take the plunge and disappear from his predator at last. He followed the trail along the seafloor to an underwater portal, as he realized that he was running out of time to outrun the angry bear. He lept through the portal, and fell through an endless whirlwind of colors as the sky eventually broke and he landed in a pile of white, fluffy snow. Once he recovered from his long journey, he saw in the distance a blinking red light. As he got closer, he realized the red light was coming from a cottage in the snowy woods. He looked down, and his own nose started to blink red as he approached closer and closer to the cottage. He heard rustling on the roof of the cottage, and then POOF! A big cloud of snow fell down on top of the deer’s head from a few squirrels playing a game of tag. As he shook off the snow, a key got caught in his antlers. Could this be the key to the cottage? A kind elf that was rummaging through the snow around the cottage looking for his lost key noticed that the key was stuck in the deer’s antlers. The elf thought that the deer would be perfect to pull his boss’ sleigh, and asked him if he would take the job. The deer agreed, and they went into the cottage together. Sitting in a big chair by the fireplace, a jolly man by the name of Santa Claus was anxiously waiting for their arrival. Santa and the deer came to an agreement that if he helped pull his sleigh to deliver presents, the deer would be reunited with the real world. He was given the name Rudolph, and he went down in history. 🎶

Jordan, Gabby, and Angelina V

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Self Written Fairytale

Once upon a time, there was a box, decorated in beautiful greens and blues. This box held magical powers, and it was said that anyone who opened the box would release evil dragons that would terrorize the land. The rulers of this kingdom had a daughter, and in order to protect her from the potential danger, the king placed the box in a hidden, bountiful garden covered with large green shrubs and sealed with a gate. One day when the King’s daughter, the princess, came across the gates of the garden on her sixteenth birthday while adventuring through the forest with her pet moose. She was so compelled by the garden’s old wooden gates that she just had to go inside. 

She asked the moose to help her break the gates of the garden open. The moose ran into the gates and the doors swung open. Inside of the gates, the princess found the beautiful garden filled with flowers and plants with a little path that the girl just had to follow. When the moose and her reached the end of the path, there lay a small box. Unable to contain her curiosity, the princess had to open the box. When she took the cover off of the box, she felt a gust of wind so strong that she was pushed to the ground, the moose went running in a frenzy, and the princess was left defenseless as she watched a swirl of red and white emerge from the box and turn into two large dragons. The dragons flew into the nearby town! Fire spewed from their mouths which burned down buildings. The dragons were hungry for humans, down the hatch they went! The princess needed to find a way to save her people. 

She ran into the town eager to help the civilians. She shouted to the dragons, “Please don’t hurt them and take me instead.”

 The dragons ran to get the princess, and when they approached her they started to spew fire out of their mouths and attempt to immobilize her. Scared of the fire, the princess put her hands up as a line of defense for herself, but to her surprise she wasn’t killed, but instead her hands had absorbed the fire and now she held the power of the dragon. She was brought back with her newfound powers, and using the fire, she directed the dragons all the way back to the garden. She scrambled through the trail towards the box, she quickly opened the box and a swirling wind started to pull inwards towards the box. With her fire powers, she directed the dragons back into the wind force where they were dragged back into the box. She ran to find the cover of the box and slammed it on, sealing the dragons away for eternity. 

When she became queen she made it her mission for no one to ever open the box again. It was now under constant watch due to her adventures that she went on, once upon a time.

