The Stanhope Fairies

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By Taffy Thomas, MBE — Storyteller

The text of this riddle story is accompanied by an audio version by the author, Taffy Thomas. It provides the opportunity to evaluate the ways in which a storyteller presents a story, comparing the spoken and written versions, and to challenge the children to improve their own reading.

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Shared teaching and learning

Before reading

  • Explain that you are going to listen to a storyteller performing a folk tale. The children will be able to read the text and there will be differences between the spoken and written versions.
  • Which story types have you already met? Can the children name any folk tales? What characters might they encounter? (Folk tales often explore legends/beliefs linked to a particular locality and feature magical creatures.)
  • Discuss ideas about fairies. What do they look and sound like? Are they dangerous?
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