STORY #14: THE SNAKE PRINCE
Updated: Jun 17
It's time for another fairytale and this one is from the Andrew Lang collection. This is an Indian fairy tale, a Punjabi story collected by Major Campbell in Feroshepore. Andrew Lang included it in The Olive Fairy Book in 1907. Oh, and there's a little bit of teaching about sibilance!
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BACKGROUND-BITE: The Langs' Fairy Books are a series of 25 collections of true and fictional children's stories that were published between 1889 and 1913 by Andrew Lang and his wife, Leonora Blanche Alleyne. The best known books are the twelve collections of fairytales also known as Andrew Lang's "Coloured" Fairy Books or Andrew Lang's Fairy Books of Many Colors.
There are an enormous number of stories to enjoy in this huge and varied collection! In the late 19th century, interest in the native fairy tales of Britain had declined and there were few texts telling those tales for young readers. In fact, fairy tales and magical stories in general were being attacked by educationalists as being harmful to children and it was to challenge this notion that Lang first began collecting fairy stories. He gathered stories that had already been recorded and this gave him time to collect a much greater number of fairy tales from all over the world, most from well-known writers such as the Brothers Grimm, Madame d'Aulnoy and others from less well known sources.
ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN - EYFS / KEY STAGE 1 (0-7 years):
1. Listen to some more stories collected by Andrew Lang - https://www.storynory.com/category/myths/various-fairy-tales/
2. Find out a bit more about reptiles with - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv/articles/zp9pfg8
3. Grab some props - of the general household variety - and check out just how dramatic you can make your own re-working of our tale!
4. Try telling the story from the snake queen's perspective - here's a funny little video to help remind you how to organise your story - www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpWHZJZQDSE
5. Using story stones/dice to devise the next adventure for our prince and princess!
6. Make your own bubble snake - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/do-you-know-make-a-bubble-snake
7. Learn a little more about India - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z4fr87h
ACTIVITIES FOR OLDER CHILDREN - FOR KEY STAGE 2-4 (8-15 years):
1. Find out a bit more about India - https://www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources/resource/a-sensory-journey-through-india
2. Check out India's deadliest snakes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aUl-jQsLWs
3. Create an comic strip or animation of the story - https://www.imagineforest.com/blog/how-to-create-a-comic-strip/ , www.storyboardthat.com/storyboard-creator https://www.canva.com/create/comic-strips/
4. Try writing a story that explains what happened to the prince when he was turned into a snake - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zwjsyrd/revision/2 , www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpWHZJZQDSE, don't forget to talk to the reader several times within the story, using the pronoun 'you' or an endearment like 'best beloved'!
5. Remind yourself about how to use language to create effects - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zn8tkmn/articles/zmt2vk7 and https://interpreture.com/sibilance-explained/
FOR GROWNUPS - STORY-ORIENTATED ESCAPISM:
1. Explore some more Indian folktales - https://theculturetrip.com/asia/india/articles/7-fascinating-indian-folk-tales/ and https://fairytalez.com/region/indian/