Written by: Gianna Oliveri, Macy Gabbamonte, Meghan Thrash, and Gavin Trezza

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Creating our own Fairytales

By: Angelina F, Fiona, Julian, and Peyton

Once upon a time there a village where it was always springtime. In this village lived a little pig named Wilbur. This town was always green and prosperous and had a large and full treasury. Wilbur had left town to visit his chipmunk friends outside of town but now he’s on his way back home. On his way back home Wilbur looks up to the sky and notices a large blue ice dragon heading straight for his village. Wilbur was confused because he thought the dragon was banished long ago but, now he’s back and looking for vengeance. Wilbur runs as fast as he can but, the dragon was faster. By the time Wilbur had reached his village it was covered in snow and ice. An eternal winter has fallen over the village. The dragon had taken over the village and now is taking shelter with all the gold and riches in the treasury. Filled with fear, Wilbur turns around and rushes back through the forest. The lush green trees have become leafless and the snowy ground chilled Wilbur’s feet. While Wilbur was running a crow swooped down from a branch and asked Wilbur what the problem was. Between devastated squeals Wilbur explains the tragedy of what has happened to his village. “I shall help you restore your village to it former glory and banish the dragon for once and for all.” says the crow. “But, how?” inquires Wilbur “I’m not strong enough to defeat a dragon!” In that moment the crow flies off and Wilbur is alone once again. He sits silent in the forest, wondering how he could ever call this place home again. Wilbur sits in sorrow for what feels like eternity when the crow returns with something in his grasps. The crow tosses the object infront of Wilbur and he sees that it’s a spiked horseshoe crab shell. The crow then tells Wilbur “At dead of night, when the dragon is asleep, wear this shell so that you can blend in with the snow around you so that you can easily sneak into the treasury without anyone noticing you.” “Okay” said Wilbur “but, how am I supposed to slay the dragon, I’m only a wee little pig.” “Wee as you may be, you are much wiser than the dragon.” With that, the crow was gone and Wilbur started back on his journey towards the village, shell on his back. Wilbur braved the cold winds and ice and snuck his way through the snow and to the treasury door. Wilbur thought he would have time to come up with a plan as the dragon was asleeep but, when he entered the room the door slammed shut and the dragon was awoken by the noise. The dragon saw through Wilbur’s disguise and came right for him. Wilbur threw the shell of his back and began to run and dodge but, he didn’t have a lot of time because the dragon was much faster than him. Out of the corner of his eyes, Wilbur spotted a large floor to ceiling mirror and he darted towards it. When the dragon caught up he saw the pig’s reflection and in a moment of rage shot his ice breath toward Wilbur, thinking he had won. However, the dragon didn’t realize it was a mirror and the ice came right back toward him, freezing himself in the process. Wilbur was in disbelief! He had beat the dragon! As he celebrated, the village started to thaw and the crow appeared. “I did it Mr. Crow! I saved the village!” said Wilbur. The crow responded “As I always said.” In that moment the crow transformed. No longer was he a feather creature but, instead, a wise old wizard. “Thank you for freeing me from my curse Wilbur. As payment, you will rule this village.” The treasury morphed into a beautiful castle and the townspeople crowed Wilbur as King. Wilbur was a gracious and kind king who treated his village with respect and dignity. The wizard continued to serve Wilbur as his royal adviser and the dragon serves as Wilbur’s favorite ice sculpture to this day.

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Illustrating fairy tales

To follow up on the examples provided below. There are a myriad of visualizations of fairy tales, beyond the iconic movie images from the Walt Disney studios.  Exploring how image captures story–or a moment in the story–invites the reader/viewer to situate themselves within.


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Illustrator Presentation


Natalie and Nolan

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Illustrator Presentation


Ivan Bilibin – Angelina Veverka and Meghan Thrash

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Illustrator Biography

This is the presentation about the illustrator, Edward Burne Jones, that Gianna and I have created.

Edward Burne Jones

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Poetry hints

Can you identify the fairy tale references in this poem by Anne Caston:

Prelude  by Anne Caston

Every tree is one tree. That tree
grows in every forest, that forest always
dark and deep, always lying precisely
at the edge of every village everywhere.
Be there lost children, you will
have abandoned them there with a sack
of breadcrumbs; you will have filled
the trees with hungry birds.
Be there a huntsman, you
will have honed the hidden
blade he carries and sent him
in search of a girl’s heart.
Monsters, wolves or witches,
they are yours. Destroying angels,
devils, a crooked mirror on the wall, one
ripe bite of fruit lodged in a throat: yours.
The paralyzing poison. Drifting
snow. A wall of thorns. A coat of nettles.
Likewise, all extinctions. You have
traveled the deep Nothing to arrive here.
It is time.
Sleeper; waken.
Look: there. A tree.
What are you waiting for?
Find a grove of trees, enter it, close your eyes and listen…

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