Here is a book that you can read easily with beginning Spanish students.

It is a collection of classic fairy tales and fractured fairy tales, 15 stories in all. There are 5 main fairy tales: Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk. Each classic fairy tale is told in 3 versions: 1) The popularly known story, 2) The story retold from the characters’ point of view, which argues either for their innocence or makes a confession, and 3) The story of what happens next, after the events of the popularly known story.

The original stories are so well known that they serve as the perfect platform into a new language. In addition, the patterned plots and the limited vocabulary used to tell the stories guarantee a fluent reading experience for everyone. The book does not have to be read from beginning to end. Pick and choose the stories you are interested in reading. There is considerable language overlap among all 15 stories and especially between each of the three versions of the same story. Each of the 5 fairy tales can serve as its own unit. You can read each story in this book with your students with a 3-step process: 1) Picture Walk, 2) Collaborative Storytelling, 3) Read. The steps do not have to be taken in this order and you can skip and/or combine steps. By delaying the reading of the chapter, you will ensure a more confident, easier, more fluent, and more pleasurable reading experience for your students.


Targeted Level:

  • Level 1
  • Unique Word Count: 200
  • Total Word Count: 9,900